Montana 73, Long Beach St. 71

Montana nearly squandered a 7-point lead in the game’s final

five minutes, but held on to beat Long Beach State 73-71 Saturday

night.

Montana (4-2) led 64-57 late in the second half before Long

Beach State used an 11-2 run, punctuated by 7 for 8 free throw

shooting, over the next three minutes to take the lead, 68-66, with

1:23 remaining. After Derek Selvig split a pair of free throws and

Long Beach State failed to recover a missed shot, Montana’s Will

Cherry nailed a jumper on the other end with 38 seconds remaining

to put the Grizzlies up permanently, 69-68.

Long Beach State (3-2) led 38-32 at halftime and was led in

scoring by T.J. Robinson, who scored a game-high 25 points and

added 10 rebounds for the double-double in the losing effort.

Selvig scored 14 points and Cherry added 13 for the

Grizzlies.