A night after running Black Hills out of their gym, the Orediggers squared off against Chadron State looking to hold their spot in the conference standings. The second of games on back-to-back nights proved to be tougher than the first as the Orediggers needed overtime to dispatch their foe. The Orediggers sit sixth in the conference at 13-10 overall and 10-9 in the RMAC.
The Orediggers opened the game with a 9-2 run and led by as many as 12 with four minutes remaining in the half. Chadron responded to the early intensity of the Orediggers and closed that 12 point lead to just one by the time the first half ended. At the break Mines led 32-31.
Chadron’s David Downey buried a three to give Chadron their first lead of the game just 12 seconds into the second half. It was obvious the game was going to be a dogfight. Mines led 47-39 with less than 14 minutes remaining, but could never stretch that lead to double digits and just like in the first half, Chadron ended the half with a run to tie the game at 60 each. Overtime would be needed to decide this game.
Two minutes into overtime, the game was still tied at 66-66, and with 1:13 remaining, Mines and Chadron were still deadlocked at 70 apiece. Mines would hold Chadron scoreless in the last minute and score five of their own thanks to a Brian Muller three and a couple made free throws to escape overtime with a 75-70 victory.
As a team, Mines shot 43.3% from the field but only 23.1% from behind the arc and 74.1% on a 20-of-27 effort from the stripe. Chadron shot 39.2% from the field and was outrebounded 35-31. For the second night in a row, the Oredigger bench outscored their opponent, 20-12 and Mines won the battle in the paint scoring 12 more points.
Brian Muller led mines with 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting and added six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Trevor Wages recorded his tenth double-double with a 12 point 11 rebound game and also tallied a game high seven blocks and three assists. Luke Meisch scored 19, 6-6 from the line, and had seven boards and Garrett Loew led all bench players with 13 points.