UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western opened the first five minutes of the second half with a 16-2 run to break open a close game and went on to defeat Walla Walla University 84-64. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western opened the first five minutes of the second half with a 16-2 run to break open a close game and went on to defeat Walla Walla University 84-64. The red hot Wolves went nine of 18 from outside the three point line and led for most of the first half. Walla Walla led by as many as nine points and Montana Western finally tied the game at 41-all when Brandon Brown scored with 3:14 to play. Down 36-41, Montana Western scored 11 straight points before the Wolves made the final basket of the opening half, cutting the Bulldogs lead to 47-43. Montana Western outscored the Wolves 27-4 over the last four minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half to take control of the game. The Bulldogs were 34 of 65 (.523) from the field overall and 11 of 27 (.407) from outside the three point arc. Walla Walla was 23 of 59 (.390) overall and 13 of 33 (.394) from long range. They were not able to match their hot shooting during the first half, going just four of 15 on three pointers in the second half. Brown paced the Bulldogs with 24 points, six assists and four steals in just over 29 minutes of action. Tyler Hurley scored 14 points, Jake Owsley had 12 points and seven rebounds and Gabe Rucker made all of his field goal attempts to finish with 10 points and four assists. Kyle Erickson scored seven points and matched Brown with six assists. Mark Moore led the Wolves with 14 points and Tom Creasey finished in double figures with 11. Montana Western won their third straight game and improved to 10-3 on the season while Walla Walla dropped to 1-15. The Bulldogs travel to San Diego to play two games before the Christmas break. They face Pacific Union on Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. and Cal State San Marcos on Tues., Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.