The Griz basketball team remained undefeated at home on Friday night against the Dickinson State Blue Hawks, winning 78-51. The team was powered by Josh Bannan’s second double-double in a row and another big game from Michael Steadman.
Steadman led the team with 18 points of 9-11 shooting and, similarly to the Yellowstone Christian game, was the tallest guy on the court by at least a few inches at all times.
Kyle Owens was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. Bannan achieved his second straight, however, with 16 points and 12 boards.
Off the bench, Derrick Carter-Hollinger dropped six points and Cam Parker dropped seven, to go with four assists, tied with Josh Vazquez for the game high.
“Cam’s the kind of guy that the guys look forward to playing with, cause they know the ball’s coming,” Coach Travis Decuire said in a Zoom call after the game.
Tonight wasn’t as pretty of a win as the score makes it out to be. What started as a 23-9 lead not even halfway through the first twenty was soon erased after a slew of costly fouls and turnovers, and with six and a half minutes left before the break the Griz clung to a three point lead, 26-29.
Offense from Parker and Bannan soon stretched the lead back out and Montana went into halftime up 41-33.
Coming out of the break, offense across the roster started to extend the lead and shape the blowout that the final score would indicate. For the first time this season, everybody on the roster touched the court, and a jumper by Darius Henderson with a minute and a half remaining put every Grizzly in the scoring column.
The team shot 55% from the field although they struggled from three, going only 2-13 from beyond the arc.
Freshman Robby Beasley saw his first playing time of the year and finished with five points, despite dealing with right knee issues this season.
“It’s been a while since I played,” Beasley said. “Finding my rhythm, finding my role, finding my place in this team, that’s what it’s gonna be these next couple games.”
He also added he feels close to 100%.
In what has become the norm this season, the Griz are hitting the road to play a Power Five team. The team will be in Tucson on Tuesday, going up against the 5-0 Arizona Wildcats.
UM’s record is now 3-4.