Montana stored the defending league champion winless in league play with a 109-seventy nine win at Dahlberg Area. Their seventh straight loss dropped the Preventing Hawks to zero-three within the Massive Sky, four-10 general. Montana improved to three-zero, 10-5.
North Dakota exited Dahlberg Area with an zero-6 mark as a member of the Massive Sky, falling to 1-10 all-time on Montana’s house courtroom. Regardless of that document, UND coach Brian Jones stated he’ll miss coming to Missoula regularly.
“I really like coming right here simply due to the followers,” Jones stated. “It is an incredible venue to play in. The followers are nice. They take pleasure in good basketball they usually’re very supportive of the Griz. I really like this venue. Will probably be exhausting not coming again as a result of we all the time rise up for it. It is all the time a recreation you need to compete in.”
The Preventing Hawks have been by no means within the recreation, giving up the primary 14 factors to the Griz, trailing 50-29 at halftime and by as many as forty within the second half.
“Guys simply competing,” Jones stated in assessing his group’s shortcomings. “Truthfully, we got here out and mishandled a layup instantly, then missed a layup the second possession and our guys have been on their heels from there. I felt after these two miscues that our guys have been on their heels for concerning the first eight minutes of the sport. We lastly made a shot and obtained again into it, then we had two catastrophic turnovers once more that led to dunks they usually obtained separation once more.”
The Griz loved an enormous fifty four-20 edge in factors within the paint towards the rebuilding Hawks. Juniors Jamar Akoh and Ahmaad Rorie led the Griz wth 22 factors apiece. Akoh added a recreation-excessive eleven rebounds. Freshman Karl Nicholas got here off the bench so as to add 17 on eight-for-eight capturing.
Tray Buchanan led UND with sixteen factors and Marlon Stewart added 15.
Issues went south in a rush for the Preventing Hawks, who dropped their first three Huge Sky video games for the primary time since becoming a member of the league. Whereas Montana was scoring the primary 14 factors of the sport, UND missed its first 10 photographs from the sector. The Hawks lastly received the lid off the ring on the 12:forty four mark of the primary half when Buchanan nailed a three-pointer, chopping the hole to 14-three.
Cortez Seales scored on a pair of drives — getting an and-one on the primary — to get UND inside 18-eight, however that was the excessive-water mark for the Preventing Hawks.
“The beginning of the sport, that is all we ever speak about on this constructing is we have now to get off to a very good begin as a result of they’re so good,” Jones stated. “Once you’re not able to compete, struggle and be disciplined, it should be a tough night time…