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Hardrocker Basketball

Hardrocker Basketball
Hot Shooting 'Rockers Cage Mountain Lions, 80-63; Lady Rockers win
SDSM Atheltics - December 3, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team was primed Saturday night as the Hardrockers defeated the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 80-63, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meeting at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

 SD Mines jumped out to an early lead thanks in part to the accurate shooting on the perimeter. The 'Rockers shot 50 percent in the first half and knocked down 10-14 three-pointers. The hot shooting gave the home team a 46-30 edge at the half. SD Mines was able to maintain its advantage over the final 20 minutes, outscoring the Mountain Lions, 34-33.

For the game, the Hardrockers made good on 29-61 attempts to shoot 47.5 percent, including 13-23 from behind the arc and 9-11 from the free throw line. SD Mines added 41 rebounds, and came away with 18 assists, three steals and three blocks.

UCCS finished the game shooting 36.9 percent from the field converting 24-65 shots, including 5-17 three-point attempts and 10-15 from the foul line. They added 29 rebounds, nine assists, six steals and a block.

Individually from the Hardrockers, sophomore Jake Heath had an outstandings night making good on 10-12 attempts, including a 6-7 performance from behind the arc to lead his team with 26 points and six assists. Freshman Troy Brady also had the hot hand from the outside, converting 4-6 three-pointers and finished with 14 points and four assists. Sophomore Jack Fiddler contributed with 13 markers and senior Brian Orr added nine points.

The win gets the Hardrockers back to .500 with a 3-3 overall mark and 1-1 in the conference. SD Mines will next take on Colorado Christian on Friday in Denver, Colo., and then travel to Golden, Colo., on Saturday to challenge the Colorado School of Mines.

Meanwhile,

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team used a second-half scoring surge to defeat the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 65-38, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

After a 28-28 halftime tie, the Hardrockers unleashed a furious offensive attack, outscoring the Mountain Lions, 37-10.

For the game the Hardrockers shot 41.3 percent from the field making good on 26-63, including 10-27 from three-point range and 3-5 from the free throw line. UCCS was 15-60 from the field to shoot 25 percent in the game, including 4-28 from three-point range and 4-11 from the foul line.

The Lady 'Rockers collected 44 rebounds, 17 assists, five steals and one block while The Mountain Lions came down with 33 rebounds, five assists, six steals and two blocks.

Individually for SD Mines, sophomore Anna Haugen had an outstanding performance with a double-double cashing in for 15 points and recorded 20 rebounds and two assists. Fellow sophomore Sami Steffeck was a great compliment on the outside, connecting on 4-7 three-point goals to score 14 points. Junior Taylor Molstad contributed with 13 points and Krista Showalter added six points and six assists.

The win elevated the Hardrockers to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in RMAC play. Next up, SD Mines head to Colorado next weekend to take on Colorado Christian and the Colorado School of Mines.

 



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