Montana Tech sweeps Providence in basketball doubleheader

BUTTE – The Montana Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams earned a big Frontier Conference sweep of visiting University of Providence Thursday at the HPER Complex.

The Tech women’s got their first league of the season, building a 10-point halftime lead and then holding off the No. 13 Argos on their way to a 74-63 win. Mesa Williams led the Orediggers with a team-high 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kaylee Zard had 15 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal for the Diggers, who improved to 11-5 overall and 1-4 in conference with the win.

Emilee Maldonado finished with a game-high 22 points and five assists for UP, which fell to 13-5 overall and 12-4 in conference.

Tech’s men, meanwhile, rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to take down the 23rd-ranked Argos 77-74 on Thursday.

Troy Owens Jr. led all scorers in the contest with 22 points for the Orediggers (13-4 overall, 3-2 conference). Taylor England added 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.

For Providence (12-5, 3-3), Austin Starr scored a team-high 20 points, while Jaxen Hashley dominated the post with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. He also blocked two shots. Brandon Cotton collected a game-high six assists, while also tallying nine points.

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