UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldogs defeated the University of Alberta Golden Bears 93-88 in their final non-conference game of the season. The game was played at Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Mont. on Thursday afternoon. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldogs defeated the University of Alberta Golden Bears 93-88 in their final non-conference game of the season. The game was played at Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Mont. on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Bears built a 10-point lead, 33-23, with eight minutes to play in the first half on a Daniel Ferguson three point shot. The Bulldogs fought back and completed a 16-2 run when Brandon Brown found Jake Owsley under the basket for an easy two-pointer with 2:37 left in the opening stanza. Brown hit a short jump shot just before the halftime buzzer to keep Montana Western on top 45-41. The second half was an even battle that saw both teams make runs to keep the score close. Both teams displayed strong offensive games and combined for 181 points in the contest. The Bulldogs made the needed plays and hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory. Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. Brown led the way with 29 points on a variety of shots and moves to the basket. Tyler Miller scored a season high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Tyler Hurley made all four of his three point attempts to match Miller with 16 points while dishing out four assists. Kyle Erickson scored 15 points, hauled down four rebounds and led the team with six assists. Owsley ended the night with 12 points and five rebounds. Three players scored the majority of the points for Alberta. Ferguson, displaying impressive long range shooting, led the Golden Bears with 28 points. Jordan Baker, a member of the Canadian Developmental Team, made eight of nine field goal attempts to score 20 points. Matthew Cardoza also finished in double figures with 19 points. Montana Western closed out the non-conference portion of the season with a 12-4 record. The Bulldogs have won five of the six games played during December. The game was an exhibition game for the University of Alberta, whose official record on the season is 6-2. The Bulldogs return home to open conference play against Lewis-Clark State and Westminster on Jan. 6 and 7 in the Straugh Gymnasium.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.