(Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALLS – All four of the University of Providence men’s basketball team’s senior guards made critical plays in the final 10 minutes of a much-needed 70-62 win over Montana Tech. The Orediggers led most of the night, and with just under three minutes to go it was still a one-possession game, but 2 huge threes from senior Sergio Berkley created enough separation for UP pull out its second win in three games.
After Tech led for the last 13 minutes of the first half, and first 9 minutes of the second half, the Argos turned the momentum on great plays at both ends from senior Jared Schultz. The guard started with a steal on the defensive end, with the Diggers leading by 3. He then tied the game eight second later with his first 3-point field goal of the night.
With the score tied at 46-46 both team’s offenses came grinding to a half and for the next two minutes no one could break the deadlock. Finally, the ball came back to Schultz and he hit a midrange jumper to put the Argos ahead for the first time since six minutes into the first half.
Shooting 6-7 from the field, 2-3 from three, and 7-8 from the free-throw line, Berkley led the Argos with 21 points. Fellow senior DuShaun Rice had an equally impactful performance with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.
The win avenges a loss to Tech just the night prior and gives the Argos two wins in the past three games, bringing the team’s record to 9-9 (3-5).