February 1, 2009 in Sports

EWU falls to UM

From news services
Thursday: Sacramento State at EWU, 7:05 p.m.

Big Sky Conference

Weber State81148
Portland State62156
Montana State44109
Northern Colorado55914
Idaho State45716
Northern Arizona36614
Eastern Washington37913
Sacramento State18220

Saturday’s results

Northern Arizona 67, Northern Colorado 64

Montana 60, Eastern Washington 52

Weber State 75, Idaho State 61

Today’s game

Portland State at Montana State, 1

Around the league

Nick Larson converted a four-point play with 23.1 seconds left in regulation and Northern Arizona held on for a win over Northern Colorado at Flagstaff, Ariz. Northern Arizona’s Matt Johnson led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while teammate Shane Johannsen, who sealed the win with a pair of free throws with less than 1 second left in the game, had a career-high 10 rebounds. The win snaps the Lumberjacks three-game home losing streak. … Daviin Davis scored 19 points and Kellen McCoy added 18 to help Weber State to a win over Idaho State at Ogden, Utah. Damian Lillard finished with 10 points for the Wildcats.

Anthony Johnson scored 20 points and had six assists to lead Montana to a 60-52 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday night in Missoula.

Jordan Hasquet added 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, while Jack McGillis finished with 11 points for the Grizzlies, who won their fourth straight.

Montana started the game quickly, taking a 17-4 lead with 11:57 left in the first half after Johnson and Hasquet hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

EWU shot 30 percent from the field before the break and missed all six of their 3-point attempts. They kept the game close with nine offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points.

The Grizzlies went without scoring for nearly 9 minutes to open the second half, and Eastern Washington’s Andy Genao tied the game at 35 with a 3-pointer with 9:50 remaining.

Johnson gave the momentum back to the Grizzlies, hitting a layup and a three-point play on consecutive possessions to make it 45-38 with 6:41 to play.

“(Early in that stretch) I noticed we had a noticeable drop in our intensity level on the defensive end,” EWU coach Kirk Earlywine said.

Genao led the Eagles with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Adris DeLeon came off the bench to add 12 points, and Brandon Moore finished with 10.

Benny Valentine, who entered the night as the conference’s leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, was held to eight points on 4-for-15 shooting. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts.

“Obviously, we’re in a tough stretch right now,” Earlywine said. “But it’s not as tough as it was two weeks ago. We’re playing better now.”

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