Montana edges Eastern Washington 59-57

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CHENEY, Wash. (AP)—Jordan Hasquet scored four of his 15 points in the final minute and Montana held off Eastern Washington for a 59-57 victory on Sunday.

Ryan Staudacher added 14 points and Ceylon Elgin-Taylor 12 for the Grizzlies (10-12 overall, 4-5 Big Sky).

Kellen Williams scored 21 points and, Brandon Moore had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Eagles (8-16, 3-7), who lost their fourth straight and eighth of their last 10 games.

Moore’s jump hook pulled Eastern Washington to within 55-53 with 1:18 left. Then Hasquet answered inside for Montana, pushing the Grizzlies’ lead to 57-53 with 48 seconds left.

Eastern Washington missed a shot, and Hasquet hit a pair of foul shots to push the Montana lead to 59-53 with 26.8 seconds on the clock.

Williams hit a pair of free throws with 16.4 seconds left to cut the Eagles’ deficit to 59-55. Montana missed on the front end of a 1-and-1, then Gary Gibson scored on a driving layup with 7.6 seconds to go to pull the Eagles to within 59-57.

Another miss on the front end of a 1-and-1 gave Eastern Washington the ball with 5.9 seconds left, but the Eagles couldn’t get a final shot off.

In a game that featured 12 lead changes and seven ties, it looked like Montana might run away from Eastern Washington early, taking to a 20-12 lead on Kyle Sharp’s jumper with 11 minutes remaining.

But the Eagles battled back, taking its first lead, 26-24 on Moore’s inside move with 1:45 left in the first half.

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Jordan Hasquet Jordan Hasquet
5-9,  15 Pts
8 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Eastern Wash.
Kellen Williams Kellen Williams
6-10,  21 Pts
4 Rebs, 1 Assists

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