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Lethbridge nips Bulldogs in non-conference action

UMW News Bureau

The Bulldogs dropped a 78-75 non-conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon from the Straugh Gymnasium By Wally Feldt The University of Montana Western lost 78-75 to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a men’s non-conference college basketball game. Montana Western is now 1-1 on the season while the Pronghorns improve to 2-1. The Bulldogs got off to another hot start and scored the game’s first six points. Lethbridge came battling back and slowly took control of the game. At the 13:48 mark, a three-point field goal from the Pronghorn’s Jeffery Price tied the game at 15-15. The Bulldogs turned the ball over on two straight possessions and Quinn Van Gaalen gave Lethbridge a 17-15 lead with a short jumper. Lethbridge maintained a slim lead over the next few minutes. A Layne Glaus field goal gave the Bulldogs back the lead 24-23 at the 6:34 mark. The teams then traded baskets on the next two possessions. Two free throws and a field goal by Danhue Lawrence extended the Lethbridge lead to four, 31-27 with three minutes in the half. The Bulldogs then went on a 10-5 run and led 37-36 at the break. Neither team could was able to take control in the first few minutes of the second half. With the scored tied at 47 at the 14:37 mark, the Bulldogs outscored Lethbridge 8-0 to lead by eight at the 12:56 mark. Lethbridge then went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 57 with 10 minutes remaining. The teams then traded leads over the game’s final five minutes. Cody Thueringer made one of two free throws to tie the game at 75 with 50 seconds left. A basket after an offensive rebound by Derek Waldner proved to be the winning basket for the Pronghorns. UMW failed to score on two possessions as the game ended. Glaus led the Bulldogs with 20 points followed by Terry Hauser with 16 and JaRon Brown with 15. Brown also led the team in rebounds with nine. Four Pronghorns scored in double figures led by Jeffery Price with 20, Danhue Lawrence with 18, Waldner with 14 and Van Gaalen with 11. Price and Waldner each pulled down nine rebounds. The Bulldogs are off until the final weekend in October when they host the Craig Finberg Memorial Tournament.