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    BHSU MBB: Jackets host Westminster, Dixie State this weekend

    SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills State University men's basketball team will host a pair of RMAC games this weekend in the first home games of the 2018-19 season. The Yellow Jackets welcome Westminster on December 7, before playing Dixie State on December 8. Friday's game tips off at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

    THE GAME - Westminster College Griffins

    The Yellow Jackets and Griffins have met just three times on the hardwood. Westminster leads the series, 2-1, having won the previous two matchups, including a 66-58 win last year.

    The Griffins are currently 3-2, and opened RMAC play with a 68-64 victory over Dixie State. Jake Connor led Westminster in the game with 24 points, while Jai Jai Ely pulled down 10 boards and added eight points in the win.

    The team scores 71.0 points per game, and allows 72.0 ppg. Brandon Warr leads the squad, averaging a double-double, with 14.8 ppg and 10.0 rpg. His rebounding average leads the league, while his scoring average is 14th in the RMAC. Jake Connor also averages double-figure scoring (13.6 ppg).

    THE GAME - Dixie State University Trailblazers

    The Yellow Jackets and Trailblazers meet for the first time in their history this weekend. Dixie State entered NCAA Division II in 2006 from the ranks of NJCAA.

    The Trailblazers have opened the season with a 2-2 record, most recently falling in the RMAC opener to Westminster, 64-68. Matt Conway led DSU with 23 points in the loss.

    The team scores 71.8 ppg, while allowing 69.5. Conway leads the team with 20.5 points per game, which is fourth in the RMAC. He also leads the squad in rebounding, with 7.3 rpg.

    THE COACHES

    Ryan Thompson enters his first year at the helm of the Yellow Jackets after spending the previous four years as the assistant coach. He recorded his first win as the head coach in a 65-62 victory over Augustana (Nov. 17, 2018).

    Norm Parrish is in his fourth year as the head coach of the Griffins. Prior to coming to Westminster, Parrish was the Director of Ops at the University of Utah.

    Jon Judkins is in his 14th season at the helm of the Trailblazers. He entered the 2018-19 season with a 244-117 record.

    Last Time Out

    The Yellow Jackets opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play last weekend with a 57-56 overtime thriller against South Dakota School of Mines. Dez Stoudamire hit a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime. Tyler Oliver hit a buzzer-beating layup to give BHSU the one-point win.

    Oliver recorded a double-double in the victory, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 boards. Connor O'Hearn tallied 11 points, and Patrick Mendes added 10 points for the Yellow Jackets.

    Denied

    The Yellow Jackets are averaging 4.2 blocks per game so far this season. That is good for third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and 49th in the country. Stefan Desnica averages 1.2 blocks per game, which puts him 11th in the RMAC. Fraser Malcolmand Antonio Capley both average 1.0 blocked shots per game, which is tied for 13th most.

    Top 10

    Fraser Malcolm is currently averaging 17.0 points per game to lead BHSU, which is also good for eighth in the league.

    Crash the Glass

    Stefan Desnica and Fraser Malcolm are tied for eighth in the RMAC in offensive rebounds so far this season, averaging 2.4 per game. Malcolm pulls down 6.4 boards per game, ranking 15th in the league. Tyler Oliver is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game to lead the Yellow Jackets, which sits ninth in the conference.

    Moving On Up

    Fraser Malcolm makes a number of appearances in the BHSU career record lists. Malcolm currently sits fifth in free throws made (183), sixth in field goals made (342), fourth in rebounds (460), and fifth in blocks (49). With one season to play, Malcolm was sixth in career points per game (11.2), fifth in field goal percentage (.459), seventh in rebounding average (5.5), and third in free throw percentage (.790). Also making an appearance in the career record lists is Antonio Capley, who currently has 31 blocks, good for seventh all time.

    First of Many

    Head coach Ryan Thompson earned his first career win as the head coach of Black Hills State University against Augustana University, Nov. 17, 2018. The Yellow Jackets got the win, 65-62, in a back-and-forth affair at the East-West Challenge.

    Preseason Nod

    Fraser Malcolm was selected to the Preseason All-RMAC Team. He was one of 10 players to make the team, and earned the accolade after leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring and rebounding last year, tallying 14.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.

    BHSU Picked Eighth by RMAC Coaches

    Black Hills State was tabbed eighth in the RMAC Coaches' Poll with 116 points. Regis was voted to finish first with eight first place votes (216 points), while Colorado School of Mines (four first place votes), Fort Lewis (two first place votes), and Dixie State (two first place votes) were selected to finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, after all receiving at least two first place votes.

    Post Season Accolade

    Fraser Malcolm, after leading BHSU in scoring and rebounding, was named to the All-RMAC Second Team following the 2017-18 season.

    All-Academic

    Two Yellow Jackets were named to the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season. Stefan Desnica and Wyatt Krogman each earned the honor.

    New Faces

    The Yellow Jackets will be playing under the eye of a new head coach this season. Ryan Thompson, who acted as the BHSU Assistant Coach for the previous four seasons, now moves to the helm of the program. Coach Thompson welcomes seven newcomers as the Green and Gold will have a lot of new faces. Five freshmen and two transfers join nine returners.

    National Team Representation

    Fraser Malcolm played for the Scottish National Team at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018. Malcolm has now represented his country on five different occasions, however, this was his first appearance with the Senior Team.

    International Relations

    The Yellow Jacket men's basketball team has five players from across the oceans. Patrick Mendes and Edin Hanusa made their way to the Black Hills from Sweden. Fraser Malcolm traveled across the pond from Scotland, while Stefan Desnica and Sava Dukic both came from Serbia with a pit stop at San Gabriel Academy in California.

     

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