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Denver pulls away from South Dakota men in second half

The loss was USD's third straight in conference play.

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VERMILLION, S.D. — Holding a slim lead at halftime, Denver pulled away in the second half on Thursday night in a Summit League men's basketball victory at the University of South Dakota, 75-60, at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

The Pioneers (12-9, 3-5 Summit) shot 68.4% in the second half and finished 57.1% from the field for the game. Tevin Smith scored 20 points, Marko Lucic had 15 points and Tommy Bruner scored 13 points, as Denver led by as many as 17 points with under 6 minutes left in the game.

The Coyotes shot 37% from the field and never completely warmed up from the outside, converting 3 of 14 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes and finishing 8 for 29 on triples. Mason Archambault had 14 points, A.J. Plitzuweit had 13 points and Kruz Perrott-Hunt finished with 10 points. The loss was USD's third straight in conference play.

USD (8-11, 3-4 Summit) will host Omaha at 1 p.m. Saturday in Vermillion.

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