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SDSM Basketball
Mary Pulls Away Late To Defeat Hardrockers At Home
SDSM Athletics - November 22, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team suffered a costly scoring drought midway through the second half of play Tuesday night which allowed the University of Mary to gain a slight advantage down the stretch and tipped the scales as the Marauders defeated the Hardrockers, 91-82, in a non-conference bout at the King Center in Rapid City.

The visitors were hot from the perimeter in the first half, shooting 62 percent converting 18-29 shots, but SD Mines was persistent. Mary would go on a run, but the 'Rockers were able to real their former DAC-10 foes back in.

The Marauders held a one-point edge at the half, 43-42. Mary was able to string together a few key shots midway through the second period. The Hardrockers couldn't convert shots down the stretch, allowing Mary to gain enough of a lead to turn the home team away. The Marauders outscored SD Mines, 49-39 over the final 20 minutes.

Free throws were another factor in Tuesday's outcome. SD Mines hit 18-29 from the foul line (62 percent) while Mary shot 77 percent, converting 24-31.

SD Mines finished the night shooting 41 percent from the field, making good on 26-63, including an 11-26 performance from behind the arc. They also came down with 38 rebounds, 13 were offensive boards. The home team had 17 assists, four steals and two blocks.

The Marauders shot 54 percent from the field, hitting 28-52 attempts and collected 31 rebounds (just three offensive boards). The visitors had 16 assists, six steals and one block.

The Hardrockers had six individuals in double figures. Freshman Wilfred Dickson led the way with 19 points, six rebounds and one assist. Sophomore Jake Heath had 12 points (four three-point goals), five assists, five rebounds and one steal. Freshman Troy Brady added 11 markers and junior Jacob Anastasi, sophomore Logan Elers and senior Brian Orr all contributed with 10 points.

The loss drops SD Mines to 2-2 on the season and will next start RMAC play Dec. 1 when the Hardrockers play host to MSU Denver in a 7:30 p.m. game at the King Center.

Meanwhile,

BILLINGS, Mont. – MSU Billings' Rylee Kane scored a game-high 19 points and Alisha Breen had her second straight double-double to lead the Montana State University Billings women's basketball team to an 80-64 win over visiting South Dakota School of Mines Tuesday evening at Alterowitz Gym in Billings, Mont.

Breen had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and matched Kane with a team-high six assists, and was the key factor in MSUB winning the rebound battle 32-30. The Hardrockers led 5-4 in the opening quarter, but after the first three of the night by Vanessa Stavish MSUB never trailed again.

The opening 10 minutes were capped by a momentum-shifting play for the 'Jackets to end the period. Breen blocked a layup and grabbed the rebound with seven seconds left, then fed a 40-foot pass down court where Stavish finished a buzzer-beating layup to make the score 22-16.

 The Hardrockers evened the score at 24-24 on a three by Payton Humpal two minutes into the second, but the 'Jackets responded with a 16-6 scoring burst over the next six minutes to up their lead to 40-30. 

 The 'Jackets built a 42-32 edge by halftime, and out-scored the 'Rockers 38-32 over the final 20 minutes to move to 5-0 on the season. South Dakota Mines was handed its first loss of the year, falling to 4-1 overall.

 Anna Haugen led SDSMT with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Sami Steffeck, Marrisa Hirchert and Humpal had eight points apiece. The visitors were hampered by a mark of just 14-for-22 from the free-throw line, while the 'Jackets capitalized on 14 of 16 attempts.

 MSUB's lead peaked at 18 points with 4:30 to go in the third quarter, and SDSMT could not get back within 10 points the rest of the way 
Overall, MSUB out-shot SDSMT 45.2 percent to 40.0 percent and though each team shot 33.3 percent from the arc, MSUB made 10 of 30 attempts compared to 6 of 18 for the 'Rockers.

 Stavish wound up with a dozen points, and Taylor Cunningham and Grace Weeks had 11 apiece for MSUB.

That wrapped up the non-conference schedule for SD Mines. The Hardrockers will next see action Dec. 1 when they welcome MSU Denver to Goodell Gymnasium for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.



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