Halftime: Montana 29, New Mexico 28


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quick thoughts from the final game of the night at HP Pavilion:

  • America, meet Brian Qvale. Montana's 6-foot-11 center just dropped 17 points on New Mexico in the first half on 8-of-11 shooting, dominating in the paint. The Lobos' A.J. Hardeman found himself with a tough assignment and was limited to eight minutes while picking up two fouls along with two points.

  • All the attention before the game was on Montana's Anthony Johnson, who scored 42 in the Big Sky championship game. He's missed all eight of his field goal attempts and has two points. Of course, Johnson is known for his ability to have a big second half.

  • Roman Martinez leads the Lobos with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. A fan favorite in New Mexico, Martinez hopes his last game won't end up being this one, of course.

  • Darington Hobson has only one field goal and five points, and he'll need to pick it up in the second half as well.

  • New Mexico had only two turnovers, but shot 37.9 percent from the field.