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Breunig, Gregory Lead Griz Over NDSU

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MISSOULA, MONT. – Forward Martin Breunig and guard Jordan Gregory combined for 38 points to lead the University of Montana Grizzlies to a 69-57 non-league victory over the visiting North Dakota State Bison Sunday evening in UM's Dahlberg Arena.

The Grizzlies (3-4) led by 14 points (35-21) after the first half, and never relinquished their double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.

The closest the Bison (4-4) got to UM came with 5:53 left to play inn the game, when senior guard Lawrence Alexander connected on a 3-point shot to reduce UM's lead to 10 points (54-44). But the Grizzlies had balanced scoring after Alexander's trey and made 5-of-6 free throw attempts in the final minute-and-a-half to secure the win.

Gregory, a 6-2 senior, made 8-of-12 shots and scored 20 points. It was Gregory's second 20-point effort in a row, as he scored a season-high 23 points in UM's 78-76 double overtime loss at Cal last Wednesday (Dec. 3).

Breunig, a 6-8 junior was 8-of-13 from the floor, and he also scored 23 points at Cal. Breunig has scored in double figures in UM's last six games.

The visitors from Fargo, N.D., never led in the game. The sole tie was at 4-all, when NDSU sophomore guard Carlin Dupree made a pair of free throws. The Griz then out-scored the Bison 7-0 after that, and when sophomore guard Brandon Gfeller scored on a lay-up at the 15:51 mark of the first half, he gave UM an 11-4 lead and the home team led the rest of the way.

Gfeller was also in double-digits for Montana with 10 points, while sophomore guard/forward Jermaine Edmonds Jr., who started for the second game in a row, added 8 points.

Breunig led the Griz with 7 rebounds, while Gregory and sophomore point guard Mario Dunn grabbed 5 boards each, and Edmonds had 4. Dunn also had a game-high 7 assists.

Alexander led the Bison, who played just seven players in the game, with 29 points, and he was 11-of-20 from the field. Junior guard Kory Brown led NDSU with 7 rebounds.

The Griz helped their cause by shooting a season best percentages from the field (47.1%, 24-of-51) from the floor, as well as from 3-point range (45.0%, 9-of-20), and also from the free throw line (85.7%, 12-of-14).

Montana hosts Davidson next Wednesday, Dec. 10, with tip-off at 7:05 p.m. in Dahlberg Arena. NDSU hosts North Dakota on Dec. 13.

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