The Montana Western men’s basketball team will be back on the road after a four-game home stand to finish the regular season at Montana Tech on Thursday night and then at Lewis-Clark on Saturday. The Bulldogs are currently fourth in the conference standings and have clinched a tournament spot.
The Bulldogs final two games will determine whether they host a first round game or have to hit the road for the tournament. The Bulldogs hold their fate in their hands. The easiest road to hosting a first round game is by sweeping the fianl two games. If they split and Great Falls sweeps they would end up in a tie with Great Falls and the tie breaker is the record versus conference opponents from top to bottom. Lewis-Clark is currently sixth in the conference standings (6-7 record) and Montana Tech is seventh in the conference (5-9 record). Both teams are playing for their respective playoff lives.
On Jan. 2, 2014 Tech and Montana Western met in Dillon for an exciting 94-91 Bulldog win. Montana Western overcame a five point half-time deficit to get the victory. UMW was led by Jake Owsley’s double-double when he had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Maazin Butler added 23 points and Jordan Overstreet had 21 points, going 17-for-19 from the free throw line. Montana Tech is led by Adam Greger who is averaging almost 17 points a game. In the Jan. 2 meeting Greger had 19 points taking advantage of his ten trips to the charity stripe converting on nine attempts. Bryan Bock leads the team in rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game.
The Montana Western men took on Lewis-Clark the following day, Jan. 3, 2014, and escaped with a narrow three point win, 74-71. In the first meeting Maazin Butler had 18 points to lead the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. Jake Owsley had his second double-double in as many nights when he dropped 15 points on the Warriors and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shyke Smalls came off the bench and was a spark for the UMW team when he had ten points. Lewis-Clark was led by E.J. Farris’ 18 points. Farris is second in the conference in scoring averaging 20.56 points a game. Bryan Bagby (15 points) and Robert Ellis (13 points) are the Warriors next biggest contributors on the score board.
The Bulldogs take on Montana Tech in Butte on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday they travel to Lewiston, Idaho to take on Lewis-Clark at 7:30 p.m.