Basketball: Black Hills State men and women prepare for RMAC Tournament
SPEARFISH, S.D. – After a long season, the Black Hills State University men’s basketball team is now set to host its first ever home playoff game since making the jump to Division II.
Black Hills State will take on Colorado Mesa on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets secured the number four seed in the tournament with a 15-7 conference record, while the Mavericks are 14-8.
Earlier this season, Colorado Mesa defeated Black Hills State by four points, 78-74.
But the Yellow Jackets have won nine out of their last 11 games despite the loss of their leading scorer, Fraser Malcom, who suffered a season-ending injury a few weeks ago.
Black Hills State head coach Ryan Thompson expects another tough battle against Colorado Mesa.
“They like to drive it and have a lot of guys who are athletic,” BHSU men’s basketball coach Ryan Thompson said. “Their strength is getting the ball inside. So finding ways to keep the ball in front of us and contain the dribble. I think will be key. Then on the offensive end, we need to get out and run ourselves. Get more uptempo open court baskets then they do. Then just have guys step up and knock shots down.”
For the second consecutive year, the Black Hills State University women’s basketball team will compete in the RMAC Tournament.
The Yellow Jackets enter the tournament as the number eight seed and will face top seed Colorado Mesa on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.