Strait leads five in double figures as Montana beats E. Washington
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP)—Andrew Strait scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to put Montana past Eastern Washington 80-61 on Thursday night.
Strait never missed a shot, going 8-for-8 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line for the Grizzlies (8-11, 2-4 Big Sky). He was one of five Montana players to reach double figures. Jordan Hasquet scored 16 points and led the team with 10 rebounds, while Ryan Staudacher added 14 points. Brian Qvale had 12 points, and Matt Martin came off the bench to score 10.
The difference in the game came down to shooting. The Grizzlies, who led 43-33 at the break, shot 61 percent from the field compared to 38 percent shooting by the Eagles (8-13, 3-4).
First-year Eastern Washington coach Kirk Earlywine was ejected from the game early in the second half for consecutive technical fouls. The Eagles responded well to the ejection, pulling to within 56-48 on a pair of free throws by Adris DeLeon with 12 minutes remaining.
But Montana shut down Eastern’s rally with an 11-0 run to put the game away. The Grizzlies built a 20 point lead with 7:41 remaining.
DeLeon led Eastern Washington with 19 points. He was just 4-of-13 from the field but made all nine of his free throws. Kellen Williams added 13 points.