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Montana Tech dominates Blue Hawks

BUTTE, Mont., — A lack of consistency and a defensive effort cost the Dickinson State men’s basketball team split on the road.

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Montana Tech used the DSU miscues to take a 84-64 Frontier Conference win to on Saturday and head coach Ty Orton was not happy with the effort left on the court.

“We didn’t play very well,” Orton said. “Shots weren’t falling and we didn’t play very strong on the defensive side, I didn’t like our effort at all.”

At the end of the first half, Tech had a 41-35 lead as DSU managed to keep pace, but with the talent level of the Frontier Conference — it takes a bigger effort than keeping up in order to beat the opponent. In the second half, the Blue Hawks fell flat, gave up easy shots and 41 rebounds — 12 offensive rebounds which Orton said his team needed to start containing — and allowed the Orediggers to score 22 points from the free-throw line.

Tech’s Bryan Bock and Adam Greger each posted a team-high 18 points. Orton said both teams were tired during the game, but the shots were able to sink in for Montana Tech and DSU couldn’t find its groove. Prior to the game, DSU traveled seven and a half hours from Lewiston, Idaho on Thursday and arrived in Butte on Friday for a short practice to prep for Saturday’s game.

“They’re coming up against tough competition, the competition is going to be very very good, but the fatigue got us today,” Orton said. “We had guys who were tired and that’s the thing that got us and the worst part. We didn’t put the effort out because the fatigue got us and can’t do that.”

Junior guard Tevin Russell had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while junior post Mackenson Odeniner had a team-high 15 points. DSU went 21 for 54 from the field.

The Blue Hawks return to the road traveling for another pair of Frontier Conference games. The team will take on the University of Great Falls at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Rocky Mountain College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Orton said it definitely helps the team has faced both opponents before and the players should know how to prepare and what to expect.

“That will help us a lot to be honest with you,” Orton said. “The kids know what they need to do, they know how they need to show up and I think they will. They’ll do some really good things, step up and play but it’s just tough. It’s a very tough conference and if your shots aren’t falling and you’re not fundamentally sound, you’re going to struggle a little bit.”

DICKSINON STATE: Ty Ackelson 5-13 0-0 12, Jeremy Behler 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Torgenson 0-0 1-1 1, Juston Goodwin 0-0 2-2 2, Robbie Morey 1-4 4-4 6, DeSean Atkins 0-3 2-4 2, Brock Boos 1-3 0-0 2, Isiah Thomas 3-5 0-2 6, Tevin Russell 4-10 4-6 13, Marko Potkonjak 1-2 0-0 3, Jacob 0-3 2-2 2, Mackenson Odenier 6-10 3-10 15. Totals: 21-54 18-31 64.

MONTANA TECH: Reid Baerlocher 1-3 0-0 2, Mitch Buerckle 0-0 2-2 2, Antonio Snow 5-10 4-5 15, Byran Bock 2-5 14-16 18, Travis Peevey 6-9 0-0 16, Brandon Rydberg 2-6 0-0 4, Roman Pruneda-Garza 1-2 1-1 3, Layne Simon 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Greger 7-14 1-3 18, Keegan McCarthy 2-3 0-0 4, Austin Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Marcus Payne 1-6 0-2 2. Totals: 27-61 22-29 84.

Halftime: 41-35. Total fouls: DSU 20, MT 23. 3-point goals: DSU 4-16 (Ackelson 2-5, Beehler 0-1, Morey 0-1, Boos 0-2, Russell 1-2, Potkonjak 1-2, Volk 0-3), MT 8-17 (Baerlocher 0-1 Snow 1-2, Bock 0-1, Peevey 4-7, Rydeberg 0-2, Prudena-Garza 0-1, Greger 3-3). Rebounds: DSU 36 (Russell 10), MT 41 (Bock 8). Assists: DSU 8 (Russell 3), MT 13 (Snow 4). Steals: DSU 10, MT 8. Blocks: DSU 3 MT 1. Turnovers: DSU 17, MT 15.