The University of Montana Western men’s basketball team will travel to Billings, Mont., to take on Rocky Mountain College on Thursday night. Following the game in Billings they will travel to North Dakota and take on Dickinson State Saturday evening.
The Bulldog men have played six of their last seven games on the road. The past three weekends their schedule took them on the road and they will have played five straight away from Straugh Gymnasium at the end of this week. The last time the Bulldogs tipped off at home in Dillon was Jan. 11.
Rocky Mountain College is currently 14-6 overall and is tied with four other teams for the Frontier Conference lead with a 5-3 conference record. They are led by Tyree Anderson who is averaging a team leading 18.26 points. He is also contributing in other areas by pulling down 4.63 rebounds and dishing out 3.47 assists per game. The Bears are led by Joel Barndt in rebounds with his 8.79 boards a game. He ranks No. 9 in the country averaging 6.3 defensive rebounds, No. 13 in total rebounds for the season, and No. 17 in rebounds per game. Sian Lane is averaging 4.74 assists per game which places him at No. 17 in the country in that category.
Dickinson State will be UMW’s foe on Saturday. The Blue Hawks are currently 7-13 overall and 2-6 in Frontier Conference play. They are led in scoring by Tevin Russell who is averaging 16.6 points a game. Mackenson Odenier leads the team with his 5.35 boards a game, followed closely by Russell who is averaging over five rebounds a game as well. Robbie Morey is averaging 2.7 assists and 1.55 steals a game. He leads DSU in both of those statistical categories.
Montana Western is currently 12-7 overall and 5-3 in conference play. The Bulldogs dropped a heart breaker last Saturday when Great Falls hit a last second field goal to take the win. The Bulldogs, however, are one of the five teams sitting atop the conference with a 5-3 record. UMW is led in points per game by Jake Owsley’s 14.37 points, 7.26 rebounds, and more than one block a game. Maazin Butler leads the team in assists with his 2.68 a game while averaging just under 14 points. Kris Castro is averaging better than 1.5 steals a game. Jordan Overstreet is another Bulldog who is contributing on a consistent basis with his 12.2 points. The Montana Western bench has come up big, especially in conference play. They are getting key contributions by Vince Turk, Shyke Smalls, Kurtis Parsons, and Connor Woodill.
On Thursday tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. versus RMC. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip.