Griz, Bobcats post wins

Friday, January 4, 2019

BOZEMAN (AP) — Tyler Hall made six 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 32 points to lead Montana State to a 98-88 victory over Portland State on Thursday night.

Montana State (5-8, 2-1 Big Sky Conference) has won four of its last six games. Portland State (5-8, 0-2) has lost five straight.

Harald Frey added 25 points, with seven assists and six rebounds for the Bobcats. Keljin Blevins and Lassi Nikkarinen each added 10 points.

Michael Mayhew and Holland Woods scored 17 points apiece to lead Portland State. Sal Nuhu added 16 points and Michael Nuga had 13.

The Bobcats took the lead for good about five minutes into the game, built a 48-38 halftime advantage and had a double-digit lead until a 12-0 run pulled Portland State to within 90-84 with 2:25 left. Montana State scored the next six points and maintained at least an eight-point lead in the final minute.

Montana 87, Sac. State 56

MISSOULA (AP) — Jamar Akoh scored 21 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds to help Montana beat Sacramento State 87-56 on Thursday night.

Ahmaad Rorie added 21 points with five 3-pointers and the Grizzlies (10-4, 3-0 Big Sky Conference) made 13 of 20 from 3-point range.

Montana opened the second half with a 10-2 run to lead 54-36 and led by at least 20 after Michael Oguine’s 3-pointer made it 70-48 with 7:36 left in the game.

The game was closely contested for the first 13 minutes of the first half and then Montana pulled away from a 27-all tie with a 13-0 run and went into halftime up 44-34.

Sayeed Pridgett added 13 points and Oguine scored 12 for the Grizzlies.

Marcus Graves was the Hornets’ lone scorer in double digits with 10. Sacramento State (6-5, 0-2) was 3 of 14 from 3-point range.