BILLINGS – Chad Kananen scored 19 points, and Zach Hinton added 13 and 10 rebounds as Rocky Mountain College ran by Montana Tech, 79-60, Thursday night to put the Bears over .500 in the Frontier Conference for the first time this season.
The win, Rocky’s fourth in a row, put the Bears at 8-7 in conference play with three games to play.
Kananen was 7-10 from the field, including 4-7 from three-point range, on his way to the team high. Taylor Longo added 17 for the Bears, who had five players score in double figures.
Lukas Vining scored 22 for the Diggers, who fell to 1-15 in Frontier play.
Kourtney Coverdell’s career night helped the Tech women hold off Rocky, 65-63, in the opening game of the double-header.
Coverdell scored 27 on nine three-pointers. The guard was 9-13 from the arc overall.
Rocky’s Jayde LeFevre had a shot to tie as time expired, but couldn’t send the game into overtime. LeFevre was one of four Rocky players in double figures, led by Markaela Francis with 13.
Hattie Thatcher chipped in 15 points and a game-high seven assists for the Diggers, who climbed back to 8-8 in the Frontier conference. Rocky fell to 4-11.
The Bears will play their final home games of the season Saturday against Lewis-Clark State. The women tip off at 5:30 pm, with the men scheduled for 7:30.