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BHSU men and women fall to Colorado Mesa


BHSU Media/Athletic Relations - January 6, 2019

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Black Hills State University men's basketball team fell to Colorado Mesa, 76-71, for their first conference loss, on Saturday night. The Green and Gold move to a 6-1 conference record (7-4 overall).

Fraser Malcolm led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points, followed by Tyler Oliver with 15. Stefan Desnica brought down six boards to lead the Green and Gold.

The first half tipped off as a back-and-forth affair, with neither team setting a substantial lead. The Yellow Jackets strung together a 13-2 run to lead the Mavericks, 21-16. Back-to-back jumpers for Colorado Mesa (10-3, 5-2 RMAC) brought the score within one before the Mavericks took a 33-28 lead to end the half.

In the second half, a three-pointer by Fraser Malcolm brought the game within one, in favor of the Mavericks. Later, the Green and Gold went on an 8-2 run to take back the lead. Colorado Mesa switched the momentum, putting the score in favor of the Mavericks, before Connor O'Hearn hit a three to put the Yellow Jackets ahead, 63-62. With less than two minutes to go, Colorado Mesa went ahead of the Green and Gold. The Mavericks would eventually go on to win the game.

Leading the Mavericks was Connor Nichols with 37 points and seven rebounds. Behind him was Tommy Nuno with 14 points.

Colorado Mesa shot 52.6 percent (30-for-57) from the floor, while BHSU shot 43.3 percent (26-for-60) from the field. The Yellow Jackets were 9-for-31 (29.0 percent) from behind the arc, while the Mavericks were 3-for-14 (21.4 percent). Black Hills State outrebounded Colorado Mesa 32-28.

The Yellow Jackets will next take on Colorado Christian and Regis at home on January 11 and 12. Game time is slated for 7:30 on Friday night against the Cougars, and 6 p.m. on Saturday against the Rangers.

The Black Hills State University women's basketball concluded the weekend with their second loss of the season, after falling to Colorado Mesa, 72-48, on Saturday night.

Morgan Ham led BHSU (9-2, 5-2 RMAC) with 11 points, while Raquel Wientjes followed with nine. Katie Messler recorded seven rebounds to lead the Green and Gold.

The first quarter was a back and forth affair, until the Mavericks (10-1, 7-0 RMAC) broke away with a 9-0 run to lead the Yellow Jackets. A layup by Katie Messler brought the score within six for the Green and Gold. Unable to string together a successful run, the Yellow Jackets trailed Colorado Mesa, 33-20, at the break.

The Mavericks opened the second half with a three-pointer, but BHSU immediately responded with Julia Seamans making her only three of the game. Colorado Mesa took a commanding lead to go up 20 points over Black Hills State. The Yellow Jackets were unable to stop the Mavericks' momentum, as Colorado Mesa earned the conference victory.

Jaylyn Duran led the Mavericks with 31 points, making nine three-pointers. Karina Brandon followed with 11 points, while Kelsey Siemons had eight. Sydni Brandon brought down nine boards to lead the Mavericks.

Colorado Mesa shot 49.1 percent (28-for-57) from the floor, while BHSU shot 36.7 percent (18-49 from the field. The Mavericks were 14-for-27 (51.9 percent) beyond the arc, while the Yellow Jackets were 6-for-16 (37.5 percent). Colorado Mesa outrebounded the Green and Gold, 34-30.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action to take on Colorado Christian and Regis on January 11 and 12. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday against the Cougars, and 4 p.m. on Saturday against the Rangers.



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