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School of Mines Mens and Womens Basketball

School of Mines Mens and Womens Basketball

Orediggers Break Away In 2nd Half, Defeat Hardrocker Men; Lady Hardrockers get win


Sd School of Mines Athletics - February 11, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A second-half outburst by Colorado School of Mines gave the Orediggers a 73-52 win over the South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

The Orediggers (18-6, 12-6 RMAC) earned one of eight RMAC Tournament spots with four games left to play as they outscored the Hardrockers (7-17, 4-15 RMAC) by a 41-21 margin in the second half with 61.5 percent shooting in the period. The first half of play was tightly contested with Colorado School of Mines earning a slight one-point edge at the half, 32-31.

The second half would be all Orediggers, however, as Adam Laine converted an early three-point play to spark a 12-0 run that included eight points from Glen. That turned it into a 48-35 lead at the 13:11 mark, and after the Hardrockers pared the deficit back to eight on sophomore Logan Elers' layup at the 11:16 mark, Mines slowly built the lead back up and won by its largest margin, 21 points, as Oredigger Mason Baker hit the final basket of the game in the last minute.

The Hardrockers finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field making good on 20-50 attempts. The home team was 6-15 from three-point range and were 6-8 from the free throw line. SD Mines collected 12 assists, two steals and one blocked shot.

Colorado School of Mines converted 29-56 to shoot 51.8 percent from the field. They were 4-13 from the free throw line and hit 11-16 on free throws. The Orediggers grabbed 30 rebounds, hand nine assists, eight steals and four blocked shots.

The Hardrockers were paced by sophomore Jake Heath with 12 points (all coming behind the arch). Elers also contributed with 12 points while sophomore Jack Fiddler tacked on 11 points.

Four Orediggers scored in double figures led by Michael Glen's 18-point, nine-rebound effort and 14 points each from Ben Sonnefeld and Adam Laine, with Luke Schroepfer scoring 12.

Meanwhile, The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team pulled away from the Colorado School of Mines down the stretch Saturday afternoon during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference bout at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D., winning the important game, 65-57.

It was a back-and-forth game between the Orediggers (15-9, 12-6 RMAC) and Hardrockers (15-10, 10-9) with the score tied 10 times and lead exchanging hands 11 times. With 1:48 to play, Colorado School of Mines tied the game at 55-all with a free throw. However, SD Mines immediately sank a 3-pointer and went 7-of-8 from the charity stripe to pull away down the stretch.

The Lady 'Rockers led by two points after the first quarter, 19-17, and both squads posted 11 markers in the second period as SD Mines went into halftime up, 30-28. The 'Rockers again bettered the visitors by two point in the third quarter, 13-11, and then outscored the Orediggers, 22-18 to earn the victory.

The Hardrockers closed out the game making good on 20-56 attempts to shoot 35.7 percent from the field. They connected on 10-34 from the three-point line and converted 15-17 free throws. SD Mines collected 31 rebounds, earned 13 assists, seven steals and one blocked shot.

The Lady Orediggers were 23-61 to shoot 37.7 percent from the field and hit 5-30 from the three-point line. The added 6-9 from the foul line and added 34 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.

SD Mines sophomore Anna Haugen earned another double-double putting up 12 points and coming down with 10 rebounds. Freshman Ryan Weiss tacked on nine markers, eight rebounds and one assist. Senior Payton Humpal also scored nine points while sophomores Sami Steffeck and Cooper Courtney each scored eight points.

Nicole Archambeau led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Anna Kollmorgen and Emily Bailey were next on the team with eight points each, and Kollmorgen dished out five assists.



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