BHSU takes out Dixie State
photo courtesy of Adam Munoz, BHSU Media Relations
BHSU takes out Dixie State

BHSU men and women roll over Dixie State

BHSU Media/Athletic Relations - December 8, 2018

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Five players scored in double figures, as the Black Hills State University men's basketball team ran past Dixie State University, 91-70, on Saturday evening in the first ever meeting between the teams.     

Makaleb McInnis led the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 3-0 RMAC) with 20 points, hitting three treys and going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. Fraser Malcolm and Connor O'Hearn each recorded 16 points, both hitting four three-pointers, while Tyler Oliver had 13, and Stefan Desnica added 12 points. O'Hearn has now made four shots from beyond the arc, which is his career-high, in two consecutive games.

For the second night in a row, BHSU jumped out a big lead early. The Yellow Jackets went up, 11-2, just over two minutes into the game, forcing the Trailblazers (3-3, 1-2 RMAC) into an early timeout. Nine of those points came from McInnis shots from beyond the arc. The Green and Gold would not let up, leading by 22, 36-14, with 9:29 to play in the half. The home team would lead by as many as 25, and took a 22 point advantage, 52-30, into the locker room.

Dixie State never got closer than 14 points in the second half, and the Yellow Jackets won handily, 91-70, to move to 3-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. For the second consecutive game, BHSU made 15 three-pointers as a team, with six different players making at least one.

BHSU shot 50.0 percent from the field (26-for-52), while DSU was 43.3 percent from the floor (26-for-60). The Yellow Jackets were 15-for-34 (44.1 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Trailblazers were 4-for-16 (25.0 percent) on three-pointers. BHSU was 24-for-31 (77.4 percent) from the charity stripe, and Dixie State was 14-for-16 (87.5) from the free throw line. The Green and Gold were outrebounded by DSU, 36-29.

Julien Ducree led the Trailblazers with 16 points, while Matt Conway had 11, and Dub Price added 10.

Meanwhile, After Friday night's heartbreaking loss, the Black Hills State University women's basketball team defeated Dixie State, 89-70, in their first matchup on the court. The Yellow Jackets move to a 6-1 overall record (2-1 RMAC).

Julia Seamans led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points after making seven threes, just one away from tying her own record. Adding to the Jackets victory, with their own career highs were Alyssia Martinez with 17, Raquel Wientjes with 16, and Ashlee Beacom with 10. Morgan Ham led the Green and Gold pulling down 11 boards.

Dixie State (4-1, 1-2 RMAC) opened the game with a 6-0 run. The Green and Gold immediately responded with a successful run to take the lead. A three pointer for the Trailblazers advanced Dixie State ahead, 19-13. Redshirt sophomore Alyssia Martinez hit a three to bring the score within two. The Yellow Jackets went on a 12-2 run, powered 10 points from freshman Ashlee Beacom after she drained three three-pointers to lead, 43-37, at halftime.

After taking control in the third quarter, a three-pointer by Racquel Wientjes helped BHSU pull away, leading by five. Julia Seamans added to the party another three for BHSU, giving the Yellow Jackets their largest lead of the game with 17 points. Dixie State hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, but BHSU walked away with the conference win.

Lisa VanCampen led the Trailblazers with 20 points, and with five rebounds along with London Pavlica and Mariah Martin.

BHSU shot for 43.1 percent (25-for-58) from the floor, while DSU shot for 46.6 percent (27-for-58) from the field. The Yellow Jackets were 13-for-27 beyond the arc, while the Trailblazers were 7-for-24. The Green and Gold outrebounded Dixie State 38-29. 

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