The Montana Western Bulldog Men's Basketball team fell to Warner Pacific (Ore.) 70-71 this evening after a last second layup fell for the Knights with no time left on the clock. The Bulldogs move to 2-2 on the season after the Bulldogs picked up a win on a forfeited game previously scheduled for tomorrow with Bacone College (Okla.).
How It Happened The Bulldogs opened the game by taking an early eight-point lead after a made three-point shot from the hands of Jok Jok. With the score 15-7 with just over 13 minutes left in the first half, the Bulldogs faced some difficulty scoring. The Bulldogs were only able to score eight points during the remaining 13 minutes of the half. They would end up going into the second half up 23-22 after shooting just 12 for 25 from the field and 21 percent from the three-point line. Michael Haverfield led the Bulldogs in the first half with eight points.
The Bulldogs came back out in the second half and were able to get their offense rolling. They would go on to shoot 48 percent from the field as a team and 64.3 percent from the three-point line. The Bulldogs took their largest lead of the half after Jamal Stephenson hit a three-pointer with just over 11 minutes left in the game, bringing the score to 49-42. The Knights fought their way back into the game and with just six minutes left in the game, the two teams were tied up at 55. They continued to battle back and forth and with just 10 second left on the clock, a layup by the Knights tied the game up at 69. Jamal Stephenson was then fouled at the other end of the floor. Stephenson made one of two free throws, leaving room for the Knights. With three seconds remaining, the Knights were able to drive down the court and make a difficult layup to defeat the Bulldogs 71-70.
Since the series between Warner Pacific (Ore.) and the Bulldogs began in 2010, the Knights lead the Bulldogs 4-1. The last time the Bulldogs defeated the Knights was in 2019 when the Bulldogs won 87-75 in Arizona.
The Bulldogs improved at the free throw line by going 16-18 tonight, after shooting just 8-14 last game against Menlo College.
Brenton Woods had a solid night in his first season as a Bulldog. He racked up 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds, and a steal.
Jok (16 points) and Haverfield (14 points) were the teams next leading scorers behind Woods and also combined for eight rebounds.
Up Next The Bulldogs will be at home next weekend for their first home games of the season as they compete in the Western Classic. They will play Dickinson State (N.D.) on Friday Nov. 11 at 7pm. They will then be back on the court on Saturday as they take on Eastern Oregon Nov. 12 at 5pm.