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Bulldogs Run Away from Centurions 91-73

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian College SID

DILLON, MT — The University of Montana Western Bulldogs used a big second half to pull away from the Yellowstone Christian College Centurions as the Dogs topped the Centurions 91-73 on Thursday night on the campus of the University of Montana Western.

The Bulldogs outscored YCC 51-39 while shooting at 51% (20 of 39) from the field in the second half after taking a six-point lead into the halftime break. They led by as much as 25 in the second half, a hole that proved to be just too big for the Centurions to climb out of.

The Centurions didn’t fair too poorly on the offensive end, shooting 47% (30 of 64) from the floor. However, they were only able to connect on one three-pointer despite nine attempts. Free throws continue to haunt the Centurions, as they shot only 56% (10 of 18) from the charity stripe on Thursday.

Every starter for Yellowstone Christian hit the double-digit mark. Aleksandar Brankovic led the charge with 15 points and five rebounds. Taylan Barrett and Stefan Tellis had 13 apiece, and Abraham Nyok and Aaron Munday-Rashid both had 10 points. The biggest difference in the game was the bench scoring. Despite the solid day from the starting five for the Centurions, their bench was outscored 21-12.

Western was led offensively by Brian Neal, who poured in 24 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Chase Haack (14), Dom Robinson (13), and Shyke Smalls (10) joined Neal in double-digit scoring.

The Centurions and Bulldogs will square off again on Friday in a matinee game, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m. The game is slated as an exhibition, so no official stats will be reported. For more information about the season and for full game recaps, visit www.gocenturions.com.

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