HELENA — Carroll College forward Match Burnham didn’t have the trip to Canada he probably wanted.
Burnham left Calgary averaging just 14.5 points and his team left with two losses.
So he took it out on the next Canadian team on the schedule.
Burnham scored a game-high 34 points as the Saints took down the University of Alberta-Augustana 120-64 Sunday evening at the PE Center.
The Saints had won 11 games in a row and moved up from No. 22 to No. 3 in the national standings until they ran into Canada’s national champion last year, the University of Calgary, and lost two straight.
Only one counted since the other game was an exhibition, but Burnham knew his team had to come out strong.
“I don’t think any loss is good, but there are good losses,” Burnham said. “I think they will help us in the way that it puts a spotlight on the things we need to work on, our defense especially.”
The Vikings kept the game within reach for the first six minutes, but the Saints finally started to pull away.
Jovan Sljivancanin hit a 3-pointer, followed by two consecutive 3-pointers by Burnham.
By midway through the first half, Burnham had 14 points that included four baskets from beyond the 3-point arc.
“We just got off to a great start and my teammates did a good job finding me,” he said.
Carroll continued to push forward as other players got involved. Junior guard Dane Warp made a runner in the lane, followed by a jump shot from Matt Wyman.
By halftime, the Saints had a handle on things, shooting 60 percent from the field and holding a 60-30 advantage.
Carroll’s momentum pushed them into the second half as the scoring continued.
Wyman made a couple of baskets, followed by a 3-pointer by Warp.
The Saints sealed the game when Warp threw a half-court alley-oop to Wyman as they cruised to the 56-point victory.
Wyman finished with 25 points and five assists, while Warp had 12 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five blocks.
“Our guys responded,” Carroll coach Kurt Paulson said. “I knew these guys would be ready.”
Carroll will travel back to Canada to face the University of Lethbridge next Sunday before returning to Frontier Conference play after the holidays.
The Saints already defeated the Pronghorns this season at the PE Center, 96-75, on Oct. 19.