SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota, the top defensive team in the Summit League, put on a clinic in the first half and cruised to an 87-73 win against Omaha in a Summit League Tournament quarterfinal game Saturday.
USD (25-7), the number two seed in the tournament, won for the seventh time in the last eight games and topped Omaha (9-22) for the third time this season. Coyote coach Craig Smith picked up career win No. 150, and will bring his team back Monday night in a semifinal matchup against either Denver or Oral Roberts.
South Dakota guard Matt Mooney led the way with 20 points, his 12th 20-point effort of the season. He was one of four Coyotes who reached double figures. Nick Fuller came off the bench and tied his career high with 17 points. Trey Burch-Manning scored 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting and Brandon Armstrong added 11 points.
Omaha got 26 points from all-conference guard Zach Jackson, but it wasn’t enough. Daniel Norl had 11 points and Lamar Wofford-Humphrey scored eight points in the final three minutes to reach 10.