GUNNISON, Colo. - The Black Hills State University men's basketball team (3-1, 1-0 RMAC) won their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game of the year as they defeated the Western State Colorado University Mountaineers on Friday night, 81-66.
Junior transfer, Myles Henry, led the way again for the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 15 points as three other Jackets scored in double figures including 11 points from both senior Tommy Earl and junior Joey Mitchell, as junior Brady Bisgaard threw in 10 more points. Junior, Cameron Anderson, was one point shy of a double-double as he finished with nine points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds (9 defense, 4 offense).
For Western State, three players - Dominique Wright, Mason Biddle, Jordan Adams - all scored 15 points to lead their team as Wright notched a double-double after pulling down 10 rebounds on the evening.
After the Jackets took a five-point lead at halftime, 35-30, the bench support and depth within the BHSU team began to show itself late as the Jackets extended their lead after winning the second half 46-36, as the BHSU bench totaled 33 points compared to just 11 on WSCU's bench.
Another strength for the Jackets that they relied upon was smart ball-handling as they had just nine turnovers while at the same time turning over WSCU 12 times. The rebound battle was almost even as WSCU had 39 as the Jackets took down 38 boards.
The overall shooting performance by the Yellow Jackets proved to be the difference as they shot over 49-percent on the night (28-of-57 FG), as the Mountaineers went 25-of-63 for 39.7-percent shooting. WSCU managed to make just five 3-point shots on 25 attempts while the Jackets took a large advantage in the deep ball as they made nine three-pointers in the game.
Another positive sign by the Jackets was their 27 free throw attempts, proving their aggressive style of play in the young season so far. BHSU finished 16-of-27 in free throws as Henry led in that department after going 6-of-8 from the line. Yoshio Allen finish with eight points and four boards as Mitchell Foth took advantage of his nearly 10 minutes of play as he scored six points (3-4 FG).
On Saturday night, Dec. 7, the Jackets will visit Colorado Mesa in their second conference road contest of the year at 7:30 p.m.