Jones’ 23 leads Dawgs in tournament opener

Jones’ 23 leads Dawgs in tournament opener

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Brandon Jones tossed in 23 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures Sunday, and the No. 17-ranked Montana Western men’s basketball team beat Benedictine University 84-77. (Stats)

The game was part of the three-day Cactus Classic.

Jones connected on 9 of 14 shots from the field. He also pulled down seven rebounds for Western, which led 44-36 at halftime.

Kooper Kidgell scored 17 points, while Dom Robinson added 15 points and six assists. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly came off the bench to score 12 points.

Jorge Cano scored 17 points to lead Benedictine.

Western, which improved to 9-1, plays Thompson Rivers University on Monday before closing the tournament against The Master’s University (California) on Tuesday.

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