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SD School of Mines vs Adams State

SD School of Mines vs Adams State

Adams State Sinks 'Rockers On Long Range Assault


Brad Blume, School of Mines Sports Information Director - December 16, 2018

ALAMOSA, Colo. --- A five-minute scoring drought in the second half along with a red hot opposing shooter on the perimeter sunk the South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team Sunday evening during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup against Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, as the Grizzlies defeated the Hardrockers, 75-61.

Adams State's Davere Creighton unleashed a perimeter assault on the Hardrockers scoring six of his nine three-pointers in the first 20 minutes and closing out the game with 33 points.

SD Mines was able to survive a first-half long range shelling and went into halftime down by just two markers, 38-36.

Creighton again got hot in the second half for Adams State with three consecutive buckets from behind the arch and when the dust settled, SD Mines trailed eight points at the 13:33 mark, 51-43.

The 'Rockers were able to regroup and a scoring surge got them back to within one point at the 11:54 mark, 51-50. That's where things slowed for SD Mines as they would not score another basket until just under six minutes remaining in the game.

In that srtetch, ASU went on a 13-0 run. SD Mines could not claw their way out of the hole and fell to their RMAC foes.

The Hardrockers shot 41.1 percent from the field, making good on 23-56 attempts and were 7-6 from behind the arch and converted 8-9 from the free throw line. SD Mines collected 32 rebounds, 12 assists, eight steals and three blocks.

The Grizzlies ended the game shooting 44.2 percent hitting 23-52, were 11-22 from three-point land and were 18-23 from the foul line.

Mitchell Sueker led the Hardrockers with 16 points, four rebounds and one assist. Troy Brady added 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Damini Hayes and Logan Elers both contributed with 10 points each.

Meanwhile,

The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team dug deep Sunday afternoon and pulled off a much-need Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory against the Adams State Lady Grizzlies, 52-46, in Alamosa, Colorado.

It was tough sledding for both teams in the early goings offensively, with SD Mines taking a 9-8 advantage after the first quarter. The Grizzlies were able to string a few buckets together midway through the second period and went into halftime with a slim 25-22 advantage.

The Hardrockers turned the tables on Adams State in the third quarter with a 17-9 performance and entered the final stanza up by five, 39-34, thanks to four points from freshman forward Melissa Johnstone to close out the period.

SD Mines extended their lead and led by seven points, 48-41, with 3:15 remaining in the game when the Grizzlies came charging back and closed the gap to just two points with just under a minute to go, 48-42. A heads up steal from Cooper Courtney and then some clutch free throws from Taylor Molstad and Anna Haugen down the stretch put the game out of reach and gave the 'Rockers their first RMAC win.

The 'Rockers closed out the game shooting 33.3 percent, making good on 18-54 attempts, were 3-16 from three-point range and cashed in on 13-16 from the free throw line. They came down with 34 rebounds, had eight assists, 16 steals and three blocks.

Adams State hit 18-49 attempts, had 1 5-15 performance from the three-point line, grabbed 35 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and two blocks.

Molstad led the way for the Lady 'Rockers with nine points, seven rebounds, three steals and an assists. Haugen contributed with eight points, rebounds, three steals and an assist. Johnstone added eight markers while Courtney and Marissa Hirchert each posted seven points.



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