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Riley Nordgaard

Riley Nordgaard scored 10 points in Montana State's win over Southern Utah on Saturday.

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Rocky Mountain College did it again on Saturday night, knocking off its second consecutive nationally ranked team in beating No. 13 Montana Western 80-72 in Frontier Conference men's basketball at the Fortin Center.

The Battlin' Bears (7-7, 14-12) used a balanced offensive attack with Zach Hinton's double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds helping to highlight a lineup of five double-digit scorers.

Riley Bradshaw added 17 points to the Rocky attack, followed by Chad Kananen 14, Taylor Longo 13 and Derek Graves 10. Graves also had eight rebounds, while Longo handed out eight assists.

"We seem to be getting it going," Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said. "We're finding some rhythm against good teams."

Western (10-4, 20-6) was led by the 15 points of Dom Robinson. Kooper Kidgell, from Billings, added 13 for the Bulldogs, while teammate Riley King grabbed 11 rebounds.

Rocky, battling for a home playoff berth, downed No. 8 Carroll College 82-79 at home on Thursday night. Carroll and Western are the top two teams in the conference.

"I thought our defensive intensity held up the entire game," Dreikosen said of his team's latest outing. "Against a team like Western, you can't have any letdowns. I just thought we made them work for everything and kept them off the foul line."

The Rocky-Western game was knotted at 51-all with 10:52 to play.

The Bears went ahead for keeps, 54-51, on a 3-pointer by Kananen with 9:58 remaining. After Western got within 54-53, Kananen responded with another 3-pointer at the 9:13 mark.

Rocky drilled 14 3-pointers, with Kananen and Bradshaw accounting for four apiece.

The Bears will remain at home to play Montana Tech on Thursday night.

Western women 67, Rocky 64

Taylor Howlett banked in a 3-point shot with two seconds remaining to boost No. 22 Montana Western over Rocky Mountain College 67-64 in Frontier Conference women's basketball at Rocky's Fortin Center.

The Battlin' Bears (4-10, 12-14) tied the game at 64-all on a free throw by Jayde LeFevre with 21 seconds to go.

She missed her second foul shot, setting the stage for Howlett's heroics.

Howlett finished with 12 points for the Bulldogs (9-5, 20-5). The game-winning shot came on her lone 3-pointer.

Cierra Lamey led Western with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Aniese Palmore scored 11 points for the Bulldogs, Kaye Bignell 10 and Britt Cooper grabbed 10 rebounds.

Rocky was led by the 15 points of Alecia Chamberlin. Teammates Keisha Engelhardt and Eboney Jackson added 12 points each.

The Bears lost their starting point guard, Hailee Farstveet, to fouls early in the fourth quarter.

"Turnovers hurt us down the stretch," Rocky coach Wes Keller said. "I'm proud of our effort. We're playing hard, but not always intelligently."

Alaska Anchorage 74, MSUB 58

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sekou Wiggs' 28 points and nine rebounds directed Alaska Anchorage to a 74-58 win over Montana State Billings in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball.

The Seawolves (19-5, 13-3) also received 17 points and nine rebounds from Spencer Svejcar and a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds from Corey Hammell.

Jace Anderson's 22 points led the Yellowjackets (13-11, 8-8). Marc Matthews added 17 points and five rebounds.

MSUB shot just 33.3 percent from the field.

Anchorage is 14-0 at home.

Utah State men 81, Wyoming 74

LOGAN, Utah — Jalen Moore scored 23 points, including four 3-pointers, in directing Utah State to an 81-74 victory over Wyoming in Mountain West men's basketball.

Moore was one of five USU players to score in double figures in a game that featured 10 ties and 16 lead changes. .

The Aggies improved to 11-13 overall and 5-8 in conference, while Wyoming tumbled to 16-10 and 6-7.

Wyoming was led by Louis Adams' 16 points.

YCC men 109, Oglala Lakota College 68

KYLE, S.D. -- Yellowstone Christian College surpassed the century mark for the second game in a row.

Abraham Nyok scored 21 points and Aleksander Brankovic and Daher Valdivia each added 17 for the Centurions, who scored 102 points Friday night in a win over OLC.

The Centurions (11-14), who also got 16 points from Taylan Barrett, made 11 3-pointers in their regular-season finale.

Montana State women 71, Southern Utah 68

BOZEMAN – Delaney Junkermier’s broke a tie score with 1:26 left and Montana State made 4 of 5 free throws in the final 14 seconds to hang on for its 22nd consecutive home victory.

Peyton Ferris scored 19 points and Riley Nordgaard added 10 to help the Bobcats win a game that saw 13 ties and 10 lead changes. MSU improved to 17-5 overall and 10-2 in the Big Sky Conference.

Jessica Richardson led Southern Utah (5-18, 0-12) with 17 points. SUU had a chance to tie the game when it had possession off a missed MSU free throw but could not get a shot off in time.

Montana women 60, Northern Arizona 59

MISSOULA – McKenzie Johnston’s layup with five seconds lifted the Lady Griz to their second win in a row.

Johnston was 11 of 13 from the floor and scored a game-high 26 points for Montana, which improved to 5-19 overall and 2-11 in the Big Sky Conference.

Madi Schoening added 12 points for Montana, which led 36-25 at the half with the help of 54 percent shooting in the first quarter.

Raina Perez scored 18 points to lead Northern Arizona (6-18, 2-11).

Wyoming women 59, Utah State 40

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Liv Roberts scored 14 points and Taylor Rusk added 10 in helping the Cowgirls bounce back from a league loss the previous night.

The victory gave Wyoming a Mountain West Conference split for the weekend, moving the Cowgirls’ record to 18-6 and 10-3. The lost to Fresno State on Friday.

Wyoming shot under 40 percent from the floor, but made 18 of 20 free throws against Utah State. The Cowgirls never trailed in the game and outscored the Aggies 29-15 in the second half.

Rachel Brewster led Utah State (13-11, 6-7) with 15 points. Former Great Falls High and Fairfield player Lizzy Klinker did not score in 13 minutes.

Concordia women 66, MSU Billings 54

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A big fourth quarter propelled Concordia to the win. The Cavaliers outscored Montana State Billings 66-54 over the final 10 minutes as they wiped out a 23-11 first-quarter deficit.

Kizzah Maltezo led Concordia with 15 points, and Jordyn Peacock and Briannah Smith both added 11 points. Peacock also had five blocks for the Cavaliers, who moved to 10-14 overall and 7-9 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Tiana Hanson scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds for MSUB (8-16, 5-11). Marissa Van Atta has 12 point and eight rebounds.


Billings Mustangs, High School Sports Reporter

Sports writer for The Billings Gazette, covering high school sports and the Billings Mustangs.