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High Scoring First Half Propels Bulldogs Past Walla Walla

Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information

LA GRANDE, Ore. — The Montana Western men's basketball team has extended their win streak to three games after they defeated Walla Walla (Wash.) this afternoon 81-59.


"Our guys stepped up this weekend and we got great contributions from everyone," Head Coach Pat Jensen said. "This team has a lot of depth and it can be a different guy every night."



How It Happened


UMW got out to a scorching start after Jalyn Stepney hit back-to-back threes to get the Bulldogs out to a 17-2 score in the first six minutes of the game.


The Bulldog men went on to hit seven threes and 21-40 from the field across the half to take a commanding 51-22 lead. Stepney and Christian Pitcher led the Bulldogs through the first half. Stepney put up 14 points with four made three-pointers and Pitcher had 11.


Michael Haverfield drained a shot from the arc to give UMW their largest lead of the game at 57-27 with 17:51 left in the game. Despite the lead, the Wolves were able to steal some momentum to cut the lead back down to 16.


Though fighting through a lull in scoring, the Bulldogs cut down on Walla Walla scoring opportunities by forcing five turnovers and grabbing three steals across the second half.



Notables

  • As a team, UMW capitalized by scoring an impressive 31 points on turnovers.

  • The well-rounded game saw the Bulldog bench put up 42 points combined.

  • Montana Western also put up 38 points from the key, with 16 coming on fast break opportunities.

  • Three Bulldogs reached double digits in tonight's win with Stepney leading the way. He posted 20 points and went 6-15 from the field. Pitcher followed with 13 and Quincy Taylor had 12 points.

  • Kevin Bethel was a key role player, creating opportunities for the Bulldogs behind eight assists and nine rebounds.


Up Next

UMW takes the week to prepare for a big weekend ahead where they will play in the Taco Bell Shootout hosted by College of Idaho. The Bulldogs will first see a contest with the Lewis-Clark State Warriors on Friday at 3pm MT.



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