Nebraska basketball takes down South Dakota men, 83-70

Coyotes drop to 4-2 on the season

Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Bryce McGowens (5) scores against South Dakota Coyotes guard Damani Hayes (25) in the first half at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Steven Branscombe / USA TODAY Sports)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Keisei Tominaga scored 23 points and Bryce McGowens added 22 to power Nebraska to an 83-70 victory over South Dakota in a nonconference game on Saturday.

Derrick Walker had 13 points and five rebounds and Kobe Webster added nine for the Cornhuskers (5-2), who extended their winning streak to four games.

Nebraska, which led by as many as 23 points in the second half, shot 45.9 percent (28-for-61) from the field and 39.1 percent (9-for-23) from 3-point range.

Tominaga shot 8-for-11 from the field, including a red-hot 5-for-6 from 3-point range, while McGowens was 6-for-12 from the floor and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, in addition to grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. Walker was 6-for-7 from the floor and added five rebounds.

South Dakota (4-2) was led by Kruz Perrott-Hunt, who made four 3-pointers en route to scoring 19 points, and Mason Archambault, who scored 12 points before fouling out with 7:46 left. Nikola Zizic added 10 points and went 4-for-4 from the field.


The Coyotes shot 42.4 percent (25-for-59) from the field and 48 percent (12-for-25) from 3-point range. But they struggled mightily at the free-throw line, making just 8 of their 16 attempts. South Dakota also committed 18 turnovers that the Cornhuskers converted into 24 points, in addition to being outscored 36-26 in the paint.

Leading 57-51 with 12:27 remaining, Nebraska put the game away with an 18-2 run capped by C.J. Wilcher's layup that gave the Cornhuskers a 75-53 lead with 6:25 remaining.

Nebraska started to take control of the game after Perrott-Hunt's jumper pulled the Coyotes to within 34-33 with 4:29 left in the first half. The Cornhusker closed the first half on a 9-2 run to take a 43-35 lead at halftime.

Tominaga and McGowens scored 13 and 10 first-half points, respectively, for the Cornhuskers, who shot 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from the field and 40 percent (4-for-10) from 3-point range.

South Dakota, led by Perrott-Hunt's 14 points, shot the ball well in the first 20 minutes, going 12-for-27 (44.4 percent) from the field and 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc. But South Dakota was slowed by its 11 turnovers that the Cornhuskers converted into 12 points.

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