By Brad Blume, Sports Information Director
DICKINSON, N.D. --- Despite a long trip in which the South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball team played three road games in three days, the Hardrockers knocked down some key perimeter shots and defeated Dickinson State, 63-47, Sunday evening in Dickinson, N.D., giving SD Mines its eighth win of the season.
The Hardrocker defense held strong while the offense was able to establish a sizable edge. After the first 20 minutes of play the visitors were up by 13 points, 34-21, and then outscored the Blue Hawks in the second half, 29-26.
The 'Rockers played very well from the perimeter, knocking down 10 three-point goals in the game. Senior AJ Trennepohl had five from behind the arch, junior Calvin Thomas connect on three and senior James Dean came up with two from downtown.
As a team, SD Mines shot 43 percent from the field connection on 20-47 shots while Dickinson made good on 17-44 for 39 percent. Rebounds were another plus for the Hardrockers as they came away with 35 while the home team recorded 24.
Individually, Trennepohl led all scorers with 19 points, Thomas added 10 and junior Lucas Nolan contributed with eight points.
After dropping a game Friday night to MSU-Billings and edging Rocky Mountain College Saturday night, SD Mines is now 8-3 on the season and will be off until Dec. 29 when they travel to Fort Hays State in Kansas.