The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team broke a nine-game losing skid in stopping the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 83-71, Friday night in Colorado Springs, Colo.

With the win, the Hardrockers as they improve to 7-14 on the season and 4-12 in conference play.

One of the biggest factors in Friday's victory for Mines was the play off the bench. Freshmen Isaac Kortemeyer and Trey Smith both came away with some key buckets when needed most.

Smith hit a pair of 3-point goals late in the first period to help extend a first half lead and Kortemeyer was strong in the paint, finishing as the game's leading scorer with 20 points. The Hardrockers got a 41-point effort off the bench Friday.

The Hardrockers were red hot from the field in the first half, shooting 60.9 percent, converting 14-23 from the field. They were 6-8 from three point range (75 percent) and took a five-point edge heading into halftime, 44-39.

Yellow Jacket men fall to MSU-Denver

The Black Hills State University men's basketball team fell to Metropolitan State University Denver on Friday night, 72-64.

The Yellow Jackets fall to 11-9 on the season and 8-8 in conference play, while the Roadrunners improve to 12-10 overall and 11-5 in conference action.

Dez Stoudamire led the Yellow Jacket offense with 17 points, while Patrick Mendes had 10 points. BHSU shot 48.9 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the line.

Black Hills State returns to action on tonight against the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Mines women run past Colorado Colorado Springs

The South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team made it a  sweep of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for the season Friday night as the Lady Hardrockers defeated the Mountain Lions, 58-39, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup in Colorado Springs.

The Lady Hardrockers won in similar fashion back in early December (65-38) when the two programs met in Rapid City.

Freshman Ryan Weiss led Mines in scoring with 17 points, including knocking down four three-pointers and added four assists and two steals. Sophomore Anna Haugen grabbed 14 rebounds for the Lady ‘Rockers and added seven points, two assists and two blocks in the winning effort. Sophomore Cooper Courtney contributed with 13 points.

The win improves the Hardrockers to 9-7 in the conference and 14-8 overall as Mines maintains its eighth-place ranking in the RMAC standings. Next up the Lady Hardrockers are in Denver tonight for another RMAC matchup against MSU Denver in a 5 p.m. tipoff.

MSU-Denver pulls away from BHSU women

Despite a career night by Remi Wientjes, the Black Hills State University women's basketball team saw its four-game win strak end, falling to Metropolitan State University Denver on Friday night, 77-63.

Wientjes notched a career-high 16 points in the loss.

The Yellow Jackets fall to 17-5 overall and 11-5 in conference, while the Roadrunners improve to 15-7 overall and 11-5 in conference play.

Alongside Wientjes on offense, Erickson scored 14 points, while Julia Seamans and Keely Bertram each had two assists. The Yellow Jackets shot 38.5 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 53.6 percent from the line.

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Lyndzi Rich led the defense grabbing eight boards. The team was outrebounded, 38-28, by the Roadrunners.

Black Hills State returns to action tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Softball

BHSU softball opens with two losses to St. Cloud State

The Black Hills State University softball team dropped its season opening doubleheader Friday afternoon against St. Cloud State University by scores of 12-3 and 11-3.

In the opener, Morgan Smith went 2-for-3 from the plate scoring one run for the Yellow Jackets. Kindall Bethke went 1-for-3 notching one run and an RBI. Makenzi Strong went 1-or-2 from the batter's box, tallying a run.

Alex Wiley was charged with the loss, while Kate Kopeck picked up the win for the Huskies. Wiley faced 21 batters and struck out three in 3.1 innings pitched.

In the second game, Maddi Fidler went 2-for-2 from the plate and notched three RBI in her collegiate debut. Bethke and katelyn Odle each scored a run. The Yellow Jackets had six hits including the two from Fidler, while Smith, Odle, Brittany Henricksen and Wiley all had one.

Melissa Gellermann was charged with the loss after pitching four innings and striking out two batters. Kylie Thomsen picked up the win for the Huskies, striking out two batters in five innings.

The Yellow Jackets return to action today at St. Cloud State for a doubleheader against Upper Iowa University. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

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