The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team was firing on all cylinders Saturday night as the Hardrockers defeated the Texas A&M–International, 93-66, to close out a Texas road trip in Laredo during a non-conference matchup.
The Dustdevils never led in the first half as the Hardrockers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a free throw from Logan Elers and a three from Jake Heath.
Mines would go on a 16-7 run courtesy of four TAMIU turnovers and ultimately carried a 42-30 lead into the second half.
The Hardrockers opened the second half on an 11-2 run, extending their lead to 23 points before sealing the win.
Mines shot an impressive 54 percent from the field, hitting 28-of-52 attempts, including 14 three-pointers. The Hardrockers added 38 rebounds, 20 assists, two steals and one block.
Individually for Mines, sophomore Jake Heath paced the team with 19 points, including five 3-pointers.
Troy Brady also had a solid perimeter performance with 17 total points, hitting four shots from beyond the arc.
South Dakota Mines (1-1) will return home this weekend to face Johnson and Wales Friday night in a non-conference battle.
South Dakota pulls away from Mayville State in 87-59 win
VERMILLION — Matt Mooney scored 13 points with 6-for-11 shooting and South Dakota won its season opener 87-59 over NAIA program Mayville State on Saturday night.
Tyler Hagedorn and Tyler Peterson added 11 points each and Brandon Armstrong had 10 for South Dakota, last season's Summit League champion. The Coyotes controlled the boards 53-36 and never trailed.
Late in the opening half, Mayville State closed to within two, 31-29, with a 3-pointer from Gonzalo Munez before South Dakota pulled away with a 13-2 run stretching across both sides of the break. Mooney had a 3-pointer and two jumpers in the breakaway run.
A pair of free throws from Dan Jech with 14:23 left to play extended the advantage to 53-43 and South Dakota led by double figures the rest of the way.
Daniel Lindgren led Mayville State with 18 points, including three 3-pointers.
South Dakota State stifles UC Irvine in 65-54 win
BROOKINGS — David Jenkins Jr. scored 16 points, Mike Daum and Reed Tellinghuisen each had 12 points, and South Dakota State pulled away from UC Irvine 65-54 Friday night.
Daum made a 3 and a layup with 12:18 to go during a 17-8 Jackrabbits run to break a 31-all score. Eyassu Worku, Elston Jones and Evan Leonard made layups to bring UC Irvine within 49-47, but Tellinghuisen and Daum made back-to-back 3s.
South Dakota State was 14 for 35 from beyond the 3-point line. Defensively, the Jackrabbits forced 18 UC Irvine turnovers that led to 18 points.
Worku led the Anteaters with 12 points but missed 13 of 18 shots. Leonard finished with 10 points and Jonathan Galloway grabbed 13 rebounds. UC Irvine shot just 5 for 19 (26 percent) from 3-point range and 5 for 12 (42) from the free-throw line.
Mines women hold on, move to 2-0 on the season
The South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team got things rolling in the second half of play Saturday evening and defeated the Texas University-Permian Basin, 78-72, during the Conference Crossover Classic in Durango, Colo.
After trailing by seven points at the end of the first quarter, 21-14, and trailed by as much as 11, midway through the second quarter, Mines’ offense sprang into action. By halftime the Hardrockers trailed the Falcons by just six points, 35-29, and then kept the momentum over the final 20 minutes.
Mines outscored TUPB 19-13 and went into the fourth period with a 48-48 tie. The Hardrockers went up by as much as 10 points in the final frame and outscored the Falcons, 30-24, to earn their second win of the season.
The Hardrockers shot 48 percent in the game hitting 24-50 shots, including 10-of-25 from behind the arc. They also had a 20-of-28 showing from the free-throw line (71 percent). The Falcons finished with 37 percent shooting from the field converting 26-70, including 9-31 from three-point range. They added 11-18 from the foul line for 61 percent.
The ‘Rockers came down with 35 rebounds, had 18 assists and two steals. TUPB had 41 rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals and one block.
Sophomore Cooper Courtney exploded for a 36-point performance, including five 3-pointers and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Fellow sophomore Sami Steffeck tacked on 13 points (three from behind the arc), senior Payton Humpal added 11 points and junior Taylor Molstad contributed with eight points. Sophomore Anna Haugen excelled at crashing the boards coming down with 12.
Mines (2-0) will have its home opener this weekend taking on Johnson and Wales of Friday at Grace University on Saturday.
Mines ends season with loss to UCCS
Three Mountain Lions finished with 10 or more kills as the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs finished the regular season in a 3-0 sweep of South Dakota Mines.
The Mountain Lions opened the match with a 25-21 win in the first set, before putting the game away with 25-20 and 25-21 victories in the second and third sets.
Mines finished the night with 36 kills and had a .168 hitting percentage to go along with 35 assists, 48 digs and two total blocks.
UCCS tallied 45 kills and had a .207 hitting percentage. They added 40 assists and 56 digs.
Individually for the Hardrockers, senior Mikkella Reese led the way with 12 kills and a .237 hitting percentage and had 11 digs.
Junior Anna Breidt and senior Emily Newton both contributed with eight kills each. Sophomore Allie Boggs contributed with 29 assists and junior Alye Wagner led the team with 18 digs.
South Dakota Mines closed out the season with an overall record of 3-25, including 1-17 in RMAC play.