UMW News BureauMontana Western is hosting the first annual Craig Finberg Memorial Men's Basketball tournament, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31 By Wally Feldt The University of Montana Western is hosting the first annual Craig Finberg Memorial Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. The tournament honors Montana Western alumni and former Bulldog assistant men’s basketball coach Craig “Finny” Finberg who died on March 20, 2009 at the age of 51. Finberg also taught and coached for Beaverhead County High School. The four-team men’s tournament features Montana Western, Carroll College, Dickinson State University and Multnomah University. The first game pits Carroll College against Dickinson State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. followed by Montana Western versus Multnomah at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Bulldogs play Dickinson State at 7:30 p.m. and Carroll College plays Multnomah at 5:30 p.m. Montana Western is 1-1 on the season after splitting two games with the University of Lethbridge two weeks ago. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures led by JaRon Brown with 17 points per game. Layne Glaus averages 15 points per game on the season. Terry Hauser and Brandon Lawson follow Glaus with 14 and 10 points per game, respectively. Brown leads the team in rebounding with nine per game. Last weekend, Carroll College opened their new season with a 107-83 exhibition win over the Montana Blue Angels, a team of former Montana collegiate basketball players. The Saints were 20-7 overall last year including three wins over the Bulldogs. Both the Bulldogs and the Saints are members of the NAIA Frontier Conference. The Dickinson State Blue Hawks of Dickinson, N.D. will make their official debut for the new season at the tournament. Last year, the Blue Hawks were 17-3 on the season including two victories over the Bulldogs. Dickinson State won in Dillon 79-68 and in Dickinson 76-64. The Blue Hawks are an NAIA Division II school and members of the Dakota Athletic Conference. The Multnomah Lions of Portland, Ore. are members of the Pacific Christian Athletic Conference. The Lions opened their season a week ago with a 124-94 victory over Quest University. In the win, Multnomah hit 26 three-point baskets. The Craig Finberg Memorial Basketball Tournament is sponsored by Western States Insurance.
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