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School of Mines Basketball

Rally Falls Short For 'Rockers men and women at Regis


School of Mines Athletic Department Release - February 24, 2018

DENVER, Colo. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team shook off an early stumble in the second half of play against the Regis University Rangers Friday night during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup in Denver, Colo., and nearly pulled off a late rally.

Unfortunately for the 'Rockers, time ran out as the comeback fell short and the Rangers escaped with a 77-69 win.

After a competitive first half, the Rangers broke away in the waning moments to take a 10-point edge, 40-30. With 13 lead changes over the first 20 minutes, SD Mines controlled the pace of the game for much of that period.

Regis applied some pressure to open the second half and capitalized on some early turnovers, nabbing 19 points off of steals and by the 8:26 mark had a 20-point advantage. The Hardrockers were able to regroup and got to within four points with just over 30 seconds to play, 73-69. Regis managed to stop the Hardrockers' advance and held on for the win. SD Mines outscored the Rangers, 39-37, over the final 20 minutes.

The Hardrockers shot 49.2 percent from the field Friday, hitting 29-59 attempts and 6-17 from behind the arch. The were 5-6 from the free throw line, snagged 35 rebounds, recorded 14 assists and earned three steals.

The Rangers converted 31-64 attempts to shoot 48.4 percent from the field. They knocked down 7-18 from the three-point line and hit just 8-18 on free throws. The came down with 36 rebounds, added 15 assists, 13 steals and three blocks.

SD Mines senior Brian Orr led his team with 16 points, seven rebounds and one assist. Freshman Troy Brady tacked on 14 markers, five assists and three rebounds. Freshman Wilfred Dicksoncontributed with 10 points and sophomore Logan Elers added eight markers.

Regis was paced by Jarrett Brodbeck with 14 points while Dexter Sienko added 11 and both Christian Little and Avonte Nelms cashed in for 10 markers.

The loss drops SD Mines to 7-19 on the season and 4-17 in RMAC play. The Hardrockers will end the season Saturday night in Nebraska, taking on Chadron State in a 7:30 p.m. game.

Meanwhile, A slow start to the first and third quarters by the South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team Friday night proved to be the difference Friday night as the Lady Hardrockers fell to the Regis University Rangers, 62-49, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup in Denver, Colo.

The Rangers mounted an 11-point edge after the first 10 minutes of the game, 19-8, but SD Mines opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run to erase the deficit. Over the second 10 minutes of play, the visitors outscored Regis, 22-12, and went into halftime down by just one point, 31-30.

As the third period opened, SD Mines again went cold from the field as the Lady Ranges broke loose, outscoring the Lady 'Rockers, 18-7, and went into the final frame up, 49-37. The home team put up 13 points in the fourth quarter to 12 from SD Mines.

The Hardrockers shot just 35.3 percent from the field Friday, converting 18-51 shots and were just 4-22 from the three-point line for 18.2 percent. SD Mines connected on 9-12 from the free throw line and grabbed 28 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two steals.

Regis finished the game shooting 46.9 percent from the field hitting 23-49 attempts, including a 4-14 performance from the three-point line. The Rangers made good on 12-14 on free throws, grabbed 33 rebounds, 14 assists, seven steals and four blocked shots.

Individually for the 'Rockers, sophomore Anna Haugen paced her team with 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Fellow sophomore Cooper Courtney added 11 points, earning eight markers at the free throw line. Sophomore Sami Steffeck contributed with nine points and junior Taylor Molstad tacked on eight.

Regis was led in scoring by Whitney Jacobs with 13 points and Shelby Espinosa added 12.

The Hardrockers fall to 16-11 on the season and 11-10 in conference play and will end the regular season Saturday in Nebraska, taking on Chadron State in 5:30 p.m. game.



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