DILLON — The Carroll College men’s basketball team made quick work of Montana Western on Saturday night.
Four starters finished in double figures as the Saints cruised to a 91-78 Frontier Conference victory.
“We wanted to get off to a good start and share the ball,” Carroll coach Kurt Paulson said. “Once we got a lead we were preaching assists and moving the ball.”
Carroll came out quickly from the opening tipoff as it jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes after senior Match Burnham made a 3-pointer.
After the Bulldogs answered with a 3-pointer by Tanner Haverfield, the Saints pushed forward even more with a 3-pointer by Ife Kalejaiye.
By halftime, the Saints held a 45-27 lead, shot 63 percent from the field and held their opponent to just 36 percent shooting.
Carroll kept running in the second half as freshman point guard Shamrock Campbell increased the lead to 20 points.
Three minutes later, the Saints were flirting with a 30-point lead after a layup by Dane Warp.
Despite the deficit growing larger, Montana Western kept battling as they got within 20 points when
Carter Kearns hit a fast-break layup, but the Bulldogs couldn’t get any closer.
Western senior Kooper Kidgell led all scorers with 25 points, while Burnham led Carroll with 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting.
The Saints return home on Tuesday to face Montana Tech while Western hosts Montana State-Northern on Thursday.