MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Jordan Hasquet scored 22 points and
grabbed eight rebounds and Montana made 10-of-12 free throws in the
final 4:14 to pull away for a 73-65 win over rival Montana State
"We definitely talked about trying to up the pace second
half," Montana coach Wayne Tinkle said. "We knew they were going
to try to do some things to make sure they played the pace. We went
in at halftime and made some adjustments and challenged our guys."
Mike Chavez was fouled twice, at 4:48 and 4:14, and made 3-of-4
free throws to give Montana (8-9, 2-2 Big Sky Conference) a 63-60
lead with 4:14 remaining.
Two free throws by Carson Durr pulled the Bobcats (4-13, 1-3) to
63-62, but Montana answered with a 6-0 run including two free
throws by Hasquet, two free throws by Bryan Ellis and another
basket by Hasquet on an assist by Dlouhy to give the Grizzlies a
69-62 lead with 1:29 remaining.
Taylor hit a 3 to pull the Bobcats to 69-65 with 1:14 remaining.
Taylor fouled Ellis, Cameron Rundles and Dlouhy on successive
possessions. Ellis made both of his free throws with 53 seconds
left, Rundles made 1-of-2 with 37.5 seconds left, and Dlouhy made
1-of-2 with 16.5 seconds left.
Taylor was fouled by Ellis with 43 seconds left but missed both
Rundles finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three
assists for Montana, while Andrew Strait added 10 points and seven
Taylor finished with 15 points and four rebounds for MSU,
followed by Casey Durham with 14 points and four assists. Davis
Mecklin added 10 points.
Durham left the game twice in the second half after suffering
cramps in his calves.
Montana State made just 3-of-9 free throws in the final 5:54.
The Bobcats' last lead was 57-55 after a 3-pointer by Branden
Johnson with 7:14 remaining.
Strait tied it up, and Dlouhy hit a 3 to put Montana ahead 60-58
with 6:09 remaining. Hasquet had the assist on both baskets.
Hasquet had 14 points in the first half, and Montana led 29-25
Hasquet credited his strong start to having extra time to focus
on his shots while the Bobcat defense concentrated on Strait.
"It was easy to see that when they came out from the start,
they were focused on shutting Strait down," Hasquet said. "And
any time they sent a couple guys flashing at him, it usually gives
me a couple extra looks, so I was able to knock them down and get
us off to a good start."
Rundles gave the Grizzlies a spark early in the second half. He
made three 3-pointers and scored 14 of Montana's first 21 points.
His first 3-pointer came as the shot clock was running out with
18:13 remaining, and he finished his run with two free throws that
gave Montana a 50-44 lead with 11:06 remaining.
"He's not afraid to take big shots and I'm not opposed to him
taking them, because he prepares himself every day to be
successful," Tinkle said of Rundles.
Even Montana State coach Brad Huse, a former UM assistant,
weighed in on Rundles' performance.
"He's a gamer," Huse said. "Sadly, I had something to do with
him being here. He just wins. The kid wins."
Rundles said the large crowd at his first Cat-Griz game --
attendance was 5,723 -- got him moving.
"I think our attendance was the best that it has been yet," he
said. "I love playing in a big crowd. I just like the energy. I'm
kind of an energy guy. I like when the crowd's going crazy."