By MT Tech Sports Information
BUTTE, Mont. –The momentum swung in all directions as MSU-Northern wanted to end Montana Tech’s home court win streak, but the final direction was for No. 12 Montana Tech men ‘s basketball. The Orediggers needed two overtimes to put the game to rest against the Lights winning 89-85.
The Orediggers (16-2, 5-1) picked up their 24th straight victory on Kelvin Samspon Court. The double-overtime thriller was also the 12th straight Frontier Conference victory at home going back to the 2020-21 season.
Northern’s Immanual Anderson scored all nine of the Lights points in the final four minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime. Michael Ure made three free throws to keep Tech in the game.
Anderson led the Lights with 17 points in the game, and nine coming at the end of regulation.
Tech had heroics as well. Chrishon Dixon hit a three pointer with seven seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game up and push and second overtime.
The Orediggers hit 4 of 5 free throw attempts down the stretch finally putting the game to bed.
Tech had the momentum in the first half using a hot start to lead 47-37 at halftime. The Orediggers shot 66.7% from the field and went 5 for 10 from beyond the arc.
The Lights hit 7 of 16 from deep in the first half keeping them in the game.
Northern took advantage of Tech’s poor shooting in the second half to erase the 10-point deficit. The Orediggers went 0 for 9 from long and shot just 27.6% in the second half.
The Lights scored 18 points off Tech turnovers and led 18-4 in second chance points.
The Orediggers finished shooting 47.1% from the field in the game and had the upper hand at the free throw line hitting 19 of 29 attempts while the Lights went just 11 of 20 in the game.
Caleb Bellach led all-scorers with 25 points shooting 10 for 21 in the game.
Michael Ure had his first double-double since early November with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Asa Williams had 13 points.
Bridger Larson had a big game off the bench finishing with 15 points while going 7 for 8 in the game.
Jesse Keltner had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Lights.
CJ Nelson had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Montana Tech heads back to Dillon to face a Montana Western that is always tough at home. The Bulldogs host the Orediggers Saturday afternoon.