Montana 70, Idaho St. 63, OT
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP)—Mike Chavez scored 16 points Saturday and Montana rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Idaho State 70-63 in overtime in the first round of the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournament.
Montana (17-14) advances to the semifinals against Northern Arizona on Tuesday at Weber State. The Grizzlies beat Idaho State 72-71 in overtime at ISU on Monday to wrap up its regular season.
Chavez, filling in for an ailing Jordan Hasquet, opened overtime with a 3-pointer to give Montana a 61-58 lead.
But Akbar Abdul-Ahad, who led all scorers with 22 points, knotted the game at 61-61 with 4:12 to go in the extra period.
A jumper by Andrew Strait with 3:30 to play put Montana back up 63-61. But Abdul-Ahad tied the game again at the three-minute mark on a layup.
Cameron Rundles nailed a 3-pointer with 2:33 to play to give Montana a 66-63 lead. The Bengals didn’t score again as Bryan Ellis and Stuart Mayes each hit two free throws to seal the victory for the Grizzlies.
Idaho State (13-17) led 54-41 on a 3-pointer by David Schroeder with 9:56 remaining.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Chavez and Rundles sparked Montana’s rally.
Mayes hit a jumper with 4:29 remaining to pull Montana to 57-51, starting a 9-1 run that included 3’s by Ellis and Chavez and ended with a 58-all tie when Ellis hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1:54 remaining.
Hasquet, who was ill and sat out most of the second half, scored 11 points for Montana. Ellis added 10 points and nine assists, while Strait finished with 10 points.
Schroeder was the only other Bengal to hit double figures with 18 points.