Riley Baker, Sports Information Director
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Black Hills State men’s basketball defeated UC Colorado Springs with a game-winning layup from Joel Scott as the clock expired to win 73-71 Monday night.
In a game that saw 8 ties, the Yellow Jackets (4-5, 4-5 RMAC) led for over 30 minutes including when it counted most and shot over 50 percent (50.9) for the sixth time this season.
Scott and Adam Moussa tied for the team lead with 19 points, making 8-of-10 and 7-of-15 from the field, respectively.
Sindou Cisse grabbed a team-leading eight boards and added two assists and a steal. Scott grabbed two steals and three rebounds.
Adam Moussa led the way with five steals and tied for the team lead with two steals while scoring seven.
Kevin Senghore-Peterson scored 10 points to go with three boards and two assists.
BHSU got out to an early 5-0 lead in the game with a Snjolfur Stefansson three and a pair of free throws by Cisse. UCCS would keep close, pulling even at 14-14 with a Jezza McKenzie three, and then again at 21-all with a layup midway through the first half.
The game remained neck-and-neck until a trey from Moussa gave the team some separation with its largest lead of the half (38-28) at 2:03. Both teams sank a three in the closing seconds of the period and the Yellow Jackets went into the locker room with a 43-36 advantage.
Out of the half, the Yellow Jackets would lead by as much as 12 points on a Moussa steal and score to go up 53-41. From there, UCCS would inch back and once again pull even before taking its first lead of the game at 62-59 with a 3-pointer at 7:10.
The Mountain Lions held the lead until a Whitley three locked the game back up at 66-66 with 3:36 left. Shortly after, tied at 69-all in the final minute of play, a Cisse layup put the Yellow Jackets up 71-69, but UCCS answered with a pair of free throws to bring the game to its eighth tie.
UCCS had the ball with 0.5 seconds left, but the team’s in-bound was thrown out of bounds, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball under their own net. BHSU took advantage of the opportunity as Moussa in-bounded the ball directly to Scott under the basket who rolled it in for the win.
The Yellow Jackets will play three road games in four days, starting with a Friday, Feb. 5 matchup at Adam’s State, tipping off at 7:30. BHSU will then take on CSU Pueblo on Saturday, Feb. 6 and Western Colorado on Monday, Feb. 8.