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Big Sky Conference Basketball Wrap, Thursday 2/20

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Montana beats Weber St. 68-57, tights Big Sky race

Kareem Jamar scored 25 points as Montana handed Big Sky Conference leader Weber State its second-straight loss 68-57 on Thursday.

The Grizzlies (13-11, 8-7) shot 57.4 percent to snap a two-game skid to move from a five-way tie for fifth place into a four-way tie for third with five games remaining. Weber State (14-9, 11-4) is now one game ahead of Northern Colorado. Only seven teams make the league tournament.

Jeremy Senglin matched his career-high with 23 points for WSU. Jordan Richardson set a league record for games played with 124

Montana, which led 33-32 at the half, took the lead for good when Jamar made back-to-back 3s for a 48-44 lead with 10:41 left. Jordan Richardson cut the lead to 50-49 with a 3 but the Grizzlies took control with an 11-2 surge. Jordan Gregory started it with a three-point play and Eric Hutchinson scored the last six points.

 

Biglow leads Montana St. past Idaho St. 66-60

Antonio Biglow scored eight of his 12 points with less than 5 minutes left to help Montana State pull away with a 66-60 victory over Idaho State on Thursday night.

The teams traded leads five times in the second half before Paul Egwuonwu made one of two free throws, and Biglow and Michael Dison each scored to give Montana State a 46-41 lead with 7:57 remaining.

Idaho State pulled within one, 48-47 with 5:24 to play before Flavien Davis hit two free throws and Biglow scored to spark an 18-13 run to seal it for the Bobcats.

Terrell Brown scored 13 points and Marcus Colbert added 12 for Montana State (13-13, 8-7 Big Sky). Davis finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Jeffrey Solarin scored 20 points to lead Idaho State (10-14, 7-8). Andre Hatchett added 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting for the Bengals.

 

Bobcats Fall in Pocatello

Montana State played well for thirty-five minutes, however, it was Idaho State's ability to hit the big shots and get to the free throw line in the final five-minutes that lifted the Bengals to a 75-65 win over the Bobcats, Thursday night in Reed Gym.

"We played a solid thirty-five minutes," MSU head coach Tricia Binford said. "Fouls and rebounds, plus their ability to convert a couple of huge three-pointers down the stretch were the difference. We have to become more disciplined and not put teams in the bonus so early."

The game featured 18 lead changes and ten ties, before Idaho State (10-14, 8-7) used an 8-1 run with 4:53 left to pull away and secure the win. ISU's Rebecca Schrimpsher and Kara Jenkins each hit a 3-pointer during the two-minute stretch to guide the Bengals in the waning moments.

Montana State (12-12, 7-8) was led by Kalli Durham with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Also in double-figures were Jasmine Hommes and Ashley Brumwell with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Both teams shot 42 percent from the field, but Idaho State held a sizeable advantage at the charity stripe connecting on 23-28, while Montana State went 8-11 from the line.

ISU also held a 40-29 rebounding margin.

"We'll put this game behind us and move on," Binford said. "We need to bounce back as every game is so important."

The Bengals were guided by Lindsey Reed, who posted 34 points, including a 17-18 effort from the free throw line.

MSU will face Weber State on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are on a two-game win streak after defeating Idaho State on Monday and Montana on Thursday night. WSU had lost fifty consecutive Big Sky Conference games before this week.

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