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School of Mines Mens and Womens Basketball

School of Mines Mens and Womens Basketball
Hardrockers Win Triple OT Thriller Over CSC; Eagles stun Hardrocker women
SDSM Atheltic Release - February 26, 2018

CHADRON, Neb. --- It took three overtime periods for the South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team to close out the 2017-18 season, where the Hardrockers pulled off a thrilling, 88-85, over Chadron State College Saturday night in Chadron, Neb., during the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference season finale.

It was a tough and physical game where neither team could gain a foothold. When one team was able to go on a run, the other team would regroup and erase any type of deficit. The game was tied 11 times and there were 11 different lead changes throughout the night.

The Hardrockers' biggest lead was 11 points midway through the second half while the Eagles held an eight point edge at the eight-minute mark of the first half.

SD Mines led by one point at the half, 39-38, while Chadron State outscored the visitors, 27-26, over the second 20 minutes. Both teams put up seven points in the first OT and four points each in the second extra period. The 'Rockers cashed in for 12 markers in the final overtime while CSC managed nine points.

Clutch three-pointers in the third OT decided the game as sophomore Jake Heath and freshman Troy Brady were on point down the stretch to pull out in front while the 'Rocker defense stepped up in the waning moments to secure the victory.

The Hardrockers shot 50 percent on the night, making good on 31-62 attempts, including 8-19 from three point range and were 18-30 from the free throw line. The 'Rockers came down with 41 rebounds, notched 12 assists, seven steals and one blocked shot.

Chadron State shot 43.8 percent from the field converting 32-73 attempts, including 7-18 from behind the arc and 14-23 on free throws. They snagged 37 rebounds, eight assists, 10 steals and three blocks.

Individually for the Hardrockers, senior Brian Orr, playing in his final game for SD Mines, finished with 22 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot. Freshman Wilfred Dickson added 14 points, eight rebounds and one steal; Heath contributed with 12 points; and Brady tacked on 10 markers, two assists and two steals.

Chadron was paced by former SD Mines player Jaisean Jackson with 26 points, Matt Reader dished in for 17 points and Leigh Saffin posted 10 points.

Saturday win snaps a five-game skid for SD Mines and the 'Rockers finish the 2017-18 season with an 8-19 overall record and 5-17 in the RMAC. Chadron ends the year on a 20-game losing streak posting a 3-25 overall record and 1-21 in conference play.

Meanwhile, With the score tied seven times and 10 different lead changes, it was a rough and scrappy battle for the South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team as they dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, 70-67, to Chadron State College, Saturday night in Chadron, Neb., during the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season finale.

It was a fight to the bitter end, as SD Mines trailed by six points with less than 30 second left in the extra period. After SD Mines junior Taylor Molstad drained a three with about 15 seconds to go, the Hardrocker defense turned up the juice, caused a turnover and set the visitors up for one last opportunity to tie the game, but unfortunately a contested three-point attempt rimmed in and out as time expired.

Points were hard to come by in the game. SD Mines took a two-point edge after the first quarter, 13-11, and then bettered the home team, 16-14, over the second 10 minutes, to go into halftime up by four, 29-25.

In the third period, Chadron came out strong, going on an 8-0 run and outscored the Lady 'Rockers, 13-10, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Hardrockers trailed by five points down the stretch, but thanks to some solid defense and a pair of clutch free throws from sophomore Cooper Courtney with six seconds left in regulation, SD Mines was able to tie the game and set up the dramatic finish.

SD Mines finished the game shooting 30.4 percent from the field hitting 21-69 attempts. The 'Rockers went 7-29 from the behind the arc to shoot 24.1 percent. They added 18-22 from the free throw line, came down with 42 rebounds, had nine assists, 11 steals and four blocked shots.

Chadron finished shooting 39.7 percent from the field, making good on 27-68 buckets, including a 5-18 performance from three-point range and were 11-17 on free throws. They added 46 rebounds, 18 assists, four steals and four blocked shots.

Individually for SD Mines, sophomores Sami Steffeck and Cooper Courtney both cashed in for 16 points. Steffeck added eight rebounds. Junior Taylor Molstad and freshman Ryan Weiss each tacked on 10 markers while sophomore Anna Haugen contributed with eight points.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Kali Feddersen with 21 points, Taryn Foxen added 17 and Leticia Rodriguez posted 12.

With the loss, the Hardrockers close out the regular season with a 16-12 overall record and 11-11 mark in the RMAC. SD Mines owns the No. 8 seed in the RMAC Shootout post-season tournament and will travel to No. 1 CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo, Colo. Times are to be announced.



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