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Saints pull away from Lights late

 

January 8, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Jesse Keltner, right, tries to score over a Carroll College defender during Tuesday night's game between the Lights and Saints in the Armory Gymnasium. The No. 23 Saints beat the Lights in both team's return to Frontier Conference play. For more photos from the game, go to www.havredailynews.com.

Thanks to a weird Frontier Conference schedule, the Montana State University-Northern Lights and Carroll College Fighting Saints were set to play twice in Havre in just 15 days. Tuesday night, it was the Saints who drew first blood.

Inside the Armory Gymnasium, Frontier play began with the No. 23 Saints pulling away late to beat the Lights 69-58. The loss dropped Northern to 1-2 in conference play ahead of Thursday night's trip to Great Falls to play Top 10 Providence.

"First, credit to Carroll, they converted shots when they had to, and they played defense to do enough to disrupt us," MSU-N head coach Shawn Huse said. "So my hat goes off to them. Having said that, I thought we executed well enough on both ends of the floor tonight. I thought we got what we wanted offensively. But the shots didn't fall. You just aren't going to beat good teams shooting 41 percent from the floor and 21 percent from three and that's the bottom line."

The Lights' didn't shoot it well enough down the stretch, and Carroll did.

Tied at 34-34 at halftime, with former Blue Pony great Dane Warp scoring Carroll's last seven points of the half, the two teams were still battling with Northern leading 50-49 on a Mascio McCadney bucket. However, Ifeanyi Okeke answered with a three to put Carroll ahead 52-50. The shot sparked a 13-1 run by the Saints, including another dagger three from Warp, and that run put the game on ice.

"The ball just didn't go in for us," Huse said. "I also thought we didn't take care of the ball like we're capable of. I thought our decision-making wasn't what it should be tonight, and that led to some very costly turnovers, and again, you can't do those things and beat good teams."

The Lights did well to put themselves in good shape at halftime. Carroll jumped out early, but Northern went on an 11-2 run capped by a triple from Adam Huse. Warp answered with a three of his own, on his way to a game-high 25 points and seven boards, sending the two rivals into halftime knotted up at 34-34.

Warp finished the game 10-of-18 with three bombs, while Shamrock Campbell added 14 points and Jovan Slivancanin added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

On the other end, McCadney scored a team-high 21 points, while Bey added 12, David Harris scored 11 and Huse, who was honored before the game for joining the 1,000-point club, scored 10.

Now the Lights must get ready to rebound, because the game Thursday in Great Falls won't be easy, with the rival Argos undefeated.

"I told the guys, we can't dwell on this," coach Huse said. "We have to turn around and get ready to go play Providence on Thursday. Learn from our mistakes tonight and get ready to play again Thursday."

Lights are 1-2 in Frontier, 11-4 overall; Next Up: at Providence Thursday

Carroll 69, Lights 58

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Cedric Crutchfield shoots during Tuesday night's game between the Lights and Saints in the Armory.

CC - Dane Warp 10-18 2-2 25, Shamrock Campbell 6-12 0-0 14, Jovan Sljivancanin 6-14 0-0 13, Brendan Temple 0-1 0-2 0, Jonny Hillman 1-2 1-1 3, Gaven Ramirez 0-0 0-0 0, Sayer Patton 0-0 0-0 0, Ifeanyi Okeke 4-7 0-0 9, Dennis Flowers III 2-8 1-1 5. Totals 29-62 4-6 69.

MSU-N - Gio Jackson 1-5 0-0 2, David Harris 4-7 3-4 11, Mascio McCadney 8-16 3-3 21, Adam Huse 4-8 0-0 10, Jesse Keltner 0-2 0-0 0, Kavon Bey 5-8 1-1 12, Devin Bray 0-7 0-0 0, Cedric Crutchfield 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-55 7-8 58.

3-pt FG:Carroll (Mont.) 7-17 (Warp 3-5, Campbell 2-6, Sljivancanin 1-2, Hillman 0-1, Okeke 1-1, Flowers III 0-2), Montana State University- 5-23 (Jackson 0-1, Harris 0-3, McCadney 2-6, Huse 2-5, Keltner 0-1, Bey 1-2, Bray 0-5). Rebounds: Carroll (Mont.) 33 (Sljivancanin 13), Montana State University- 29 (Crutchfield 10). Fouls Carroll (Mont.) 10, Montana State University- 6. Fouled out: none.

 

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