Tyler Peterson

South Dakota’s Tyler Peterson, 22, shoots shoots over the outstretched arm of SIUE’s Anselm Uzuegbunem during their men’s basketball game on Monday at the Sanford Coyotes Sports Center in Vermillion.

VERMILLION — Tyler Peterson’s first half and Stanley Umude’s second carried the Coyote men’s basketball team to a 71-56 victory over Southern Illinois Univeristy-Edwardsville Monday night in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion.

Tyler Peterson scored the first six points for USD (5-0) and finished the first half leading all scorers with 10. Stanley Umude didn’t score a point in the first half, but by the nine minute mark of the second half, he was up to 12 points, leading the team.

“Coach (Lee) siad rebounding was the main difference,” Umude said. “Also just being more active and working before the catch. Teammates found and I knocked down some shots.”

Tyler Hagedorn missed his first 3-pointer in over two games in the first half, ending a streak of 12 straight makes. The Coyotes led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (56%) entering the night, but only shot 29.4% (5-of-17) against the Cougar defense.

Neither team shot the ball well, with the Coyotes shooting 47.1% (24-for-51) and the Cougars (SIUE) at 37.5% (21-of-56). The Coyotes knew this game would not be a repeat of Friday’s 88 point offensive output.

“I talked to the guys about how really good teams find ways to win different games,” USD head coach Todd Lee said. “Tonight it was at the defensive end and toughness. We took charges and held tem to 37% shooting.”

The Coyotes held a 32-27 lead at halftime. Peterson’s 10 points led all scorers. Triston Simpson hit a pair of three’s and contributed eight points in the half.

Umude’s first points came with 17:26 to go in the game. Minutes later, Umude scored 10 straight Coyote points to push the Coyote lead to eight. Brandon Armstrong knocked down two big 3-pointers to quiet any hope SIUE had to make a late run.

Peterson finished with 15 points. Umude tallied 14 points and Simpson 12. Hagedorn finished with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

“Tyler Hagedorn on the boards was big,” Lee said. “He had 14 rebounds. Stan Umude got in foul trouble in the first half, and he ended up with six rebounds in the second half. Every one of them was in a crowd and anybody could have gotten it, but he had two hands on it and wouldn;t let it go.”

USD comes out of the first two weekends with five wins and no losses. The Coyotes next four games are on the road, including a game at the South East Conference’s (SEC) Arkansas and the PAC-12’s Washington. Washington currently ranks 25 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Coyotes play in Fayetteville against Arkansas on Friday at 8 p.m. Arkansas is 3-0 on the season and play Texas Southern today (Tuesday). The Coyotes topped Texas Southern Friday 88-69.

SIUE (2-3)

Anselm Uzuegbunem 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Jackson 6-13 0-0 12, Tyresse Williford 2-9 0-2 5. Zeke Moore 5-11 4-4 15, Cam Williams 4-9 0-1 9, Mike Adewunmi 4-6 4-4 13, Iziah James 0-2 0-0 0, Kenyon Duling 0-2 2-2 2, Shamar Wright 0-2 0-0 0, Treavon Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Lamar Wright 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21-56 10-13 56.

USD (5-0)

Tyler Hagedorn 5-11 2-3 13, Stanley Umude 5-9 4-4 14, Triston Simpson 3-7 4-7 12, Cody Kelley 1-7 4-4 6, Tyler Peterson 6-7 3-4 15, Simeon Jovic 0-1 0-0 0, Hunter Goodrick 1-3 0-0 2, Ty Chisom 1-1 1-3 3, Brandon Armstrong 2-4 0-0 6, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24-51 18-25 71.

At the half: USD 32, SIUE 27. Three-Pointers: USD 5-17 (Simpson 2-3, Armstrong 2-3, Hagedorn 1-2, Umude 0-2, Goodrick 0-2, Kelley 0-5), SIUE 4-14 (Adewunmi 1-1, Williford 1-2, Moore 1-3, Williams 1-4, James 0-2, Duling 0-1). Rebounds: USD 36 (Hagedorn 14), SIUE 28 (Williford 6, Adewunmi 6). Personal Fouls: SIUE 23, USD 15. Fouled Out: None. Assists: USD 13 (Peterson 3), SIUE 9 (Williams 3). Turnovers: USD 11, SIUE 11. Steals: SIUE 5 (Williams 2), USD 2 (Kelley 1, Peterson 1). Blocked Shots: SIUE 2 (Uzuegbunem 1, Jackson 1), USD 1 (Hagedorn 1). Attendance: 1,833.

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