Montana Tech men roll past Northwest Indian College

Montana Tech men roll past Northwest Indian College

PABLO — Thursday night was a good one for the Montana Tech men’s basketball team.

The Orediggers got contributions from up and down the roster, and Tech rolled to a 98-46 non-conference win over the Northwest Indian College.

Derrius Collins poured in 19 points in a near triple-double to lead the Orediggers, who improved to 4-1 on the season. He also pulled down nine rebounds and collected seven steals.

Blake Dittman added 19 points and six boards. Dylan Pannabecker chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds and three blocks, and Gavin McPhearson tossed in 12 points.

The Orediggers forced 27 turnovers and only committed six. Tech also shot 16 for 18 from the free throw line.

“We were happy about that,” Tech coach Adam Hiatt said. “We played all 11 players that dressed pretty equal minutes, so it was nice for some younger guys to get some run.”

Tech played without Nate Ward and Troy Owens Jr.

A complete stat sheet from the game is not available.

The Northwest Indian College forfeited the women’s game to the Orediggers, who head to Dillon Friday for a 3:30 p.m. battle with the College of Idaho. The game will be played at the Straugh Gymnasium because the HPER Complex is in use for the Frontier Conference volleyball tournament.

The Tech men head back to Pablo to take on Salish Kootenai College on Saturday.

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