Kolten Mortensen, a 6-foot-8 junior, nailed a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining in overtime to give South Dakota Mines a 60-59 victory over Chadron State in the King Center in Rapid City on Thursday night in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.
The Hardrockers are now 5-4 for the season and Chadron State is 3-4.
Although both teams were below par offensively, the game was a nail-biter most of the way. Chadron State’s biggest lead was 6-2 after four minutes had been played. The Hardrockers’ biggest lead was 32-24 at halftime after they tallied nine of the final 12 points in the half.
The Eagles opened the second half with a 7-0 run to get back in the game. Mines went ahead 51-46 with a follow shot by Brannagh Walsh with 1:50 to play, but Chadron State tied the score on a 3-pointer by Brady Delimont and a turning jump shot by Deundra Roberson in the final minute.
The Hardrockers had a chance to win the game down the stretch, but missed a free throw and a dunk attempt, to send it into overtime.
Chadron State took a 58-55 lead with 25 seconds left when Psalm Maduakor grabbed his 10th rebound of the game after a teammate missed a free throw, was fouled and made both of his shots from the line.
The Hardrockers’ Alejandro Rama immediately dribbled the length of the floor for a layup.
With 12.6 seconds left, Chadron State’s Teddy Parham, the game’s leading scorer with 24 points, was fouled. He made the first free shot, but missed the second. The Hardrockers got that rebound, and at the other end of the court, found Mortensen open on the left wing for his winning trey.
Mortensen led the Hardrockers with 16 points while Rama tallied 14 and both Wilfred Dickson and Brevin Walter added eight.
Besides Parham’s 24 points, CSC center Jacob Jefferson scored 12 points before leaving the game with a knee injury midway through the second half. Marcus Jefferson added eight points for the Eagles.
Chadron State shot 41 percent (23-56) from the field, was five of 21 from 3-point range and just eight of 17 from the free throw line. Mines shot 42 percent (24-57) from the field, including six of 19 from long range, and went six of 11 at the line.
Both teams’ next game will be against Black Hills State. The Yellow Jackets will visit the Hardrockers Saturday night and play at Chadron State on Tuesday night.