Orediggers Outrun Bulldogs in Second Half 75-64

DILLON, Mont. –No. 12 Montana Tech men’s basketball revenged the upset loss earlier this season in Straugh Gymnasium defeating Montana Western 75-64.

The Orediggers (17-2, 5-1) win their eighth straight game.

After a back and forth first half that saw four lead changes before the Bulldogs took a 35-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Western only shot 12 of 31 from the field in the first half, but they went 8 for 15 from long.

The Orediggers shot 44.8% from the field in the first and hit 3 of 9 from deep.

Tech came out of the locker room ready to take control of the game. The Orediggers outscored the Bulldogs 26-11 in the first ten minutes of the half taking a 60-48 lead. Tech led by as many as 18 points in the second half shooting 57.7% from the field.

The Orediggers finished shooting 50.9% from the field and outscored the Bulldogs in the paint 36-24. Tech had the advantage at the boards outrebounding Western 38-31.

Caleb Bellach notched his first double-double finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bellach went 7 for 13 from the field and 2 for 5 from long.

Michael Ure had 17 points and eight rebounds. Ure shot 6 of 11 and a perfect 5 for 5 from the free throw line.

Bridger Larson had 13 points off the bench going 5 for 8 from the field. Larson also had five rebounds and three blocks.

Asa Williams had eight points, four assists, and three rebounds.

Ky Kouba led the Bulldogs with 18 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Jok Jok had 13 points and five rebounds.

Montana Tech travels to Billings to face Rocky Mountain next Thursday.

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