Bulldogs head into Frontier tournament

UMW News Bureau

The University of Montana Western Bulldogs host the Lewis-Clark State Warriors in the opening round of the Frontier Conference men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldogs host the Lewis-Clark State Warriors in the opening round of the Frontier Conference men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium. Montana Western (10-4, 22-8) finished the regular season as conference co-champions with the Montana State-Northern Lights. The Bulldogs are ranked 17th in the latest NAIA national poll while the Lights are ranked 21st. Lewis-Clark (5-9, 16-12) finished in seventh place in the conference standings. The Bulldogs defeated the Warriors on Jan. 6 at home, 77-64, in the conference opener. Lewis-Clark State won the second meeting 75-63 in Lewiston, Idaho on Feb. 4. The Bulldogs lead the conference in scoring at 75.5 points per game and the Warriors rank third at 73.4. Defensively, L-C State is third in the conference, giving up 64.3 points per game and Montana Western is sixth at 69.4 points per game. The University of Montana women’s basketball team (5-9, 15-12) travels to Havre, Mont. to face the Montana State-Northern Skylights (7-7, 20-8) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Bulldogs defeated the Skylights twice during the season, winning 80-68 in Havre on Jan. 14 and 80-72 in Dillon on Feb. 10. Montana Western leads the conference in scoring at 70.9 points a game and MSU-Northern is seventh at 60.8. Defensively, the Skylights are first in the conference, giving up just 54.7 points per game while the Bulldogs are eighth, allowing 67.4 points per game. Winners of the first round games will move on to the semi-final matchups scheduled for Friday, March 2 (men) and Saturday, March 3 (women).