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Bulldog Men Come Up Short In Helena

Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information Photo Credit Terri Haverfield

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Western men's basketball team (12-11, 5-5) lost for the third straight time this season to the Carroll College Saints (15-9, 9-2) by a final score of 83-73.

The Bulldogs were outrebounded 37-25 in the game after they put the ball up nine more times than the Saints.

How it Happened

Tied up at eight all early in the ball game, Carroll took their first jump of the slow scoring half and rode a 7-0 run to take a 15-8 lead.

Quincy Taylor found the hands of Jacob Ankeny who out it in the hoop for Montana Western to break up the run, but the Saints continued their push forward. The Saints would take as much as a 10-point lead into the final four minutes of the first half.

In the final minute of the half, Western found some much desired success on offense and finished on a 7-0 run to trail the Saints 33-29 at the half.

Though Carroll broke open scoring in the second half, Montana Western rode behind back-to-back layups from Kevin Bethel to tie the game at 35. Carroll continued to pace the Bulldogs, fighting to stay out in front.

Trailing 53-52 with nine to go, Michael Haverfield drained a three-pointer and Kayden Toldson followed to flip the lead in the favor of the Bulldogs. The narrow lead was short-lived as a balanced effort from the field led Carroll to outscore the Bulldogs 21-7 across the next six minutes.

Western came knocking at the door, bringing the game back to a six-point deficit following a jumper from Haverfield. Despite the last-ditch effort, Montana Western was on the wrong end of the score after falling 83-73 to the Saints.


  • The Bulldogs were outshot from the field 50.9 percent to 46.9 percent.

  • With eight turnovers apiece, the Saints were able to capitalize on their opportunities and score 12 points. Western put up just four points on Carroll turnovers.

  • Jalyn Stepney led the Bulldogs with 17 points, putting up three of four from the arc on the night. He also added four steals and three assists.

  • Bethel followed with 10 points and five rebounds.

Up Next

Montana Western will be back in the Straugh Gymnasium to take on MSU-Northern for the last time this regular season. Tip-off is Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm MT.

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