Men’s Basketball gets ahead early at BHS

The Colorado School of Mines Men’s Basketball team used defense and balanced scoring to run the home team out of the gym. Black Hills State was simply outmatched in the first half, being outscored 40-27 en route to a 69-56 victory by the Orediggers. The win brings them to 12-10 overall and 9-9 in RMAC play.

Mines came out of the gates shooting, making their first three shots of the half to take a quick 16-2 lead just five minutes in. Mines shot 57.7% in the first half on 15-of-26 shooting and made 7-of-9 threes for almost 78%. Halfway through the first half, Mines led 25-9 and Black Hills simply could not overcome the early offensive barrage by the Orediggers. Six different players made a three in the first half and the Orediggers bench out-scored Black Hills by a margin of 17 to 2.

The second half was more closely contested than the first, but the 13 point halftime lead proved to be enough for Mines. Shooting only 42.1% in the second half, the game was slower paced and Black Hills even managed to cut the lead to eight points (55-47) with just under seven minutes remaining, but Mines pulled away to keep the 13 point lead intact at the end, winning by a score of 69-56.

Luke Meisch led the Orediggers with 15 points on 3-of-6 shooting, making 8-of-10 free throws to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Four Orediggers scored in the double digits on the night and the Mines bench outscored Black Hills by 14 points. Trevor Wages recorded a double double, his ninth on the season, grabbing 15 rebounds to go along with his 14 points and two assists. Brian Muller added 11 points and three assists, and Ruben Jackson came off the bench to score 12.

For the game, Mines shot 51.1% from the field on 23-of-45 shooting, 60% from three and 70% from the line. Mines recorded a 31-26 rebounding advantage and recorded three more assists while holding Black Hills to 39.6% from the field.

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