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Big Sky Basketball Scores & Highlights, Thursday 1/7

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Griz Remain Perfect in Conference

Walter Wright scored a career-high 22 points, with nine assists, and Montana defeated Portland State 79-66 Thursday night, improving to 3-0 in the Big Sky.
Wright and his backcourt mates, Michael Oguine, 20 points, and Brandon Gfeller, 14, combined for 56 of the Grizzlies points. Gfeller hit all four of his 3-point tries. Martin Breunig scored 13 points with 12 rebounds for the Griz (8-6), who shot 29 of 51 from the field (57 percent) with 11 3-pointers.
Sophomore Isaiah Pineiro scored 20 points for Portland State (5-8, 1-1), which saw its two-game win streak come to an end. Calaen Robinson added 16, hitting four treys for the Vikings.
Portland State trimmed a 21-point deficit to 10, trailing 75-65 with 2:49 left in the game after Pineiro scored five straight points, but the Vikings missed their last five shots.
Montana's won four in a row.

Montana State Holds Off Sac State

Marcus Colbert and Sarp Gobeloglu combined for 41 points as Montana State held off Sacramento State for a 71-64 win in Big Sky Conference action on Thursday night.
Colbert made 3 of 5 from beyond the arc for 21 points and Gobeloglu had a career-high 20, making 5 of 7 from long range. Tyler Hall added 11 points for the Montana State (7-8, 2-1) which has won two straight after dropping four consecutive games.
Sacramento State's Jeff Wu nailed a 3-pointer to give the Hornets a 61-60 lead with 2:48 left in the game. Hall answered with a jumper and the Bobcats outscored Sacramento State 11-3 in the final minutes.
The Bobcats hit 11 of 24 from long range.
Dreon Barlett was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc for 13 points for the Hornets (7-6, 0-2), who have lost four of their last five games.

Bobcat Women Escape with Win


Montana State sophomore Hannah Caudill connected on a wide-open three-pointer with 6.7-seconds remaining to lift the Bobcats to an 80-79 win over Sacramento State, Thursday night in The Nest.

The Spokane product went four-of-four from beyond the three-point arc finishing with 14 points, while distributing six assists. In all, five Bobcats scored in double-figures led by Jasmine Hommes 19, Peyton Ferris 14, Riley Nordgaard 11 and Alexa Dawkins 10.

“We told the kids at halftime we weathered the storm as Sacramento State was shooting the three ball very well,” said MSU 11th year head coach Tricia Binford. “We were hoping they’d cool off in the second half, and if we kept them out of the paint and defended well we would have a chance at the end.”

Montana State (10-4, 3-0) trailed Sacramento State (4-9, 1-1) 46-43 at intermission as the Hornets connected on eight-of-19 from long distance.

The game featured 17 lead changes and eight ties as the Bobcats took a 63-61 advantage into the final stanza. MSU built its largest lead at 73-66 following a pair of free throws by Peyton Ferris with 5:28 remaining.

Sacramento State answered with an 8-0 run to retake the lead with 2:45 left. The two teams traded baskets with the Hornets owning a 79-77 advantage at the 1:15 mark on a Kyhonta Doughty layup.

Following Caudill’s triple, Sacramento State’s Brianna Burgos went coast-to-coast, but the MSU defense collapsed under the basket and the layup caromed back into Hommes’ hands.

“We showed a lot of poise and character in the second half,” Binford said. “We let the kids play and we got out of their way.

“It’s also nice to have such a great bench,” Binford said. “We had a lot of players contribute, and with our depth, we were able to keep fresh legs against a team like Sacramento State that is hard to guard.”

MSU finished shooting 55 percent from the field, while holding the Hornets to 40 percent. The Bobcats also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Hornets 38-32

Sacramento State was paced by Adella Randle-El with 29 points.

MSU plays at Portland State on Saturday afternoon. 

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