Montana St. 74, N. Arizona 72

Xavier Blount’s steal and layup with just over a minute

remaining lifted Montana State over Northern Arizona 74-72 on

Saturday night.

Blount finished with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Shawn Reid

added 16 and Christian Moon scored 12 to help the Bobcats (8-8, 3-2

Big Sky) snap a 10-game losing streak in Flagstaff.

Blount’s short jumper with 2 minutes remaining tied the game,

then he stole an inbounds pass near midcourt and scored on an

uncontested layup with 1:07 left.

Northern Arizona (5-13, 1-5) had two chances to win in the final

minute, but 3-point attempts by James Douglas and Stallon Saldivar

were off the mark.

Douglas led the Lumberjacks with 13 points. Durrell Norman and

Ephraim Ekanem each scored 10 points for Northern Arizona, which

has lost five straight conference games for the first time since

the 1995-96 season.