BUTTE – The opening game of the Montana Tech Fall Classic between the Providence Argonauts and the Dickinson State Blue Hawks was not short of offense.
Providence defeated DSU in a high-scoring affair, 94-84.
After an even start to the game, the Argos went on a 13-0 goal run and extended their lead to 37-22. Guard Kenny Curtis nailed a three-pointer from afar just inside the halffield line to put Providence 47-32 at halftime.
Curtis finished the game with 27 points and seven three-pointers, 21 of them in the first half alone.
In the second half, the Argos shot the ball well and extended their lead to up to 22 points. Sophomore guard Drayton Caoile scored all of his 20 second-half points, including four field goals from behind the arc. Eric Milner added 16 points for Providence.
“We shot the ball better today,” said Providence head coach Steve Keller. “We have some good guards out there.”
DSU cut Providence’s lead to 11 points but couldn’t get the stops when they needed them most. The 10-point deficit was the smallest Providence had had since the first half.
Five players scored double digits for the Blue Hawks, with Gus Wright and Kose Egbule leading the way with 16 points each. Offenses weren’t the issue for DSU as they posted their highest score of the season.
The Argos offensive was too much to handle. The backcourt trio of Curtis, Caoile and Milner totaled 63 points and controlled the pace throughout.
“Dickinson is a good team, they play hard against everyone in our league so I feel good about that,” said Keller. “We’ve got a long way to go, but we’ve got some new people.”
Providence plays Lewis-Clark State in a rematch from last weekend at 1 p.m. Saturday. LC State defeated the Argos 80-59 in that game. Going into their second game, one of the Argos’ main focuses will be the rebound.
“We were killed on the boards tonight. LC is tall and athletic and they beat us pretty well last week,” Keller said.
DSU will play their second game of the Fall Classic against Montana Tech on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. It will be the second rematch of the day as the Blue Hawks were defeated by Tech 76-68 last weekend.