Yellowjackets Roll Over Green Mountain in Non-Conference Tune Up (Jan. 16, 2004)
BILLINGS, MT – Green Mountain College was
able to hang around for about the first four minutes Friday night,
but MSU Billings had too much fire power as it ran away for a
124-70 non-conference win. The Yellowjackets improved to 8-4
overall, dropping the Eagles to 4-10. The same teams meet again
Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. at Alterowitz Gymnasium. The
Yellowjackets will return to PacWest Conference play January 20
when they host Hawaii-Hilo.
The Yellowjackets missed four of their first
six field goal attempts of the game, helping Green Mountain stay
close for the first four minutes. Back-to-back 3-pointers from
Dave Carse broke open a 7-4 game, giving the Jackets a 13-4 lead
at 15:02. Cameron Munoz followed with a four-point play on the
next possession, hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing and
drawing a foul. His free throw at 14:13 put the Yellowjackets
ahead 17-4, and they didn’t allow the Eagles to get closer than 11
for the rest of the night.
Five Yellowjackets scored double figures, led
by Trae Fortier’s 28. Fortier leads the PacWest in scoring at
22.3 points per game. He also recorded his third double-double in
the last four games, pulling down 13 rebounds. Fortier improved
his season field goal percentage to 53.4 percent by connecting on
12-of-15 from the field.
Munoz and Carse each made five 3-pointers,
finishing with 22 and 20 points respectively. Munoz has made 51
three-pointers already this season for a PacWest leading 4.25
threes per game. He also notched a career-high eight assists.
Carse handed out a career-best 11 assists and is averaging 5.1
assists per game.
Alex Galloway only missed one field goal in
the game, making 6-of-7 overall and 5-of-6 from 3-point range for
a career-high 18 points. Jerett Skrifvars added 14 points and
four assists. Freshman Jonathan Wiley set career-highs for
rebounds (3) and blocked shots (4) while playing 17 minutes. Bill
Day finished with seven points and seven boards.
Green Mountain was led by John Saporita’s 24
points. Nick Buck added 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the
field. The Eagles outscored the Yellowjackets 19-8 from the free
throw line, but turned the ball over 23 times and allowed the
Jackets to make 25 more field goals and 15 more 3-pointers. The
Yellowjackets’ 18 three-pointers were the most they’ve made in a
game this season. They have had at least ten 3-pointers in ten of
their twelve games.
Yellowjacket Photos vs. Green Mountain