Montana Western guard Kooper Kidgell reacts after hitting a 3-pointer in the Bulldogs' upset over No. 6 Carroll College. (MTN Sports photo)

HELENA – Shyke Smalls scored 34 points on 10-17 shooting and No. 17 Montana Western overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to beat No. 6 Carroll College 99-85 on Wednesday.

Carroll (8-1, 1-1) jumped out to an early lead, igniting the P.E. Center crowd. The Saints shot 62 percent in the first half to build the 15-point advantage.

But the Saints imploded in the second half, racking up two technical fouls and an intentional. Smalls and the Bulldogs did the rest.

Smalls scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half and also made 11 of 12 free throws. Dom Robinson, who recently won Frontier Conference player of the week, added 25 points and also connected on 11 of 12 from the charity stripe. Kooper Kidgell poured in 19 points as the Western trio scored 78 of the team’s 99 points.

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The Bulldogs made only one 3-pointer in the first half but nailed seven in the final 20 minutes, three from Smalls and two from Robinson, while shooting 54 percent from the floor. Western was 28-31 at the free throw line in the second half.

Four Carroll players reached double-digit scoring led by Match Burnham’s 18 points. Zach Taylor had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks but fouled out late in the game.

Ryan Imhoff and Lorel Johnson scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Western (8-1, 1-1) limited the Saints to 39 percent shooting in the second half.

The Bulldogs travel to Chandler, Ariz., for the Chandler-Gilbert Classic to face Hope International and Warner Pacific College on Dec. 20 and 21.

The Saints are back in action Dec. 17 against the University of Lethbridge. Tipoff time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the P.E. Center.

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