Men's Basketball: Kulas, Orr to Lead Hardrockers This Season

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Last year, the South Dakota Mines men's basketball team started the season by winning seven out its first 12 games.
But then the Hardrockers were hit hard by injuries and lost nine in row.
Coach Jason Henry is hoping for a big turnaround this year.
Coach Henry will be counting on a pair of post players to lead his program back out of the bottom half of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Konor Kulas returns this season after averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game, while Brian Orr averaged 11 points per contest.
Overall, the Hardrockers return six players including three starters, along with seven new freshman.
Coach Henry feels if his team can stay healthy, the Hardrockers could be tough to beat.

Jason Henry says, "I'm excited as I was last year. But you better be excited this time of year. We've got some guys that can do some things especially on the offensive side. I think in that South Dakota State game, our defense was right there. So we can get those combinations together and get the right guys on the floor and keep them healthy, we do. We have pretty high expectations this year.

Konor Kulas says, "I think Coach Henry did a great job at bringing in some shooters this year. So we're going to have a lot better spacing which is going to be great for me as a post. I'm going not be able to get doubled as much or if they do, I'll be able to kick it out. I have confidence in my teammates to knock down shots."

South Dakota Mines opened the season last weekend with a pair of games in Texas.
This weekend, fans will have a chance to see the Hardrockers in action.
The Hardrockers host Grace University from Omaha on Friday night followed by a game against Johnson & Wales on Saturday.

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