VERMILLION, S.D. — Brandon Armstrong scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Tyler Hagedorn added 19 and South Dakota beat NAIA Peru State of Nebraska, 98-55 on Sunday.
Matt Mooney’s jump shot with 9:54 before halftime gave South Dakota a 24-23 lead and the Coyotes never trailed again. Despite that, the Bobcats proved competitive for the first half. Armstrong scored eight straight for the Coyotes with a layup and a pair of 3-pointers in consecutive possessions, but Lj Westbrook followed with a jumper and a layup to tie it at 32.
Trey Burch’s layup with 2:05 before halftime started a 10-0 run, which included a pair of 3s from Armstong, and Hagedorn’s jumper as time expired made it 44-34. The Coyotes outscored Peru State 53-21 in the second half and finished the game shooting 38 of 65 (58.5 percent).
Westbrook led Peru State with 15 point and Quantice Hunter scored 11.