USD men’s head basketball coach Todd Lee sat down for a press conference following the Coyotes’ Jan. 19 99-84 win over South Dakota State visibly wet, but it wasn’t from sweat.
“Total team win,” Lee said. “Hags (Tyler Hagedorn) gets to 1,000 points and that’s why I’m soaked. Because they (the team) gave Hagedorn a bath or water shower.”
Tyler Hagedorn became the third Coyote starter to eclipse 1,000 career points in a 10 day stretch. Hagedorn joined Triston Simpson, Tyler Peterson and 46 others in the illustrious 1,000 point club.
Simpson and Peterson joined the club on Jan. 11 when the Coyotes defeated Omaha 91-81. Both players were honored with a special basketball to celebrate their accomplishments before Sunday’s game.
Each of these three stars have seen their successes grow through their time with the team.
RUNNING THE FLOOR
Simpson, a Lincoln, Neb. native, started every game in the 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons. He also started the first seven games of this season before suffering an MCL injury in November. Simpson missed the remainder of non-conference play (seven games) before returning to action on Dec. 29 against Western Illinois.
Three games later, inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, Simpson scored his 1,000th career point against Omaha. Simpson played his first game without a knee brace on Sunday against South Dakota State, where he scored 21 points. Simpson’s performance earned him praise from SDSU head coach Eric Henderson.
“Everyone talks about Hags, everyone talks about (Stanley) Umude and rightfully so,” Henderson said. “They’re very good players but the most important player on this team might be Triston Simpson. A lot of Coyote fans would probably agree with me.”
Peterson is from Lino Lakes, Minn. He became a starter midway through the 2017-18 season. He has started all but one game since. Peterson scored his 1,000th career point later in the same game as Simpson.
Peterson tallied 18 points against SDSU, a new career-best. Peterson has also been shooting at a better percentage than any previous season at USD.
Hagedorn, a native of Norfolk, Neb., redshirted the 2018-19 season due to a foot injury. During his junior year, Hagedorn lived in the shadow of Matt Mooney. After leaving for Texas Tech for his final year of eligibility, Mooney is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Hagedorn decided to stick around and the decision is paying off.
Early in the first half of the game against South Dakota State, where Hagedorn tallied 24 points, he reached the 1,000 point milestone.
“It’s been a long, up and down, weird career I’ve had but I’ve loved being here the whole time,” Hagedorn said. “I really love all the teammates I’ve got to play with and it’s really cool I’ve got family here that got to see that. But the best part about it is we got to come away with a win against the Jacks.”
Lee said he was not aware of Hagedorn eclipsing that milestone until the locker room celebration following the game, but he also praised all three seniors who have reached the milestone in the last 10 days.