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...
Pridgett leads Montana over Sacramento St. 86-68
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sayeed Pridgett scored 17 points as Montana topped Sacramento State 86-68 on Saturday night.
Michael Oguine and Timmy Falls added 16 points each for the...
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...
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...
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.
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.
Portland St. upsets Big Sky champ Montana in overtime, 77-74
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Robert McCoy tipped in a missed 3-pointer in the final minute and Holland Woods knocked down two clutch free throws as Portland State snapped a five-game losing streak by beating defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana in Missoula for just the fourth time in 22 years, pulling out a 77-74 victory in overtime on Saturday 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.
Akoh, Montana beat Georgia State 81-74
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh had 22 points and eight rebounds Friday night and had a key dunk with 38 seconds left to help Montana open its season with an 81-74 win over Georgia State.
Michael Oguine added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who extended their home winning streak to 16 games.
Akoh's dunk in the final minute made it 76-71 and Montana made 5 of 6 from the foul line to hold on for the win.
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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).
RENO, Nevada (AP) — Three straight nights, three consecutive comebacks and the Montana Grizzlies are Big Sky Conference champions and heading to the NCAA Tournament.
Michael Oguine scored 21 points and top-seeded Montana rallied to an 82-65 victory over Eastern Washington in the Big Sky title game on Saturday night.
Montana escapes with OT win over Northern Colorado
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bobby Moorehead had a game-tying 3 near the end of the second half and hit a key free throw late in overtime to help top-seeded Montana escape No. 5 seed Northern Colorado 91-89 in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals on Friday night.
The Grizzlies (25-7) will face the winner of No. 3 seed Eastern Washington and 10th-seeded Southern Utah in the championship on Saturday.
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.
Oguine, Montana beat Idaho State 75-64
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Michael Oguine scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and finished with a career-high 15 rebounds to help Montana beat Idaho State 75-64 on Saturday night.
Jamar Akoh and Timmy Falls had 13 points apiece and Sayeed Pridgett added 10 points with eight rebounds for Montana (23-7, 16-2 Big Sky). The Grizzlies have won 15 in a row against Idaho State (14-15, 9-9).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Akoh with career-high 23; Montana beats UC Irvine 86-68
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh had a career-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds and Montana stayed perfect at home with an 86-68 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night.
Michael Oguine added 16 points and Timmy Falls scored 14 for the Grizzlies (7-4), who improved to 5-0 on their home court.
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.
Oguine scores career-high 29, Montana stuns Pitt 83-78
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The sense of deja vu for Montana coach Travis DeCuire was unmistakable. On the road. Against a Power Five conference school. His team leading late.
The Grizzlies have been here before. Many times actually. And when guard Michael Oguine's potential game-winning jumper at the end of regulation rolled out and Pittsburgh chased down the rebound to force overtime, DeCuire wondered if another shot at a signature victory was slipping away.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 27 points and Montana finished the Big Sky Conference regular season tied for fifth place after rolling past Idaho State, 95-76 on Saturday night.
The Grizzlies finish tied with rival Montana State, one game behind Weber State. Montana earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament and faces a rematch with Weber State Thursday in Reno, Nevada.
Rorie, Oguine lead Montana over Weber State 78-74
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 23 points, Michael Oguine added 15 with a key 3-pointer and Montana beat Weber State 78-74 on Thursday night.
Montana (15-15, 10-7 Big Sky) has won five of its last seven games, and won for the first time at Weber State since the 2003-04 season.
Pair of clutch 3s helps Montana stave off Portland St
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 28 points, Michael Oguine added 15, and Montana used a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes to stave off Portland State's comeback attempt and defeat the Vikings 82-85 on Saturday night.
Strings leads Sacramento State past Montana 67-65
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Justin Strings scored 29 points and his go-ahead layup with 29 seconds remaining lifted Sacramento State past Montana 67-65 on Thursday night.
Marcus Graves made 1 of 2 free throws for Sacramento State (10-14, 7-6 Big Sky) with five seconds to play. Montana (13-14, 8-6) grabbed the rebound after the miss but Brandon Gfeller's 3-pointer was off the mark as time expired.
Rorie, Oguine lead Montana over Montana State 90-84
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 28 points, Michael Oguine added 22 and Montana beat Montana State 90-84 on Saturday night for its 13th straight win in the series.
The game was tied at 48 before the Grizzlies used a 24-14 run to take a 72-62 lead with 4:41 remaining. Rorie scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer and a 3-point play off a dunk, during the stretch.
Bliznyuk’s 28 leads Eastern Washington over Montana 72-60
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Bogdan Bliznyuk had 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Eastern Washington split the season series with a 72-60 win over Montana on Thursday night.
Mason Peatling added 13 for the Eagles (14-7, 6-2 Big Sky), who were up 35-27 at halftime and expanded the lead steadily throughout the second half. Luka Vulikic and Jacob Wiley had 10 points each.
MISSOULA — Jack Lopez opened the door and the rest of the Griz came crashing through.
Lopez drained four early 3-pointers that set the tone in Montana’s 89-68 Big Sky Conference win over Northern Colorado on Thursday night at Dahlberg Arena.
Montana beats Northern Colorado 89-68
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie had 19 points, Jack Lopez and Michael Oguine added 18 each, and Montana rode out a 20-point halftime lead to beat Northern Colorado 89-68 on Thursday night.
The Grizzlies (9-9, 4-1 Big Sky) made 10 first-half 3-pointers in building a 50-30 lead. The Bears (7-9, 3-2) had a 14-0 run late in the second half, but it was after Montana extended to its largest lead of 31.
Walter Wright added 16 points for Montana which finished 15 of 31 from 3-point range.
Rorie’s 19, Gfeller’s 14 lead Montana past Idaho 70-57
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 19 points, Brandon Gfeller added 14, both making four 3-pointers, and Montana defeated Idaho 70-57 on Thursday night.
Rorie had 11 points and three 3s in the first half when the Grizzlies (7-10, 2-1 Big Sky) went 7 of 16 from long range to open a 31-21 lead.
Gfeller, in his first start of the season, had 11 points and three treys in the second half as Montana matched its season high with 12 makes in 32 shots behind the arc.
Rorie paces Montana past Idaho State 74-62
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting and Walter Wright added 21 points to lead Montana past Idaho State 74-62 on Thursday night in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
The Bengals cut their 10-point halftime deficit on a jumper by Novak Topalovic, a 3 from Brandon Boyd and a Topalovic layup to make it 42-39. But the Griz took control on a 12-2 run with a basket from Michael Oguine, a 3 and a layup from Rorie, and a 3 and a jumper from Wright.
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MISSOULA -- There was a lot to like about Montana’s 81-62 men’s basketball win over San Jose State on Wednesday night at Dahlberg Arena.
Senior Walter Wright looked more like the leader he was expected to be when the season began, pacing the Griz with 19 points and seven assists.
Fellow senior Jack Lopez hit back-to-back 3-pointers after Montana’s 20-point lead had been trimmed to six and finished with 15 points.