Western men knock off Bears in semis

DILLON — The Montana Western Bulldogs benefited from a week of rest and a return to their home court as they defeated Rocky Mountain College 96-80 in the semifinal round of the Frontier Conference Tournament.

The first half of action featured 10 lead changes and eight ties as each team managed to lead by as much as six points. Jordan Overstreet opened the game with a three and Montana Western shot 38 percent from beyond the arc in the period. The Bulldogs took a one-point lead on a Dexter Williams Jr. free throw with one minute remaining and then extended the lead to six at the break. Williams Jr. led all scorers in the first half with 16 points while Stephen McCall scored 12 before intermission.

In the second half Montana Western kept their foot on the pedal and opened up a ten point lead on Overstreet’s second three pointer of the game, ensuring the momentum would stay with the Bulldogs. Rocky was able to battle back to a single digit deficit, but the Bulldogs pulled away behind Williams Jr. and McCall who combined for 57 points in the contest.

“Dexter had the game of his life tonight,” Bulldog head coach Steve Keller said. “He was 10 of 11 from the floor and 13 of 18 from the free throw line, he was great.”

Williams Jr. added 11 rebounds and four assists to his 33-point effort.  McCall dished out seven assists to complement 24 points. Connor Woodill scored nine points in the contest and pulled down five rebounds.

“It was a total team effort tonight,” Keller commented. “We got stops on defense and played well in the second half. I’m very proud of this team and know we are ready to face Lewis-Clark again.”

The Bulldogs will face Lewis-Clark State in the Frontier Conference Tournament Championship on Tuesday night in Lewiston, Idaho. The winner will earn the league’s automatic qualification to the NAIA National Tournament, while the other team will be hoping for an at-large berth.

— Montana Western Sports Information