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    BHSU Men's Basketball: 2013-2014 preview

    BUTTE, Mont. – The 2013-14 Black Hills State Yellow Jackets men's basketball team tips-off their season tonight, Nov. 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. in their first exhibition game of the new year against the Montana Tech Orediggers of the NAIA's Frontier Conference.

    The Jackets will head into their opening match-up versus the Orediggers as head coach, Bradd Schafer, welcomes back six players from last year's 2012-13 squad that finished the year 7-19 overall and 6-16 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. 

    Top returners include a trio of veterans in Brady BisgaardCameron Anderson, and Joey Mitchell who combined for 77 starts a season ago.  Other returners that will be called upon are Tommy EarlRiley Ryan,Brody BriskRaith DurhamMitchell Foth, and Chase Duben.  In addition to the returners, the 2013-14 team has a total of six new players that will hit the court in the first exhibition that include transfers G Myles Henry, GJulian Holliday, F Yoshio Allen, along with three true freshman in Joe CameronWyatt Krogman, and James Thomas.

    The team's leading scorer and the RMAC's third-leading scorer from last year, Tanner Adler, who finished averaging 17.1 points per game, opted to transfer out of the BHSU program for his senior season.  Therefore, the Jackets will rely on the likes of Bisgaard's and Mitchell's 10.7 points per game apiece from last year on top of Anderson's 8.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game from last season.

    The three transfer players – Henry, Holiday, Allen – should step in and provide crucial minutes from the start as the Jackets gain speed in the two guards in Henry who played two seasons at Gillette Community College and Holiday who most recently played at Walla Walla University in Washington State. 

    Allen will be called upon down low after developing the last two years while playing at Otero Junior College down in Colorado.  Allen comes in at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds to give the team a physical presence with the absence of 6-foot-8 Ryan Allen, who took-on that role on last year's team upon graduation.

    Over the span of the 26 games a year ago, the Yellow Jackets as a team averaged 67.4 points per game and shot just over 40-percent from the field and 32-percent from three-point range.  Last year's squad averaged 34 rebounds per game and almost 12 assists per game.

    In the 2013-14 RMAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, the Jackets were picked to finish 12th out of 14 teams in the conference after getting 142 points, just 20 away from the No. 10 position.  While Adler earned Third Team All-RMAC in 2012, this season no Yellow Jacket was voted to the preseason all-conference team.

    Meanwhile, the Jackets plan to start the season off on the right foot versus a Montana Tech team that is currently 4-1 on the season and have won their last two match-ups over New Hope Christian (OR), 86-79, and Walla Walla Univ., 81-59.

    The Orediggers are a relatively deep team that includes six players standing at least 6-foot-6, to give them plenty of length in almost every position.  Their leading scorer thus far is their center, Adam Greger, who comes into tonight averaging 20.6 points per game on 42-of-75 shooting (56%), which includes going 9-of-21 from three-point range (42.9%).

    The lead rebounder for the Orediggers is guard, Bryan Bock, who is averaging almost six rebounds per contest to go with 14.8 points per game.

    Montana Tech is led by head coach, Patrick O'Herron, who is in his fourth year year with the program and first as head coach after taking over for Aaron Woliczko this last spring.

    The Jackets have their first regular season game of the season versus Montana State Billings this Saturday night (11/16) at 7:30 p.m. MT from the Young Center.

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