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School of Mines Mens and Womens Basketball

School of Mines Mens and Womens Basketball

Roadrunners Slow Hardrocker Men; MSU Denver Steals RMAC Win From Women


SDSM Atheltic Release - February 4, 2018

DENVER, Colo. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team had several opportunities t down the stretch to get back into the game  Saturday night in Denver, Colo., but sometimes the ball just won't fall into the basket.

The Hardrockers could not muster enough offense late in the second half as the MSU Denver Roadrunners staved off a late rally to hang on for a 63-55 win, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup.

The Roadrunners have one of the top defenses in the conference which was on full display Saturday. The Hardrockers did manage to push forward and took a 29-26 halftime lead, thanks in part to knocking down some long range shots during key possessions as well as getting quite a few offensive rebounds.

The Hardrockers extended their lead to a seven-point advantage early in the second half before the home team was able to put the clamps on. They took away SD Mines' outside shots --- and buckets were hard to come by in the paint.

MSU Denver went on a run midway through the second half gathering a five-point edge midway through the final frame and, thanks to a spotty performance at the foul line, were able to squeak out the win.

The Hardrockers finished the game shooting 34.4 percent in the game making good on 21-61 attempts, including a 6-22 performance from behind the arch. They were a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line, added 39 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

The Roadrunners converted 23-52 baskets on the night to shoot 44.2 percent from the field. They added 7-17 from the three-point line, were 10-20 from the free throw line, collected 34 rebounds, had six assists, seven steals and four blocked shots.

SD Mines freshman Troy Brady paced his team with 14 points, three rebounds and one assist. Sophomore Jake Heath contributed with 14 points, three rebounds and an assist while sophomore Logan Elers and freshman Wilfred Dickson each cashed in for 10 points.

Cameron Williams led MSUD (13-10, 12-5) with 21 points and Alec Williams added 16.

Meanwhile, After an offensive explosion in the first half, the South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team had a sluggish third quarter which allowed the MSU Denver Roadrunners to overcome a nine-point deficit and surge forward for a 69-60 win during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup Saturday in Denver, Colo.

The Hardrockers came charging out of the gate and quickly took control of the game. The visitors took a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and then extended their advantage to 11 points midway through the second period.

At halftime, SD Mines held a nine-point edge, 30-21.

The Roadrunners set the pace in the second half and went on a 10-0 run in the opening two minutes of the third quarter. The Hardrockers shook off the barrage, and got back to playing their game, but Metro's momentum was tough to deal with. At the end of the third period, the home team outscored SD Mines 30-14 and led by seven, 51-44.

In the final frame, SD Mines was able to chip away at the MSUD's and got the deficit down to three points with just under three minutes to play, but the Roadrunners turned up the heat and pulled away down the stretch to take the win.

After shooting 47.8 percent in the first half, the Hardrockers closed out the game with 40.4 percentage from the field. They hit 21-52 shots, including 6-19 from three-point range. The visitors tacked on 12-17 from the free throw line, came down with 30 rebounds, recorded eight assists and four steals.

The Roadrunners shot 55.6 in the second half and were 46.9 percent for the game. MSU Denver made good on 30-64 attempts including just 2-11 from behind the arch. They converted 7-10 from the foul line, nabbed 38 rebounds, 16 assists, six steals and two blocks.

Sophomore Anna Haugen had a double-double on the night for SD Mines with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go along with one assist. Sophomore Sami Steffeck also had 12 points on the night while senior Payton Humpal contributed with 11 markers and sophomore Cooper Courtney added 10.

The Roadrunners (16-7, 12-5) were paced by Georgia Ohrdorf with 26 points and J'Nae Squires-Horton added 14.



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