Coyotes Can’t Overcome Slow Start

Fall At IUPUI 65-50

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IUPUI jumped out to a 20-5 lead and never looked back in a 65-50 win against South Dakota Saturday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

DavRon Williams scored 11 points and Mason Archie added 10 for the Jaguars (8-13, 4-3 Summit), who ended a four-game skid against South Dakota. IUPUI held the Coyotes to a season-low point total and shot 58 percent from the field to climb into a tie for fourth place in the Summit League standings.

South Dakota (10-11, 4-3) got 10 points from Tyler Larson and nine points from Trey Norris. The Coyotes made 6 of 27 shots in the first half and trailed 36-15 at the break. It was the first time USD was held to fewer than 23 points in a half this season.

IUPUI got contributions from 10 different players who logged double-digit minutes. Williams and Archie were part of a Jaguar bench that combined for 35 points and made 14 of 18 shots. Archie and Leo Svete combined to make 4 of 7 three-pointers. South Dakota was 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.

The Jaguars limited USD to one field goal during the first six minutes of the second half to thwart any thoughts of a Coyote comeback. South Dakota got as close as 13 points, 50-37, on a Brandon Bos triple with 7:16 remaining. IUPUI countered with five quick points to end the threat.

It was the finale of a three-game road trip for the Coyotes, who have played at home six times in 21 contests this season. South Dakota will play seven of its final 10 games inside the DakotaDome. A three-game homestand starts Thursday against Fort Wayne.