SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – University of Montana junior guards Jordan Gregory and Keron DeShields had career-high scoring nights, but it was not enough, as the Grizzlies were edged 83-79 by the University of Washington Huskies Tuesday evening at UW's Alaska Airlines Arena.
Gregory scored 27 points and DeShields added 20, and the Griz had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but missed a free throw and the Huskies hung on for the win.
Griz junior forward Chris Kemp made a jumper with 12 second to go to cut the UW lead to 80-79, but missed a free throw and a three-point play opportunity. The Huskies rebounded Kemp's miss, and Montana was forced to foul, and senior guard C.J. Wilcox made a pair of free throws to give the Huskies an 82-79 lead with nine seconds left to play.
DeShields was fouled on UM's next possession, but missed the front end on a one-and-one free throw situation, and UW was in the double-bonus, and converted one of two charity shots to eke out the win.
The game had five lead changes and five ties, and the last deadlock was 59-59 with 9:33 on a free throw by freshman guard Mario Dunn. But, Wilcox nailed a three-pointer after that to give UW a 62-59 with 9:23 left to play, and the Huskies led the rest of the way.
The Grizzlies took a 42-36 halftime lead when senior guard-forward Kareem Jamar hit a three-point shot with 20 second left until intermission.
The teams went back-and-forth and traded the lead a few times in the opening minutes of the second half, but when Wilcox hit that three-pointer with 9:23 left to play, UW maintained its lead and went on to even its record to 3-3.
Gregory made 10-of-13 shots from the field and nailed a career-best 6-of-8 treys. DeShields was also hot, making a career-best 9-of-12 attempts from the floor and 2 of 4 three-pointers. Jamar added 16 points and 7 assists for the Griz, who are now 1-3 overall.
Montana was a red-hot 59.6% (31-of-52) from the floor and made 11-of-23 three-pointers for 47.8%, but was dominated on the boards with just 14 rebounds, compared to Washington's 34. UM was very efficient with the ball, and had 15 assists and just 6 turnovers.
Williams scored a game-high 28 points making 7 of 13 field goal attempts, and was 9 of 10 from the line. Freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss added 20 points for UW. The Huskies were 24-of-31 from the line, while the Grizzlies made 6-of-13 free throws.
Montana is at Hawai'i this Friday, Nov. 29, for a 10:30 p.m. (Mtn.) game.