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Big Sky Basketball Scores & Highlights, Thursday 1/8

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Bolomboy, Senglin pace Weber St. past Montana 68-60

Joel Bolomboy had 16 points with nine rebounds as Weber State defeated Montana 68-60 on Thursday night to earn its first Big Sky Conference win of the season.

Jeremy Senglin chipped in 16 points with five assists and Ryan Richardson had 10 points for the Wildcats (6-8, 1-2), who rebounded from conference-opening losses to Eastern Washington and Idaho. Weber State shot 53.3 percent from the field.

Martin Breunig carried Montana (5-8, 2-1), finishing with 31 points and seven rebounds while Jordan Gregory added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Breunig was 14 of 18 from the floor while the rest of the Grizzlies were a combined 10 of 37 overall.

Bolomboy had two layups, a 3-pointer and a jumper late in the first half to move toward a 30-23 lead at the break. Weber State pushed to its largest lead of 19 after Kyndahl Hill's 3-pointer with 9:29 remaining.

Idaho State rallies to beat Montana State 70-61

Chris Hansen scored 26 points, including 12 of Idaho State's final 16, and the Bengals beat Montana State 70-61 on Thursday night.

Montana State (3-12, 0-3 Big Sky) led 56-54 when Hansen scored the first eight points in a game-ending 16-5 run.

The Bobcats had built a 19-point lead with 8:13 left in the first half with the help of seven 3-pointers, three each by Michael Dison and Danny Robison. Dison finished with 17 points and Robison 13, but they combined for only six points in the second half when the Bobcats shot 25 percent. Stephan Holm added 14 points.

Jeffrey Solarin scored 14 points and Ben Wilson 10 for the Bengals (4-11, 1-2), who snapped a six-game losing streak. Hansen made all 17 of his free throws with the Bengals finishing 24 of 27 at the line. The Bobcats were 3 of 8.

The Bobcats dropped their seventh straight.

Idaho State Grinds out Win at Montana State

Idaho State used an old-fashion three-point play with just over five minutes remaining and converted just enough free throw tosses down the stretch to notch a 65-62 win over Montana State, Thursday night in Worthington Arena.

Idaho State (7-7, 2-1) built its largest lead of the game at the 5:28 mark on a basket and free throw by sophomore Katrina Bacovcin to give the Bengals a 56-49 cushion. Montana State (6-8, 0-3) was able to chop the lead down to two-points following a Kalli Durham free throw with 1:37 left. Another ISU charity toss with 11-seconds left gave the Bengals a three-point margin.

On the ensuing possession, MSU's Peyton Ferris was fouled from beyond the arc with three-seconds remaining. The Twin Bridges native converted the first two tosses, before the third attempt rolled off the rim.

The rebound was collected by ISU's Rebecca Schrimpsher, who was immediately fouled. Schrimpsher converted both free throws on the other end to push the lead back to three points. MSU was unable to get off a good shot at the buzzer to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Fifty-nine free throws, forty-nine fouls and thirty-seven turnovers forced the game to over two hours in duration as both teams struggled to find any offensive consistency.

For the game, MSU shot 34 percent from the field and connected on just 19-of-36 free throws, while ISU shot 40 percent from the field, while hitting just 15-of-23 charity tosses. The Bobcats won the battle of the boards 49-40 and were led by Lindsay Stockton with a game-high nine rebounds.

Jasmine Hommes paced four Bobcats in double-figures with 16 points, while Stockton added 14, Jackie Elliott 10 and Ferris 10.

Apiphany Woods guided Idaho State with 16 points and six rebounds.

Montana State will host Weber State on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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