Grizzlies maintain streak
Montana wins eighth straight over Bobcats
MISSOULA, Mont. – Michael Weisner scored 11 points and hit a late 3-pointer to help Montana earn its eighth-straight men’s basketball victory over Montana State, 53-50 on Monday night.
The Grizzlies (16-11, 11-7 Big Sky) shot 42.6 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers. Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory led Montana with 13 points apiece, and DeShields had eight boards.
Montana State (14-15, 9-9) went 19 of 39 on field goals, but was 0 of 7 on 3-point attempts. Paul Egwuonwu and Flavien Davis each finished with 14 points and six boards.
The loss dropped Montana State into a four-way tie for sixth in the Big Sky Conference. The logjam also includes Eastern Washington. Seven teams make the playoffs. The regular season ends this weekend.
Davis had three baskets and Egwuonwu added two during a 10-2 run to help Montana State move out to a 20-12 lead. Montana battled back to tie it and DeShields hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 26-23 halftime advantage.
The Grizzlies pulled ahead early in the second half, as Gregory, Mario Dunn Jr. and Weisner each hit shots from the perimeter.
Kareem Jamar, who was held scoreless in the first half, also got going with a jumper and a layup to put Montana up 42-29 with 11:57 remaining.
Michael Dison scored all eight of his points during a 10-0 run to pull the Bobcats back within three. After a DeShields jumper and two Weisner free throws, MSU got within two after Davis split a pair of free throws.
The Bobcats had the ball with 25 seconds left, but the Grizzlies smothered the perimeter as the clocked ticked away and forced Dison into a contested 3-pointer that bounced off the rim in the final seconds.
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