UMW News BureauThe Bulldog men won a high-scoring shootout with Minot State while the Bulldog women lost to Minot State. By Wally Feldt [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="158" caption="Brandon Lawson"][/caption] Brandon Lawson scored 30 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 121-99 victory over the Minot State Beavers in a men’s non-conference college basketball game from the Straugh Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. The first half was a close battle from the opening tip. With the exception of two ties, the Bulldogs led throughout the half, but that lead was never more then seven. Montana Western led 56-48 at the half. Minot opened the second half with a 10-2 run and tied the game at 58 on a basket by Shaun Johnson. Two possessions later, a three-point field goal from Terry Hauser gave the Bulldogs a 64-61 lead, which they would not give up. Montana Western used efficient shooting from outside and inside to gradually pull away for the victory. The Bulldogs shot 71 percent from the field in the second half and held Minot to a chilly 39 percent. Montana Western also dominated the boards out-rebounding the Beavers 51 to 30. Also scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs were Terry Hauser with 23 and Layne Glaus and JaRon Brown with 20 each. Lawson also led the team in rebounding with 11 followed by Garrett Fink with nine. The Bulldogs move to 8-1 on the season while Minot falls to 6-2. The two teams meet again Wednesday, Nov. 25 in Minot, N.D. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="162" caption="Nicole Tams"][/caption] The Bulldog women fell 78-65 to Minot. Minot State scored the game’s opening basket and held their lead through the final buzzer. Minot led by as many as 10 in the first half. The Bulldogs cut the lead down to two 30-32 at the four-minute mark. Minot led 41-35 at the half. Minot outscored the Bulldogs 19-10 in the first 10 minutes of the second half and led 65-40. Cold shooting damped Montana Western’s comeback hopes and the Bulldogs would get no closer than 11. The Bulldogs were only 9 of 29 from the field in the second half. The Bulldogs drop to 4-5 overall while Minot State improves to 4-1. Nicole Tams led the Bulldogs with 14 points and nine rebounds followed by Jamie Lake and Rheanna Padden with 13 points each. Montana Western travels to Pocatello, Idaho on Tuesday, Nov. 24 for an exhibition game against Idaho State and returns to Dillon on Friday, Nov. 27 to host Warner Pacific.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.