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Hardrockers Ground Eagles In RMAC Matchup, 66-52; Lady 'Rockers Explode For 83-57 Win Over Chadron


SDSM Athletics - December 16, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. --- After a first-half slugfest, the South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team pulled away over the final 20 minutes to win a rivalry Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference bout, 66-52, Friday night at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

The Hardrockers led for a majority of the game, but the Eagles kept within striking distance and trailed by five points at the half, 29-24. SD Mines turned up the heat in the second half, shooting 66.7 percent over the final 20 minutes and led by 20 points with just over six minutes to play in regulation. The 'Rockers outscored CSC, 37-28, in the second half.

The Hardrockers finished the game shooting 55.6 percent from the field making good on 25-45 shots, including 5-11 from three-point range and converted 11-15 from the free throw line. The Eagles ended the game making good on 19-52 attempt, including just 3-10 from behind the arc and 11-16 from the foul line.

SD Mines collected 21 rebounds, recorded 14 assists, five steals and four blocks. The Eagles came down with 29 rebounds, eight assists, six steals and one block.

Individually for the 'Rockers, junior Jacob Anastasi led the way shooting 100 percent (5-5 from the field) with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds. Freshman Troy Brady added 13 markers, three assists and two steals. Sophomore Logan Elers tacked on 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks while sophomore Jack Fiddler contributed with nine points.

The win lifts SD Mines above .500 again with a 5-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in conference play. Next up, the 'Rockers welcome Regis University to the King Center on Saturday in a 5:30 p.m. bout.

Meanwhile, RAPID CITY, S.D. – An explosive first half lifted the South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team over rival Chadron State College, 83-57, Friday evening during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

The Lady Hardrockers posted 25 points in both the first and second quarters and jumped out to a 23-point lead at the half, 50-27. The Eagles tried to fight their way, outscoring SD Mines, 17-14, in the third quarter, but the Lady Hardrockers' intensity and competitive play was no match as they closed out the final 10 minutes with a 19-13 showing to earn the win.

The Hardrockers were on fire in the first half shooting 56.3 percent from the field and hit 11 three-pointers (52.4 percent). For the game, the home team finished with 47.5 percent from the field making good on 28-59, including 13-31 from the three-point line and converted 14-17 from the foul line.

The Eagles converted 23-53 shots for 43.3 percent in the game, including an 8-18 performance from three-point range, and 3-5 from the free throw line.

The 'Rockers collected 30 rebounds on the night and recorded 18 assists, 10 steals and had one blocked shot. Chadron came down with 26 rebounds, had 14 assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Individually, sophomore Sami Steffect had the hot hand Friday leading all scorers with 21 points, including 5-8 from behind the arc. She was 2-2 from the free throw line, notched four assists and four steals.

SD Mines Freshman Ryan Weiss also performed well Friday, earning 16 points, hitting 4-7 from the three-point line and added two steals and an assist. Sophomore Anna Haugen contributed with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals while junior Taylor Molstad and senior Payton Humpal both cashed in for eight markers.

The win gives SD Mines a 7-3 overall mark and improve to 3-2 in RMAC play. Next up, the Hardrockers play host to the Regis University Rangers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (MST).



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