After the Coyote women christened the Sanford Coyote Sports Center with a win over Stephen F. Austin, the Coyote men followed suit defeating Bowling Green 78-72.
Two days after they opened their season with a 79-74 win over Drake, the Coyotes returned home to open the SCSC. The first half was back and forth before the Coyotes found some slight separation thanks to five straight points from junior guard Trey Dickerson. USD entered halftime with a 33-27 lead over the Falcons.
The Coyotes came out strong in the second half, jumping out to a 42-29 lead. From there Bowling Green gained ground, as the Falcons found their rhythm and took the lead with around eight minutes to play. Bowling Green would maintain the lead until two tough shots from sophomore guard Matt Mooney put the Coyotes back in control with two minutes remaining. From there clutch free throws from freshman guard Triston Simpson and good rebounding would seal the game for the Coyotes as they went on to win 78-72.
Sophomore forward Trey Burch-Manning was the Coyotes’ leading scorer, rebounder and assist man with 14 points, 11 boards and three assists. Senior forward Tyler Flack scored 12 and was big for USD on the defensive end with six blocks. Junior guard Carlton Hurst notched 13 points and pulled down five rebounds, he was a factor for USD late coming up with a key block and rebound to help lock up a Coyote win.
The Coyotes are now 2-0 on the season and will play again on Wednesday when they take on Presentation College in the SCSC. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.