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Tech Basketball Wrap

Trailblazers Hold Off 'Rockers In RMAC Matchup; Hardrocker Women Earn OT RMAC Win Over DSU


Brad Blume-Tech Sports Information Director - December 6, 2019

ST GEORGE, UT --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team put forth a valiant Friday night but couldn't get past No. 16 Dixie State as the Trailblazers outlasted the Hardrockers, 77-69, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup in St. George Utah.

Dixie State was solid shooting from the field shooting almost 50 percent in each half, but despite that, the 'Rockers were able to hit some clutch perimeter shots to stay within striking distance but just ran out of time down the stretch.

The home team took an eight-point advantage into halftime, 39-31, which proved to be the distance as each team cashed in for 38 markers over the final 20 minutes.

SD Mines finished the game shooting 46.6 percent from the field, including a 9-25 effort from three-point range and was 6-10 from the foul line. The 'Rockers crashed the boards for 27 rebounds, collected 16 assists, five steals and blocked three shots.

Dixie State ended the game making good on 29-60 attempts from the field, including 9-18 from downtown, was 9-18 from three-point line and hit 10-14 free throws. They tallied 40 rebounds, 16 assists, seven steals and two blocks.

The 'Rockers were very balanced on offense as all five starters had nine points or better. Mitchell Sueker led the way with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Troy Brady knocked down four three-pointers for 12 points and added five rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Logan Elers finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Damani Hayes and Allec Williams both contributed with nine points each.

Meanwhile,

The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team won its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup on the season Friday, defeating the Dixie State Trailblazers, 70-68, in overtime on the road at St. George, Utah.

There were seven lead changes and the score was tied just twice throughout the five periods of play. It was a game of runs, but neither team could gain to much of a lead as the largest lead each team had was just seven points throughout the night.

SD Mines got a big spark out of senior Molly McCabe ,who led the Hardrockers with a career high 18 points while sharp shooter Sami Steffeck added 14 markers, including four from behind the arc. Steffeck, who is chasing the SD Mines all-time three-pointers made record now needs just eight to own the record.

SD Mines held a 10-9 edge after the first quarter and went into halftime down, 27-21. The 'Rockers outscored the home team, 25-22, in the third quarter, while Dixie knotted the game at 63 all after bettering the 'Rockers, 22-17, in the fourth frame. SD Mines cashed in for seven points in the OT period to five by the Trailblazers.

On the night, SD Mines shot 47.5 percent from field making good on 28-59 attempts, including a 6-14 performance from downtown and added 8-17 from the free throw line.
Dixie State converted 28-69 from the field to shoot 40 percent and made 9-23 from behind the arch.

Along with her 18 points, McCabe added nine rebounds, two steals and an assist. Anna Haugen, nearly had her fifth double-double of the season with a game high 19 rebounds, eight points and an assist. Ryan Weiss and Anna Combalia each contributed with nine points in the game.



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