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UMW men split home games, currently fourth in conference

The Montana Western men’s basketball team split their games last weekend. They hosted No. 20 MSU-Northern on Thursday night and lost by a score of 65-71. On Saturday the Bulldogs took on Great Falls at home on senior night and won 67-65 when a last second shot fell off the mark for UGF.

Maaz-2Bulldog senior Maazin Butler - photo courtesy Jim Woodill PhotographyOn Thursday night the UMW Bulldogs welcomed the Northern Lights for a Frontier Conference game that matched two teams both needing wins to help their post season tournament outlook. The Northern lights are looking to get a first round bye, while the UMW men are looking to host a first round game. MSU-Northern was able to play well enough to escape with a 71-65 win over their hosts. Despite UMW shooting 50 percent from behind the arc to MSU-Northern shooting 38 percent the Bulldogs could not pull out the win. The Northern Lights went 21-for-25 from the free-throw line, while UMW went 16-for-24 (67 percent) from the stripe.

The MSU-Northern team was led by two twenty point nights by Corbin Pearson and Roshawn West. West shot 60 percent from the field and went 4-for-4 from the line. The Bulldogs were led by Maazin Butler’s 22 points and three assists. Jordan Overstreet had a big game adding 19 points and Jake Owsley had 11 points.

Saturday evenings’ game matched two teams that were tied for fourth place in the Frontier Conference. Great Falls was coming into Dillon after a loss in Salt Lake. In the first contest of the season the Argos’ Marcel Towns hit a last second shot to lift his team to a two point win. This time around his shot to tie the game careened off the rim. Great Falls was able to secure the rebound, but UMW senior big man, Jake Owsley, came to the rims’ defense and blocked the follow-up shot to give the Bulldogs a two point victory on senior night.

Jake-Block2UMW's Jake Owsley with a block - photo by Jim WoodillThe UMW men overcame 25 percent shooting from three-point range on the evening. They were able to hit on over 70 percent of their free-throw attempts. The Argos were led by TJ Harris’ 19 points. Conference scoring leader, Towns, was held five points below his season average with 15 points on the night. The Bulldogs were led by Jake Owsley’s double-double when he dropped 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Connor Woodill came off the bench and had a 13 point night, while Tyler Miller had 11 points. Maazin Butler had six assists.

Following Saturday nights’ win the Montana Western men sit fourth in the conference standings with two road games to finish the regular season. The UMW men travel to Butte to take on Montana Tech on Thursday night for a big game and then go to Lewis-Clark for another crucial game in the regualr-season finale on Saturday. Thursday night tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday game-time is set for 8:30 p.m.