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Finding balance on both sides of the court is crucial for Montana Western

Posted: 1:02 PM, Jan 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 15:56:32-05

DILLON – The Montana Western Bulldogs men’s basketball team heads into a four-game road trip as the last-place team in the Frontier conference.

However, first-year head coach Mike Larsen knows his team looks past that every day thanks to some close games with the top teams in the conference, including three-point overtime loss to Providence on Saturday.

For Larsen and the rest of the Bulldogs, one of their missing puzzle pieces seems to be finding a balance on both sides of the court.

“I think, for me, it’s finding that balance offensively and defensively. We go and score 90 points and shoot 60 percent from the floor, but we give up 93 and still get beat,” said Larsen. “So we’ve got to find that balance where we can really play offensively and score. We still got to have our mindset on getting stops, and that’s what we talk about every day. We got to string stops and find a way to get two, three, four stops.”

Western (7-13 overall, 1-8 conference) plays at fourth-ranked Carroll College (19-2, 8-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.