DILLON — The complexions of the two basketball contests between Montana Tech and Montana Western were very different on Tuesday night, but both ended in favor of the Bulldogs.
Marcus Payne led the way for the men with a perfect 9-of-9 performance from the field for a total of 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the men’s 84-66 victory over the Orediggers. The Bulldogs’ Dom Robinson was one of three other players on the squad to score in double figures with 15 points. Brandon Jones and Kooper Kidgell each added 14 points.
Four of the team’s five starters scored in double figures for Western, but none of Tech’s starters were able to reach that mark. In nearly 100 combined minutes on the floor, the Orediggers’ starters scored just 14 points. Nick Fitts and Derrius Collins kept the visitors in the game with 17-point outings.
The women’s game was close throughout, but Western edged out a 64-56 win. Brianna King led the way for all scorers, dropping 24 points to follow up her record-setting 37-point performance last Saturday. The Bulldogs’ Britt Cooper added 15 points and five rebounds.
A solid team effort on both sides of the ball kept Montana Tech in the game from wire to wire. Nine out of the 10 players who saw the floor on Tuesday also saw the ball go in the hoop. Monica Landdeck and Shay Potter led the ladies in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Both Tech and Western are in action later this week — the Orediggers host Lewis and Clark State on Saturday after the Bulldogs travel to Idaho to take on the Warriors on Thursday.