MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Michael Weisner scored 11 points and hit a late 3-pointer to help Montana earn its eighth-straight victory over Montana State, 53-50 on Monday night.
The Grizzlies (16-11, 11-7 Big Sky) shot 42.6 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers. Keron DeShields and Jordan Gregory led Montana with 13 points apiece, and DeShields had eight boards.
Montana State (14-15 9-9) went 19 of 39 on field goals, but was 0 for 7 from beyond the arc. Paul Egwuonwu and Flavien Davis each finished with 14 points and six boards.
Davis had three baskets and Egwuonwu added two during a 10-2 run to help Montana State move out to a 20-12 lead. Montana countered as DeShields had two layups and a jumper to tie it and Gregory gave them the lead with a three-point play. After two Davis free throws to tie it, DeShields hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 26-23 halftime advantage.
The Grizzlies pulled ahead early in the second half, as Gregory, Mario Dunn Jr. and Weisner each hit shots from the perimeter. Kareem Jamar, who was held scoreless in the first half, also got going with a jumper and a layup to put Montana up 42-29 with 11:57 remaining.
Michael Dison scored all eight of his points during a 10-0 run to pull the Bobcats back within three. After a DeShields jumper and two Weisner free throws, MSU got within two after Davis split a pair of free throws.
Jamar nailed a jumper, and answered an Egwuonwu layup with one of his own to keep the Grizzlies up four. Davis corralled his own miss on the next possession and put it back to stay in reach. Weisner followed by drilling a 3-pointer to make it 53-48 with 1:27 left.
Antonio Biglow missed a driving layup, but Egwuonwu got the put back with 1:06 to go. After winding the clock down, Jamar missed a jumper, but Weisner corralled the offensive rebound. DeShields drove in, but turned the ball over, giving the Bobcats the ball with 25 seconds left.
The Grizzlies smothered the perimeter as the clocked ticked away and forced Dison into a contested 3-pointer that bounced off the rim in the final seconds.
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