(Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALL, Mont. – The University of Providence men’s basketball team was in the middle of mounting an epic comeback against (16) University of Montana Western, but a flagrant foul and a subsequent technical foul called on the Argos, changed everything as the Bulldogs would go on to beat UP 91-60.
Minutes into the second half, UP trailed Western by 17 points, and after the shot under 40 percent in the first half, the feeling in the gym was that a route might be on. Over the next five minutes, however, that all changed.
Senior guard DuShaun Rice started the run with 5 straight points, and that combined with a few defensive stops to give the Argos belief that they could come back. Back-to-back threes from Rice and junior guard Jacob Wetzel along with a layup from senior Sergio Berkley brought the score all the way down to a 4 point margin.
On Western’s next possession, Wetzel fouled a Bulldog in the paint with too much gusto and drew a flagrant foul for his efforts. As the fouled Bulldog got back to the floor to confront the guard, senior forward Trayvon Bashir stepped in but also did so with too much passion and drew a technical.
The ensuing free throws and possession for Western only cost the Argos 3 points, but it killed the momentum and team’s enthusiasm. Two minutes later that gap was back to 12 points.
Things unraveled from there, and Western led by over 30 by the end of the game.
Junior D’shea Williams came off the bench to UP’s best source of offense, shooting 6-9 from the floor to lead the team with 13 points.
UP’s record goes to 9-10 (3-6) on the year.