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BHSU Basketball: Men's and Women's hoops see season end with losses
BHSU Athletics - February 27, 2017

DENVER, Colo. – A night after shooting over 42 percent from the field in a victory, the Black Hills State University men's basketball team ran into a stiff opponent in Regis University, falling 69-53. The Rangers held BHSU to just a 29.6 percent shooting percentage in the first half and 34.8 percent (16-of-46) for the game in the Yellow Jackets season finale.

Regis (20-8, 14-8 RMAC) began the day playing for a home game in the RMAC Tournament and jumped all over the Yellow Jackets opening an 18-0 lead. The first Black Hills State points came as Fraser Malcolm found Sam McCloud in the paint for the easy bucket.

Black Hills State then cut into the Ranger lead and bringing it down to 14 points at 24-10 with 10:44 remaining in the game. LD Thomas hit a short jumper for the Yellow Jackets 10th point.

However, Regis entered halftime with a 46-22 lead.

In the second half, Black Hills State went on a quick 5-0 run behind a free throw from Thomas and four-straight points from Fraser Malcolm. The sophomore hit a pair of free throws with 17:37 remaining to make the score 48-27.

With the clock running down, BHSU went on a 6-0 run to end the game with a layup from Stefan Desnica, a jumper from Antonio Capley and two more free throws from Thomas for the final score of 69-53.

Fraser Malcom scored in double digits for the 23rd time of 2016-17 with a team high 13 points. He added five rebounds, three steals and three assists for the all-around game. The Rangers were led by Noah King with 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Black Hills State concludes its season with a 9-19 record and 6-16 in the RMAC, including winning two of its last three games. The Yellow Jackets swept the season series over Colorado Mesa and Chadron State along with beating their first-ever ranked opponent when they took down then No. 18 Colorado Mines. The Orediggers went on to win the RMAC Championship this year.

With the conclusion of the season, the career of Max Mueller has ended with the exhaustion of his NCAA eligibility. Mueller ends his two-year career with Black Hills State averaging 6.2 rebounds over his 54 career games.

Meanwhile,

The Black Hills State University women's basketball team fell in its final contest of the season to the Regis Rangers on Saturday afternoon by a score of 78-51.

After trailing 48-20 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets were looking to find their momentum. The Rangers came out first to score on a layup by Karlyn Johnson to increase the lead by 30 at 50-20. Taylor Trohkimoinen answered back driving coast to coast to start cutting in on the Regis lead but Kaylie Rader had other plans to increase the lead back up to 52-22.

Kassidy Scott saw Julia Seamans open up at the top of the arc. Scott dumped the pass off to Seamans who drained it from downtown to cut in on the Rangers lead once again at 52-25. A foul by the Yellow Jackets though shortly after Seamans' shot sent Kaylie Rader to the line. Rader made 1-of-2 to give the Rangers a 53-25 lead over BHSU.

With 7:10 remaining in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets opened up and went on a 13-0 run to trail by 19 points. The run started with Balster going 1-for-2 from the line to start cutting in on the lead at 55-26. Seamans punched the ball away from Morgan Ducklow up to Balster who drove to the net and scored to give two more points to the Green and Gold and bring the score to 55-28.

A foul on Regis sent Haley Schneider to the line with 4:40 remaining in the third. Schneider landed both free throws to continue cutting in on the lead at 55-30. About 10 seconds later, Seamans steals the ball away from the Rangers and drives coast to coast to give two more points to the Yellow Jackets.

From there, the two teams traded of missed shots until Seamans grabbed yet another steal. Julia passed it up to Trohkimoinen under the net who was fouled and sent to the line. Taylor went 1-of-2 from the line and brought the Yellow Jackets within 22 points of the Rangers at 55-33.

Following the free throws by Trohkimoinen, Regis took the ball back down the court but were unable to finish as Sierra Toms grabbed the rebound and passed it up the court. Seamans was working the top of the court looking for an opening but unable to find one she pulled up and took a shot from downtown to give three more points to the Green and Gold to trail 55-36. The final shot of the Yellow Jacket 13-0 run came from a layup down low by Toms to bring the score to 55-38 but the run was not enough for BHSU to come out with the victory.

Black Hills State shot 34.0 percent (17-of-50) from the field and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the line. The Yellow Jackets outshot the Rangers 18-9 in the third quarter to try to rally back from a 30-point deficit.

Balster led the offense with 13 points going 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-6 from the line. Erickson was right behind with 11 points.

On the defense, Toms grabbed six rebounds, five of them defensively while Seamans grabbed a career-high five steals.

Black Hills State ends its season 9-17 overall and 9-12 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while Regis improves to 21-6 on the season and 19-6 in the conference.



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