Jays take down Blue Devils

Published 10:29 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Riverland's Nicco Montgomery drives the lane during the first half against Minnesota West Wednesday night at RCC. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The Riverland men’s basketball team wasn’t clicking in a 72-64 loss to Minnesota West in Riverland Gym.

It was the first conference win for the Jays (9-11 overall, 1-7 MCAC South), who led for most of the night.

Denzel Smith started the night with a steal and a dunk to put RCC (12-10 overall, 3-4 MCAC South) up 2-0 and the Blue Devils led 6-4 after a jumper by Josh Davis, but West responded with a 14-2 run and it never trailed again.

Riverland's DeAaron Hearn shoots from the lane against Minnesota West Wednesday at RCC. — Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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The Blue Devils got as close as 57-50 after Nicco Montgomery hit a pair of free throws with 6:47 left in the game, but they couldn’t get any closer as they hit just three of 18 three-point attempts and turned the ball over 20 times.

West 38 34 — 72

RCC 26 38 — 64

RCC scoring: DeAaron Hearn, 17; Nicco Montgomery, 12; Taylor Oetken, 9; Denzel Smith, 8; Chris Jahr, 6; Richard Burch, 6; Josh Davis, 4; Jordan Jarland, 2; field goals: 37 percent (25-for-67); three-pointers: 17 percent (3-for-18); free throws: 73 percent (11-for-15); rebounds: 49 (Davis, 12); turnovers: 20

West scoring: Dontreal Mckinley, 19; Terence Reid, 14; Myler Neal, 14; Halden Van Whye, 10; Jordan Mackins, 5; Ben Akoi, 4; Ryan Wood, 4; Patrick Connors, 2; field goals: 36 percent (28-for-77); three-pointers: 25 percent (7-for-28); free throws: 47 percent (9-for-19); rebounds: 51 (Neal, 13); turnovers: 14