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University of Montana forward Kyle Owens, left, congratulates forward Mack Anderson, right, during the Cat-Griz game on Feb. 1, 2020. Owens ranked second on the team for the game with six rebounds.

The Grizzlies earned its first win of the season against Yellowstone Christian College on Saturday, Dec. 12, scoring over 100 points for the 31st time in school history. Double-digit scoring by every starter plus Cameron Parker off the bench led to a 60 point blowout, 102-42 in Montana’s home opener.

Redshirt senior Michael Steadman, who stood two inches taller than the tallest YCC Centurion Christian Beeke, contributed eight rebounds and 19 points, and a double double by Kyle Owens powered the team from the first whistle. 

The lead was immediate, with the Griz leaping out 25-10 just ten minutes into the first half. By halftime, Montana had a 49-20 point lead. Steadman was already in double figures.

Over the next 20 minutes, every Griz starter broke ten points. The team ended up shooting 68.4% from the field and 38.5% from three. Owens grabbed 13 rebounds, as many as the entire YCC team combined. Montana pulled down 46 boards all together. Cam Parker led the team with nine assists to go with his 12 points.

On the flip side, YCC shot 27.9% from the field and 24% from three. Sophomore guard Derrian Reed led the game in scoring with 20 points, shooting 8-15 from the field. 

“You can do a lot of things right, and not have the outcome you want. And that happened for us twice last week, on the road, and so we needed a home game,” Coach Travis Decuire said in a radio interview after the game, referencing the back-to-back single-point losses to Southern Utah his team endured last week. 

Decuire praised his team for the all around scoring, whether it was Parker or his teammate Josh Bannan, who tied Steadman with 19 points.

Montana’s next game will not be nearly as easy on the Griz. The team will be heading to Decuire’s hometown of Seattle to take on the University of Washington Huskies on Wednesday, Dec. 16, its third power five and second PAC-12 matchup of the season so far. 

As Decuire put it to announcer Riley Corcoran, “We’re always excited about that matchup. I think it’s one that our guys always look forward to.”