NCAA Men's Basketball

Montana Grizzlies (16-16)


Sat. 2/18 Sat. 2/25 Thu. 3/2 Sat. 3/4 Thu. 3/9
vs. PorSt 
W 85-82
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@ MontSt 
L 69-78
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@ Web 
W 78-74
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@ IdaSt 
W 95-76
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@ Idaho 
L 77-81
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Sanders, Idaho beat Montana 81-77 in Big Sky Tournament

RENO, Nev. (AP) Arkadiy Mkrtychyan had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Victor Sanders scored 19 more, including five in the last 1:33, and No. 5 seed Idaho beat Montana 81-77 on Thursday in the Big Sky Conference Tournament.

Brayon Blake had 12 points while Pat Ingram and Nate Sherwood scored 10 apiece for Idaho (18-12), which will play top-seeded North Dakota in the semifinals Friday.

Walter Wright's jumper with 2:21 to play gave No. 4 seed Montana its first lead since 16-15. Sherwood and Wright traded free throws to make it 74-73, but Sanders hit a contested jumper and then a baseline runner as the shot clock expired to give the Vandals a three-point lead with 48 seconds remaining. Fabijan Krslovic made a pair of foul shots 15 seconds later to make it 77-76 but the Grizzlies missed their last three shots, and Idaho made 4 of 6 free throws, from there to seal it.

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Leaders
Points: A. Rorie17.6
Rebounds: F. Krslovic6.4
Assists: A. Rorie3.1
FG%: A. Rorie44.9%
FT%: W. Wright86.6%
3P%: J. Lopez43.9%
Steals: M. Oguine1.4
Blocks: F. Krslovic0.6
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga35-1
3 Kansas31-4
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-5
6 North Carolina30-7
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon32-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga35-1
3 Kansas31-4
4 Arizona32-5
5 Kentucky32-5
6 UCLA31-5
7 Duke28-9
8 North Carolina30-7
9 Oregon32-5
10 Louisville25-9
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Big Sky Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
North Dakota 14-4 22-10
Eastern Washington 13-5 22-12
Weber State 12-6 20-14
Idaho 12-6 19-14
Montana State 11-7 16-16
Montana 11-7 16-16
Sacramento State 9-9 13-18
Portland State 7-11 15-16
Northern Colorado 7-11 11-18
Northern Arizona 6-12 9-23
Idaho State 3-15 6-26
Southern Utah 3-15 6-27
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 74.7 (140)
Rebounds: 9.7 (239)
Assists: 13.0 (211)
FG%: 44.8% (149)
FT%: 75.2% (36)
3P%: 35.7% (141)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 73.4 (214)
Rebounds: 24.2 (259)
Assists: 11.3 (40)
FG%: 46.2% (294)
FT%: 70.2% (166)
3P%: 34.5% (159)