Frontier Conference men’s basketball playoffs
MSU-Northern at Montana Tech, 7 p.m.
The Orediggers look to stay hot and keep their season going when they play host to the Lights at the HPER Complex.
Northern won the regular-season series 2-1. The Orediggers (18-11 overall, Frontier 10-8) beat Northern 75-64 Jan. 28 in Butte. Northern returned the favor with a 57-51 victory Feb. 1 in Havre. The Lights won the rubber match 63-56 Feb. 13 at the HPER Complex.
Junior guard Mascio McCadney averages 14.1 points per game to lead the Lights (19-11, 9-9), who closed the regular season with a 65-61 upset win at the University of Providence.
Kavon Bey, a 6-foot-5 senior, averages 13.8 for the Lights, who get 12.7 points per game from senior guard Adam Huse and 10.1 from 6-4 junior forward David Harris.
Junior guard Sindou Diallo averages 19.0 points per game to lead the Orediggers, who closed the season with four straight wins. Taylor England, a 6-7 junior, averages 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He set the Oredigger school record with 22 rebounds in Saturday’s win at Rocky Mountain College.
Seniors Troy Owens Jr. (10.7) and Dylan Pannabecker (10.1) also average in double figures for the Orediggers.
The 2019-2020 Orediggers achieved their first winning record in conference play since the 1998-99 season. Montana Tech also hosted Montana State Northern in 1999 in the first round of the Frontier Conference Tournament, downing the Lights 66-55. The Orediggers went on to win the tournament title and move onto the NAIA National Tournament.
Reserved tickets are $10 and will be sold in advance. General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children 8 and under are free.
Other Frontier playoff games will see Rocky Mountain College playing at Carroll College and Montana Western traveling to Great Falls to play Providence. Top-seeded Lewis-Clark State earned a bye into the semifinals, which will be held Friday.