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(Neb)-Cold Spell Sinks Eagles As BHSU Wins 12th Straight

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/01/2020 12:19 AM
CHADRON, Neb. -- Trey Whitley poured in 37 points, Tyler Oliver tallied 22 and Joel Scott added 18 as the Black Hills State basketball team won its 12th straight game while defeating Chadron State 97-74 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action in Chadron on Friday night. The loss was the 7th straight for the Eagles.

The Yellow Jackets, now 15-5 overall and 12-2 while continuing to share the top spot in the conference with Dixie State, sank 36 of 62 field goal shots (58%). That included 10 of 20 on 3-point attempts, but driving past defenders to the basket also paid big dividends.  Fifty of their points were scored from in the paint.

Overall, Chadron State also shot well, making exactly half of their 54 shots from the field, including 12 of 28 from behind the arc. But after the score was knotted at 25-25 with 9:10 to play in the opening half, the Eagles hit the skids offensively and added just three more points before halftime, allowing the visitors to build a 46-28 intermission lead.

"Black Hills is a team that makes things difficult for you defensively," Chadron State Coach Houston Reed said. "They're the most well-rounded team we've seen because they've got so many different weapons they can throw at you."

A 6-foot-1 junior, Whitely led the Yellow Jackets onslaught, making 14 of 19 field goal shots, including four of six from long range, and most of the remaining 10 after driving to the bucket for layups. He also was five of six at the free throw line and came up with six steals.  His previous high after transferring to Black Hills this year was 22 points during the 87-83 win at New Mexico Highlands last Friday night.

Reed said CSC tried to guard Whitely "straight up" but it didn't work out.

Oliver, a 6-3 senior, was eight of 13 from the field, including three of five on threes, and five of six at the line to go with a game-high seven rebounds. 

Scott, a 6-7 freshman and the Jackets' top scorer with a 17.3-point average entering the game, was six of eight from the field, made his only trey, and also was five of six on charity shots.
Black Hills finished 15 of 20 at the line.  Chadron State was eight of 12.

The Eagles made nine of their first 15 shots from the field while staying even with Black Hills the first 11 minutes, but were just one of 11 the remainder of the first half.  They found their shooting touch again in the second half when they were 17 of 27 for 63 percent, but never got closer than 13 points.

Senior Brian Rodriguez, the leading scorer for the season at 17.2 points a game, led the way for CSC again with 18, but the Eagles' highlight was provided by 6-6 sophomore Kayden Sund. He was six of eight from the field, including four of five from behind the arc, for 16 points.  Previously Sund had scored just five points while seeing action in 17 of the team's 19 games and had not connected on any of his 11 3-point attempts.

Jacob Jefferson added 11 points for the hosts.

The Eagles (3-17, 2-12 RMAC) will be home again Saturday night to meet South Dakota Mines, which defeated Metro State 80-51 in Denver on Friday night.

Black Hills State--Trey Whitley 37, Tyler Oliver 22, Joel Scott 18, Stefan Desnica 8, Snjolfur Stefansson 4, Tommy Donovan 4, Antonio Capley 4. Totals: 36-62 (10-20) 15-20, 97 points, 30 rebounds, 12 turnovers.

Chadron State--Brian Rodriguez 18, Kayden Sund 16, Jacob Jefferson 11, Stephon Bell 8, Colby Jackson 6, Michael Sparks 6, Brady Delimont 3, Andre Sepeda 3, Kevin DiMarco 2, Kenan Gray 1.  Totals: 27-54 (12-28) 8-12, 74 points, 27 rebounds, 15 turnovers.

                Black Hills State              46              51                 ----97
                Chadron State                 28              46                 ----74

3-pointers: BHSU--Whitley 4, Oliver 3, Desnica 2, Scott 1. CSC--Sund 4, Rodriguez 3, Jackson 1, Delimont 1, Bell 1, Jefferson 1, Sepeda 1.


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