(Editor’s note: Carroll College athletics release)
DILLON — The No. 10 Carroll College men’s basketball team fell to No. 18 Montana Western 88-77 Thursday night on the road in Dillon.
The Saints looked like the team that rattled off 15 straight wins to start the season early, building a 9-3 advantage with 16:55 left to play in the first half.
Carroll’s two leading scorers Ryan Imhoff and Match Burnham each picked up two quick fouls and with the duo on the bench, the Bulldogs went on an 11-2 run to take a 14-11 lead. Carroll battled back and took a 15-14 lead, but Western went up 19-17 and never trailed again.
The Bulldogs led 35-44 at the break. Carroll cut it to 50-42 with 17:43 remaining, but every run was answered by Western, and the Bulldogs earned the 11-point win.
Imhoff tallied a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four other Saints scored in double figures. The Saints were 30-62 (48.4 percent) from the field and 4-16 (25 percent) from the three-point line.
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly led Western with 20 points. The Bulldogs were 28-51 (54.9 percent) from the field and 9-20 (45 percent) from the three-point line. Western carried a huge advantage at the free throw line going 23-32 (71.9 percent), making more free throws than Carroll had attempts. The Saints were 13-18 (72.22 percent).
The Saints continue the road trip Saturday with a game at Lewis-Clark State, scheduled for 5 p.m. MST at the Activity Center in Lewiston, Idaho.