DICKINSON, ND- The Blue Hawk men's basketball team took to the court in Scott Gymnasium for the first time Thursday night, taking on Rocky Mountain College. The RMC bears have traditionally been a strong program under the direction of Bill Driekosen in his 18th year at Rocky. For the Blue Hawks this was the first opportunity for the Blue Hawk faithful to see new coach Josh Vaughan and his team in action.
The Blue Hawks started the game and played neck and neck with the Bears. The Blue Hawk's strong first half was helped by the 45% shooting from beyond the arch. But, the bears were able to get higher percentage shots, tallying 47% from the field. The Blue Hawks also gave up ten turnovers in the half. Heading into the half the Blue Hawks trailed the bears 39-33.
In the second half, the Bears were able to get opportunities. The Blue Hawks were unable to put a stop to the Bears' attack allowing them to shoot for 64%. Offensively the Blue Hawks had a steady attack, Brian Neal led the team with 20 points in the game. The Blue Hawks could not put enough together offensively to keep up with the Bears, ending in a score of 90 to 71.
A Look Ahead: The Blue Hawks next game will be Friday night when they take on Salish Kootenai College in Scott Gymnasium. The game will tip off at 5:00.