Rocky men down Western, 93-81

2014-02-07T22:03:00Z 2014-02-07T23:49:07Z Rocky men down Western, 93-81 The Billings Gazette
February 07, 2014 10:03 pm

DILLON — Joel Barndt and Tyree Anderson combined for 48 points on Friday night as No. 16-ranked Rocky Mountain College knocked off No. 25 Montana Western 93-81 in the NAIA's national men's basketball game of the week.

Barndt finished with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Anderson added 23 points as the Battlin' Bears remained in a tie with Montana State Northern for the Frontier Conference lead.

Rocky is 9-3 in conference and 18-6 overall. Western tumbled to 6-5 and 13-9.

The Bears led 38-37 at halftime and were able to keep the Bulldogs under control in the second half by shooting 63 percent from the field, 56 percent from 3-point territory and 84 percent at the foul line.

"Everytime they got some momentum we had a good, solid answer on the offensive end," Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said. "I thought we made some big shots in different stretches."

Rocky, which also received 14 points from Malachi Roberts and 12 from Jeremy Nicolas, shot 52 percent overall in a wild game that featured 24 3-pointers.

Western, which had 13 threes, was led by the 17 points of Tyler Miller. Jordan Overstreet added 14.

Bulldog coach Steve Keller received a pair of technical fouls and was ejected from the game.

Rocky, which won at Carroll College on Thursday night, is riding a five-game winning streak.

"I was really proud of our kids for going on the road and picking up two quality wins," Dreikosen said.

Rocky will be at home next week for games against Montana Tech on Friday and Lewis-Clark State on Saturday. The Bears lost to both teams on the road in early January.

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