Montana 71, Oregon St. 66

Brian Qvale had 27 points and 18 rebounds and Will Cherry scored

22 to lead Montana over Oregon State 71-66 on Wednesday night.

Despite leading for most of the game, the Grizzlies (6-4) had to

hold off a late charge by the Beavers (4-5). Cherry sealed the deal

as he drove for a layup with 26 seconds left.

Qvale buoyed Montana’s attack in the first half, scoring 21 of

its 35 points. He also had a game-high five blocks.

Cherry, who leads the NCAA with 4.1 steals per game, had five

against the Beavers.

Angus Brandt and Roberto Nelson each came off the Oregon State

bench to tie for team scoring honors with 13 points. Oregon State’s

bench outscored the Grizzlies’ 45-3.

Although the Beavers tied it twice in the second half, Montana

pulled away late by holding Oregon State to one field goal in the

final 3 minutes.