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Win streaks collide as Nebraska hosts South Dakota

Field Level Media
27 Nov 2021, 05:55 GMT+10

South Dakota and Nebraska both enter Saturday afternoon's nonconference contest in Lincoln, Neb., with three-game winning streaks on the line.

South Dakota (4-1) is coming off a 99-58 blowout victory over NAIA school Presentation College in which all five starters scored in double figures.

Mason Archambault led the way with 18 points and Xavier Fuller added 17 points and seven rebounds. Kruz Perrott-Hunt added 16 for the Coyotes.

Perrott-Hunt is South Dakota's leading scorer, averaging 14.4 points per contest, followed by Fuller (12.8, 6.0 rebounds) and Archambault (11.6).

Head coach Todd Lee has been happy with their recent surge, but he would like his club to tighten its defense. The Coyotes average 72.4 points per game, while they have allowed 68.8. Opponents have shot 40.4 from beyond the arc, while the Coyotes have shot just 29.5 percent.

"We have been getting good ball movement, and we have a number of people scoring," he said. "We have to be a better defensive team and limit the other team's chances.

"We will have a good test with Nebraska this weekend."

The Cornhuskers (4-2) enter off a 79-73 win over Tennessee State in which they trailed at halftime and had to hold off the Tigers in the final minute.

Alonzo Verge Jr. led the way with 18 points and a career-high 10 assists, while Bryce McGowens added 18 points and six rebounds.

McGowens has been setting the pace for the Cornhuskers with 17.0 points per game, along with 6.7 boards. Verge is averaging 15.3 points.

"I thought Alonzo played his best game," Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said after Tuesday's win. " He did a phenomenal job attacking, getting into the paint, picking and choosing when to shoot. His playmaking was exactly where we needed it tonight.

"Bryce also has been very consistent for us, and both of them are really meshing well on the floor right now."

Hoiberg believes his club's recent streak can help rectify their shooting issues. Nebraska is hitting just 26.6 percent from 3-point range.

"I am confident we are going to start making shots," he said. "We're too good of a shooting team for this trend to continue, but if we can have that efficiency inside the arc and knock down shots at the rate where I think we can, we have a chance to be a very good offensive team."

--Field Level Media

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