Blue Hawks drop heart-breaker to Montana Tech, 77-74

Blue Hawks drop heart-breaker to Montana Tech, 77-74

DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks lost a heart-breaker to Montana Tech on Saturday (Jan. 25), 77-74.  The game was close all night, but the last 1:04 of regulation provided fireworks.  Dickinson State is now 7-13 and 2-6 in Frontier play.

The Blue Hawks held a six point lead with 1:04 to play in regulation after senior Ty Ackelsonknocked down a free throw.  Antonio Snow drained a three with 45 seconds left to cut the lead down to 73-70.  Montana Tech called a timeout with just 35 seconds left on the clock and a three point deficit.  Adam Greger took a shot that was blocked by junior Tevin Russell.

With 12 seconds remaining Bryan Bock put up two points to make the game a 73-72 game in favor of Dickinson State.  Brandon Rydberg nailed a three-pointer to put Montana Tech up by two, 75-73. 

Ackelson drove underneath and was fouled by Travis Peevey.  Ackelson converted one shot to make it a one point game.  On the inbound Brandon Rydberg was fouled and converted both free throws to give the Orediggers a 77-74 lead. The Blue Hawks took the inbound and foundTevin Russell with less than 2.5 seconds on the clock.  The Oredigger press slowed Russell before he threw up a shot near half-court, which missed the mark.

Antonio Snow put up 31 points for Montana Tech, including three three-pointers, but only shot 50 percent from the free-throw line.  Bryan Bock recorded 13 points, while Brandon Rydberg picked up 10. The Orediggers finished with 36 rebounds, 1 block, 10 assists, and a shooting percentage of 50.

Ackelson led the Blue Hawks with 18 points.  Russell recorded 15, while juniorMackenson Odenier tallied 13.  Three Dickinson State players finished with four rebounds.  Ackelson not only led in points, but also in steals with three.  Overall, the Blue Hawks recorded 17 steals, two blocks, 17 assists, 27 rebounds, and a shooting percentage of 55.1.

Dickinson State will be back on the court on Thursday (Jan. 30) when they host Westminster on Coaches vs. Cancer Night.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Scott Gymnasium.