BUTTE – Saturday night, Montana Tech looks to keep up the “Cinderella” run in the Frontier Conference tournament, as it tips off against rival and the ninth-ranked team in the country Carroll College in the semifinals.
The Orediggers are no strangers to upset wins, having taken down Rocky Mountain College, a team who had been ranked for much of the season prior to Wednesday night’s contest. Flashback to Feb. 21, Tech took down the seventh-ranked Fighting Saints in Butte for a huge upset win, after so many close contests in the games prior. The biggest key for Adam Hiatt’s squad to defeat Carroll away from Kelvin Sampson court, is sticking to their game plan and playing “their” style of basketball, and keeping the energy up.
“They’re really good at their place. They shoot it a lot better there, they play with a lot more energy with their crowd behind them,” said Hiatt. “So if we go up their with the right mindset that we’re going to focus on being who we are and worrying about what we can control, then we’re going to be in good shape. We’re going to go up there with the mindset that it’s going to be a competitive game.”
“I think coach said it best going into Rocky, pregame right before the game and he’s like, ‘We need to be the hard working team and have more energy, rebound the ball and push it and just play,'” said starting center Taylor England.
The Saints and Orediggers are set to tip at 7 p.m. in Helena.