Big Sky roundup: Weber stays perfect, Griz take 2nd
Montana 76, North Dakota 70
Montana (10-9, 5-1 Big Sky Conference) picked up its fourth straight win by holding off a determined North Dakota (9-7, 4-2) squad on Saturday. Four Grizzlies posted double figures, with Ahmaad Rorie leading the way with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Fabijan Krslovic added 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds while Jack Lopez and Walter Wright each scored 13.
Weber State 70, Eastern Washington 67
Eastern Washington (11-7, 3-2) took league-leading Weber State (9-6, 4-0) to the wire, but the Wildcats held on for a three-point win. Kyndahl Hill earned a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Cody John led WSU in scoring with 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Jeremy Senglin added 18 points on 6-of-11 from the field.
Sacramento State 74, Northern Arizona 62
The Hornets (5-11, 2-3) outscored Northern Arizona (3-14, 0-4) by 22 points in the second half to earn their second straight Big Sky win. The victory was the first for the Hornets in Flagstaff since 2005. NAU led by 10 at the half thanks to a perfect 6-of-6 effort at the free-throw line and nine first half 3-pointers, but the Hornets rallied in the second frame to pick up the win. Justin Strings led the way for Sac State with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Nick Hornsby added 17 points with a team-high eight rebounds.
Montana State 68, North Dakota 53
The Bobcats (7-12, 2-4) held the Bears (7-10, 3-3) to 35 percent shooting on the way to a Big Sky Conference home win. Despite being hampered by an illness, Tyler Hall managed to post 13 points for the ’Cats. Herald Frey shot 50 percent from the field to lead MSU with 19 points.
Portland State 88, Southern Utah 77
The Vikings (10-5, 3-1) got their road trip off to a good start with a win at Southern Utah (4-14, 2-3). Zach Gengler and Bryce Canda each scored a game-high 16 points as PSU picked up its seventh win in the last eight games. De’Sean Parsons had a strong performance with 13s in both the points and rebounds column.
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Northern Colorado 66, Montana State 58
Featuring two of the league’s top contenders, the Bears prevailed over the Bobcats, earning a 66-58 win. Northern Colorado outscored Montana State 21-14 in the fourth quarter, sending the Bears to a perfect 6-0 in league play.
North Dakota 73, Montana 63
A close game at halftime turned into a confident North Dakota victory, as the Fighting Hawks moved to 5-1 in league play.
The Fighting Hawks held a 28-26 halftime lead over the Griz, before outscoring Montana 27-20 in the third quarter, taking a 55-46 lead into the final period. Neither team played especially well offensively, with Montana leading the pace at 39.7 percent shooting.
Sacramento State 82, Northern Arizona 76
The Hornets led narrowly, 78-76, late in the fourth quarter, before icing away the game at the free-throw line. While Sacramento State led for most of the game, it was never a lead that became dominating, with the Hornets leading by 13 in the third quarter.
Portland State 81, Southern Utah 74
The Vikings outscored the Thunderbirds 25-17 in the third quarter, taking control in a game where PSU trailed at halftime, 36-33. Two tremendous performances, by Ashley Bolston and Sidney Rielly, helped Portland State stay strong throughout a back-and-forth game. Bolston and Rielly both finished with 28 points, scoring a combined 56 of PSU’s 81 points.
Eastern Washington 99, Weber State 85
In her best performance of the season, Eastern Washington’s Delaney Hodgins finished with 26 points, hitting 10 of 15 shots in the offense-heavy Eagle victory.
In spite of going without a field goal for the last four minutes of the game, Eastern Washington dominated the lead most of the game leading by 24 points midway through the fourth quarter. That offensive success came as the Eagles shot 57.1 percent from the floor, and 52.9 percent from 3-point range.