Orediggers split with Argos

GREAT FALLS — Montana Tech split a Frontier Conference basketball doubleheader with the University of Providence Saturday at the McLaughlin Center.

Providence used a strong fourth quarter to win the women’s game 66-52 before the Montana Tech men bounced back from Thursday’s loss at Carroll with 76-66 victory in the nightcap.

Five Montana Tech players scored in double figures as the men improved to 14-5 overall and 3-1 in league play with the win. (Stats)

Caleb Bellach led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sindou Diallo and Taylor England each scored 14. England also pulled down nine rebounds.

Derrius Collins scored 12 points for the Diggers, who led 40-35 at the half. Camdyn LaRance tossed in 10.

Tech also got five points from Bridger Larson, four from Keeley Bake and two from Drew Huse.

Brendan Howard scored 16 points to lead the Argos, who fell to 9-7 and 1-3. Marcus Stepens scored 15 points, and Elijah Oliver and Emmett Linton III each scored 11.

In the women’s game, the Orediggers led 46-40 after three quarters. Then the roof caved in on the Orediggers.

Providence outscored Tech 26-6 over the final 10 minutes to pick up the win that lifted them to 16-3 overall and 3-1 in league play. (Stats)

Parker Esary scored 26 points to lead Providence. Emilee Maldonado added 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and Reed Hazard tossed in 15 points.

Tavia Rooney’s 14 points and six rebounds led the Orediggers (7-10, 0-4). Mollie Peoples tossed in 13 points.

Tech also got seven points from Dani Urick, six from Ally Cleverly, five from Brooke Heggie, three from McKayla Kloker and two apiece from Soda Rice and Jaden Comings.

The Oredigger men and women will head to Havre to take on MSU-Northern on Thursday. Tech will play host to Montana Western on Saturday.