Mooney leads South Dakota over Western Illinois 62-50
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Matt Mooney scored 11 of his 14 points in the final 4:16 to help South Dakota pull away and beat Western Illinois 62-50 on Wednesday night for its third straight win.
The Coyotes (14-4, 2-0 Summit League) have won seven of their last eight games since a 16-point loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Dec. 2. They have defeated Western Illinois (8-5, 0-1) in four straight and eight of the last nine games dating to the 2013-14 season.
Kobe Webster made three free throws to pull the Leathernecks to 46-42 with 4:35 left before the Coyotes closed on a 16-8 surge. Mooney made two field goals and was 6-of-6 shooting from the line during the stretch.
Trey Burch-Manning had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Nick Fuller chipped in 10 points for South Dakota.
Webster scored 19 points and Dalan Ancrum added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Western Illinois.