DICKINSON, N.D. — The Rocky Mountain College men's basketball team closed the first half with solid play and continued the strong stretch to start the second half in a victory on Thursday. 

Add it all up and the Battlin' Bears improved to 5-0 after beating Dickinson State on the road 90-71. 

Rocky used a 10-2 run late in the first half for a 39-33 halftime advantage. The Battlin' Bears then started the second half by scoring 11 of the first 13 points. 

RMC coach Bill Dreikosen praised his player's offensive execution. "I just thought we started executing in the second half offensively. Execution is getting easy baskets and making them and we started getting that. We had five guys in double figures. We had 12 turnovers and 24 assists. A two to one assists to turnover ratio for a team is excellent.

"Dickinson is a good offensive team and has a lot of guys who can score. We kept our intensity up on the defensive end and played hard."

Austin Payne led the Bears with 21 points off the bench with his third 20-point outing. Payne also grabbed six rebounds and had one block and a steal.