Thanks to some good shooting and defense, the University of Montana cruised to a 92-61 win over non-Division I opponent Warner Pacific in Dahlberg Arena on March 5.
“It was good to get a win tonight,” UM head coach Travis DeCuire said.
Montana made 51.6% of its shots while forcing Warner Pacific to make only 37.3% of its shots. The Griz also had ten more rebounds.
Montana scheduled two games against Warner Pacific after the University of Idaho cancelled its scheduled game against UM on March 2.
The game started off with some good defense by both teams, as there were no shots made for the first two minutes of the contest. Junior forward Mack Anderson became the first player to record points when he made a layup to put the Griz up 2-0. Anderson scored eight points in the game.
Freshman forward Josh Bannan scored while being fouled later on in the game to expand the Grizzlies lead to 7-2. Bannan totalled eight points and 11 rebounds. Montana never trailed in the game.
Later into the first half, redshirt junior guard Cameron Parker made a layup and then a jumpshot to put the Griz ahead 28-13. Parker had 13 points and seven assists.
Sophomore guard Josh Vazquez made a 3-pointer near the end of the first half to put UM up 44-27 at halftime. Vazquez finished the game with 12 points.
The Griz shot 48.4% from the field in the first half while Warner Pacific only made 35.7% of its shots in that time. Montana also had 25 first half bench points.
In the second half, Vazquez continued his good shooting and made a 3-pointer that put UM up 56-37. He made four of his 10 3-point attempts.
Redshirt sophomore guard Eddy Egun was fouled and still managed to score in front of Montana’s bench later in the game to help UM extend its lead, 68-48. Egun scored 14 points in the game.
Montana was able to coast off of its early game success and win 92-61.
UM had six more 3-pointers than Warner Pacific.
The Griz are now 12-12. Montana’s next game will be against Warner Pacific Again on March 6.
“We need a response tomorrow as if we didn’t play tonight,” DeCuire said.