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Cougars dial long distance in rout of Grand View

USF Cougars
USF Cougars

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KWSN) – The University of Sioux Falls dialed long distance Friday night, nailing 16 3-point field goals in a 115-76 non-conference victory over Grand View University at the Stewart Center. 


The Cougars improve to 2-1 overall, while the exhibition loss does not count against the Vikings’ 6-1 record.


It’s the first time the Cougars hit the century mark since Jan. 5, 2012, and the most points scored by USF since annihilating Nebraska Christian at home 116-43 back on Nov. 3, 2007.


Starting senior guards Derek Brown and Robert Goffney both matched their career-highs with 23 points. The tandem combined to shoot 11-for-19 from beyond the arc, with Brown finishing 7-for-12 from the floor while Goffney was 7-for-13.   


Goffney opened scoring with a three at the 18:38 mark and the Vikings matched with a traditional three-point play. The sides exchanged points for the game’s first five minutes to level things at 12-all, before Mahlon Jones picked Viking Terrell Scruggs’ pocket and hit the up-and-under to move USF in front 14-12. After Charles Ward unleashed a 12-foot jumper, he collected the board on a missed three and muscled his way through two Vikings for the hoop and the harm to make it 21-16 USF with 12:10 left in the half. A minute later, Goffney connected again from the perimeter off a Finneman dime and the three-pointers rained down on the Vikings for the rest of the half. USF hit 5-for-6 three-point attempts on its final six possessions to take a commanding 63-40 lead at the half.


The Cougars went 20-for-40 from the floor in the first half and connected on 50-percent (12-for-24) of their three point attempts, while the Vikings struggled mightily from deep, hitting just one of ten while overall going 14-for-33 (42%) in the first half. 


It was rinse and repeat after intermission, as Preston Rayburn knocked down a three just 15 seconds into the second half. Freshman Mack Johnson hit two freebies to put the Cougars in triple digits and up 101-72 with under five to play.


One by one, Coach Johnson emptied his bench and all eligible players logged minutes tonight while 12 of the 13 put at least three points in the scoring column. Jonathon Nebelsick delivered off the dribble drive to create the final margin.


Overall, the Cougars went 16-for-37 from beyond the arc for a 47-percent clip. USF finished 36-for-71 from the floor and connected on 27 of 37 (73%) free throw attempts. Grand View tallied 26 field goals on 62 attempts (41.9%) and shot just 4-for-19 (21%) from three.


USF also had a sizeable rebounding advantage, 48-35, making it 3-for-3 this season in the battle on the boards. Jordan Stotts flirted with a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down a game-high eight rebounds—including five on the offensive glass. 


Cutler Finneman was the fourth Cougar in double-digits, chipping in 12 point off the bench to go with five rebounds and two assists. Ward was credited with nine points, five rebounds and three assists. Brown handed out a game-high seven assists.  


The Cougar reserves outscored their Viking counterparts, 26-20.


USF closes out its non-conference schedule at home tomorrow night against Waldorf College (3-2). Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. 

Courtesy: University of Sioux Falls