Youngstown State 87, South Dakota 79
VERMILLION, S.D. (thesportsnetwork) - Shawn Amiker scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Youngstown State Penguins captured an 87-79 win over the South Dakota Coyotes in a non-conference tilt at the DakotaDome.
Also logging a double-double for the Penguins (6-4) was Bobby Hain with his 16 points and 12 boards, while fellow starters Marcus Keene and Jalon Plummer pitched in with 18 and 11 points, respectively.
The Coyotes (3-6) were led by Tyler Larson with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists before fouling out. Brandon Bos and Casey Kasperbauer accounted for 18 points apiece as they combined to shoot 9-of-16 behind the 3-point line in the setback.
YSU shot only 2-of-7 beyond the arc and 1-of-3 at the free-throw line in the first half, but still the team led by a 37-33 margin at the break thanks to a 50.0 percent effort from the floor overall. South Dakota was just 34.3 percent accurate from the field in the period.
In the second half the Penguins jumped to 57.7 percent shooting from the floor and also improved on the perimeter (5-of-8) and at the charity stripe (15- of-19) in order to put some more distance between themselves and the hosts.
Youngstown State took great care of the ball with just six turnovers, while the Coyotes fumbled the ball away only eight times.