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Providence men, women pick up wins against Montana Tech

Posted at 11:05 PM, Feb 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-10 02:13:41-05

(Editor’s note: Montana Tech media releases)

GREAT FALLS – The University of Providence men’s and women’s basketball teams picked up wins at home against Montana Tech on Saturday night. The Providence women topped Tech, 76-57, and the Providence men completed the sweep with a 89-76 win.

No. 22 University of Providence women 76, Montana Tech 57

The No. 22 Argos of the University of Providence got their revenge on Montana Tech Saturday night in the McLaughlin Center, 76-57.

The Diggers had previously defeated the Argos twice in Butte but fell victim to poor shooting from the floor. Montana Tech shot just 37 percent and were 5-for-16 from three point land in the loss.

The Diggers were led in scoring by Mollie Peoples who scored 23 points including a buzzer beating three at halftime. The Argos received a double-double from Parker Esary who had 16 and 14. The Argos shot 37 percent for the contest and improve to 17-9 overall and 6-8 in the Frontier.

Montana Tech (12-13, 2-12 Conf.) returns to action against Montana Western on Thursday night in Dillon at 5:30 P.M.

No. 25 University of Providence men 89, Montana Tech 76

Montana Tech dropped a back-and-forth contest to No. 25 University of Providence Saturday night in the McLaughlin Center, 89-76.

The Orediggers found a strong rhythm against the Argonaut 2-3 zone and shot 50 percent in the first half. The Diggers and Argos went into the halftime break tied up at 39-39.

Montana Tech finished the contest shooting 52 percent from the floor and hit a conference season-high 14 three pointers.

Troy Owens Jr. led the Diggers on offense scoring 21 points. Taylor England notched 11 points while Dylan Pannabecker scored 10.

Providence shot 54 percent from the floor and was led in scoring by Austin Starr who had a game-high 27.

The Diggers fall to 15-11 overall and 5-9 in conference play. Montana Tech returns to action on Thursday night when they travel to Dillon to take on Montana Western at 7:30 P.M. at Straugh Gymnasium.