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BHSU comes from behind to sting FLC in overtime

BHSU Media/Athletic Relations - December 16, 2018

DURANGO, Colo. – The Black Hills State University men's basketball team came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Fort Lewis College, 70-66, in overtime on Saturday evening. The Yellow Jackets enter the holiday break 5-0 in conference play, one of just two teams to be undefeated in the RMAC.  

Tyler Oliver led the Yellow Jackets (6-3, 5-0 RMAC) with 21 points and nine rebounds. Fraser Malcolm had 16 points, and Connor O'Hearn added 13 and tallied six assists.

The first five minutes were back-and-forth, but the Skyhawks (5-5, 1-4 RMAC) took a one-point lead, 10-9, with 14:42 to play in the first half. From that point, Fort Lewis controlled the half, pushing their lead out to 12 points, 33-21, heading into the break.

The Yellow Jackets came out of the locker room and used a 13-2 run to narrow the gap to just one point, 35-34, with 13:45 to play. The Green and Gold were able to grab a lead on a Malcolm jumper, but the Skyhawks remained close for the final 10 minutes. BHSU held a three-point lead with 12 seconds remaining in regulation, but Kireed Johnson was fouled on a trey attempt, and sunk all three shots from the charity stripe, tying the game up for Fort Lewis, and sending it to overtime.

In the overtime period, the Yellow Jackets led by one before a foul and technical foul gave the Skyhawks four free throws with 2:25 remaining. Alex Semadeni sunk all four shots to put the home team up by three. However, the Green and Gold would go away quietly, as Malcolm came down the court and hit a three-pointer to tie the game. On the ensuing possession, the BHSU defense forced a miss, and Malcolm scored on a layup to give the visitors a two-point cushion. Stout defense and a pair of free throws down the stretch secured the victory for the Yellow Jackets, 70-66.

BHSU shot 44.2 percent from the field (23-for-52), while FLC was 34.4 percent from the floor (21-for-61). The Yellow Jackets were 10-for-29 (34.5 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Skyhawks were 4-for-24 (16.7 percent) on three-pointers. BHSU was 14-for-18 (76.9 percent) from the charity stripe, and FLC was 20-for-25 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line. The Green and Gold outrebounded Fort Lewis, 41-31.

Semadeni led the Skyhawks with 21 points, while Marquel Beasley and AJ Sparks each added 12.


Morgan Ham scored 19 second half points, as the Black Hills State University women's basketball team took down Fort Lewis, 65-55, on Saturday evening to wrap up the 2018 portion of the schedule.   

Ham led the Yellow Jackets (8-1, 4-1 RMAC) with 23 points. She also added seven rebounds. Julia Seamans tallied 17 points, while Racquel Wientjes added 13.

The first three quarters were a battle. Neither team was able to get on the board until almost three minutes into the game, before Wientjes made a three-pointer to give BHSU a 3-0 lead with 7:12 to go in the first. The Skyhawks (5-5, 2-3 RMAC) responded on the ensuing possession. After another three minute scoreless stretch, the Yellow Jackets eventually led, 14-8, after 10 minutes.

The first five minutes of the second quarter were all Fort Lewis, as they used a 10-2 run to take a two-point lead, 18-16. The Skyhawks would push their lead out to as many as seven, but a Seamans three as time expired helped bring the Yellow Jackets within three, 28-25, at the break.

At the end of the third quarter, FLC led, 43-42, leaving it all down to the final 10 minutes. With 4:19 to play, the game was tied, 50-50, when Lyndzi Rich grabbed an offensive rebound and her layup gave the Yellow Jackets a lead they would not relinquish. The visitors used a 15-5 lead to secure the RMAC win, and a fourth consecutive victory.

BHSU shot 40.0 percent from the field (20-for-50), while FLC was 32.2 percent from the floor (19-for-59). The Yellow Jackets were 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Skyhawks were 4-for-22 (18.2 percent) on three-pointers. BHSU was 71.4 percent from the charity stripe (15-for-21), while Fort Lewis was 86.7 percent (13-for-15). The Green and Gold outrebounded Fort Lewis, 38-32.  

Sydney Candelaria led the Skyhawks with 14 points, while Kayla Herrera added 11.

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