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Late free throws seal Blue Hawk win over Rocky Mountain College

After 12 first-half points, Dickinson State guard Jake Buck didn't attempt another field goal the entire rest of the game. But in the second half, he scored perhaps the most important two points of the contest. Ahead 86-84 on NAIA Division I oppo...

Dickinson State junior guard Terrell Butler attempts a layup over a Rocky Mountain College defender Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State junior guard Terrell Butler attempts a layup over a Rocky Mountain College defender Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

After 12 first-half points, Dickinson State guard Jake Buck didn't attempt another field goal the entire rest of the game.

But in the second half, he scored perhaps the most important two points of the contest.

Ahead 86-84 on NAIA Division I opponent Rocky Mountain College with nine seconds left, Buck was intentionally fouled and sent to the line.

He calmly positioned himself to take the shots and swished them both.

RMC inbounded the ball, DSU's Dontae Clark knocked the ball from a RMC player, and the final buzzer sounded. The result was 88-84, Blue Hawks (3-2), Thursday at Scott Gymnasium.
"You just have to put all those thoughts of being cold behind you. Especially in a moment like that, you just have to knock them down," said Buck, who finished with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting. "When you got the game on the line, I want to be the one shooting 'em for sure."

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The Battlin' Bears, a division above the Blue Hawks with two former NCAA Division I players in their starting five, jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead to begin the game.

The Blue Hawks looked flat, thought head coach Justin Wetzel, and he, rather emphatically, let his team know that in the ensuing timeout.

"I remember that timeout, coach gave us a little come-to-Jesus talk," Buck said, laughing. "We were able to pick it up after that. That was a turning point with the energy."

The Blue Hawks, behind a renewed sense of purpose, almost immediately responded and took their first lead with nine minutes left in the half at 21-20.

But RMC countered, and after a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer by guard Chad Kananen, led by eight going into intermission.

"Defensively, I thought we did a much better job in the second half," said DSU's Terrell Butler, who finished tied for a game-high in points with teammate Marcus White with 21 points. "We had energy the whole time, we cut down on the second-chance offensive rebounds, and that was a big thing for us."

White, who scored only three points in the first half, provided most of the offensive punch for the Blue Hawks. He scored 18 in the final 20 minutes on a combination of six field goals and six made free throws, including a slashing layup with with :19 seconds left that made the score 86-82.

"The offense is going to be a work in progress with 11 new guys," said Wetzel. "But I did like some of the individual scoring we saw. Some scorers took a step, found their rhythm. They made winning plays."

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Off the bench, 6-foot-8 Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. played 21 productive minutes, totaling five points, six rebounds and three blocks, including one with just under a minute left kept the score at two possessions.

Along with White, Butler and Jerry Shevlin, who finished with 15 points, hit numerous big shots down the second half stretch that helped ward off runs that on multiple occasions brought the Battlin' Bears within a basket.

"It's fun when you take the lead and everyone's hitting shots, when we're getting and-ones, we're getting some dunks," Buck said. "When you can feed off that stuff you don't need to do anything else. I was having a lot of fun, for sure, guys were on the bench hooting and hollering, it was exciting."

Dickinson State 88, Rocky Mountain College 84

VISITOR: Taylor Longo 16, Zach Hinton 13, Chad Kananen 13, Riley Bradshaw 12.

HOME: Marcus White 21, Terrell Butler 21, Jerry Shevlin 15, Jake Buck 14.

Halftime: 46-38, RMC. Total fouls: RMC 25, DSU 18 . Technical fouls: DSU, Justin Wetzel. RMC, Riley Bradshaw. 3-point goals: RMC 9-20 (Zach Hinton 3-3), DSU 7-19 (Butler 3-7, Buck 2-3). Rebounds: RMC 38 (Derek Graves 8), DSU 43 (White 10). Assists: RMC 10 (Bradshaw 5), DSU 10 (White, Shevlin 3). Steals: RMC 4 (Longo 3), DSU 5 (Dontae Clark 3). Blocks: RMC 2, Home DSU 4 (Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. 3). Turnovers: RMC 12, DSU 13.

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