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SDSM vs Johnson and Wales
courtesy of SDSM Athletics
SDSM vs Johnson and Wales
HardRockers Turn Away Wildcats To Win Home Opener, 67-65
SDSM Atheltics - November 18, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team weathered the storm in the second half and staved off a two late rallies to defeat the Johnson and Wales Wildcats, 67-65, Friday night during the Hardrockers home opener at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

After SD Mines took a 14-point lead midway through the second half, the Wildcats came alive and made things interesting down the stretch and tied the game with just over three minutes to play. SD Mines was able to regroup and hit some clutch shots along with a few free throws to keep JWU out of reach and win the non-conference contest.

The Hardrockers went into halftime with a 37-30 advantage. The Wildcats outscored SD Mines, 35-30 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to take down the 'Rockers, who have now won two-in-a-row.

The Hardrockers shot 45 percent from the field Friday night, hitting 27-60 shots and converted 9-12 from the free throw line. SD Mines collected 30 rebounds, 10 were second-chance boards, had 16 assists, eight steals and four blocks.

The Wildcats made good on 28-59 attempts and 4-6 from the foul line. They had 28 rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and six blocks.

Individually for the Hardrockers, sophomore Logan Elers led the team with 15 points and four assists while freshman Wilfred Dickson added 12 markers and four assists. Freshman Troy Brady and sophomore Jake Heath both dished in eight points and sophomore Tristan Von Nieda led the team with 10 rebounds.

The Hardrockers are now 2-1 on the year and will next be in action Tuesday playing host to old Dakota Athletic Conference rival University of Mary in a 6 p.m. tipoff.

Meanwhile, The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team got off to a fast start and kept the momentum through four quarters of play as the Lady Hardrockers defeated the Johnson and Wales Wildcats, 77-48, Friday night during SD Mines' home opener at the King Center in Rapid City.

SD Mines unleashed in the first quarter, outscoring the visitors, 17-5, and then bettered JWU, 21-10, in the second period and went into halftime up, 38-15.
The 'Rockers kept the momentum in the third quarter and led by 23 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final 10 minutes, the 'Rockers outscored the Wildcats, 21-15.

SD Mines finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field making good on 30-69 attempts, including eight from three-point range. The also added 9-12 from the free throw line. The home team came down with 45 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive end and recorded 21 assists, 12 steals and five blocks.

The Wildcats converted 19-54 and shot 35 percent from the field, including seven three-pointers and 3-6 from the foul line. They had 26 rebounds, six assists, seven steals and two blocks.

The Hardrockers were at maximum power on the offensive side of ball as freshman Emma Pearce paced the team with 16 points, while senior Payton Humpal cashed in for 15 markers and Ryan Weiss contributed with 11. Junior Marissa Hirchert had nine points and sophomores Sami Steffeck and Anna Haugen added eight each. Haugen also came down with 12 rebounds on the night and senior Sarah Rawlings notched five assists.

SD Mines improved their record to 3-0 on the season and will be back in action Saturday in a 2 p.m. matchup against Grace University.



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