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Whitworth's free throws boost Whitworth over Orediggers

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by Whitworth Athletics

BUTTE, Mont. - Only four days after losing by only four points at NCAA Division I Weber State, Montana Tech might've figured it would have little trouble with NCAA Division III Whitworth. But the Pirates provided plenty in a 77-58 win over the Orediggers on Sunday afternoon at Kelvin Sampson Court.

Whitworth, playing its first true road game of the season, improved to 4-2. Montana Tech suffered only its second loss of the year at home and fell to 4-8.

The Pirates punished the Orediggers at the free throw line, making 27 of 31 attempts (87%) and were very efficient from the field while making 23 of 46 total shots (50%), despite a rough day from three-point range (4-17). Montana Tech hit only 39% (22-56) from the floor, thanks mostly to a rough second half in which the team made only 32% (8-25) and was held to only 23 points.

Whitworth jumped ahead early and led much of the first half. Tech took its first lead of the game (26-24) on a three-pointer by Kellen Hasquet and had its largest lead of the game at 29-26 after another trey by Hasquet. The Orediggers still led 33-32 when the Pirates closed the half on a 10-2 run to grab a 42-35 lead at halftime. Nate Montgomery and Eric Beal each scored four points in the run.

The Orediggers were still within seven (54-47) with less then 14 minutes to play. But Whitworth held Tech to only four points over the next ten minutes while steadily stretching the lead to 66-51 with 4:26 to play. Whitworth took its largest lead of 74-53 with just under three minutes to play after a pair of free throws by Jordan Call.

Montgomery led the Pirates with 19 points, while Beal totaled 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Friedt finished with 12 points and Bo Gregg led Whitworth with eight rebounds. The Bucs had a 39-28 edge on the boards.

Hasquet finished with 12 points before fouling out, while AJ Paine added 12 points to lead Montana Tech.

Whitworth will return to action on Thursday evening when the Pirates host North Central College (Minn.) at 7:00 p.m. on Faculty Appreciation Night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

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