November 28, 2022

THE GAME

Montana opened the 2022-23 season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania against Duquesne of the Atlantic 10. The Dukes were chosen to finish last in the A10 preseason poll after finishing last season on a 17-game losing streak. consecutive. DU brought in 10 newcomers and only fired two starters from this team.

THE RESULT

Montana didn’t score a field goal for more than 15 minutes of playing time, and the Dukes used a stifling all-court press to speed up the Grizzlies and force a series of turnovers. Duquesne finished the first half on a 31-7 streak to hold a 45-19 lead before claiming a 91-63 win. The Griz trailed 14-12 around seven minutes into the game. At the timeout of less than eight minutes, Duke’s lead was 35-14. It would swell to 40 (three different times), including 81-41 with 6:40 to go.

THE REMARKABLES

Dae Dae Grant of Duquesne, scorer of 1,000 points during his three seasons in Miami (Ohio) enjoyed his debut with the Dukes. He became the first Division I player in 25 years to score 25 or more points without missing a field goal or a free throw. He finished 8 of 8 from the floor, including 6 of 6 from beyond the arc. He also made all three of his free throws en route to 25 points. Three other Dukes joined Grant in scoring in double figures as the hosts shot 65% from the floor and went 10 of 27 (42% of their 3-point attempts).

Montana junior Josh Bannan, an All-Big Sky Conference preseason selection, scored a team-best 19 points despite just five of 13 field goal attempts. The Australian southpaw was bolstered by eight free throws from nine attempts. Dischon Thomas, a former Colorado State transfer making his Griz debut, made his first 3-point try as the Griz on his way to 16 points. He was 7 of 11 from the floor even though he missed his next three tries from range.

CITABLE

You don’t know where you are until you compete and take it out on her. You don’t know how tough you are until you fight.

“For us, I think we got off to a good start offensively. I don’t know if we’ve ever defended very well. The match was close, then the pressure came. The pressure bursts the pipes. They forced a few turnovers for easy field goals, momentum, and we never really got out of it.

Head Coach Travis DeCuire

“I’ve owned it. You can always check the stat sheet and some things can be improved. I think the most important thing for us is whether we’re ready to compete mentally and physically. I don’t think we were ready for the battle. I think we were ready to play a game, but we have to find a way to get there.

Travis DeCook

SOCIAL

AND AFTER

The Grizzlies play Xavier from the Big East on Friday at 6:00 p.m. MT.

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