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Montana State hands Northern Colorado first conference loss

Paul Egwuonwu scored 13 points and Michael Dison added 12 as Montana State handed Northern Colorado its first Big Sky loss, 70-55 on Thursday night.

Montana State (9-7, 4-1) led by just two points at the half, but opened up the second with a 15-5 run to go up 40-28 with 13:03 left to play. Egwuonwu shot 6 of 11 from the floor.

The Bobcats had nine players score to combine for 27-of-60 shooting (45 percent).

Northern Colorado shot 1.8 percent better (46.8 percent), but Montana State took 13 more shots than the Bears did and finished with four more 3-pointers. The Bobcat's bench outscored Northern Colorado's 28-15.

Tate Unruh scored 17 points for the Bears and Tim Huskisson added 14 points and eight rebounds. Northern Colorado (10-4, 4-1) went 1 of 12 on 3-pointers (8.3 percent).

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak in conference play for the Bears.


MSU Women improve to 4-1 in conference

Montana State scored eleven unanswered points early in the second half and never looked back, en route to a 68-55 win over Northern Colorado, Thursday night in Butler-Hancock Pavilion.

Trailing by four points two minutes into the second stanza, five different Bobcat players recorded baskets, before a pair of Jasmine Hommes free throws with sixteen-minutes, four-seconds remaining gave Montana State (9-5, 4-1) a 38-31 advantage.

Northern Colorado (8-7, 2-4) chopped the lead to five points on a couple of occasions, but the Bobcats closed the door taking its largest lead of the contest at 68-54 with over a minute left.

MSU's second half was sparked by sophomore Jasmine Hommes, who notched 16 points and four rebounds in the final twenty-minutes. Kalli Durham and Ashley Brumwell chipped in nine and six second-half points, respectively as MSU shot an impressive 59 percent from the field down the stretch.

"That was a solid second half," said Bobcat head coach Tricia Binford. "We really did a great job sticking to the game plan defensively, and attacking with more ball movement."

Hommes finished with a team-high 18 points, connecting on seven-of-10 from the field. Brumwell poured in 17 points, while adding ten rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. Durham was also in double-digits with 13 points, while hauling down seven rebounds.

"Ashley had an incredible game," Binford said. "Jasmine came on in the second half, Kalli hit big shots and Ausha (Cole) established the defense.

"Our bench came in and took us up another notch, as well," Binford said. "I think the bench has been a key to us finding ways for us to separate."

Redshirt-freshman Margreet Barhoum sparked the Bobcat pine with six points on a pair of 3-pointers, while dishing out four assists. Cole finished with a game and season-high eight assists.

The Bobcats defense limited the Bears to just 5 percent (1-19) from beyond the arc and 30 percent from the field.

UNC was led by Stephanie Lee with 24 points, sixteen of which came from the free throw line.

Montana State will play at North Dakota on Saturday at 1 p.m. (MST). UND sits atop the Big Sky Conference standings with a 6-0 record following its win over Montana on Thursday night.

Jamar's Career night leads to Griz to win over North Dakota

Senior guard/forward Kareem Jamar scored a career-high 33 points as the University of Montana Grizzlies defeated the University of North Dakota 84-71 Thursday evening in a Big Sky Conference game in UM's Dahlberg Arena.

The Grizzlies (2-2 BSC/7-7 overall) led UND (2-3/5-10) wire-to-wire, and had four players score in double figures.

Jamar was instrumental in the Grizzlies' 10-point (34-24) lead at halftime, scoring 19 of his 33 points -- making 4-of-5 shots from the floor and 8-of-10 free throw attempts.

UND did challenge Montana in the second half, cutting the Griz advantage to just three points at 43-40 with 14:03 left to play on two free throws by senior guard Troy Huff.

However, the Griz made a 13-point run after Huff's two charity shots had trimmed their lead to three, taking a commanding 56-40 lead with 10:28 remaining when sophomore center Andy Martin made the first of two free throws.

The closet UND got after that was nine points (75-66) with 1:58 left on a lay-up by junior center Ryan Salmonson. But UM junior guard Keron DeShields canned two free throws with 1:23 left in the contest, and the Griz led by double digits the rest of the way.

DeShields and fellow junior guard Jordan Gregory scored 11 points each for Montana, while Martin added a career-high 10.

Jamar was 8-of-14 from the floor and had career-highs of 14 made free throws on 16 attempts. He also had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Huff led UND with 24 points, going 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-7 from the stripe, and pulled down a game-high 7 rebounds.

For the first time this season the Griz out-rebounded an opponent, 29 to 24.

The Grizzlies host Northern Colorado (4-1/10-4) Saturday, Jan. 18. UNC lost 70-55 at Montana State this evening. UND is at MSU (4-1/9-7) this Saturday.

Montana women can't hold off North Dakota

North Dakota remained unbeaten in Big Sky Conference play with a 62-57 victory over Montana Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D. UND rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to win its fifth straight game.

The Lady Griz (9-5, 3-2 BSC) scored 18 points in the first seven minutes of the second half to build a 45-36 lead, but that was when Montana's offense came to a halt.

North Dakota held the Lady Griz, who entered the game shooting 52.1 percent and averaging more than 85 points per game during league, without a field goal for more than 10 minutes and took control of the game with an 18-1 run.

Montana's drought and North Dakota's 28-11 rebounding advantage in the second half allowed UND to build a nine-point lead in the final minutes. The Lady Griz would twice cut their deficit to three in the last minute, but both times North Dakota hit a pair of free throws at the other end to preserve its lead.

The victory was the fourth time in six league wins that North Dakota (11-4, 6-0 BSC) has had to rally from a second-half deficit.

North Dakota outscored Montana by 16 from the line and had a 49-31 advantage on the boards, the very method by which UND has been winning this season.

"We found out how they're winning," UM coach Robin Selvig said. "They are a big, strong, physical team, and they get after you on defense. They are good at what they're doing.

"We just couldn't get a rebound to save ourselves in the second half. They were big and strong going to the ball, and we weren't big and strong. They got second shot after second shot."

North Dakota's game plan -- attack the rim on offense and board like crazy -- was no secret going into the game, and Montana was up for the challenge for the game's first 27 minutes.

Despite a seven-minute stretch without a point midway through the first half, Montana took a 27-26 lead to the locker room. North Dakota got to the line 14 times in the first half to none for the Lady Griz, but Montana hit five first-half 3-pointers and held UND to 33.3 percent shooting.

Montana used a pair of 3-pointers from Maggie Rickman and one each from Kellie Cole and McCalle Feller early in the second half to build its nine-point lead.

Hot shooting from 3-point range can be fleeting, but aggressiveness is a characteristic a team can always count on, and it helped North Dakota come back, by locking down on Montana on the defensive end and being relentless to the basket on the offensive end.

After going up 45-36, Montana missed its next 12 shots, and by the 7:50 mark North Dakota had a lead it would not give back.

UND built its advantage to 54-46 and still led by seven with a minute left before some sketchy ball-handling allowed Montana to cling to life.

A UND turnover and a 3-pointer by Jordan Sullivan made it 58-55 with 32 seconds left, and another turnover followed by a pair of Sullivan free throws made it 60-57 with 12 seconds to play. But each time, North Dakota was perfect at the line to push the margin back to five.

"They've been winning close games, and they just won another close one by getting to the line and out-rebounding someone. Give them credit. They're winning that way," said Selvig, whose team shot 32 percent in both halves.

"We wasted some of our good shooting last weekend. We could have used some of it tonight. We didn't shoot the ball very well."

Montana was whistled for a season-high 23 fouls, and it took a toll, particularly on the Lady Griz backcourt. Kellie Cole, who scored a team-high 13 points, fouled out at the 5:30 mark, and Torry Hill, who had nine points and seven assists, but six turnovers, fouled out in the game's final minute.

It was only the second time fouling out for both Cole and Hill in their careers, and the game was the first time this season the Lady Griz have had more turnovers (17) than assists (12).

Montana out-rebounded its first four Big Sky opponents by an average of 10.5 per game, but North Dakota ranks 10th nationally in rebounding margin, and wouldn't be denied, even after holding a slim 21-20 advantage at the break. UND had three players grab at least 10 rebounds.

"Our goals going into the game were rebounding and no fouls on tough shots," Selvig added, without further comment offered or really necessary.

Sullivan scored nine points, but only four through the first 39 minutes, and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Rickman finished with eight points, and Feller added nine off the bench on three 3-pointers.

Carly Selvig, who was bodied most of her 18 minutes by North Dakota's stronger post players, finished 0 for 7 and went without a blocked shot for the first time this season.

Mia Loyd, with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Madi Buck, with 14 points and 10 boards, both had double-doubles for North Dakota.

Montana will try to gain a split of its road trip when it plays at Northern Colorado (8-7, 2-4 BSC) Saturday at 2 p.m. at Greeley, Colo. The Bears dropped a 68-55 decision at home to Montana State Thursday night.

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