Orediggers stun Griffins

This time, it is definitely no fluke.

Montana Tech upset Westminster College in a Frontier Conference men’s basketball game at the HPER Complex — again.

Adam Greger scored 17 points to lead four Orediggers in double figures as Tech beat No. 7-ranked Westminster for the fourth time in five games.

“I guess the styles kind of match up,” senior forward Daniel Simon said after scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win.

Brandon Rydberg also scored 13 points, and Bryan Bock tossed in 16.

“Tonight we did a really good job of balancing out everything,” Simon said. “If you look at the rebounds it’s balanced. Guys you wouldn’t expect to get boards probably had five boards. We shared the ball well. It was a good victory for us.”

Tech coach Aaron Woliczko, who credited the scouting of assistant Patrick O’Herron, said balance was key to the victory.

“That’s what won it tonight was the balanced scoring and rebounding,” the coach said.

The Orediggers led by as many as 14 points late in the game. The Griffins, though, weren’t done until Bock, a junior guard, grabbed two big rebounds and sank four clutch free throws.

“Those were two huge rebounds,” Woliczko said. “We want him shooting those free throws.”

Bock grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds as Tech won the battle of the boards 42-32. Greger grabbed six.

Tanner Neumann scored five points and grabbed five boards in the win. In all, nine Orediggers scored. Quinn Smith scored four, Travis Peavy netted three and Roman Pruneda-Garza and Paul Engstrom scored two.

Alex Drecksel’s 13 points paced the Griffins, who fell to 13-3 overall and 1-2 in conference. Jordan Bjornberg came off the bench to score 10.

“We played solid, sound defense,” Simon said after the Orediggers held the Griffins to six 3-pointers. “They’re a really good 3-point shooting team and they get to the line a lot, but we limited them to nine free throws I think. We contested their threes and didn’t foul them at the rim. We executed well.

They’re a good team.”

The Orediggers improved to 10-7 and 1-2.

Tech hits the road next week looking to build on Saturday’s win. The Orediggers take on Carroll College Wednesday before heading to Billings to play Rocky Mountain College on Friday.

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