The Hawks' began their non-conference win trailing Whiting 13-12 in the first quarter.
"We were a little bit nervous. We weren't running through our plays, not really running offense or anything," RSM head coach Scott Ruden said. "The second quarter we kind of calmed down a little bit, we started running some offense and started scoring."
RSM maintained control. With a few seconds to go, the Hawks led 66-47. A Whiting player banked three at the end to make it 66-50.
Ruden said Matt Wesselmann helped the team build momentum after the slow first period.
The RSM junior tallied 26 points for the night.
"Matt Wesselmann had a whale of a game," Ruden said. "He shot the ball really well."
Wesselmann had two three-pointers in the first quarter, but by the fourth quarter he started rolling for the Hawks, putting in 10 points for the team, the coach said.
The Hawks had balanced scoring against Whiting.
Tyler Delperdang sank 10 points, had 14 rebounds and made six assists.
"Delperdang played fantastic," Ruden said. "I was really happy to see the senior play that well."
RSM senior Nate Roder got into foul trouble early, but the little time he did play, he played well, Ruden said.
Roder put up eight points and grabbed two rebounds
Junior Andrew Pottebaum tacked on another eight points, and five other Hawks added to scoring for the night.
"I was very happy with the game," Ruden said. "We haven't had a lot of practice with the holidays and all. We had quite a few mistakes, but it's early in the season. We passed the ball extremely well."
The RSM team has only three returning starters.
"I played two freshman and two sophomores," Ruden said of Monday's game. "We play 10 kids, and for rotating all the kids, I thought we did a really good job."
Senior Travis Schroeder led in steals with three.
RSM had 12 turnovers for the game.
The Hawks struggled to sink free throws, going 6-for-13 for the night.
Ruden said RSM struggled a little bit shutting down Whiting's 6-foot-2 sophomore Wade Martian.
"He drove well and got our guys into foul trouble and shot free throws well," Ruden said. "He scored 30 against us and he scored 14 from the free-throw line."
RSM next matches up with West Sioux on Friday.
"It's going to be a good game for us," Ruden said.