UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldogs earned a split of their games at the third annual Craig Finberg Memorial Basketball Tournament held on Friday, Oct. 28 and 29 in the Straugh Gymnasium. The Bulldogs lost Friday night to Warner Pacific College 78-62 but bounced back to defeat Dickinson State on Saturday night 89-66. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldogs earned a split of their games at the third annual Craig Finberg Memorial Basketball Tournament held on Friday, Oct. 28 and 29 in the Straugh Gymnasium. The Bulldogs lost Friday night to Warner Pacific College 78-62 but bounced back to defeat Dickinson State on Saturday night 89-66. The opening game was close for the first half as the teams battled back and forth. The largest lead for Montana Western was eight points and Warner Pacific led by six on two occasions. The first half ended with the Bulldogs only down by four points, 35-31, in spite of the torrid three-point shooting by the Knights (8-for-12). The Bulldogs could not find the energy or team play to make a run in the second half and the Knights never gave up the lead. Montana Western managed to cut the lead to eight points on two free throws by Tyler Hurley with 4:45 to play but four straight free throws by William Sharp extended Warner Pacific’s lead back to 12 points. The Bulldogs couldn’t mount a serious attack the rest of the way and ended the night losing by 16 points. Montana Western had a poor shooting night and only made 6-of-26 three-point shots while Warner Pacific knocked down 12-of-22 from long range. Brandon Brown led the Bulldogs with 20 points and Hurley finished with 14. Brown and Kyle Erickson each had four assists and Jake Owsley, Cedric Clarington and Erickson all grabbed six rebounds. The Knights had five players score in double figures. Nick Schultens scored 15 points, Biniam Tadele had 14, Jeremy Jones added 13 and Traevone Bowie and Sharp each scored 12. Sean Gaines grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Sharp had six assists. The game was the season opener for Warner Pacific (1-0) while the Bulldogs record dropped to 2-1. On Saturday night the Bulldogs came out with an intensity that was lacking Friday night and six and a half minutes into the game upped their lead to 20-5 on a three-pointer by Tyler Hurley. Dickinson State mounted a small run and cut the lead to five points with eight minutes left in the first half on a three-point shot by Robbie Morey. It would be as close as the Blue Hawks would get the rest of the game as the Bulldogs went on a 19-5 run to end the half on top, 44-25. Montana Western did not let up in the second half and the lead never fell below double digits. The largest lead of the night was 28 points. The Bulldogs had 13 players score on the game and no player logged more than 25 minutes of playing time. Jake Owsley, who played only three minutes before injuring his knee, was the only Bulldog who did not score. Hurley scored 14 points and had a team high seven rebounds. Brandon Brown scored 13 and dished out seven assists and Tyler Miller scored 11 points and matched Hurley with seven boards. Kyle Erickson had eight points, four rebounds and four assists and Gabe Rucker scored eight points and had five assists. Kyle Perry, making his first start of the year, had eight points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Casper Hesseldal topped the Blue Hawks with 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds. John Hanstad was the only other Dickinson player to score in double figures with 11. Matt Lee had a game-high 11 rebounds, but the Bulldogs held him to four points. Friday night against Montana State University-Northern Lee scored 25 points in the second half to finish the night with 31. The victory improved the Bulldogs' record to 3-1 on the season. Dickinson State dropped to 2-2. The Blue Hawks lost Friday night to MSU-Northern 74-67. On Saturday night the Lights (4-1) beat Warner Pacific (1-1) 61-60 in an exciting game that went down to the last possession. The Bulldogs hit the road to play St. Xavier University and Northern New Mexico at the Westminster Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.