Dillon, Mont. – The Bulldogs bounced back from an upset loss a couple nights prior and gave the second ranked Warriors all they could handle. The two teams traded punches for most of the game before the Warriors pulled away late to keep their season perfect at 17-0 and 4-0 in the conference. The Bulldogs fell to 13-2, and 2-2 in the conference. (read more)
Dillon, Mont. – Montana Western (13-1, 2-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as Montana Tech (8-7, 2-2) pulled out the surprising victory in front of a packed Straugh Gymnasium 70-65. (read more)
Bulldogs Beat the Saints at the Buzzer 53-51
The Saints jumped out to an early lead and looked like they were going to run away with the game. However the Bulldogs tightened up defensively and held Carroll scoreless for over 11 minutes and only giving up two points in the entire second quarter.
The Saints took a 21-20 lead into the half.
Both teams traded buckets throughout the second half. The bulldogs had a 37-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the free throw line going 11-26. Carroll could not take advantage, letting the Bulldogs hang around.
Palmore scored with 17 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 51. The Bulldogs then forced a jump ball, giving them possession with 5.6 seconds left. Palmore took the inbound pass at the top of the key and drove right around the defender for the game winning layup.
Palmore finished with a career high 24 points, and pulled down four rebounds and had a steal. Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored eight points. Cierra Lamey (Wise River, Mont.) and Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) each had seven points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs return to action Jan. 20 when they face Rocky Mountain College at 5:30 P.M. in the Straugh Gymnasium
Bulldogs Shoot Out the Lights
In a battle of two nationally ranked teams, and in a building that historically the Bulldogs have had a hard time winning in, the Bulldogs emerged victorious with a 13 point win and a perfect conference record.
The Lights jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Bulldogs hit back and kept the game from getting away from them in a tough first half. With the Lights maintaining a slim three point lead, the Bulldogs closed the first half in a flurry taking a one point lead into the intermission.
The next few minutes remained a back and forth affair, until the Bulldogs proved too much as they pulled away over the last 11 minutes.
The Bulldogs, who shot 56 percent from the field, held northern to just 10 points over the final 11 minutes
Junior Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) led the way for the Bulldogs scoring 26 points and dishing out seven assist. Senior Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) added 25, as both were making it rain from downtown. Sophomore Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) scored 10 points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs return home on Jan. 19 and 20 to face the Carroll College Fighting Saints, and the Rocky Mountain College Batlin’ Bears respectively. Tip-off is set for 7:30 P.M. on both nights.
Poor Shooting Dooms Lady Bulldogs
The game was a lot closer than the score indicated. The Bulldogs played great defensively, forcing the Skylights into 17 turnovers and 10 steals.
However a 7:31 scoreless stretch spanning the first and second quarters doomed the Bulldogs. The Skylights took advantage and built a 16 point lead that they would not relinquish.
The Bulldogs came out of the intermission with a pesky defense that frustrated the Skylights, and cut the lead to 10. The Bulldog defenders frustrated the Skylights, forcing seven straight empty possessions. Unfortunately the Bulldog Offense could only manage two points in that stretch. And the Skylights hit some big shots to put the game on ice.
The Bulldogs shot just 2-11 from downtown, and just 34 percent from the field for the game.
Sophomore Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals. Senior Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) scored 10 points.(Box Score)
The Bulldogs return home on Jan. 19 and 20 to face the Carroll College Fighting Saints, and the Rocky Mountain College Batlin’ Bears respectively. Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M. on both nights.
Bulldogs Beat Great Falls in Double Overtime
Junior Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) dominated the second overtime. Scoring 13 of his 17 points in the period and grabbing 3 rebounds and dishing out an assist to lead the Bulldogs to a huge road win.
Poor shooting and turnovers plagued the Bulldogs in the first half, but they managed to only trail by seven at the half 37-30.
Great Falls native Shyke Smalls started the second half on fire scoring 12 quick points to get the Bulldogs back in the game.
The Bulldogs held an 11 point lead with eight minutes left in the second half, but the Argos started to rally taking a lead with a minute remaining. Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) hit a diving layup to tie the game up.
The Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in regulation but Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.
The two teams traded baskets in the first overtime before Great Falls hit a three pointer with 13 seconds left. With the Argo Crowd in a frenzy, and Great Falls seemingly seconds away from pulling off and upset victory. Robinson redeemed himself by grabbing an offensive rebound and sinking a shot from downtown at the buzzer to send the game into the second overtime.
Then Payne took over. Controlling the low post and scoring at will, shredding the Argos for 13 points.
The Bulldogs had six players score in double figures. Lead by Smalls who finished with 21 points. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly (Missoula, Mont.) scored a career high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Kidgell scored 17 and had seven rebounds, and Marcus Payne finished with a double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Robinson added 14 points and six assists, and Chase Haack (Spokane, Wash.) scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs travel to Havre, Mont. to play the 15th ranked Lights of MSU-Northern on Jan. 14. Tip-off is set for 8:00 P.M.
Bulldogs Get Road Win Against Great Falls
The Bulldogs played through a lackluster first quarter and took control of the game, leading by 15 at the half. The Bulldogs built that lead to 20 points early in the third quarter as they looked like they were going to run the Argos out of their own building.
However the Argos would not go quietly, outscoring the Bulldogs in the third and fourth quarters. The comeback bid fell short and the Bulldogs hung on to get back in the win column.
Senior Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) who scored nine straight points in the third, finished the game with 17 and three rebounds and three assists. Fellow senior Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) scored 16 and pulled down six rebounds. Senior Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) added nine points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will travel Havre, Mont. to face the 11th ranked Skylights of MSU-Northern on Jan. 14. Tip-off is set for 6:00 P.M.
Shyke Smalls Named Frontier Player of the Week
Smalls is a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Great Falls, Mont. No. 11 Montana Western swept a weekend home series. The Bulldogs beat Montana Tech 88-67 and LewisClark State 85-66. Smalls averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.5 steals. He was 14 of 28 from the field, 5 of 13 in 3-point field goals and 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Against Lewis-Clark he scored his 1,000th career point. Smalls is the national leader in steals.
This is his third time winning the award this season.
Also nominated and listed in alphabetical order: Cameron Epps of MSUNorthern, Chad Kananen of Rocky Mountain, Chris O/Neill of Montana Tech, Zach Taylor of Carroll College and Trea Thomas of Lewis-Clark State.
Bulldogs Easily Dismiss Warriors 85-66
The Bulldogs wasted no time jumping out to a 19 point lead halfway through the first half and never looking back. The Bulldogs help the Warriors to just eight points for nearly 11 and half minutes.
The Bulldogs kept the pedal down and never gave the Warriors a chance to get back in the game building a 29 point lead early in the second half and coasting to an easy victory.
The Bulldogs had four players hit double digits in scoring led by Shyke Smalls scored 20 points and added six rebounds and three steals. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly scored 12 points and five rebounds. Riley King had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dom Robinson added 11 points and dished out five assists, and Marcus Payne had nine points and eight rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will hit the road as they travel to Great Falls and Havre to face the University of Great Falls on Jan. 13 at 7:30 P.M. and MSU-Northern on Jan. 14 at 8:00 P.M.
Smalls 20 points gave him 1015 in his Career.
Smalls Continues to lead the nation in steals and now has 46 on the season.
The win was Head Coach Steve Keller’s 193rd
Warriors Outduel Bulldogs
The Bulldogs played great defensively, out hustling the Warriors to loose balls and forcing turnovers. Neither team took control of the game as there were 15 lead changes and eight ties. Until late in the fourth quarter when the Warriors hit several clutch three-point shots to put the Bulldogs away
The Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc, but it wasn’t enough as Warriors shot 56 percent from downtown, and Caelyn Orlandi scored 23 points and hit several huge shots late in the game for the Warriors.
The Bulldogs had four players record double digits in scoring with Senior Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) leading the way with a game high 28 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) added 17 and four assists, Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) had her second double-double on the weekend scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) added 12 points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs look to regroup as their schedule doesn’t get any easier as they hit the road and play 13th ranked Great Falls Argos on Jan. 13 at 5:30 P.M. and 11th ranked MSU-Northern Sky Lights on Jan. 14 at 6:00 P.M.
Bulldogs Bury Orediggers 88-67
Montana Tech won the opening tip, and made the first shot of the game. From there the Bulldogs took over, and held a double digit lead the rest of the game that Tech never really challenged.
The Bulldogs flexed their muscles totaling 16 steals and shooting 46 percent from the field, including 45 percent from beyond the arc.
Shyke Smalls led the way with 23 points, 17 of which came in the first half. He added three rebounds, three assists and four steals. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly added 13 points, and Kooper Kidgell had 12 points. Marcus Payne pulled down nine rebounds and had a block. ( Box Score)
The Bulldogs will finish the weekend at home on Jan. 7 against Lewis and Clark State College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M.
• Shyke Smalls ranks first in the nation in total steals with 43.
• Smalls now as 995 career points
• Head Coach Steve Keller won his 192nd game with the Bulldogs.
• Three member of the junior varsity team made their varsity debuts tonight. Sage Fadness, Casey Ryter, and Derek Walker each saw about a minute and a half of playing time.
Bulldogs Can't Overcome Second Half Struggles, Fall to Tech 70-65
The Bulldogs started out strong, maintaining a seven point lead throughout most of the first half, until jumping out to a 13 point lead at the intermission. They stretched that lead to 16 early in the third quarter, until the Bulldogs went cold and Tech started to chip away at the lead.
The wheels slowly started to come off for the Bulldogs as turnovers and missed shots doomed the Bulldogs. They only made three field goals in the third quarter. Montana Tech cut the lead to just two entering the final frame.
Tech took their first lead of the game with 5:56 remaining in the game. The two teams would exchange buckets until the final minutes when Tech put the game away.
AnIese Palmore led the Bulldogs with 19 points, Taylor Howlett added 14, and Britt Cooper had 10 points and 10 rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs return to action on Jan. 7 at the Straugh Gymnasium, as they face off against the number two ranked team in the nation Lewis and Clark State College. Tip-off is set for 3:30 P.M.