Saturday, December 11, 2010

Yellowjackets Fall to Dixie State in OT, 73-69

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Montana State Billings men’s basketball team gave the Dixie State Red Storm everything they could handle, but a tough overtime period spelled the end for the Yellowjackets in a 73-69 loss Saturday evening at Alterowitz Gymnasium.

The Yellowjackets fell to 1-6 on the season and dropped their fifth straight game, while the Red Storm moved to 7-3 on the year and improved to 4-0 against Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools.

The Jackets fell behind by as many as 14 with 15:50 to go in the second half, but MSUB slowly chipped away at the lead. A three-pointer by Jaxon Myaer cut the lead to eight, 45-53, with 13:27 to go and sparked a 19-10 run over the eight minutes.

Down the stretch, MSUB seemed energized as they moved up and down the floor creating easy lay-ins and taking the lead on a DeAndre Chambers three-pointer, 66-64, with 3:36 remaining. As time wound down the two teams traded free throws until Tyler Barnes knocked down a jumper near the free throw line to tie the game at 68-68 with just 44 seconds left in regulation.

Heading to overtime, the Jackets were riding the momentum of the over 1,000 fans in attendance as they created a play and drew a foul on the DSC defense. Robert Mayes hit a free throw to give MSUB their final lead and final point of the ballgame at 69-68. The Red Storm shut down the Jackets in the extra period as MSUB went 0-for-6 from the field, while DSC put up five in the overtime.

The Yellowjackets were led by 14 points and seven rebounds by senior Raason Young. Young was 4-of-7 from three-point range as the Jackets shot 7-of-19 as a team. Chambers and Mayes each had 12 points and combined for nine rebounds. Barnes was the fourth player in double-figures with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Jackets shot 42.2 percent from the field and were 8-of-13 from the line. MSUB out rebounded Dixie State 35-33 and led the Red Storm in the paint with a 28-26 edge. The Jackets scored 16 points off the 15 turnovers they created by DSC turned 18 turnovers into 12 points. The bench also outscored Dixie 24-16.

Dixie State was led by 18 points and seven rebounds from Tom Whitehead, who shot 6-of-14 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Three other players were in double-figures for DSC, including Griffon Jones and Solomon Jensen with 11 points apiece.

The Red Storm shot 43.4 percent from the field and was 5-of-9 from three-point range. DSC was able to gain an advantage at the line, shooting 22-of-27 for 81.5 percent beyond the arc.

The Yellowjackets now head back out on the road before the Christmas holiday, traveling to Phoenix, Ariz., to play in the Grand Canyon Holiday Tournament. The Jackets will take on defending National Champion Cal Poly Pomona Friday, Dec. 17, with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.

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