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Double-Digit Effort by Three Players Carry BHSU men to Victory, 72-67; women come up short

BHSU Sports Information - January 6, 2018

PUEBLO, Colo. – A double-digit effort by three players, including a double-double by Fraser Malcolm, carried the Black Hills State University men's basketball team to its second win and season sweep over the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves, 72-67, on Saturday evening.

The Green and Gold improve to 9-5 on the season and 5-4 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action, while the ThunderWolves fall to 6-9 overall and 3-6 in RMAC play.

The Yellow Jackets came out on fire, going on an 8-0 run to start the contest. Fraser Malcolm started the run, hitting a jumper from the top of the key. A foul by the ThunderWolves placed Stefan Desnica at the line, who hit both, and followed it up with a layup. Makaleb McInnis closed out the run hitting a layup. A shot by Mika Nuolivirta ended the Green and Gold run at 8-2.

McInnis answered with back-to-back shots from downtown to increase the Green and Gold lead to 14-2.

With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the Yellow Jackets led, 21-9, before the ThunderWolves closed in with a 10-0 run, coming within one point at 21-20, and tying it up at 23-all.

However, that was not enough, as Black Hills State closed out the first half leading by five at 33-28.

After halftime, the Green and Gold jumped out to an 8-0 run again with Connor O'Hearn and Dez Stoudamire each hitting a shot from downtown and registering assists to each other. Malcolm followed behind with a jumper to increase the lead, 41-30. Gavin Liggett of the ThunderWolves ended the run with a shot from behind the arc to bring it within eight at 41-33.

With 9:07 remaining in the game, Jacob Perkins tipped one in off his rebound to increase the Yellow Jacket lead again to 12 at 53-41. The ThunderWolves tried to cut in on the lead, but Perkins made a layup followed by Hoyt Nicholas knocking one in from beyond the arc to increase the BHSU lead, 58-43.

With a 12-point lead for BHSU at 2:28, CSUP went on an 8-0 run to come within four points at 66-62, threatening the Yellow Jackets lead. With less than a minute to go, Josh Smith of CSU-Pueblo hit a layup along the baseline to come within three at 67-64, but it was not enough, as BHSU closed out the game, 72-67, for its sweep of the ThunderWolves on the season.

The Green and Gold went 26-of-58 (44.8 percent) from the field, 8-of-25 (32.0 percent) from behind the arc, and 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) from the line.

McInnis led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed seven boards, while Stoudamire had 11 points. Malcolm registered his fifth season double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Meanwhile, The Black Hills State University women's basketball team fell in its rematch to Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday night, 58-47.

The ThunderWolves remain undefeated in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action at 9-0, and improve to 11-4 on the season, while Black Hills State falls to 11-4 overall and 5-4 in RMAC play.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets got off to a slow start shooting just 11.1 percent from the field. CSU-Pueblo started out on a 6-0 run before two free throws by Lyndzi Rich landed the Green and Gold on the board to trail by four at 6-2.

At the end of the first quarter, Black Hills State trailed by 10 before Katie Messler hit a jump shot from the corner of the key to cut the lead to eight, 14-6.

In the second quarter, the ThunderWolves continued to increase their lead over the Yellow Jackets to close out the first half, 29-13.

The second half saw a better performance for the Green and Gold, especially in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets outscored the ThunderWolves, 22-16 in the fourth. Starting at 6:33 remaining in the third, Black Hills State trailed by 21 points and rallied back to trail by 11. The Yellow Jackets lit it up in the fourth, with Rachel Erickson and Keely Bertram scoring five points right away to bring BHSU within 12 points. From there, the teams traded off points, as the ThunderWolves were not letting up on the lead, and closed it out, 58-47.

Rachel Erickson led the offense with 13 points, scoring 12 points in the second half. Danielle Noble was right behind Erickson, scoring eight points in her third game in the Green and Gold.

Katie Messler grabbed six rebounds for the defense.

The Yellow Jackets finished 24.1 percent (14-of-58) from the field and 68 percent (17-of-25) from the line. The ThunderWolves out rebounded the BHSU, 42-34.

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