If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Chadron State College men’s basketball team wouldn’t have had much luck at all this season. Players missed significant playing time because of illnesses, injuries and absences. And, the big shot that could have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat seldom went through the nets.
The Eagles hit some dramatic shots Saturday night, but South Dakota Mines still pulled out an 88-85 triumph in triple overtime in the Chicoine Center. The heart-breaker came on the heels of the Chadron State women’s thrilling 70-67 single overtime triumph over the Lady Hardrockers in the first half of the RMAC twin-bill.
The three OT donnybrook was not the longest in the Eagles-Hardrockers’ series, which dates back to 1921 and now includes 198 games. The teams played four extra sessions in 1966-67 when CSC grads, Larry Riley for the Eagles, and his twin brother, Mike, for the Hardrockers, were the head coaches.
Those 51 years ago, the Eagles finally prevailed 94-91 in Rapid City, but this time Mines won by three points in Chadron.
No one can blame Chadron State’s Jaisean Jackson for the way the game turned out. The guard from the Denver-area played his first two years at Mines and scored 27 points while leading the Hardrockers to a 73-56 win over the Eagles two years ago.
Following that season, Jackson transferred the Chadron State. He had sit out last year, but has been the Eagles’ leading scorer this winter with a 12.5 average. He did his best to pull the Saturday night barn-burner out of the fire, finishing with a game-high 26 points, 14 of them in the overtimes, and sinking a trio of 3-pointers, his first from long range since December.
Jackson’s last two treys added greatly to the dramatics.
With time running out in regulation after Mines had missed a free throw, but CSC’s Adoum Mbang got the rebound, Jackson raced down the court and hit a buzzer-beating trey to deadlock the scoreboard at 65.
Jackson also meshed a 3-pointer with 2:30 left in the first overtime to give the Eagles’ a 72-65 lead to match their biggest of the game. But CSC missed its final four shots in the extra session while Hardrockers made their last three, including a triple, to tie the score at 72.
Both teams added four points in the second OT. Jackson tallied all four of CSC’s, but the Mines’ Wilfred Dickson nailed the jumper that knotted the count 76-76 with four seconds to play. A Hardrocker stole the Eagles’ ensuing inbounds pass. He was fouled, but missed both free throws, necessitating the third extra session.
Two jumpers by Jackson put the Eagles on top 82-78 with 2:09 remaining, but the Hardrockers’ scored the next eight points—six of them on 3-pointers by Jake Heath and Troy Brady—to give their team a 86-82 lead.
Jackson answered the call again with another basket with 19 seconds remaining, but the Mines’ Jack Fiddler wrapped up the verdict with a pair of free throws,
Mines, which shot 31 of 62 from the field, including eight of 19 from behind the arc, put four players in double figures, led by senior Brian Orr who came off the bench to tally 22 points. The Rapid City team finishes at 8-19 overall and 5-17 in the RMAC.
Jackson, who was 10 of 21 from the field, took game-high scoring honors with 26 points. CSC’s only senior, Matt Reader, added a career-high 17 points that included his only 3-pointer this season.
The previous night, things were not nearly as close as Black Hills State shot 60 percent from the field (32-54), including 10 of 18 from long range, and was 15-16 at the free throw line during an 89-60 runaway.
The Yellow Jackets, who lost at Regis 83-71 Saturday night, but at 12-10 still advance to the RMAC Playoffs, led CSC 49-34 at halftime.
Dez Stoutamire, a 6-2 junior, led the Jackets with 20 points and four teammates added from 10 to 12 points. Jackson was the Eagles’ only player in double digits with 13. Leigh Saffin hit a trio of treys for nine points.
CSC finishes the season at 3-25 overall and 1-21 in the RMAC.
Black Hills State 89, Chadron State 60
Black Hills State—Dez Stoudamiere 20, Pat Mendes 12, Wyatt Krogman 12, Fraser Malcolm 11, Connor O’Hearn 10, Makaleb McInnis 8, Antonio Capley 6, Jackson Ehrlin 5, Stefan Desnica 5. Totals: 32-54 (10-18) 15-16 89 points, 29 rebounds, 8 turnovers.
Chadron State—Jaisean Jackson 13, Leigh Saffin 9, Adoum Mbang 8, Eric Jamerman 7, Michael Johnson 7, Walker Andrew 6, Jeremy Ruffin 5, Matt Reader 3, Von Sayaloune 2. Totals: 25-59 (4-12) 60 points, 33 rebounds, 11 turnovers.
Black Hills State 49 40 ----89
Chadron State 34 26 ----60
3-pointers: BH—Stoudamire 3, Mendes 2, O’Hearn 2, Malcolm, Desnica, Krogman, all 1. CSC—Saffin 3, Jamerman 1.
South Dakota Mines 88, Chadron State 85
South Dakota Mines—Brian Orr 22, Wilfred Dicksen 14, Jake Heath 12, Troy Brady 10, Logan Elers 8, Isaac Kortemeyer 7, Jack Fiddler 7, Winzel Sterling 2, Jake Anastasi 2, Jordon Rood 2, Trey Smith 2. Totals: 31-62 (8-19) 18-30 88 points, 41 rebounds, 20 turnovers.
Chadron State—Jaisean Jackson 26, Matt Reader 17, Leigh Saffin 10, Jeremy Ruffin 9, Jordan Mills 9, Adoum Mbang 8, Walker Andrew 2, Michael Johnson 2, Von Sayaloune 2. Totals: 32-73 (7-18) 14-23 85 points, 37 rebounds, 18 turnovers.
South Dakota Mines 39 26 7 4 12 ---88
Chadron State 38 27 7 4 9 ---85
3-pointers: SDM—Dickson 2, Heath 2, Brady 2, Fiddler 1, Orr 1. CSC—Jackson 3, Saffin 2, Ruffin 1, Reader 1.