DILLON — The Montana Western men’s basketball team will be battling for a Frontier Conference title on Monday night and will have some added motivation heading in.
With a 91-85 win over Lewis and Clark State last Friday, the Bulldogs will now face rival Carroll College for the championship. The two teams have been the top seeds in the Frontier all season, but the Saints have won two of the three meetings this season.
Western and Carroll most recently met on Feb. 24, with the Saints winning by 24 points. Now, the Bulldogs will have to head back to Helena in order to hoist the hardware.
“(Helena is a) tough place to play,” said head coach Steve Keller. “Carroll’s legit. They’re 27-5 for a reason.”
Carroll enters the championship as winners of nine out of its past 10 games. Western has won seven of its past eight games, but the Bulldogs know that the Saints are a different beast than their other Frontier foes.
“They’re bigger and more athletic than most of our guys,” Keller said. “We thought we didn’t play very well (in our last meeting) and we got beat by 20, so we’re going to get after it on Monday night and see what happens.”
The Bulldogs and Saints will tip off at 7 p.m.