VERMILLION, SD -

South Dakota scored 17 unanswered points during a six-minute span near the midway point of the second half en route to an 80-46 win against Doane Thursday inside Sanford Coyote Sports Center. It was the second win in as many nights for the Coyotes (4-0), who are off to their best start in their Division I era.

It was offense last night in South Dakota’s 99-60 win against Presentation. Tonight, it was a defense that blocked six shots, forced 16 turnovers and limited Doane to 32 percent shooting. The Tigers were 4 of 24 from 3-point range and 2 of 4 from the free-throw line. South Dakota outrebounded Doane 51-26 and allowed just two second-chance points.

Coyote guard Carlton Hurst scored a season-high 15 points and didn’t miss a shot all night. He was 6 of 6 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line. South Dakota also got 13 points from Trey Dickerson, 12 from Trey Burch-Manning and 11 off the bench from Triston Simpson.

Doane, an NAIA Division II team from Crete, Neb., got 12 points from Nate Kuhl and 11 from Lord Akah. No other Tiger scored more than five points. Akah hit three of Doane’s four triples and Kuhl blocked three shots. Thursday counted as an exhibition game for the Tigers, who are 5-3 this season.

South Dakota jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 32-22 at the break. Hurst and Dickerson combined for 19 points in the first half. Kuhl had six at the break for Doane.

Burch-Manning scored six points and Simpson added four more during the Coyotes’ 17-0 run that turned an 11-point lead into a 58-30 advantage with 8:30 remaining. South Dakota made nine free throws in that stretch and was 20 of 24 from the charity stripe for its best effort of the season.

All 11 Coyotes who dressed played and scored for the second consecutive night. Dan Jech earned his second consecutive start and had a career-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points. Freshman Tyler Peterson had 10 rebounds, three points and two blocks in 16 minutes off the bench.

It was the 15th meeting between the two programs and South Dakota has won the last 13. The Coyotes next head to Estero, Fla., for three games in three days at the Gulf Coast Showcase. South Dakota starts with Kent State at 4 p.m. CT Monday.