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SD School of Mines Basketball
Adams State holds off Hardrocker Mine; Lady 'Rockers Cage Grizzlies
School of Mines Athletics - January 13, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team attempted an intense rally down the stretch, but couldn't pull off the comeback as the Adams State Grizzlies held off the Hardrockers, 80-70, Friday night during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

Adams State used a strong inside game to gain an 11-point halftime edge, 39-28. The Hardrockers rose to the challenge over the final 20 minutes, slowly chipping away at the edge and midway through the second half had cut the deficit down to two points.

The visitors were able regroup down the stretch and gain some breathing room, holding off a Hardrocker rally and escape with the win. SD Mines did outscore Adams State, 42-41, in the second half.

The 'Rockers shot 40 percent on the night, hitting 24-60 shots. They were 7-20 from the three-point line and converted 15-20 from the free throw line. SD Mines came down with 25 rebounds, recorded 14 assists, seven steal and one blocked shot.

Adams State shot 52.7 percent from the field making good on 29-55 attempts. They added 4-14 from three-point range and had an 18-23 showing from the foul line. The Grizzlies collected 27 rebounds, 10 assist, eight steals and seven blocked shots.

Individually for the 'Rockers, sophomore Logan Elers led the way with 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Senior Brian Orr contributed with 15 points and junior Jacob Anastasi tacked on nine markers.

The loss drops SD Mines to 6-9 on the season and 3-7 in conference play. Next up, the Hardrockers take on the No. 21 ranked Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Saturday at the King Center in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Meanwhile, The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team broke away down the stretch defeating the Adams State Lady Grizzlies, 72-58, Friday evening during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup at the King Center in Rapid City.

After a slow first quarter, the Lady 'Rockers held a four-point edge, 19-15, and then extended their advantage to nine at the half, bettering the visitors, 17-12, and went into halftime up, 36-27.

The Grizzlies kept things interesting in the third quarter, outscoring SD Mines, 21-18, as the Hardrockers held onto a six-point lead, 54-48. The Lady 'Rockers surged in the fourth quarter and led by 15 with just over a minute to play and went on a 18-10 run in the final 10 minutes to post the victory.

SD Mines proved why they have one of the best offenses in the conference, shooting 48.3 percent from the field making good on 29-60 shots. They connected on 8-24 three-pointers and were 6-8 from the free throw line. The 'Rockers collected 26 rebounds, had 16 assists, five steals and a blocked shot.

The Grizzlies (3-10, 1-10) finished with 23-52 attempts to shoot 44.2 percent from the field. They were 5-16 from behind the arch and added 7-12 from the foul line. Adams State grabbed 29 rebounds, had 10 assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Individually for the 'Rockers, junior Taylor Molstad paced her team with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. Freshman Ryan Weiss contributed with 13 markers, sophomore Cooper Courtney added 12 points and senior Payton Humpal tacked on 10 points.

The Hardrockers improved to 11-5 on the season and 6-4 in the RMAC. Next up, SD Mines welcomes the No. 13 ranked Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. bout.



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