DILLON — The Carroll College men’s basketball team made quick work of Montana Western on Saturday night.
Four starters finished in double figures as the Saints cruised to a 91-78 Frontier Conference victory.
“We wanted to get off to a good start and share the ball,” Carroll coach Kurt Paulson said. “Once we got a lead we were preaching assists and moving the ball.”
Carroll came out quickly from the opening tipoff as it jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes after senior Match Burnham made a 3-pointer.
After the Bulldogs answered with a 3-pointer by Tanner Haverfield, the Saints pushed forward even more with a 3-pointer by Ife Kalejaiye.
By halftime, the Saints held a 45-27 lead, shot 63 percent from the field and held their opponent to just 36 percent shooting.
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Carroll kept running in the second half as freshman point guard Shamrock Campbell increased the lead to 20 points.
Three minutes later, the Saints were flirting with a 30-point lead after a layup by Dane Warp.
Despite the deficit growing larger, Montana Western kept battling as they got within 20 points when
Carter Kearns hit a fast-break layup, but the Bulldogs couldn’t get any closer.
Western senior Kooper Kidgell led all scorers with 25 points, while Burnham led Carroll with 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting.
The Saints return home on Tuesday to face Montana Tech while Western hosts Montana State-Northern on Thursday.