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Rocky Mountain College women defeat Montana Tech; Oredigger men cruise past Bears

Sindou Diallo
Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 22:49:53-05

BUTTE — Montana Tech and Rocky Mountain College split a Sunday afternoon Frontier Conference basketball doubleheader at the HPER Complex.

In the women’s game, Kloie Thatcher racked up a game-high 21 points and Grace Parker notched a double-double as the Battlin’ Bears erased an early deficit to top the Orediggers 69-61.

With the win, the Bears split their weekend doubleheader against Tech.

Tech led 23-17 after one quarter and 38-32 at halftime before Rocky surged back, outscoring the Orediggers 24-13 in the third quarter to take the lead.

Parker had 19 points and 13 rebounds to earn her double-double. Shauna Bribiescas added 14 points for the Bears.

Tech was led by 18 points from Dani Urick, who was the only Oredigger to score in double digits. Mesa Williams added 9 points for Tech, which was playing without one of its star players, Tavia Rooney, who left Saturday’s game in third quarter with an apparent ankle injury.

In the men's game, Sindou Diallo erupted for 35 points as Tech overwhelmed the Battlin' Bears 87-69 to give the Orediggers the weekend sweep.

Tech grabbed the lead early and quickly built a 22-point advantage before Rocky chipped away to trail by 8 at the half.

Diallo's points came on 13-of-19 shooting from the field -- including 3 triples -- and 6 free throws.

Bridger Larson had 10 points for Tech and Christian Jones and Derrius Collins each had 8.

Rocky was led by 21 points from Darius Henderson, 13 from Maxim Stephans and 10 from Tayshawun Bradford.

Rocky heads to Providence next Saturday for a doubleheader against the Argos while Tech travels to MSU-Northern.