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VERMILLION – The Todd Lee era for the South Dakota men’s basketball team opened with an 83-58 victory over York College Wednesday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Junior Triston Simpson led the way with a career-high 23 points as senior Trey Burch-Manning totaled 22 points and eight rebounds.

The Coyotes, who won their opening game for the third-straight season, jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Junior Tyler Peterson scored the Coyotes’ first points of the season when Simpson found him open in the corner for a 3-point basket. Burch-Manning made it a 10-point game with 14:22 remaining in the first half when he made his first of four 3-point baskets.

After the Panthers clawed their way back into the contest to make it 20-17 at the midway point of the half, the Coyotes methodically rebuilt their lead and entered intermission ahead 45-32.

The Coyote defense clamped down in the second stanza, holding York to 37.9 percent (11-of-29) shooting after allowing the Panthers to make 13-of-26 shots (50 percent) in the first half.

USD women open with win over Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. — South Dakota’s senior Allison Arens scoried her 1,000th career point Wednesday night as the Coyotes defeated Creighton 77-65 in the season opener.

The other South Dakota (1-0) storyline on Wednesday night was junior Taylor Frederick’s career game in her first career start. Frederick put away 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with a trio of triples.

Arens becomes the 25th Coyote in program history to surpass the 1,000-point milestone. She scored 11 points against the Jays with five rebounds and a team-high four assists.

Creighton (0-1) returns five of its top-six scorers from its NCAA Tournament second round team a year ago, including senior Audrey Faber. Faber carried the Bluejays with 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting. She also made seven free throws in eight trips to the line.

The Coyotes put four players in double figures with junior Madison McKeever and sophomore Chloe Lamb scoring 10 apiece. 

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