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Steve Keller wins Providence debut, Argos top Salish Kootenai

Posted at 11:12 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-20 01:12:44-04

(Argo Athletics Media Release)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The University of Providence men’s basketball team put on a clinic against the Salish Kootenai College as the Argos outscored the Bison, 124-71, to get their first win of the season under new head coach Steve Keller. The Argos held the Bison to their lowest scoring game of the season thus far.

Jalen Shepard loaded the stat sheet for the Argos with a team-high 25 points in only 20 minutes on the court, in addition to nearly missing a double-double with eight rebounds, a steal, an assist, and a block. Shepard shot for 78 percent from the field and made 1-of-3 from behind the arc. Brandon Cotton followed closely behind with 18 points. Jacob Wetzel and Jean-Frederic Daho both earned double-doubles for the Argos, scoring 15 points and 13 points respectively, while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Argos shot for more than 50 percent from beyond the arc, from the field, and from the line. The Argos were able to score 53 points off the bench in the win as well.

The Argos turned it on early and never looked back as they got out to huge 15-point lead less than three minutes into the game, 17-2. Providence maintained that lead until a layup from Jalen Shepard pushed the Argos’ lead into the twenties, 40-19. Through the end of the first half, the Bison couldn’t find an answer to the Argos offensively and they just couldn’t stop the Argos’ offensive success as Providence continued to pile on the points to take a 34-point lead into the break, 63-29.

The Argos continued to display their dominance in the second half as the Argos extended their lead to 40 points less than five minutes into the second period, 76-35. The Bison attempted to rally as they brought the deficit down to 39 with less than five minutes to play, 105-66, but the Argos would eventually seal the win, 124-72.