MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire, whose teams have posted a 109-58 record in five seasons, has signed a three-year contract extension.
Montana beats E Washington for 2nd straight Big Sky title
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After going scoreless in the first half of the Big Sky Tournament championship game, Montana's Ahmaad Rorie didn't have much to say in the locker room at halftime.
Montana guard Ahmad Rorie declares for NBA draft
MSSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana junior guard Ahmad Rorie has announced his intention to declare for the NBA draft.
Rorie isn't hiring an agent, meaning he could withdraw from the process by May 30 and still return to the Grizzlies for his senior season.
Rorie said Thursday he has aspirations to play at the next level and this gives him a chance to work out with NBA teams and learn how he stacks up.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana has reached an agreement on a new three-year contract with men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire.
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’s DeCuire named Big Sky men’s basketball coach of the year
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.
Montana Grizzlies turn up practice intensity, competition to prepare for home stretch
MISSOULA — On Friday, the Montana Grizzlies went through what head coach Travis DeCuire said was probably the toughest practice the team had the day before a game.
The first-place Griz had been outhustled and outworked the previous day, when they suffered their first Big Sky loss, falling to Eastern Washington. They responded with an improved effort against Idaho, although they lost on a buzzer-beating tip-in during overtime Saturday.
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.
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.
Battle-tested Montana Grizzlies open conference play at struggling Northern Arizona
MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies could’ve inflated their record.
They could’ve scheduled more NAIA, Division III, Division II or low-major basketball teams to give themselves an easy non-conference schedule. Instead, they had five Power Five teams on their schedule for the second straight year and still earned their first winning non-conference record in six seasons.
Forward Jamar Akoh adds boost to Montana Grizzlies while working through foul trouble
MISSOULA — Jamar Akoh is averaging 16.3 points and 10.2 rebounds — per 40 minutes of action.
The issue for Grizzlies' first-year transfer is he’s playing just 22.4 minutes per game because of first-half foul trouble. So, his stat line reads 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in nine starts.
Montana men’s basketball team ‘grew up’ in Pitt win, turns focus toward Penn State
MISSOULA — Before Monday’s game against Pitt, Montana men’s basketball head coach Travis DeCuire wrote “Compete with physical/mental toughness” on a whiteboard in the Grizzlies’ locker room.
That toughness was needed more than ever when the Griz were called for a 10-second violation, gave up a game-tying basket and missed a potential game-winning shot in the final minute of regulation.
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.
Griz basketball represented in Montana-Wyoming series with Rock Springs’ Kelby Kramer
Kelby Kramer and Brendan Howard were giving fans an early look at what a Big Sky Conference basketball match up could entail this past weekend.
Howard, Montana's Mr. Basketball, is heading to Eastern Washington next season while Kramer, a 6-foot-10 post from Rock Springs High School in Wyoming, will head to Missoula to join Travis DeCuire and the Montana Grizzlies as one of the newest members to the men's basketball team.
Montana Grizzlies’ spring tour to make Billings stop
Administrators and coaches from the University of Montana athletic department will make a stop in Billings on Thursday as part of the Grizzlies’ annual spring tour across the state.
Montana men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire has added depth to the Grizzly backcourt, signing the 6-1 point guard Lars Espe from Gimle BBK club in Bergen, Norway, to a national letter of intent.
Griz coach DeCuire no longer pursuing Cal basketball job
Travis DeCuire isn't going anywhere.
Montana's head men's basketball coach, who was connected to the vacant coaching position at Cal this week, has removed his name from consideration for the job and will return to the Griz for a fourth season.
As multiple media outlets began reporting the change Wednesday afternoon, DeCuire took to the social media website Twitter to confirm his allegiances.
"It's another great day to be a GRIZ!!" DeCuire posted. "#UNFINISHED BUSINESS"
Report: Montana hoops coach DeCuire interviewing at Cal
Montana men's head basketball coach Travis DeCuire will interview for the same position at California, according to media reports Monday.
Vandals trip Montana in Big Sky quarterfinals
RENO, Nev. — Walter Wright had a hard time holding back tears in a post-game press conference Thursday.
It happens sometimes when you pour your heart into a cause only to come up painfully short.
Streaks on the line as Montana, Montana State clash
MISSOULA — The men’s basketball teams from Montana and Montana State are on opposite tracks.
The Bobcats, for one, are red-hot, having won five in a row for coach Brian Fish, including back-to-back overtime thrillers at home last week. The Grizzlies, however, are losers of four in a row and are facing what coach Travis DeCuire says is a crisis in confidence late in games.
Montana thumps Northern Colorado, 89-68
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.
MISSOULA— Montana Grizzly men's basketball redshirt sophomore Gavin DeJong has officially left the program, citing personal reasons announced head coach Travis DeCuire.
The 6-foot-6 forward from Manhattan saw limited action in his first season-and-a-half as a Grizzly, after redshirting the 2014-15 season. He made appearances in 29 games as a Grizzly, averaging just over four minutes-per-game and scoring a total of 30 points.
Big Sky men’s basketball preview: Usual suspects favored in deep Big Sky
As a group, coaches rarely seem satisfied.
Such is the case among some of the favorites as the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball season is about to tip off.
“We’re getting better. We’re not as talented as we have been,” said Randy Rahe, coach of preseason favorite Weber State.
“We’re a young team, which is exciting to me because I think our upside is ahead of us,” said Jim Hayford, coach of Eastern Washington, which posted the most wins among league teams in the nonconference season.
Montana set for final non-league road test
MISSOULA — There's light at the end of the nonconference tunnel for the Montana men's basketball team.
With two games remaining before the onset of Big Sky Conference play, matchups against the likes of No. 24 USC, North Carolina State, Ole Miss and No. 22 Oregon are behind the Griz. Saturday's game at UC Riverside and a home encounter next week versus Pepperdine give the Griz an opportunity to face teams that look more like themselves.
No. 22 Oregon ‘another game’ for Montana
MISSOULA — Travis DeCuire is treating Tuesday's game at No. 22 Oregon like any other on the Montana men's basketball team's schedule.
For Ahmaad Rorie, it might be a case of be careful what you wish for.
Rorie, a sophomore guard for the Griz, transferred to Montana from Oregon after playing as a freshman for the Ducks. Rorie started 15 games for the Ducks in the 2014-15 season before opting to transfer to Montana following the season.
Grizzlies’ Brandon Gfeller earns nomination for national service award
MISSOULA – Montana men’s basketball player Brandon Gfeller has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.
Gfeller is one of only four student-athletes in the Big Sky Conference and one of 111 NCAA D-I student-athletes to earn a nomination to the Good Works Team.
N.C. State too much for Montana men’s basketball
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Abdul-Malik Abu proved to be a little more than the Montana Grizzlies could handle.
North Carolina State's 6-foot-8 junior scored 25 points and heralded freshman Dennis Smith Jr. added 21 to lead the Wolfpack to an 85-72 win Friday over Montana at the Paradise Jam men's basketball tournament.
DeCuire aims for versatile Montana squad this season
MISSOULA — The use of interchangeable parts isn’t a recent invention.
Montana men’s basketball coach Travis DeCuire just plans to refine the concept for the basketball court this season.
Versatility is the buzzword around the 2016-17 Griz as they prepare to open the season Friday night at Southern California of the Pac-12.
MISSOULA — The Montana men’s basketball team has added Washington transfer Donaven Dorsey, the Missoulian reported Friday.
Dorsey informed Grizzlies coach Travis DeCuire of his intention to enroll at UM. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Dorsey played two seasons for the Huskies before he was granted his release from UW less than two weeks ago.
Dorsey will be required to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Regents asked to approve new turf at UM
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is asking the state Board of Regents to approve spending up to $500,000 on new artificial turf for Washington Grizzly Stadium and to approve a three-year contract for the men's basketball coach.
The regents are holding a telephone conference meeting on July 19.
UM wants to pay FieldTurf to replace the turf at the football stadium this summer. School officials say the turf installed in 2008 is wearing out and is...