ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T's men's basketball team fell victim to cold shooting in a key stretch as Wisconsin-Parkside rallied in the second half to defeat the Miners 82-74 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play Saturday afternoon at Billy Key Court.
The Miners (2-10, 0-4 GLVC) held an eight-point lead early in the second half and continued to have the advantage past the midway point of the half until the Rangers (4-10, 2-2 GLVC) went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good.
Parkside came out of the gate fast, scoring 14 of the first 16 points of the contest to take an early 12-point lead. S&T began clawing back into the game and took its first lead with 9:56 to go in the half on a three-pointer by Allante Pickens (Chicago, IL/Curie). The Miners would keep the lead for the bulk of the final 9:56 and would eventually extend the lead to six by halftime on a three-pointer by Dulan Scott(Chicago, IL/Farragut Academy) and a lay-in just before the final buzzer by Joe Johnson (Waynesville, MO/Waynesville).
That lead grew to eight on the Miners' opening possession of the second half when Scott connected with Romain Louiserre (La Ferte Alais, France/Fredrick Fays) on an alley-oop dunk and over the next six minutes, S&T got three-pointers from Louiserre and Ervin Sarajlic (St. Louis, MO/Oakville) after the Rangers had cut the margin to within a possession.
Pickens scored out of a timeout to put the Miners up 52-50 with 11:42 remaining, then after UW-Parkside's Jonah Matulle made one-of-two at the line to cut the S&T lead in half, Sebastian Ferenc(Zgierz, Poland/) scored inside to put the lead back at three. However, a three-pointer by Espen Fjaerestad tied the score with 9:52 to play, sparking the 12-0 run that put the Rangers up for good.
Fjaerestad hit another three-pointer on Parkside's next possession – one of 16 in the game by the Rangers – to give the guests their first lead of the second half.
The Miners had the lead down to five on two occasions down the stretch, but drew no closer as they fell for the fourth game in succession.
Missouri S&T shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and made seven three-pointers in taking the lead at halftime, but made only 41.2 percent in the second half and finished the day at 45.3 percent to Parkside's 51.9 percent mark from the floor.
Louiserre finished with 17 points to lead the Miners, while Sarajlic was also in double figures with 13 points as was Ferenc with 12. Ferenc recorded his second double-double of the season as he also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Adam Bonk, who hit seven of the Rangers' 16 treys in the game, led all scorers with 21 points while Fjaerestad added 18. Parkside, who was ranked in the top 20 nationally in three-point percentage entering Saturday's game, connected on its 16 threes in 27 attempts for a mark of 59.3 percent.
The Miners will return to action Thursday when they host Truman State in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Billy Key Court.