HELENA – Matt Wyman entered the week filled with excitement after Great Falls High, his former school, topped crosstown rival Great Falls CMR for a trip to the state tournament. That excitement continued Tuesday at Carroll College.
Wyman scored a career-high 28 points on 12-16 shooting as the No. 4 Fighting Saints routed Lewis-Clark State 93-75 on Tuesday night in the Frontier Conference tournament championship.
“I’m just happy for the guys,” said head coach Carson Cunningham. “They worked really, really hard. They battled. It’s a very tough conference, it’s an 18-game regular season and then they battled their way through the tournament and they played with fantastic moxie. They shared the rock, had unbelievable energy on defense and it was team defense. They were chirping and flying around, so I’m happy for them. And it’s really fun to play that way and they have a great joyful competitive spirit. I think the fans feel it and we are grateful for the fans, they were great tonight and Helena is really unbelievable in how it supports Carroll College.”
Wyman opened the game connecting on all seven of his field goals, including a 3-pointer in front of the L-C State bench. Teammate Ryan Imhoff started 8-8 as the duo combined for 29 early points. The Saints opened the game with a 25-11 run and never let the Warriors get back within striking distance on their way to the victory.
Zavon Jackson opened the scoring for L-C State with a 3-point play, then Doug McDaniel gave the Warriors a 5-2 advantage. But Carroll never trailed by more than three as Wyman and Imhoff scored the next four baskets for the Saints. Imhoff’s dunk midway through the first half gave the Saints a 35-14 lead.
The Warriors ended the half on a 7-0 run but Carroll’s lead had stretched to 47-25.
L-C State cut the lead to 15 with 5:39 remaining in the contest, but Carroll had no troubles holding on for the victory.
Wyman added eight rebounds to his 28 points, while Imhoff posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards. Zach Taylor added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists from the point guard position in his final game at the P.E. Center. The senior will lead the Fighting Saints into the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City next week.