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Yellowjackets win 'strange game'

INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- Rochester Community and Technical College men's basketball coach Brian LaPlante described the Yellowjackets' 74-72 win at Rainy River as "a strange game."

That it was.

With 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in the game, RCTC led 72-68. But Rainy River came back to tie it. And that's when it got strange.

Rainy River passed the ball inbound with 8 seconds left, but the Yellowjackets' Eric Butler stole the pass and fed Trey Boyd for a lay-up. Rainy River got one more chance when Marcus Gilmore was fouled in the waning seconds. But Gilmore missed both free throws, and the game ended.

Boyd, who transferred from a Division I community college in Dallas, led RCTC in scoring with 21 points. Freshmen John Freeman (St. Louis, Mo.) added 11 points and Chris Metcalf (Kenyon) 10. Rob Giles (Minneapolis), who is developing a reputation as the best thief on the team, made three steals and three assists.

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RCTC (9-2 overall) beat Hibbing 87-68 on Friday night.

The Yellowjackets are off for Christmas break. Their next game is in University Center Rochester Regional Sports Center against Mid-State of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., at 8 p.m. Jan. 6. The RCTC women play Mid-State at 6 p.m. in the same location.

ROCHESTER CTC (74)

Trey Boyd 21, Eric Butler 8, Corey Christopherson 4, John Freeman 11, Rob Giles 6, Bryce Hall 2, Kyle Johnson 0, Xavier Jones 0, Chris Metcalf 10, Josh Ronningen 8, Lance Roorda 4.

RAINY RIVER (72)

Carl Beard 17, Mario Vargas 23, Augustin Couto 6, Chris Evans 7, Eereck Gowdy 8, Marcus Gilmore 11.

Halftime score -- Rainy River 39, Rochester 34.

Three-point goals -- Rochester 3 (Christopherson 1, Boyd 2), Rainy River 9 (Beard 4, Vargas 5).

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Free throws -- Rochester 15-21, Rainy River 8-16.

Fouled out -- None.

Rebounds -- Rochester 43 (Boyd 5, Metcalf 5, Rainy River 36.

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