GREAT FALLS – On Thursday, the University of Providence men’s basketball team is set to play Montana Tech at home. But instead of preparing for an entire game this week, the two teams will strangely play just a half.
The other half was already played back on Jan. 6, but the basketball hoop was dislodged from the wall at the end of the first half, forcing game officials to postpone the rest of the game. The Argos led 33-31 when the game was put on hold.
“Honestly, it’s just continuing the same effort that we had,” said junior Jack Taylor. “We came out to that game and we were doing really well. For it to end like that, it felt weird because I had so much energy after it ended. That’s never really happened to me.”
“It’s a weird week for us this week — we have three games to play,” said senior Jared Schultz. “There’s a lot less down time, so practice has been less intense, we’ve tried to save our legs. It’s kind of odd, something I’ve never seen before. We’ve got to prepare as if it’s another full game. We have to make sure we come out and have a good ‘second half’ of the game.”
“When you have something like that — well, for one, it’s awkward because you just don’t have that very often,” said head coach Anthony Owens. “I’ve been coaching for 13 years and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that. It’s a little bit different, but we have to adjust and we have to be ready after we play MSU-Northern on Wednesday the 17th.”