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Yellow Jacket men edge Grizzlies, 67-65; Messler's Double-Double Effort Leads BHSU women to Victory

BHSU Athletics - January 14, 2018

SPEARFISH, S.D.Fraser Malcolm's 25 points led the way, as the Black Hills State University men's basketball team defeated Adams State, 67-65, on Saturday evening.

Malcolm scored over 20 points for the third time this season to lead the Yellow Jackets (10-5, 7-4 RMAC). Makaleb McInnis and Antonio Capley each added 10 points.

BHSU took control of the game in the first five minutes, leading by eight points, 14-6, with 15:43 left in the first half. After Adams State (9-9, 7-5 RMAC) came back within two points, the Yellow Jackets extended the lead out to as many as 15 in the first half. With 7:50 remaining in the half, Malcolm made a bucket, and the home team led, 31-16. However, the Grizzlies ended the half on a 15-3 run, and the Green and Gold led by just two, 34-32, at the break.

The second half was a more back-and-forth affair, with three ties and four lead changes. ASU led, 55-54, with 6:12 left in the game. Malcolm responded with a trey to put the Yellow Jackets back in front, 57-55. With the Green and Gold leading, 63-61, with 1:01 remaining, Shane Johnson scored in the paint for the Grizzlies to tie the game up. Antonio Capley responded with a layup of his own, assisted by McInnis to take the lead back for good. BHSU ultimately took the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game, 67-65.

Meanwhile, Four players in double-digits, including a double-double effort by Katie Messler, carried the Black Hills State University women's basketball team to a sweep of the weekend, as it won over Adams State University on Saturday afternoon, 71-53.

The Yellow Jackets improve to 13-4 overall and 7-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while the Grizzlies fall to 3-11 overall and 1-11 in conference.

In the opening quarter, Keely Bertram put the Green and Gold on the board first knocking one in from in the paint within the first 15 seconds. However, the Grizzlies answered back with Ki'asha Harris laying one in to tie it, 2-2. From there, Katie Messler notched two points back to back to increase the lead, 6-2.

In the middle of the quarter, the Yellow Jackets got on a 6-0 run with Lyndzi Rich dropping in two layups, followed up with a jumper by Rachel Erickson to increase the lead, 12-4, and close out the quarter, 16-13.

In the second quarter, the Green and Gold got on a roll. Messler opened the quarter with a jumper from the corner of the key to give BHSU an 18-13 lead. From there, Black Hills State got on a 7-0 run to push the lead up to 12 at 29-17, before closing out the half at 29-18.

After the intermission, the Yellow Jackets never gave up, as they started on a 7-0 run in the beginning of the third to increase the lead to 18. Julia Seamans started the run with a jumper. Bertram followed up with a shot from downtown and then a drive to the basket to give BHSU a 36-18 lead.

The Grizzlies tried to cut in on the Yellow Jacket lead, as they brought it within 11 points twice but were unable to capitalize.

In the final quarter, the Green and Gold just ran away with it, not allowing the Grizzlies back in the game. Black Hills State came out with the victory, 71-53.

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