No. 13 Orediggers Hold Off No. 24 Saints

No. 13 Orediggers Hold Off No. 24 Saints

By MT Tech Sports Information

BUTTE, Mont. – Montana Tech held off a late Carroll College rally as the No. 13 Orediggers downed the No. 24 Saints 86-79 as the Frontier schedule resumed in the new year.

Asa Williams was the trigger man for the Orediggers hitting a trio of three-pointers and ten points in the final nine minutes of the game. Williams finished with a game-high 21 points going 4 for 5 from beyond the arc and 7 of 11 from the field. The junior transfer also had four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

The Saints (7-7, 1-2) took an early lead in the first half going up 8-2 in the opening minutes. But the Orediggers charged ahead with an 18-7 run highlighted by a pair of deep three-pointers from Keeley Bake giving Tech a 20-15 lead with 12:25 to go in the half.

Bake led the Tech bench with 12 points going 3 for 4 from beyond the arc.

The Orediggers led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the Saints shot 7 for 11 from long getting back into the game before halftime. Tech led 43-39 at the break.

The Saints took a brief lead in the second half on an Isaiah Moore three-pointer going up 50-48 with 16:27 to play. Caleb Bellach hit a three-pointer giving the Orediggers momentum and started a 18-6 run and a 10-point lead 66-56 with ten minutes to go in the game.

Both teams made more than half of their three-point attempts with the Saints holding a slight edge going 11 for 17 and the Orediggers hitting 10 of 18. Tech finished shooting 50.6% from the field while Carroll shot 48.3% in the game.

Bellach finished with 19 points shooting 50% from the field and going 2 for 5 from long and 5 for 7 from the free throw line. Bellach also had three rebounds and three steals on his stat line.

Hayden Diekhans led the Orediggers at the boards with eight rebounds to go with his 18 points.

Brendan Temple led the Saints with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists.

Jonny Hillman had 15 points and five assists. Andrew Cook finished with 13 points.

The victory puts the home winning streak at 21 for the Orediggers. Tech has won 24 out of their last 25 home games dating back to the 2020-21 season.

Montana Tech (14-2, 2-1) hosts the University of Providence on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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