UMW News BureauThe Bulldog men's and women's basketball teams host Minot State University in a Sunday double-header from the Straugh Gymnasium. By Wally Feldt The Montana Western men's and women's basketball teams go into the weekend off two close victories Thursday night, Nov. 19. Both Bulldog teams host the Minot State University Beavers in a double-header, Sunday, Nov. 22 in the Straugh Gymnasium. The women tip off at 4 p.m. followed by the Bulldog men at 6 p.m. Both games will be broadcast in southwest Montana on KDBM radio. The Montana Western women improved to 4-4 on the season after a 69-65 overtime victory over nationally ranked Dickinson State University on Thursday. Last year, the Bulldogs lost at Minot State 66-81. Nicole Tams leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 12.9 points per game (ppg) followed by Chloe Mosey with 11 ppg. Laura Geis leads the team in rebounding with six rebounds per game followed by Mosey with five per game. Montana Western is averaging 65 ppg while giving up 70. Minot State is an NAIA Division II team and are members of the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). The Beavers finished last year with a 15-14 record and a fifth-place finish in the DAC. Minot opened the current season with four straight wins but have lost their last three. The Montana Western men's team nipped Eastern Oregon University Thursday night 78-76 to move to 7-1 on the season. The Bulldogs winning streak is now six games. Five Bulldogs are scoring in double figures led by JaRon Brown and Layne Glaus with 16 ppg; Brandon Lawson with 11.6; Terry Hauser with 10.6; and Cody Thueringer with 10. Garrett Fink leads the team in rebounding with eight rebounds per game followed by JaRon Brown with 7.5. Montana Western averages 90 ppg while giving up 70. The Minot State men are 6-1 on the season and have won their last four in a row. The Beavers beat the University of Great Falls 87-78 and MSU-Northern 77-72 last weekend. Last year the Beavers were 20-11 overall and finished third in the DAC. One of their losses was a 90-81 setback to Montana Western.
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