RAPID CITY, S.D. — Senior guard Orlandor Westbrooks hit a basket at the buzzer Saturday to lift Rocky Mountain College past South Dakota Tech 57-56 in men’s basketball.
The 6-foot-2 Westbrooks scored after grabbing an offensive rebound following a missed 3-pointer by teammate Anthony Carter.
The victory upped Rocky’s record to 4-2. The Hardrockers dropped to 2-4.
“Our kids made some strides tonight,” Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said. “They stepped up when it came time to make plays and make decisions.”
Carter led the way for the Battlin’ Bears with 20 points, while Westbrooks finished with 12. Center Sergio Trocha grabbed 14 rebounds.
Tanner Friesen collected 14 points for South Dakota Tech. Michael Dietz and Kyle Doerr had 10 points apiece.
For Rocky, point guard Carter shot 9 of 13 from the field.
The Bears will be playing Eastern Oregon at the Carroll College Tournament on Friday.
Nevada 81, Montana 66
RENO, Nev. — Dario Hunt scored 18 points and Deonte Burton added 17 to lead Nevada over Montana 81-66 in the season opener for both.
Malik Story also scored in double figures for the Wolf Pack, finishing with 16.
Brian Qvale scored 20 points, including 12 in the first half, to lead the Grizzlies, and Derek Selvig of Glendive grabbed 11 rebounds.
Nevada shot 50 percent the field, including 10 of 19 from beyond the 3-point line, and held Montana to 38.6 percent shooting.
Montana led by 10 late in the first half before Nevada closed the half with an 8-0 run to make it 34-32 Montana at halftime.
The Wolf Pack opened the second half with an 18-5 run, sparked by three 3-pointers from Story, to take a 49-39 lead with 13:31 left.
SD Tech 79, Rocky women 76
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Tech held off Rocky Mountain College for a 79-76 women’s basketball win.
With the victory, the Lady Hardrockers evened their season record at 3-3. The Battlin’ Bears are now 4-3.
South Dakota Tech was led by the 19 points and eight rebounds of Jerika Ihnen. Ariel Granillo added 17 points and Hillary Hawkins 14.
Rocky received 20 points from freshman Austin Hanser. Adrienne Green notched 15, Dani Hosking 14 and 10 for Micki Scally. Callie Kautzmann had 11 rebounds.
The Bears shot 50 percent from the field, but committed 22 turnovers to the Lady Hardrockers’ seven.
Rocky trailed 49-42 at halftime and faced a double-digit deficit in the second half before closing to within one point late.
“Basically it came down to we dug ourselves too big of a hole to get out of,” Rocky coach Brian Henderson said.
Rocky will host Metro State of Colorado in an exhibition game at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Metro State 49, MSUB women 46
Metro State fought off Montana State Billings 49-46 in women’s basketball at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
The Roadrunners led by 10 points (46-36) late in the game before the Yellowjackets closed with a 10-3 run to make for a tight finish in their season opener.
MSUB was led by the 17 points of Beata Bak. Cassondra Bratton came off the bench to supply Metro State with 10 points.
The Roadrunners owned a 43-23 rebounding advantage, including 16-7 on the offensive end.
“The difference in the game was on the boards,” MSUB coach Kevin Woodin said. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds. We have a lot of work to do. It will take time to develop team chemistry on the court, but I believe we will accomplish it.”
The Jackets shot just 32 percent from the field.
MSUB will play Friday in Belmont, Calif., against Cal State Dominguez. That will begin a six-game road trip.
Hawaii 77, Montana State 59
HONOLULU — Hiram Thompson scored 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the field and Hawaii caught fire in the second half to beat Montana State 77-59 late Friday night in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.
It was the first game for Hawaii coach Gib Arnold and the season opener for both schools.
The game was tied 32-32 at halftime, but the Rainbow Warriors made 17 of 31 field-goal attempts in outscoring the Bobcats 45-27 in the second half.
Bo Barnes added 19 points and Josten Thomas had 18 for Hawaii, which led by as much as 75-51 with 4:23 remaining.
Arnold was hired at Hawaii in March to replace Bob Nash, who was fired after three seasons.
Bobby Howard scored 17 points and Erik Rush added 15 for Montana State, which led 23-15 with 8:15 left in the first half.
Baylor 93, MSU women 56
WACO, Texas — Melissa Jones had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players in double figures scoring, and second-ranked Baylor overcame a slow start to overwhelm Montana State 93-56.
Preseason All-American Brittney Griner added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bears (2-0), while Brooklyn Pope chipped in 14 points and eight boards. Baylor also got 11 points from Kimetria Hayden, 11 from Ashley Field and 10 from Jordan Madden.
Katie Bussey and Sarah Balian led Montana State (0-2) with 12 points each, and Rachel Semansky had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The 6-foot-8 Griner came on strong after struggling in the first half, when she shot 1 of 7 against a Bobcat front line that had 6-4 center Chelsea Banis on the bench much of the way in foul trouble. Griner finished 3 of 10 from the field but was 9 of 10 from the foul line.
Griner also blocked five shots after getting shut out Friday against Florida International.