Montana’s 3-point barrage dooms Lumberjacks

MISSOULA, Mont. — Jordan Gregory knocked down seven 3-pointers and sparked a comeback at the start of the second half to lead Montana over Northern Arizona 64-57 on Thursday night.

Gregory made three 3’s in a row for the Grizzlies to close out the first half, but Montana still trailed by seven points at intermission. The Grizzlies opened the second with a 13-2 run — Gregory accounting for eight points with two 3’s and a layup — to take the lead with 13:51 remaining.

The Lumberjacks threatened with 3:22 left after Gaellan Bewernick scored to make it a five-point game. The Grizzlies were 7 of 8 from the line — Gregory 5 of 6 — to end it.

"We dug ourselves into a hole in the second half," NAU coach Jack Murphy said. "There’s no way we can shoot 28 percent in the second half on the road and come away with the win. We started the game off well, but that’s not how we finished tonight. In order to win on the road, we’re going to have to finish. We now need to learn from our mistakes and focus on our next game."

Gregory finished with 31 points and shot 70 percent from 3-point range. Martin Breunig added 16 points for Montana (9-8, 5-1 Big Sky).

Quinton Upshur scored 20 points to lead Northern Arizona (8-11, 3-3).