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Rangers Sneak Away with 57-56 Victory over BHSU
BHSU Athletics - December 17, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University men's basketball team fell late to Regis 57-56 Friday night in the Young Center.

Patrick Mendes tied a career-best 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding four rebounds as the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-7 overall land 1-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Regis improves to 8-3, 2-3.

The Yellow Jackets appeared to pull away on several transition plays beginning with 6:33 remaining in the game. The run began when LD Thomas pitched ahead to Max Mueller for the easy dunk. Quickly transitioning back to defense Mueller blocked the layup of Dexter Sienko.

On the next Yellow Jacket possession Fraser Malcolm scored an old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Yellow Jackets a 53-46 lead with 6:16 remaining in the game.

Regis then went on an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 54-53 and 3:16 remaining in the contest. Each team then played hot potato with the lead until the final points of the game were a 3-point shot from Noah King to give the Rangers a 57-56 lead with 2:07 left.

The Yellow Jackets created an opportunity in the final seconds for the game-winning basket when Connor O'Hearn stripped the ball from Kevin Metoyer with 21 seconds on the clock. After a timeout, the Yellow Jackets had a chance to win the game when Malcolm shot a contested shot that rimmed out as time expired.

Mendes led all scorers with 15 points while Mueller grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Connor O'Hearn played arguably the best game of his young career scoring six points on 2-of-2 shooting, dishing three assists and tallying two steals.

King led the Rangers with 11 points as Christian Little tallied 10. The Yellow Jacket defense held an opponent well under its season average as Regis entered the game averaging 80.6 points per game.

Black Hills State plays the final game of a four-game homestand Saturday with a 6 p.m. tipoff against regional rival Chadron State. The Eagles fell Friday night to South Dakota Mines, 76-71.


SPEARFISH, S.D. – Despite a valiant effort comeback in the fourth quarter, the Black Hills State University women's basketball team fell 62-54 to Regis University on Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets found their momentum in the second half of the game as they outshot Regis in the third 17 to 13. Trailing 27 to 19 at halftime, the Green and Gold came out in the third with a quick jumper by Cheyanne Balster to come within six points.

In the final five minutes of the game, BHSU went on a 6-0 run to take the lead by two with Keely Bertram hitting a shot from long range with an assist from Julia Seamans. Mary Sigler of the Rangers responded back with a shot from downtown to go back up by one. BHSU took control one last time at 49-48 with Bertram knocking down two from the line.

The comeback effort from the Yellow Jackets was not enough to pull out the win. The Green and Gold went 42 percent (12-of-28) from the field in the second half. Regis countered shooting 52 percent (10-of-19) from the field in the second half.

Cheyanne Balster and Julia Seamans led the way for the offense scoring 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Balster went 6-of-8 from the field in 23 minutes of action. Seamans went 3-of-10 from the field, 2-of-5 from downtown and 2-of-2 from the line and grabbed a season-high three steals.

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