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Frontier Basketball Scores & Highlights, Thursday 1/15

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Saints Take down MSU-Northern in OT

Zach Taylor scored 27 points and four other Saints reached double-figures to lead Carroll to a 89-83 overtime Frontier Conference win over MSU-Northern Thursday at the PE Center.

The Saints led for most of the first half but the Lights surged into the lead after the break. They built a 70-61 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the game before a 3-pointer by Ryan Imhoff set off a 13-4 Carroll run to end regulation. Taylor hit a jumper with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game at 74. After trading baskets to start the overtime period, another Imhoff 3-pointer gave the Saints a 79-78 lead with 2:54 remaining.

They wouldn't trail for the rest of the game but the Lights cut the deficit to 84-83 with 49 seconds remaining. On the ensuing Carroll Possession, Taylor drove, drawing a defender, and found a wide open Zayn Kirkendoll for the deep 3-pointer with just 16 seconds to play. Kirkendoll followed that up with a rebound on a MSUN shot and two free-throws to close out the 89-83 win.

"This team has a real impressive competitive fire, and I'm grateful to be a part of it," head coach Carson Cunningham said. "Taylor played like a dynamo, and I want to acknowledge bench players; Imhoff, Lorel Johnson, Jon Pulsifer and the rest. They had a great week of practice and showed a ton of maturity, and how about Zayn, he had a huge shot, but also played great 'D' all game. "

Kirkendoll finished with 12 points, Johnson had 13, Imhoff tallied 12 and Jake Hollifield had 11 points. The win moves the Saints to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in the Frontier Conference. The Saints rebound from a road loss to Montana-Western.

"Assistant coaches Labarda, Pearson and the rest did a fantastic job this week of helping us have spirited practices," Cunningham said. "It paid off." Carroll outrebounded Northern 37-25 and shot 55.6 percent (35-of-63) to the Lights' 49.2 percent (30-of-61).

The Lights fall to 11-8 on the season and 0-3 in Frontier play. MSU-Northern had four players in double-figures, led by Corbin Pearson with 16. "MSU-Northern played great. We have to give them credit," Cunningham said.

"I'm really impressed at the Saints' Fight, at their ability to hang in there. But after tonight, we have to turn our focus to Great Falls."

The Saints host the Argos Saturday at 7:30. UGF received votes in the latest NAIA Poll. The game will be broadcast on 94.9 ESPN Radio and streamed live on with live video on the Carroll Athletics YouTube page.

Argo men rout Rocky Mountain College

The University of Great Falls men's basketball team pulled away from Rocky Mountain College in the second half to defeat the Battlin' Bears 85-69 Thursday in Frontier Conference action.

The Argos improved to 2-1 in Frontier action and 13-4 overall. RMC fell to 0-3 and 11-6.

UGF shot 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from the 3-point line. The Argos held RMC to 38 percent from the field and 16 percent behind the arc.

TJ Harris, who hails from nearby Huntley, led the Argos with 19 points. Marcus Hurn drained 5 of 10 from the perimeter to finish with 18 to go along with five rebounds.

Danny Arcau scored 14 points, while Sigman Farmer finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Darren Lockett chipped in eight points and six boards, while Matthew Hurn added eight boards.

The Argos led 44-35 at the half and led by as many as 24 in the second half.

UGF heads to Helena Saturday for a 7:30 matchup against Carroll College.

Lady Argos top Battlin' Bears

The University of Great Falls women's basketball team withstood a late rally from Rocky Mountain College as the Lady Argonauts defeated the Battlin' Bears 76-68 Thursday in Frontier Conference action.

The Lady Argos, who are receiving votes in the NAIA Division I poll, improved to 2-1 in Frontier action and 15-3 overall. The Bears fell to 1-2 and 9-6.

UGF led by 13 at the half before RMC battled back to take a brief 64-63 lead. But a 3-pointer from Darah Huertas-Vining and an impressive scoop shot by Erin Legel sparked a 14-4 run to help the Lady Argos pull away.

“Last year we had a lot of close games and we were pretty young,” Legel said in a post-game radio interview with 92.9-FM. “Coming into this year we learned we need to calm down, reverse the ball like Coach tells us, and hopefully things work out. Tonight they did.”

Legel finished with a game-high 26 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. She had 20 points in the first half as the Lady Argos appeared set to run away from the Bears with a 42-29 halftime lead. But a young RMC squad battled its way back into the contest before the Lady Argos pulled away.

“It's a little disappointing we had to be in that situation,” UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. “We got up and could have pulled away. We relaxed a little too much and let them back in. But then the girls buckled down and executed the rest of the way.”

Huertas-Vining added 21 points and Lindsey Abramson grabbed eight rebounds.

Himmelberg was pleased by the poise with which his team played in the final five-plus minutes.

“For us the key is just to get ball reversals,” he said. “We're going to get open looks, and we have girls that can shoot it. We just need to knock down those shots.”

The Lady Argos head to Helena Saturday for a 5:30 matchup with No. 19 Carroll College.

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