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Strong finish propels Bulldogs over L-C State

UMW News Bureau

The University of Montana Western Bulldogs men’s basketball team took control of the game in the final five minutes to defeat the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 77-64 Friday night in the Frontier Conference opener for both teams. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldogs men’s basketball team took control of the game in the final five minutes to defeat the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 77-64 Friday night in the Frontier Conference opener for both teams. The first half was evenly played with two ties and two lead changes. The largest lead for Montana Western was six points and L-C State’s largest lead was three. After PJ Bolte pulled the Warriors to within two with 31 seconds left, Brandon Brown drove into the key and scored with three seconds left to put the Bulldogs on top 37-33 as the halftime buzzer sounded. Montana Western (1-0, 13-4) opened the second half with a 9-2 run and seemed on the verge of taking control of the game behind four points from Tyler Miller, two by Kyle Perry and a three pointer by Brown to go on top 46-35. Still down by eight, the Warriors (0-1, 11-4) responded with a 9-0 run behind Joey Wayman’s five points to take the lead 56-55 at the 10:49 mark. Twenty-eight seconds later Brown picked up his fourth foul. Miller responded by sinking a three point shot to put the Bulldogs back on top and start a 22-4 run and open up a 17-point lead, the largest of the game. Bolte scored the last four points in the paint for the Warriors to account for the final score. Three players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. Brown led the way with 26 points, going a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Miller had a fine shooting night to finish with 16 points and Kyle Erickson added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Tyler Hurley had a good all-around game with nine points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. As a team Montana Western shot .508 (31-61) from the field, .294 (5-17) on three pointers and .769 (10-13) from the free throw line. The Warriors also had three players score in double figures. Bolte let the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Donte Archie scored 16 and Darin Stewart finished with 10 points. L-C State was .400 (24-60) from the field, .300 (6-20) from beyond the three point line and .714 (10-14) on free throws.
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