By Montana Tech Sports Information
BUTTE, Mont. – The No. 13 Montana Tech men’s basketball team ran away from the University of Providence in the second half to win their 22nd straight game on Kelvin Sampson Court. The Orediggers downed Argos 95-82.
Asa Williams hit a three-pointer with 2:45 to go in the first half to tie the game. Michael Ure tipped in the go-ahead two to take the lead on the next possession 42-40. The Orediggers finished the half with a 47-43 lead.
That would be as close as the Argos could get the rest of the game.
The Argos held the lead for a majority of the first half and had a seven-point margin six minutes into the game. Providence played consistently shooting nearly the same rate in both halves going 6 for 15 from beyond the arc in both frames and finishing shooting 44.6% from the field in the game.
With the Argos leading 18-11, Tech went on a 13-8 run in six minutes to tie the game at 24 with 8:36 to go in the half. The Argos pulled in front until Ure put Tech ahead for the rest of the game.
The Orediggers shot 47.8% from the field in the game and went 12 for 30 from deep. Tech held down the paint outrebounding Providence 39-29. The Orediggers had 32 points in the paint to 22 by the Argos.
Tech went 19 of 25 from the free throw line while Providence went 12 of 21.
Caleb Bellach had a game-high 26 points shooting 8 of 14 from field, 4 for 8 from deep, and 6 of 7 from the line. Bellach had four rebounds and two assists.
Ure finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. Ure went 7 for 15 from the field a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line.
Williams had 13 points going 3 for 8 from beyond the arc.
Hayden Diekhans had nine rebounds, all on defense, to lead the Orediggers at the boards.
Kenny Curtis had 23 points leading the Argos who had all five starters in double-figures. Sam Vining led Providence with eight rebounds and finished with 11 points.
Montana Tech (15-2, 3-1) hosts MSU-Northern Thursday at 7 p.m.