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Close Calls: Lights rise and fall with the Orediggers


Last updated 1/18/2021 at 7:53am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Zyare Ruffin, left, looks to pass during a Frontier Conference men's game against Montana Tech Saturday night in the Armory Gymnasium. Ruffin and the Lights beat Montana Tech Saturday, but then lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Orediggers on Sunday afternoon. Northern will be back home Wednesday against Providence. For more photos, go to www.havredailynews.com.

Momentum can be a big thing in college basketball. And the Montana State University-Northern Lights are doing their best to seize as much momentum as possible on what will end up being a five-game home stand.

And Northern started to do just that, too, as the Lights took down the Montana Tech Orediggers 65-61 Saturday night in the Armory Gymnasium. But just like that, Tech took it back, as the Orediggers salvaged an Armory split with an overtime win Sunday.

First, though, the Lights showed a lot of grit and fight Saturday night because they had to come back from deficits to beat the Oredi...

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