Montana dumps Weber St to return to Big Sky title game
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 28 points and Bobby Moorehead scored 13 with 10 rebounds and Montana beat Weber State 78-49 in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament on Friday...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Michael Oguine scored 19 points as Montana topped Sacramento State 79-73 in the Big Sky Conference Tourney quarterfinals on Thursday. Ahmaad Rorie added 17 points for the...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Holland Woods had 20 points as Portland State stretched its home winning streak to seven games, defeating Montana 81-69 on Thursday night.
Portland St. looks to sweep Montana
Montana (22-7, 15-3) vs. Portland State (14-15, 9-9)
The Viking Pavilion, Portland, Oregon; Thursday, 10:05 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Portland State goes for the season sweep over Montana...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Oguine had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Montana edged past Northern Arizona 66-64 on Monday night.
Sayeed Pridgett had 14 points and seven rebounds for Montana...
Montana looks to extend streak vs N. Arizona
Northern Arizona (9-19, 7-11) vs. Montana (21-7, 14-3)
Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Montana looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett had 20 points as Montana defeated Southern Utah 70-54 on Saturday night.
Ahmaad Rorie had 15 points and six assists for Montana (21-7, 14-3 Big Sky...
Southern Utah seeks revenge on Montana
Southern Utah (14-12, 9-8) vs. Montana (20-7, 13-3)
Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Montana goes for the season sweep over Southern Utah after...
N Colorado’s Davis sinks free throws and Montana 74-72
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jordan Davis scored 23 points and his two free throws with five seconds left gave Northern Colorado a 74-72 win over Montana on Monday night.
Montana looks to extend streak vs N. Colorado
Northern Colorado (17-9, 11-4) vs. Montana (20-6, 13-2)
Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Monday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Montana looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head...
Pridgett scores 20 to carry Montana past Montana St. 89-83
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett had 20 points as Montana won its 10th straight game, beating Montana State 89-83 on Saturday night.
Kendal Manuel had 19 points for Montana (20-6, 13-2...
Montana looks for home win vs Montana State
Montana State (12-13, 9-6) vs. Montana (19-6, 12-2)
Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Montana looks for its eighth straight win over Montana State at...
Pridgett leads Montana past Idaho St. 80-68
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett scored 22 points as Montana stretched its win streak to nine games, topping Idaho State 80-68 on Saturday night. Kendal Manuel added 20 points for the Grizzlies.
Ahmaad Rorie had 15 points for Montana (19-6, 12-2 Big Sky Conference). Mack Anderson added 12 points.
Balint Mocsan had 18 points for the Bengals (9-15, 5-10). Alonzo Walker added 16 points. Chier Maker had seven rebounds.
Pridgett scores 29 to lead Montana past Weber State 83-80
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett had a career-high 29 points plus 16 rebounds and Montana won its eighth consecutive game, narrowly beating Weber State 83-80 on Thursday night.
Rorie scores 20, leads Montana over Montana State 83-79
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 20 points including four late free throws to help Montana hold off Montana State 83-78 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win.
A 16-6 surge gave Montana a 77-69 lead with just under four minutes to play. Harald Frey scored four points and Devin Kirby added an emphatic dunk to pull Montana State to 77-75 with 2:21 left.
Akoh, Rorie lead Montana past Idaho State
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh had 22 points and 17 rebounds, Montana made a pair of second-half runs stand up, and the Grizzlies defeated Idaho State 80-69 on Thursday night.
Ahmaad Rorie had 19 points and nine assists for Montana (13-6, 6-2 Big Sky) and Kendal Manuel added 16 points. The Grizzlies used only eight players and had six bench points, all from Donaven Dorsey.
Rorie scores 20 points, leads Montana over Idaho 69-51
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Montana to a 69-51 victory over Idaho on Saturday night.
Montana (12-6, 5-2 Big Sky Conference) avenged last season's 79-77 overtime loss at Idaho (4-13, 1-5). The Grizzlies have won two of three on the road, and are a game back of conference-leader Weber State. Montana hosts the Wildcats on Saturday.
Pridgett scores 29 as Montana tops Northern Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Sayeed Pridget scored 29 points, making 11 of 13 shots including all four of his 3-pointers, and Montana got back on track after a two-game skid with an 88-64 thumping of Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Peatling, Hunt lead Eastern Washington past Montana 78-71
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Mason Peatling tossed in 17 points to lead five players in double figures and Jesse Hunt grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds — nearly half of Eastern Washington's total — as the Eagles defeated Montana 78-71 on Thursday night.
Akoh has 21 and 18; Montana routs Sacramento State 87-56
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 21 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds to help Montana beat Sacramento State 87-56 on Thursday night.
Ahmaad Rorie added 21 points with five 3-pointers and the Grizzlies (10-4, 3-0 Big Sky Conference) made 13 of 20 from 3-point range.
Montana opened the second half with a 10-2 run to lead 54-36 and led by at least 20 after Michael Oguine's 3-pointer made it 70-48 with 7:36 left in the game.
Montana beats Southern Utah for 13th straight time
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 23 points, Ahmaad Rorie had 23 points, seven assists and three steals and Montana beat Southern Utah 89-76 on Monday for its 13th straight victory in the series.
The Grizzlies opened the 2018 calendar year with five straight road wins, part of a school-record seven, and closed the year with three straight away victories, including ending the nation's longest home winning streak at South Dakota State.
Rorie scores 24 points, leads Montana over NAU 86-73
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points to lead Montana to an 86-73 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference opener.
Griz take control in 2nd half for 60-53 win over ND State
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 17 points with eight rebounds and Bobby Moorehead scored 13 and Montana beat North Dakota State 60-53 Monday night.
It was Akoh's second game back after missing six games with a wrist injury.
The Bison led 23-19 at halftime before the Grizzlies took control with a 13-4 run when Moorehead and Ahmaad Rorie made back-to-back 3-pointers, Sayeed Pridgett added a layup and Moorhead another 3 for a 32-27 lead Montana (6-3) would never relinquish.
Rorie, Padgett lead Montana past NAIA College of Idaho
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie and Sayeed Pridgett each scored 17 points and Montana dominated NAIA-member College of Idaho for an 80-52 win on Monday night.
Montana started hot and built a 19-4 lead within the first eight minutes. The Grizzlies (5-2) led 48-22 at halftime on 20-of-30 shooting including 8 of 13 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Coyotes went to intermission shooting 22 percent (7 of 32) and never recovered from their slow start.
Rorie, Manuel help Montana beat NAIA Montana Tech 79-55
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 20 points and had three steals to help Montana beat NAIA Montana Tech 79-55 on Monday night.
Kendal Manuel, a junior transfer from Oregon State, had 17 points for Montana (2-0). The 6-foot-4 guard made 5 of 5 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Men's basketball players from the University of Montana and Montana State are returning for their senior seasons after testing their prospects in the NBA Draft.
Guard Tyler Hall is returning to Montana State and point guard Ahmaad Rorie is returning to Montana.
Hall withdrew from the draft on Wednesday. He led MSU with 17.5 per game last season and holds the Bobcats' career record with 312 made 3-pointers.
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Charles Matthews had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Michigan locked down on defense and the third-seeded Wolverines beat Montana 61-47 in a plodding first-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday night.
Michigan (29-7) trailed by 10 in the opening minutes, struggled to get into rhythm until late in the first half, and never really went on a big run to seize control of the game.
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Thursday's first-round NCAA Tournament game between Michigan and Montana (9:50 p.m.; TBS/950).
Rorie, Krslovic lead Montana past North Dakota 84-76
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 30 points, 22 in the second half, and Fabijan Krslovic had two critical baskets late on his way to a double-double to lead top-seeded Montana to an 84-76 win over eighth-seeded North Dakota on Thursday in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinals.
After guiding Montana to its second regular-season title in the last four seasons, Grizzlies head coach Travis DeCuire has been named the Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year by the league’s head coaches.
This season, DeCuire guided the Grizzlies to the fourth-best conference start in Big Sky history at 13-0 en route to a 16-2 finish and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. Montana claimed its second regular-season title under DeCuire, the last being in 2015.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 20 points and Montana clinched the Big Sky Conference regular season title with 75-57 victory over Weber State on Thursday night.
Montana beats Montana State, clinches share of Big Sky title
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett and Timmy Falls scored 14 points apiece and Montana rolled to a 90-63 victory over Montana State on Saturday night to clinch at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title.
Sherwood buzzer-beater lifts Idaho over Montana, 79-77 in OT
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Brayon Blake had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Nate Sherwood scored at the overtime buzzer to give Idaho a 79-77 victory over Montana on Saturday night for its sixth straight win.
Montana's Ahmaad Rorie tied the game at 77 with 30 seconds left. The Vandals ran down the clock before Blake drove the lane and his running jumper rimmed out, but Sherwood tapped in the ball to end the only regular season meeting between the teams.
Bliznyuk, E Washington end Montana streak at 13, 74-65
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 19 points with six rebounds and five assists and Eastern Washington ended Montana's 13-game winning streak 74-65 on Thursday night.
Benas Griciunas added 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting and Jacob Davison 12 for the Eagles (13-13, 8-5 Big Sky Conference), who shot 56 percent for the game.
Montana avoids upset, beats Sacramento State 71-69 in OT
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Oguine had 25 points, including a crucial putback dunk in overtime, and Montana avoided an upset on Saturday night with a 71-69 win over Sacramento State.
Oguine also made 2 of 4 free throws in the final six seconds to help the Grizzlies (20-5, 13-0 Big Sky) hold on for their 13th straight win.
The Hornets (6-19, 3-9) led for the final 15 minutes of regulation, but Montana closed the second half on a 5-0 run to force overtime.
Montana wins 12th straight, 80-60 over Portland St
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 21 points for his second straight 20-point game and Montana overcame a slow start to win its 12th straight Big Sky Conference game, 80-60 over Portland State on Thursday night.
The 20-point loss is Portland State's largest of the season.
Lacking offense, Ahmaad Rorie finds another way to assist Montana Grizzlies in win over North Dakota
Ahmaad Rorie struggled shooting the ball Saturday.
But the Montana Grizzlies’ leading scorer found another way to get involved. He set up teammates for open shots and finished with a team-high seven assists to help Montana earn a 72-67 road win over North Dakota and move to 11-0 in the Big Sky Conference.
Akoh leads Montana to 11th straight, 72-67 over North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds on Saturday to lead Montana to its 11th-straight victory, and school-record seventh-straight on the road, 72-67 over North Dakota.
Montana wins 10th straight, beats Northern Colorado 88-79
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Fabijan Krslovic scored 21 points and sparked a key surge to help Montana pull away and beat Northern Colorado 88-79 on Thursday night for its tenth straight win.
Montana (17-5, 10-0 Big Sky Conference) has also won six straight road games, and is off to its best start since going 17-4 in the 2012-13 season. Northern Colorado (14-8, 5-4) has lost two consecutive games.
Oguine hits 7 3-pointers, Montana rolls past NAU 82-64
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Oguine made a career-best seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to help Montana beat Northern Arizona 82-64 on Saturday night to remain undefeated atop the Big Sky Conference.
Montana (16-5, 9-0) has won nine straight and 11 of its last 12 games, and has matched last season's win total with nine regular season games remaining. The nine-game win streak is the longest in coach Travis DeCuire's four seasons with the Grizzlies.
Montana 8-0 atop Big Sky, routs Southern Utah 71-47
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Oguine scored 22 points, Ahmaad Rorie added 21 and Montana rolled to a 71-47 victory over Southern Utah on Thursday night to remain undefeated atop the Big Sky Conference standings.
Montana (14-5, 8-0) has won nine of its last 11 games and is 8-0 at home. The Grizzlies have also won 12 straight against Southern Utah (8-11, 2-6), including a 30-point win Dec. 30.
Montana dominates 2nd half to beat Montana State 67-52
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 15 points with Bobby Moorehead adding 10 with 12 rebounds as Montana dominated the second half to blow past Montana State 67-52 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Sky Conference.
The Grizzlies (14-5, 7-0), who lost in Bozeman last year to snap a 13-game winning streak over Montana State, took control early in the second half as Ahmaad Rorie drilled a 3 and Akoh followed with two straight layups to start a 15-4 run.
Oguine’s 39 lifts Montana past Portland State 92-89
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Michael Oguine 24 of his career-high 39 points in the second half and Montana made 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute to remain on top of the Big Sky Conference with a 92-89 win over Portland State on Saturday.
Montana thumps Sacramento State, 78-66, now 5-0 in Big Sky
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 23 points and Michael Oguine added 16 as Montana rolled over Sacramento State 78-66 on Thursday night to remain undefeated in the Big Sky Conference.
Montana (12-5, 5-0) has won five straight and seven of the last eight games.
Rorie dished out six assists with three steals and Oguine had four steals. Bobby Moorehead added 13 points and Jamar Akoh chipped in nine points with eight rebounds and three steals. The Grizzlies swiped the basketball 14 times.
Akoh has career-high 34 as Montana gets by N. Colorado 89-80
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored a career-high 34 points with eight rebounds as Montana slipped past Northern Colorado 89-80 for its fourth straight Big Sky Conference win on Saturday night.
Montana (11-5, 4-0) remained undefeated at home (7-0). The Grizzlies have won six of their last seven with the only loss being at Washington, 66-63.
Akoh, Rorie lead streaking Montana 109-79 past North Dakota
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh and Ahmaad Rorie scored 22 points each as Montana walloped defending Big Sky champion North Dakota 109-79 Thursday night. The Grizzlies have won five of their last six, the last two by 30.
Montana (10-5, 3-0) led 14-0, holding North Dakota, which has lost its last seven, scoreless for more than seven minutes until Tray Buchanan hit a 3-pointer.
Rorie leads big first half in Montana’s 79-49 victory
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half when the Grizzlies built a 19-point lead and Montana went on to a 79-49 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.
Jamar Akoh added 12 points and Michael Oguine 11 for the Grizzlies (9-5, 2-0 Big Sky), who shot just shy of 50 percent in winning for the fourth time in their last five games. The Grizzlies had a 20-2 advantage in points off turnovers, making only six miscues to Southern Utah's 15.
Akoh, Rorie combine for 45, Montana downs N. Arizona 87-69
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Ahmaad Rorie added 22 points with four 3-pointers, and Montana beat Northern Arizona 87-69 in Thursday night's Big Sky Conference opener.
It's a season high for points for the Grizzlies (8-5), who never trailed and held the Lumberjacks to 32.7 percent shooting from the floor, a season low for Montana opponents.
Rorie, Akoh help Montana handle UC Riverside in 77-61 win
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 22 points and Jamar Akoh scored 17 point and collected 12 rebounds and Montana controlled UC Riverside from the start with a 77-61 win on Sunday.
Despite shooting 5 of 18 from 3-point range (28 percent), Montana (6-4) was 19 for 30 inside the arc and held a 40-23 rebounding advantage against the Highlanders. Michael Oguine added 12 points for the Grizzlies.
Rorie, Pridgett lead Montana past Cal State Northridge 86-68
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 27 points, Sayeed Pridgett had 20 points with 12 rebounds and Montana cruised to an 86-68 win Sunday night over Cal State Northridge to remain unbeaten on its home court this season.