Rocky Mountain College went up to Havre and left a winner in the first round of the Frontier Conference playoffs, knocking off Montana State-Northern 73-73 on Tuesday behind a 32 points and 10 rebounds from Jared Samuelson.
The Billings native shot 13-for-22 from the field and scored with three seconds left to give the Battlin’ Bears the win.
Rocky took a 37-32 lead into halftime and then spent most of the second half staving off the Lights. MSU-N did claim a five-point lead with two minutes to go, but the Battlin’ Bears wrestling control back. Rocky shot 52 percent from the field in the victory.
Northern used 17 points from Adam Huse, and 16 each from Ryan Reeves and Charles Porter to take its best swing at Rocky, but Samuelson’s late-game heroics were too much.
Montana State-Northern finishes the season 19-12.
The Battlin’ Bears will take on No. 1-seed Carroll College in Helena on Friday.
Carroll went 2-1 against Rocky in the regular season.
Lewis-Clark State hammers Providence
Lewis-Clark State turned a six-point halftime lead into a 27-point blowout, defeating the visiting University of Providence Argonauts 79-62 on Tuesday in Lewiston.
Four Warriors reached double figures, led by Jeremy Franklin’s 18. Race Martin finished with 16, Andre McGowan had 13 and Cory Dollarhide added in 10 more.
Providence used 18 points from DuShaun Rice and 10 points from Sergio Berkley to hang with the Warriors for a half, but LCSC built an 11-point lead with 15 minutes to go and never looked back. Providence finished the season 11-18.
The Warriors dominated the interior, scoring 52 of their 79 points in the paint.
Lewis-Clark State College will take on Montana Western in Dillon on Friday. Last season, in a similar scenario, the Warriors went into Dillon and upset the Bulldogs to find themselves in the championship with Carroll. The Warriors went 2-1 against Western in the regular season.