Yellowjackets Get Back on Winning Track with Win over Hawaii
Pacific (Feb. 14, 2004)
BILLINGS, MT – Montana State-Billings
finished a tough three game week with a 104-83 victory over Hawaii
Pacific Saturday night. The Yellowjackets split two games with 17th-ranked
BYU-Hawaii earlier in the week, but wrapped up the home stand with
their fifteenth win of the season to improve to 15-7. Jerett
Skrifvars scored 28 points against the Sea Warriors to finish the
week with 77 points.
The win improved the Jackets’ PacWest record
to 6-5, giving them a game and a half lead over Hawaii Pacific
(8-15, 5-7) for second place. BYU-Hawaii won at Western New
Mexico Saturday night to move to 9-2 in the conference.
Missing the nation’s leading 3-point shooter
for the second game in a row, the Yellowjackets knocked down 14
from behind the arc Saturday night. Sophomore guard Cameron Munoz
missed his second game with an ankle injury suffered in Tuesday’s
win over BYU-Hawaii. Munoz leads both the PacWest and the nation
in 3-pointers made per game, averaging 4.85 per night.
Dave Carse made a career-high seven
3-pointers and finished with 22 points to spark the Jackets
outside shooting. Carse also handed out six assists and pulled
down a career-high eight rebounds. Buddy Windy Boy added four
more 3-pointers, scoring 18 points. Windy Boy also tied his
career-high with six assists as he continues to become a larger
part of the Yellowjackets’ offense.
MSU Billings shot 50 percent from the field
in the first half to build a 49-32 lead at the break. The Sea
Warriors couldn’t get the difference to single digits in the
second half as the Jackets hit nine 3-pointers in the final 20
Skrifvars notched his PacWest-leading seventh
double-double of the season with a game-high 10 rebounds. Trae
Fortier finished with 25 points for MSUB, connecting on 13 of 19
from the free throw line. Jonathan Wiley, starting his second
game of the year, scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds,
both one shy of his career highs.
The Sea Warriors were led by Aaron Abrams’s
29 points. He was 12 of 12 from the free throw line as HPU shot
83 percent from the charity stripe.
The Yellowjackets have three games in Hawaii
next week, playing at Chaminade on Tuesday and Thursday and at
Hawaii-Hilo on Saturday. Ranked No. 9 in this week’s West Region
poll, MSU Billings is still alive for a postseason berth.
Click HERE for photos of the Yellowjackets vs. Hawaii
Pacific, February 14, 2004