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Rocky men rally to defeat Blue Hawks, 87-83

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The Dickinson Press
Rocky men rally to defeat Blue Hawks, 87-83
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BILLINGS, Mont. -- Rocky Mountain College rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Dickinson State on Saturday night in Frontier Conference men's basketball at the Fortin Center.

Don Parham contributed 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 13 seconds remaining and the Bears held on for an 87-83 victory.

Rocky, which trailed 50-40 with 17:37 to play, jumped into the lead for the first time in the second half, 82-80, on a 3-pointer by Parham.

Two free throws by Joel Barndt and one apiece by Jeremy Nicolas and Malachi upped the Bears' advantage to 86-80 with 28 seconds remaining. That was Rocky's (15-11, 6-6 Frontier) biggest lead of the night.

Rocky was 34 of 43 from the free-throw line while DSU made its hay from beyond the 3-point line, where it was 15 of 26.

John Hanstad had a career-high 26 points to lead DSU (10-16, 3-7 Frontier). The senior from Dickin-son shot 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

Jarek Hansen added 12 points.

Nicolas led Rocky with 25 points and eight rebounds.

He shot 13 of 16 from the free-throw line. Barndt finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and made 9 of 9 free-throw attempts. Roberts had 13 points.

DICKINSON STATE (10-16, 3-7 Frontier): Johnie Sanders 4-8 1-2 9, Phillip Johnson Jr. 4-12 0-0 8, Robbie Morey 2-3 0-0 6, James Hayden 1-3 2-2 4, John Hanstad 9-15 2-3 26, Ty Ackelson 2-4 1-2 7, Anthony Hodges 1-3 0-0 3, Ryan Sullivan 0-3 0-0 0, Brock Boos 3-6 0-0 8, Isiah Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Jarek Hansen 5-10 1-1 12, Jeremy Samuelson 0-0 0-0 0, Timmy Benedict 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 7-10 83.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE (15-11, 6-6 Frontier): Joel Barndt 4-6 9-9 18, Jeremy Nicolas 6-9 13-16 25, Don Parham 6-16 0-1 14, Matt Strickland 3-5 1-1 9, Malachi Roberts 3-6 5-8 13, Nile Finney 0-2 0-0 0, John Bayo 1-3 6-8 8, Joe Stulc 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 34-43 87.

Halftime: DSU 42-38. 3-point goals: DSU 14-26 (Morey 2-3, Hayden 0-2, Hanstad 6-8, Ackelson 2-3, Hodges 1-2, Boos 2-5, Hansen 1-3), RMC 7-19 (Barndt 1-2, Parham 2-7, Strickland 2-2, Roberts 2-4, Finney 0-2, Bayo 0-1, Stulc 0-1). Total fouls: DSU 27, RMC 16. Fouled out: Hansen. Rebounds: DSU 33 (Sullivan 7), RMC 34 (Barndt 8, Nicolas 8). Assists: DSU 20 (Morey 6, Hayden 5), RMC 13 (Parham 4). Steals: DSU 4 (Sanders 1, Morey 1, Ackelson 1, Boos 1), RMC 8 (Parham 4). Blocks: DSU 0, RMC 5 (Bayo 2). Turnovers: DSU 15, RMC 15

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