Rocky men win at Westminster, 94-90

2014-01-23T22:30:00Z 2014-01-24T14:03:04Z Rocky men win at Westminster, 94-90 The Billings Gazette
January 23, 2014 10:30 pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Tyree Anderson knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:09 to play on Thursday night as Rocky Mountain College bumped off first-place Westminster College 94-90 in Frontier Conference men's basketball.

Anderson. a junior guard, finished with a team-high 28 points -- 19 of them coming in the second half.

He made five 3-pointers on the night, with his final one putting the Battlin' Bears ahead for good 92-90 heading into the final minute.

Teammate Rob Nyby, a sophomore guard, added two free throws with 10 seconds to play.

The game featured 10 ties and 18 lead changes, including four in the final two minutes.

Senior center Jeremy Nicolas wound up with 26 points as Rocky improved to 5-3 in conference and 14-6 overall with the exciting victory. The Griffins, who began the night in a three-way tie for first, dropped to 4-3 and 11-9.

"It was a great basketball game, like many of them here between us and them," Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said.

The Bears, who shot 55 percent from the field during a 51-point second half, also received 15 points and five assists from Sian Lane and 14 points and nine rebounds from Joel Barndt.

"I thought our team had a real gutsy effort," Dreikosen said. "We could have folded a couple of times, but I'm really proud of how we hung in there and made the plays down the stretch when we needed to. "

The Bears, who climbed into third place with the win, shot 46.3 percent on the night, with 10 3-pointers. Rocky also converted on 22 of 27 free throws, with Nicolas shooting 9 for 9.

Westminster was led by the game-high 32 points of Blake Skidmore, including seven 3-pointers. Teammate Tallon Robertson added 22.

Rocky, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, will be playing at home next Thursday night against Montana Western.

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