Hardrockers top Eagles 88-77

Photo Courtesy: Chadron State Sports Infrormation

South Dakota Mines got 27 points from Allec Williams, 22 from Mitch Sueker and 17 from Logan Elers Saturday night while defeating Chadron State 88-77 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in Chadron.

The Hardrockers led all the way after after breaking an 8-8 tie. They shot 55.2 percent from the field while building a 43-33 halftime lead and maintained between a five- and 12-point lead in the second half.

Chadron State made 29 field goals, one more than Mines, and hit nine 3-pointers, four more than the visitors. But the Hardrockers were 27 of 31 from the free throw line and the Eagles were just 10 of 15.

Williams was 11 of 18 from the field, including three treys, and a pair of free throws, while scoring his season-high 27 points. Sueker had just three points at halftime, but used his hook shot to help tally 19 in the second half. Elers was four of eight from the field and drew enough fouls to go nine of 10 at the free throw line.

Chadron State’s top scorer was Stephon Bell, who was nine of 11 from the field that included three of four from behind the arc, while finishing with 21 points. He entered the game averaging four points.

The Eagles’ leading scorer for the season with a 17-point average, Brian Rodriguez was limited to 11. Alternate center Kenan Gray had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the game high.

Chadron State out-rebounded Mines 36-28, but had a dozen turnovers, twice the Hardrockers’ total.

Mines is now 11-10 overall and 8-7 in the RMAC. The Eagles are 3-17 and 2-13.

 

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