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Montana hilariously tweets out fake play-by-play from its canceled game at UCLA

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

The Montana Grizzlies were supposed to play at No. 23 UCLA on Wednesday night, but wildfires in the area -- including one very close to campus that shut down the 405 freeway -- led school administrators to cancel the game. It was the right decision on UCLA's part, as there was no need to play a men's basketball game and add further congestion to an area dealing with an emergency situation.

It did, however, leave the team's sports information director, Nic Hallisey, wondering what could have been.

He woke up Thursday thinking he missed an opportunity to have some fun on social media. It would have been fun, he thought, to have tweeted some fake play-by-play showing a historic Montana win in one of college basketball's most famous arenas. But after drafting a few tweets, he decided to roll with it anyway.

"I have seen some other teams have some fun on Twitter and I thought we could do the same," Hallisey said. "It gives fans an opportunity to look inside a college program.

"Montana isnt the center of the basketball world, so hopefully our fans had some fun with it."

Below is a look at what most definitely did not take place at Pauley Pavilion Wednesday night.

We did not have a game last night. But what if we did?

We were expecting to play No. 23 UCLA, so what would our Twitter updates have looked like if we DID play the Bruins?

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

The following tweets are to provide a little Twitter fun.

We are in no way making light of the serious dangers affecting the Los Angeles area and community.

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

Closing in on tipoff at the famed Pauley Pavilion. The late-arriving crowd is still dealing with typical L.A. traffic. pic.twitter.com/57FgmaXD0D

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

We will use the same starting lineup* as our previous eight games. Montana vs. No. 23 UCLA is coming up next!

*There is not an actual game being played pic.twitter.com/yXpkgb9WeI

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

#GrizHoops is off to a terrific start.* Montana leads 9-2 behind five points from Ahmaad Rorie and four down low from Jamar Akoh!

*No we are not because there is not an actual game being played

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

Michael Oguine picks up a steal and takes it coast to coast. Montana leads UCLA 17-8* early at Pauley Pavilion!

*Unfortunately, there is no game actually being played

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

UCLA, which ranks 27th nationally for scoring offense, is finding its groove.* The Bruins are within three of Montana, 24-21.

*We had to make a fake game somewhat realistic, right?

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

At the half, #GrizHoops leads UCLA, 38-37. Ahmaad Rorie leads Montana with 11 points. The Grizzlies are shooting 48% from the floor.*

*None of this is true because there is not a game being played. pic.twitter.com/C6UJGek2Jf

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

Get ready for an exciting 2nd half of basketball between Montana and UCLA! We are expecting some crazy things to happen!*

*The nice thing about a fake game is you can make up whatever you want

Montana Griz BB (@MontanaGrizBB) December 7, 2017

Coming out of the locker room, @CoachDeCuire chatted on air with @tedjrobinson* of the @Pac12Network.**

*No he did not
**The Pac-12 Network is no longer broadcasting this game because it's not actually happening pic.twitter.com/BM1gWCrops

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