DILLON – The No. 16 Montana Western men's basketball team paraded to the free-throw line and turned a lopsided free-throw advantage into an 88-77 win on over No. 10 Carroll College in a Frontier Conference game on Thursday in Straugh Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs’ aggression translated into a massive free-throw advantage the majority of the game. Western finished 23 of 32.
“We just attacked them and we‘re hard to guard off the dribble sometimes,” Western coach Steve Keller said. “We established that early where they had to be cautious with (Ryan) Imhoff and (Match) Burnham. They each had two (fouls) early.”
Led by Zaccheus Darko-Kelly’s 20 points, the Bulldogs (15-3, 5-2) had five players in double figures. Guard Dom Robinson had 18 points, forward Brandon Jones had 15 points, Kooper Kidgell had 12 and Warren Helligar scored 11.
Carroll College (16-3, 4-3) had 19 points from Ryan Imhoff on 8 of 15 shooting. Four other Saints also broke double figures with Matt Wyman tallying 14, Dane Warp and Ife Kalejaiye both scoring 13 and Lorel Johnson scoring 12.
"They’re one of the best teams in the country and it’s a great win for us," Keller said. "I don’t care where you play them. It's going to be a tough game."
IT WAS OVER WHEN
The Saints were unable to trim the Bulldogs lead to single digits with under 16 minutes to go. The Bulldogs never let up and Carroll could never string enough solid possessions together to make a run. Western came up big from the 3-point line, knocking down 9 of 20 from deep.
"Montana Western played hard and shot well," Saints coach Carson Cunningham said. "They deserve credit for a game effort."
Carroll travels to No. 8 Lewis-Clark State College and Western hosts Rocky Mountain College.