ThunderWolves lose late lead, lose to Black Hills State

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Eight days ago, the ThunderWolves men’s basketball team blew a 10-point lead in an eventual loss vs. Colorado Christian.

On Saturday night, it happened again.

After only scoring 43 points in the first 30 minutes, the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets would go on to score 43 points over the final 10 minutes in regulation to erase a 10 point Pack lead en route to a 84-76 victory.

“I thought they played very well,” said head coach Ralph Turner. “Lets give them credit. They came ready to play, I thought they played harder than we did, I thought they played better than we did, and when that happens, teams win.

Although the ThunderWolves held the Yellow Jackets to 34 percent from the field and 9 percent from the three point line if the first half, the Yellow Jackets were able to shoot 75 percent from the field in the second half, including 71 percent from three. The Yellow Jackets also attempted 18 more free throws than the Pack in the second half.

“I thought they got great shots,” Turner said. “I just think basketball is a game of nights.”

Next up, the men will travel to New Mexico Highlands and Western New Mexico next Friday and Saturday.

“We better find a way to sit down and guard.” Turner said. “We just got to keep finding our way. We got some guys on our team, who I believe, have lost their way, basketball wise, and they got to come back a little bit more confident. Our guys are a little beat down. I think they’ve lost a little bit of their confidence, and we got to work this next week to get a little bit better.”