GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The University of Montana Western went on the road for the second straight weekend for Frontier Conference play. On Friday evening the Bulldogs took on Carroll College in Helena and came out with a 64-51 win. On Saturday they traveled to Great Falls and fell 52-54 on a last second shot.
On Friday versus the Carroll Saints the Bulldogs were able to build the second half lead after about thirty minutes of play. With around ten minutes remaining the Bulldogs were able to build a lead with steady offensive play and key defensive stops. UMW shot 76.5 percent from the free throw line hitting on 13 of 17 attempts. The Bulldogs were also shooting well from beyond the arc hitting almost 53 percent of their attempts. Montana Western shot 45.7 percent from the field knocking down 21 of 46 attempts.
The Montana Western Bulldogs received big games from Jake Owsley, Maazin Butler, and Jordan Overstreet. Owsley led the team with a near double-double by pouring in 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Maazin Butler added 15 points while dishing out five assists. Jordan Overstreet had 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, all defensive.
Saturday evening the Bulldogs shooting turned cold. On the evening they shot 27 free throws and hit only 15 for 55.6 percent. Meanwhile the Argos of Great Falls hit on 23 of 29 free throws for just under 80 percent. Montana Western was able to hit on 33.3 percent of their three-point attempts and 40 percent of their field goal attempts. The Bulldog defense was able to hold the Argos to 23 percent shooting from behind the arc and 31.8 percent on field goal attempts. The differences in the game for the Bulldogs came from the charity stripe where they were outscored by eight points and committed five more turnovers on the evening.
UGF’s Marcel Towns was the only Argo to score in double figures as he had 17 points on the evening. To go with his game high 17 points, he hit a 16 foot jump shot with 1.1 second remaining to give his team the win. The Bulldogs’ Jake Owsley had 14 points and nine rebounds narrowly missing his sixth double-double on the season. Jordan Overstreet came off the bench and had ten points, shooting 50 percent from the field and behind the arc, as well as making both his free throws.
The Bulldogs are on the road again next week as they travel to Billings, Mont., to take on Rocky Mountain College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Following that contest they travel further east to Dickinson, ND to take on Dickinson State at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.