Montana St. 79, Portland St. 71
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP)—Carlos Taylor scored 19 points, including two late free throws, to help Montana State to a 79-71 victory over Portland State Saturday night.
Montana State (9-14, 6-4 Big Sky) is the only Big Sky Conference team to remain unbeaten in home conference games.
Portland State (15-10, 6-6) led 60-50 after a layup by Julius Thomas with 11:04 remaining.
The Bobcats responded with three consecutive 3-pointers—by Carson Durr, Casey Durham and Durr again—pulling MSU to 60-59 with 9:52 remaining.
Mecklen Davis made four successive free throws to cap a 13-1 run, giving the Bobcats a 63-61 lead with 8:49 remaining.
The game remained tight until Durr hit another 3 with 1:40 remaining to put the Bobcats up 74-69.
A layup by Dupree Lucas pulled the Vikings to 74-71 with 1:25 to play.
Mecklen Davis made two free throws with 44 seconds remaining. Durham stole the ball, was fouled and made 1 of 2 free throws with 32 seconds left to put the Bobcats up 77-71.
Taylor was fouled by Deonte Huff on the same play that Taylor and PSU’s Kyle Colston were called for a double technical. Taylor made both free throws with six seconds remaining.
Nick Dissly added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, surpassing 1,000 career points.
Juma Kamara finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while Scott Morrison added 13 points and five rebounds for the Vikings, who led 37-30 at halftime.