Montana 57, Montana St.-Northern 43

Brian Qvale scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead

Montana to a 57-43 victory over NAIA Montana State-Northern on

Wednesday night.

Qvale, who missed the last two games to be with his ill father

in North Dakota, shot 9 for 11 from the field in his return and

anchored the Grizzlies down low.

Montana (7-4) finished with a 38-25 rebounding edge.

Justin Dennis scored 13 points to lead Montana

State-Northern.

The Grizzlies were 23 of 43 from the field and limited Montana

State-Northern to 32-percent shooting.

Jack McGillis was the only other Montana player to score in

double figures, finishing with 10.

The Grizzlies held a 31-18 advantage at the break. Their lead

swelled to as many as 17 early in the second, before the Lights

closed to within 39-31 with 11:37 remaining. Montana responded with

a 14-4 run to put the game out of reach.