MISSOULA – The Montana men are hoping to extend this season deep into March. But Saturday night they will acknowledge an emotional end of an era. The Grizzlies honor an extremely talented and successful group on senior night.
Michael Oguine and Bobby Moorehead have been a part of 83 wins over four years. Ahmaad Rorie transferred from Oregon as a sophomore and became an immediate star. Big man Jamar Akoh joined the group as a junior transfer. And Donaven Dorsey overcame injuries to add a spark to the group this season.
The five still have much more they want to accomplish, but they acknowledge Saturday will be special.
“I don’t know that it will hit me until the end of the season. I think it will be really cool to be recognized this weekend as a senior,” said Moorehead. “I think that will be really fun. But at the same time I really want to win a championship again. That’s a little more important to me. And I’m sure the emotion will hit me later, when it’s all over.”
“You always look forward to enjoying these types of moments with seniors, but at the same time you don’t look forward to seeing them move on,” admitted head coach Travis DeCuire. “It will be an exciting moment. I think these guys have a lot of people coming. So sometimes it’s fun to experience that with them, to see how much support they have.”
Montana will celebrate the seniors, and then take on a tough Big Sky Conference opponent. Southern Utah comes to Missoula tied for fifth place in the league. They’ll tipoff at 7:00 Saturdayin Dahlberg Arena.