BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College used a dominant defense as they soared past The King’s University 89-26 on Friday night in the Hampton Inn Green and Gold Classic.
The Battlin’ Bears opened the game on an 8-2 run and never looked back as they led wire to wire.
The real story though came in the second half, when the Rocky defense delivered a performance for the ages. The Battlin’ Bears only allowed 6 points in the final 20 minutes as they cruised to the finish.
Rocky finished with 18 steals in the game and scored 41 points off turnovers. Jared Samuelson and Clayton Ladine led the way with four steals each.
Austin Payne led five Battlin’ Bears in double figures with 16 points. Lukas Vining and Ragan Shein each poured in 12 points. Shein also led the team in rebounds with eight.
Rocky shot 53.8 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. On the free throw line, Rocky drained 83.3 percent.
In comparison, the Eagles shot 23.4 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent on three pointers. The Eagles attempted zero free throws on the night.
The King’s University was led by Zachary Marchark who scored 13 points with six rebounds.
Rocky will continue playing in the 2018 Hampton Inn Green and Gold Classic tomorrow. The Battlin’ Bears will play Dickinson State at 7:30 p.m.