E. Washington 69, Montana 68

Glen Dean had 23 points and seven assists, and sank a foul shot

with 2.5 seconds left that carried Eastern Washington to a 69-68

victory over Montana on Sunday.

Jeffrey Forbes added 18 points and Mark Dunn 13 for the Eagles

(8-18, 4-8 Big Sky), winners of consecutive games for the first

time since Nov. 21. Anthony Johnson scored 28 points for the

Grizzlies (18-8, 9-5), who had won five straight.

After Montana’s Michael Taylor tied the game at 68-all with a

corner 3-pointer with 24.8 seconds left, Dean was fouled on a drive

to the basket. The freshman hit the first shot, missed the second

intentionally and Montana – without a timeout – was forced into a

desperation shot attempt by Will Cherry from halfcourt.

Behind 59-percent shooting, Eastern Washington opened a 36-28

halftime edge that was quickly erased by Montana’s 9-0 burst to

start the second half.