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    SD Mines MBB: Road Runners stave off 'Rocker Rally, 71-70

    RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team’s “never-say-die” mentality nearly paid off Saturday night as the Hardrockers fell just one point short in a heartbreaking loss to the Metro State University – Denver Road Runners, 71-71, during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D.

    Trailing by five points with 24 second, sophomore Jaisean Jackson hit two layups on two exchanges down the floor, sandwiched by two free throws by MSU-Denver. Then with six second left on the clock sophomore Brian Orr cashed a three-pointer as SD Mines was behind by two, 67-69.

    The Road Runners added two more free throws to go up, 71-67. With .9 left on the clock junior Konor Kulas inbounded a long ball down to Orr who quickly turned around to drain another from the perimeter as time expired.

    It was a low scoring affair for a majority of the game as MSU-Denver, whose biggest lead of the evening was 12 points midway through the first half, led by eight at the half, 32-24. The Hardrockers’ play was much improved over the final 20 minutes, outscoring the visiting team, 46-39.

    SD Mines shot 52 percent on the night, making good on 26-50 from the field including six from three-point range. The Road Runners shot 49 percent from the field hitting 23-47 on the night.

    Individually, Orr paced the ‘Rockers with 19 points, one rebound and one assist and Kulas put up 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Junior Marco Pascolo added nine points, seven rebounds, a block and one steal on the night.

    The loss drops SD Mines to 7-10 on the season and 5-8 in the RMAC. The Hardrockers head to Colorado this weekend, taking on Colorado Mines Friday night in Golden, Colo., followed by a bout with Colorado Christian Saturday in Lakewood, Colo.

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