Fast Start Carries Penguins Past Coyotes
VERMILLION, SD — Youngstown State jumped out to a 32-9 lead, had three players score at least 17 points and cruised to an 85-59 win against South Dakota Sunday at Beeghly Center in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
The Penguins improved to 9-6 in non-conference play. They begin Horizon League play Thursday at Milwaukee. The Coyotes have lost six in a row to fall to 3-9. All but three of those games have been played outside of Vermillion. USD will play its first five games of 2014 inside the DakotaDome starting with Cal State Northridge Thursday at 7 p.m.
Kamren Belin made five three-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points to lead Youngstown State. Shawn Amiker made 8 of 9 shots and scored 20 points. Kendrick Perry scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half and saw limited time in the second.
Trey Norris and Tyler Flack registered season highs of 16 and 13 points, respectively, to lead South Dakota. Flack made all five shots he took. The rest of the team combined to make 15 of 53 shots for 28 percent shooting.
Youngstown State made 10 of 24 three-pointers and shot 48 percent from the field overall. The Penguins also stole 12 passes, blocked eight shots and forced 19 turnovers.
Courtesy: University of South Dakota