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BHSU Men's and Women's Basketball

BHSU men falls on the road to Western State; Yellow Jacket women hold off Mountaineers

BHSU Athletics - January 27, 2018

GUNNISON, Colo.The Black Hills State University men's basketball team fell to Western State, 90-76, on Saturday evening.

Fraser Malcolm had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets (11-8, 8-7 RMAC). Makaleb McInnis recorded 17 points, and Wyatt Krogman chipped in 12.  

The first half was a game of runs. The Mountaineers (9-12, 7-8 RMAC) led by six, 21-15, with 12:46 remaining, before the Yellow Jackets led by nine after a three-pointer by Zach McLemore with 6:51 left. Western State then used a 19-4 run to take a six-point lead, 46-40, into halftime.

Western State started the second half on an 8-2 run to take control of the game, up by 12 points. The Mountaineers pushed their lead out to as many as 15, and although BHSU were able to get it down to single digits, 76-67, with seven minutes to play, and again with five minutes to play, hot shooting by the home team sealed the win for the Mountaineers, 90-76. The Yellow Jackets are now 1-6 on the road.

BHSU shot 48.0 percent from the field (24-for-50), while Western State was 54.3 percent from the floor (25-for-46). The Yellow Jackets were 9-for-25 (36.0 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Mountaineers were 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) on three-pointers. BHSU was 19-for-24 (79.2 percent) from the free throw line, while Western State was 28-for-38 (73.7 percent).  The Green and Gold were outrebounded by the Griffins, 31-25.  

Ben Beauchamp led all scorers with 30 points, while Collin Smith had 23 and Quincy Harding scored 18 for the Mountaineers.

Meanwhile, the Black Hills State women's basketball team held off Western State Colorado University, 67-61, on Saturday evening. The Yellow Jackets have now won six consecutive games.

Lyndzi Rich had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets (17-4, 11-4 RMAC). Rachel Erickson and Keely Bertram each added 11 points.

The Yellow Jackets outscored the Mountaineers (6-15, 3-12 RMAC) in three of the four quarters, but trailed by two at the half. Bertram scored the first four points for BHSU, opening the scoring with a layup, and then knocking down two free throws. The visitors went up by as many as six points in the first quarter, but an old-fashioned three-point play as time was running out by Tammarrah Gothard of Western State ended the period, 18-17, in favor of the Green and Gold.

Neither team was able to score for the first three minutes of the second period, but the Mountaineers ultimately outscored the Yellow Jackets, 14-11, in the quarter, and the home team led, 31-29, at halftime.

The third quarter was more of the same, with the two teams trading baskets through much of the period. With Western State up by three, 42-39, with 3:21 remaining, Hannah Cass was fouled and made both her free throws. Bertram followed that up with a three-point play, getting fouled after making a layup, to give the Yellow Jackets a 44-42 lead with just under three minutes to play in the third. The Green and Gold went into the fourth quarter with a one-point lead, 50-49.

With 3:46 remaining in the game, the score was tied, 56-56. Erickson hit a big three-pointer to give the visitor's a lead they would not relinquish. That basket was the start of an 11-5 Yellow Jacket run to close out the game and clinch the 76-71 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory for BHSU.

BHSU shot 38.6 percent from the field (22-for-57), while WSCU was 43.9 percent from the floor (18-for-41). The Yellow Jackets were 2-for-10 (20.0 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Mountaineers were 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) on three-pointers. The Green and Gold outrebounded Western State, 32-31.

Katie Dalton led all scorers with 22 points, while Samantha Coleman had 12 points for the Mountaineers.

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