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Montana Tech women outlast Providence, Argo men complete sweep of Orediggers

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Posted at 10:04 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 11:20:09-05

BUTTE — Montana Tech and Providence split a Frontier Conference basketball doubleheader on Tuesday.

In the women's game, Mesa Williams scored 22 points as the Orediggers held off the No. 25 Argos 65-61.

Dani Urick added 11 points and Brooke Heggie had 10 as Tech (2-4 overall, 2-4 in the Frontier) snapped a four-game losing streak, including a loss to Providence on Monday.

Tech led by 15 points early in the fourth quarter before the Argos stormed back to take the lead 59-58 on a 3-pointer from Emilee Maldonado with less than three minutes remaining.

Then Madison Allen hit a triple on the next possession to retake the lead and Tech didn't trail after that.

Maldonado matched Williams with 22 points, and Parker Esary bagged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kerstyn Pimperton added 16 points for the Argos (1-1, 1-1).

The men's game unfolded much the way that Monday's did -- with the Argos building a sizable lead and then weathering a fierce Tech comeback bid.

Zaccheus Darko-Kelly scored a game-high 25 points and Marcus Stephens had 22 as Providence bolted to a 19-point lead in the second half and then fended off Tech down the stretch to earn a two-game sweep.

The Orediggers (3-4, 3-2) battled out of their double-digit deficit to retake the lead on a pair of free throws from Bridger Larson with less than 10 minutes remaining.

But with under a minute remaining, Davien Harris-Williams drained a pair of free throws to put the Argos (2-0, 2-0) up for good.

Jaxen Hashley had 12 points for the Argos and Harris-Williams scored 11.

Tech saw five players score in double-digits. Sindou Diallo, the reigning Frontier Conference player of the week, led the Orediggers with 18 points, Derrius Collins scored 17 and Nate Ward had 15. Drew Huse added 12 and Larson chipped in with 10. Cody Baumstarck nearly had a double-double with 9 points and 12 rebounds.

Tech hosts Rocky Mountain College on Saturday and Sunday while Providence welcomes in Carroll College.