Kooper Kidgell was perfect from the floor in scoring 27 points, and the No. 16 Montana Western men's basketball team broke the century mark for a second straight game, beating Providence 100-87 in Dillon on Thursday night.

Kidgell hit all 10 of his field goal attempts, including four from behind the 3-point line, for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-2 Frontier Conference).

Western previously beat Rocky, 103-84, in Billings on Saturday.

Dom Robinson scored a team-high 29 points for UMW on Thursday, including three treys of his own, to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

The Bulldogs led just 46-40 at halftime, but Kidgell had two 3-pointers, two assists and a steal during a 10-2 run to open the second half for the hosts.

Western shot 68 percent from the floor, including 85 percent after halftime. Zac Darko-Kelly and Brandon Jones added 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Dushaun Rice had 20 points for the Argos (7-7, 1-3), who have lost four straight.

Western will look for its third straight win when it hosts MSU-Northern at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.



Parker Esary scored a game-high 15 points, and surging Providence smothered hosting Montana Western to upset another ranked opponent.

The Bulldogs (11-6, 1-4) have lost three straight since reaching No. 10 in the most recent NAIA Top 25 coaches poll.

The Argos (13-3, 4-1), who had been left just outside the Top 25, have won three straight — including a 56-48 road victory over No. 21 MSU-Northern.

Western leading scorer Brianna King was held to a team-high nine points on 3-of-13 shooting, as the Bulldogs shot just 25 percent from the floor.

Providence shot 46 percent, with Stephanie McDonagh and Tristan Murphy adding 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Western will look to get back on track when it hosts MSU-Northern at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.


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