UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western opened the season against Canada’s University of Lethbridge Friday night in convincing fashion. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western opened the season against Canada’s University of Lethbridge Friday night in convincing fashion. After a cold first half and an even colder first seven minutes, the Bulldogs turned things around to defeat the Pronghorns 96-73. Lethbridge led 3-2 two minutes into the game before going on a 15-2 run to expand their lead to 18-4. A free throw by Tyler Hurley with 7:49 to play in the first half tied the game at 18-all. Brandon Brown scored seven straight points and Hurley scored in the paint to finish off a run of 24 straight points to put the Bulldogs on top, 28-18. The first half ended with Montana Western ahead 34-30. The cold-shooting Bulldogs connected on just eight of 28 shots in the first half, but went 16-of-21 from the free throw line to keep them in the game. The second half saw the offenses of both teams pick up. Lethbridge scored 43 second-half points but Montana Western almost doubled their first half total, scoring 62. The Bulldogs shot an incredible 23-of-29 from the field overall and made six of eight three-point shots while also relentlessly attacking the basket. The Bulldog team had eight dunks on the night, four by Brown. Brown led Montana Western in scoring with 30 points and Hurley (16) and newcomer Jake Owsley (13) also scored in double figures. Twelve players wound up in the scoring column on the night for the Bulldogs. Kyle Erickson scored seven points and led the team in rebounds with eight and assists with nine. Hurley added seven boards and Brown had a team-high five steals. The Pronghorns had three players score in double figures. Daryl Cooper led the way with 15 points, Alex Fletcher scored 13 and Derek Waldner had 10. Waldner completed a double-double by grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.