UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldogs host the Montana State University-Northern Lights in a Frontier Conference men’s playoff semifinal game Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Montana Western's Straugh Gymnasium. By Wally Feldt [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="Brandon Brown gets one of two dunks in the Bulldogs' first-round playoff rout over Montana Tech."][/caption] The University of Montana Western Bulldogs host the Montana State University-Northern Lights in a Frontier Conference men’s playoff semifinal game Friday, March 5. Tipoff is 7 p.m. from the Straugh Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live in southwest Montana on KDBM radio. Live stats of the game will be available via DakStats and a live webcast will be available through Penn Atlantic. The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs advanced to the semifinal round after defeating Montana Tech 84-65 in the first round of the playoffs. Brandon Brown led the Bulldogs with 20 points. The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 23-8, setting a new single-season record for wins at Montana Western. The No. 3 seeded Lights advanced with a 78-71 victory over Lewis-Clark State. The Lights won both regular season games against Montana Western, 69-59 in Havre and 79-76 in overtime in Dillon. "They beat us both times," Bulldog coach Steve Keller said. "That will be our motivation." The Bulldogs feature a balanced scoring attack led by JaRon Brown with 16 points per game (ppg), Terry Hauser with 12 ppg, and Brandon Lawson and Layne Glaus with 11 ppg. Brown and Garrett Fink lead the team in rebounding with seven rebounds per game followed by Lawson with five. Andrew Sellars leads the Lights in scoring with 14 ppg followed by Justin Dennis with 13 ppg and Eric Tisby with 11 ppg. In their overtime win against the Bulldogs, Dennis led Northern with 26 points, shooting six of seven from three-point range. Tisby leads the Frontier Conference in steals with two per game. The game will pit the league’s best scoring team, Montana Western, against the league’s best defensive team, MSU-Northern. The winner will advance to the Frontier Conference championship against the winner of top-seeded Westminster and No. 4 seeded Rocky Mountain College. The championship game will be Monday, March 8 on the home court of the highest remaining seed.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.