SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University men’s basketball team held off a second half rally from UCCS to win 66-64. With this win, the Yellow Jackets make it eight in a row, move to 11-5 on the season and 8-2 in the RMAC, tying them in first place with Dixie State.
The Yellow Jackets seemed to have complete control of the ball game as they lead UCCS 34-22 at half making several big plays to end the first half of play. However, the Mountain Lions clawed their way back, outshooting BHSU by ten in the second quarter to make a huge comeback. Fortunately, the Yellow Jackets put up an impressive defensive stand and forced a few key turnovers to secure the win 66-64.
The team shot 23-51 on the night connect 45 percent of the time including seven three pointers. They also hit 11 of 14 free throws.
Meanwhile, The Black Hills State University women’s basketball team handily defeated the UCCS Mountain Lions Friday night 79-62 to make it three in a row. The Yellow Jackets move to 10-5 on the season and 7-3 in the RMAC.
“We had another great team win,” said head coach Mark Nore. “We had good flow and pace offensively. We need to do a much better job on the glass tomorrow night.”
A big night from downtown and an early seven point lead was to much for the Mountain Lions to respond to. The Yellow Jackets put up a dominating 23 points in the first quarter and lead 42-26 at half. In no quarter did UCCS outshoot BHSU.
The team was hot from all angles. They hit 47 percent of their shots making 26 total baskets. Most impressively, they hit 14 three pointers connecting fifty percent of the time. In the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets sank 80 percent of their shots beyond the arc. The team was also near perfect from the charity stripe, making 13-14 shots.