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Great Falls Upset Run Falls Short with Loss to Bears

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The University of Great Falls men's basketball team fought to the wire but fell short in their attempt of a second upset of the Frontier Conference playoffs losing to Rocky Mountain College 62-59.

The 11th-ranked Battlin' Bears jumped out to a quick 12-0 run on the visiting Argos, however, it did not take Great Falls long to bounce back and bring the game within one point. The Bears would go into the locker room ahead by five.

"After digging ourselves a big hole, the guys really battled," said Great Falls head coach Steve Silsby. "It wasn't a pretty offensively for either team but it was a great game."

Coming out with a strong defensive performance, Great Falls held Rocky to seven points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Two of the points would come off of a Bears' air ball and fortunate put back.

The Argos trailed by three with one minute remaining when TJ Harris' defensive effort earned a five-second call on Rocky which led to two points for the visitors. Great Falls forced a turnover on the ensuing inbound play which enabled UGF's leading scorer, Marcel Towns, a chance to tie the game. Towns' shot missed the mark but the Argos retained possession. Unable to convert, Great Falls had to quickly foul.

The Bears would make both free throws and force the Argos into a difficult shot in the final nine seconds of the game.

"It wasn't the way we wanted to end the season but we gave ourselves a chance at the end and that is what you want," added Silsby. "It was a good season and I was really proud of our guys."

Maleek Singleton led the Argos with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Harris started the game knocking down big shots and ended with 14. Towns was held to 13 points in the finale but made key shots throughout.

Great Falls ends the season 18-13 overall and made the semifinals for the second time in the last three years.

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