BILLINGS — Sam Vining led a balanced Rocky Mountain College attack Saturday night with 16 points as the Battlin' Bears defeated Montana State Billings 79-70 in men's basketball at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark.
It was an exhibition game for both the Bears (3-1) and the Yellowjackets (2-2).
Brandon the Boy added 15 points to the Rocky attack, along with 14 from Grant Wallace and 10 from Clayton Ladine.
Wallace also snagged nine rebounds. Both Vining and The Boy knocked down three 3-pointers apiece.
The Bears trailed by 10 points (24-14) early, but forged ahead 40-33 by intermission. Rocky's largest second-half lead was 20 points (62-42).
Brendan Howard tallied a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds for the Yellowjackets. He connected on 10 of 19 shots.
Teammate Tyler Green contributed 12 points.
The Yellowjackets were within six points, 74-68, at the 1:25 mark, but Ladine give the Bears some breathing room by making two free throws with 43 seconds left.
Josh Eckmann also made a couple of pivotal free throws down the stretch for Rocky.
MSUB shot just 8 of 35 (23%) from 3-point range. Rocky was 12 of 32 (37.5%).
The Bears shot 44% overall. The Yellowjackets hit 38.2% of their attempts.