DILLON -- Max Clark scorched the nets for a career-high 36 points to help Montana Western to a 90-80 Frontier Conference men's basketball win over Rocky Mountain College on Sunday at Straugh Gymnasium.
Clark made 16 of 21 field goal attempts in the game, including a 4-for-7 mark from 3-point range, as the Bulldogs completed the weekend sweep of the visiting Battlin' Bears. Clark also added a game-high seven assists and six rebounds.
Rocky, which has now lost 10 consecutive games, held a 44-43 halftime lead after both teams shot better than 50% over the first 20 minutes. The hot shooting continued in the second half, but Rocky's more-than-solid 13-of-26 performance paled in comparison to Western's lights-out 18-of-27 showing. The Bulldogs outscored the Bears 47-36 in the second half and led by as many as 15 points late in the game. Western finished with 22 points off turnovers (compared to nine for Rocky) and 52 points in the paint (compared to 32 for Rocky).
Jalen Hodges added 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting for the Bulldogs, who also got 11 points from Tanner Haverfield.
Rocky had four players finish in double figures: Darius Henderson had 17 points, followed by Nick Hart with 15, Sam Vining with 14 and Maxim Stephans with 12.
Western (5-9 overall, 4-9 Frontier Conference) is slated to head to Montana State-Northern for games on Feb. 13 and 14. Rocky (1-11, 1-11) is back in action on Wednesday for a non-conference game against crosstown rival Montana State University Billings before returning to Frontier play at home against Montana Tech on Feb. 13 and 14.