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    BHSU MBB: Jackets set to welcome CCU

    SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills State University men's basketball team return to the Donald E. Young Center to host Colorado Christian University on Saturday, February 10.

    THE GAME - Colorado Christian University Cougars
    The Cougars and Yellow Jackets meet for the second time on Saturday. CCU earned the victory on Dec. 9, 85-80. Dez Stoudamire scored 19 points in the loss.

    CCU most recently fell to Colorado School of Mines, 98-66, and Regis, 87-79, after defeating Chadron State, 91-70. That win snapped a nine-game losing streak.

    The Cougars are scoring 73.4 points per game this season, led by Isaiah Hanson (15.6 ppg) and Jeremiah Hanson (15.0 ppg). Marcus Fager averages 8.8 ppg and a team-leading 4.6 rpg.

    THE COACHES 
    Jeff Trumbauer enters his fourth season at the helm of the Yellow Jackets. He has a 43-62 record at BHSU.

    Jeff Hironaka is in his first year as head coach of the Cougars. He comes to CCU after seven years at Seattle Pacific.

    Last Time Out
    The Yellow Jackets most recently defeated rival South Dakota Mines in Rapid City, 66-65, on Tuesday. The back-and-forth game came down to the final minute, Dez Stoudamire made two free throws to put BHSU up by one, before the Green and Gold defense was able to get a stop.

    Stoudamire finished with 14 points, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. Makaleb McInnis had 13 points, while Wyatt Krogman added 10.

    The victory concluded a season sweep for the Yellow Jackets over the Hardrockers, and gave BHSU just its second win on the road this season.

    How it Stands
    With four games remaining in the regular season, the Yellow Jackets currently sit in a tie for seventh place in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings. BHSU have a 9-9 league record, the same as New Mexico Highlands (14-10 overall). If the season were to end today, the Green and Gold would earn the eighth seed in the RMAC Tournament, and would travel to Fort Lewis in the first round.

    Moving On Up
    Wyatt Krogman continues to move up the All-Time Assist list at BHSU. Krogman currently sits at 280 total assists, good for fourth all-time. The senior has 50 assists so far this season. Fraser Malcolm also makes an appearance in a record list, sitting in eighth place in the career rebounding list. He currently has 401 total rebounds.

    20-20 
    Two players scored 20+ points against South Dakota Mines. Dez Stoudamire scored a career-high 22 points, and Makaleb McInnisrecorded 21 points. This is the first time this season two players have scored more than 20 points, and the first time since Feb. 4, 2017, when Fraser Malcolm (23) and Connor O'Hearn (20) both hit that mark.

    Rivalry Wins
    BHSU defeated South Dakota Mines on Jan. 16, 92-69. The victory was the first over the Hardrockers since Nov. 17, 2014. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 6 in Rapid City. The team then went to Rapid on Feb. 6, and edged the Hardrockers for a 66-65 victory and the season sweep.

    Yellow Jacket sweep
    With the men's basketball team winning over South Dakota Mines on Feb. 6, the BHSU athletic department earned a season sweep over the Hardrockers. For the first time since at least 2003-04, the Yellow Jacket football team, volleyball team, women's basketball team, and men's basketball team all swept SDM&T in all competitions.

    All-Academic
    Two Yellow Jackets were named to the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll this season. Stefan Desnica and Wyatt Krogman each earned the honor.

    Beating a Ranked Opponent
    The Yellow Jackets defeated a ranked opponent for the second time in two years when they took down #21 Fort Lewis, 67-64, on January 12. Black Hills State defeated a ranked opponent for the first time in the NCAA era when it took down No. 18 Colorado Mines last season. In recent memory, BHSU was 0-1 in 2015-16 against ranked opponents, and 0-6 in the 2014-15 season.

    Black Hills High
    Several Yellow Jackets have set career-highs in scoring so far this year. Stefan Desnica scored in double-figures for the first time in his career against Fort Lewis (Jan. 12), recording 10 points, and then set a new career-high of 14 points against Westminster (Jan. 18). Fraser Malcolmtied his career-high with 25 points against Adams State (Jan. 13). Antonio Capley put up 15 points, a new high, against CSU-Pueblo (Dec. 30).

    Seeing Double
    With Fraser Malcolm and Antonio Capley both recording double-doubles in the Yellow Jackets victory over CSU-Pueblo (Dec. 30), BHSU had two players with double figure points and rebounds for the first time since Feb. 18, 2011. Teammates Will John Johnson (23 points, 22 rebounds) and Luke Enos (24 points, 12 rebounds) led the Green and Gold in a 69-50 victory over Minot State when the team was still in the NAIA.

    Feather in His Cap
    Antonio Capley recorded his first career double-double in the Yellow Jacket's victory over CSU-Pueblo (Dec. 30). The sophomore tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds, both career-highs. He followed that up with a double-double on Jan. 16 against South Dakota Mines (12 points, 11 rebounds). Against Colorado Mesa (Jan. 27), Capley matched his career-high in rebounds with 12.

    Pull it Down
    Stefan Desnica grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Colorado Christian (Dec. 9), Antonio Capley had a career-high 12 boards against CSU-Pueblo (Dec. 30), and again at Colorado Mesa (Jan. 27), while Fraser Malcolm is third in the RMAC in offensive rebounds (2.5) and fifth in rebounding (7.5). The Yellow Jackets are third in the league in offensive rebounding (10.0).

    South Dakota Hold'Em
    BHSU is second in the RMAC and is 34th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 68.7 points per game.

    99 Problems, but a Win Ain't One
    The Yellow Jackets scored 99 points against Yellowstone Christian (Nov. 11). This was the most points scored by BHSU since they scored 101 in an overtime loss to Colorado Christian in 2013 (Dec. 14).

    Share the Rock
    BHSU are averaging 11.1 assists per game. The 18 assists against Yellowstone Christian (Nov. 11) and CSU-Pueblo (Dec. 30) are the most in a single game since the Yellow Jackets had 19 in an 84-59 victory over Regis in 2015 (Dec. 12). Connor O'Hearn had a season-high six assists against the ThunderWolves (Dec. 30) and Hardrockers (Jan. 16). Wyatt Krogman had a season-high nine assists against Colorado Mesa (Jan. 27).

    Settling In
    Some of the new players on the Yellow Jackets this season are already making a large impact. Junior transfer Mckaleb McInnis is second on the team in scoring, with 11.7 ppg, while junior transfer Dez Stoudamireis averaging 9.9 ppg.

    Home Sweet Home
    Black Hills State's record last season was starkly different at home and on the road. The team did not win a road game until Feb. 18. The Yellow Jackets were 7-8 at home, but just 2-11 away from the Young Center. So far this year, the trend is continuing, as BHSU is 10-2 at home, and 2-8 on the road.

    BHSU Picked 11th by RMAC Coaches
    Black Hills State was tabbed 11th in the RMAC Coaches' Poll with 59 points. Fort Lewis was voted to finish first, with 183 points, while Colorado Mines (178), and Regis (177), were selected to finish second and third, respectively.

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