- Associated Press - Thursday, February 8, 2018

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Triston Simpson and Matt Mooney each scored 17 points and South Dakota defeated Fort Wayne 86-69 on Thursday night in a game in which the Coyotes never trailed.

South Dakota (21-6, 9-2 Summit League) built an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes and cruised from there. Bryson Scott put Fort Wayne on the board with a free throw and a layup before South Dakota went on a 10-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Armstrong, to make it 21-3.

The Coyotes led 45-23 at intermission and maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half. Nick Fuller scored 14 and Tyler Peterson and Tyler Hagedorn each scored 10 for the Coyotes. South Dakota shot 61 percent (36 of 59) and had 18 assists.

Scott paced Fort Wayne (16-11, 5-5) with 23 points and John Konchar scored 18 with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

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