Montana St. 63, Weber St. 48
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP)—Carlos Taylor scored 11 of his career-high 21 points in the final eight minutes Thursday as Montana State pulled away to a 63-48 victory over Weber State.
Weber State (12-8, 5-2 Big Sky) led by as many as 11 points in the first half, and held a 28-20 halftime lead.
Montana State (5-13, 2-3) opened the second half with an 18-2 run, including two 3’s by Nick Dissly, to take a 38-30 lead on a layup by Adrian Zamora with 10:26 remaining.
Weber State went on a 8-2 run to pull to 40-38 on two free throws by Tyler Billings with 8:35 remaining.
Taylor hit a 3-pointer at the 8:03 mark to start his late-game run. A free throw by Taylor with 1:49 remaining gave the Bobcats a 53-41 lead.
Carson Durr then scored six points in 18 seconds, starting with a jumper with 1:14 remaining. Billings was called for a flagrant foul and ejected from the game with a minute left for elbowing Taylor in the face.
Durr made two free throws and then got a dunk on the ensuing possession to give MSU a 59-41 lead with 56 seconds left.
Taylor added two more free throws and the Bobcats took their biggest lead, 61-41, with 41 seconds left.
Weber State shot 3-of-17 for just 17.6 percent from the field in the second half with two of their starters, David Patten and Brody Van Brocklin in foul trouble. Montana State’s big man, Ted Morris, fouled out with 3:57 left to play.
Dissly added 15 points for the Bobcats, while Patten and Billings scored 13 points each for Weber State.