E. Washington 65, Montana St. 69

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP)—Divaldo Mbunga scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Montana State to a 69-65 win over Eastern Washington on Thursday night.

Erik Rush added 14 points, while Austin Brown finished with a career-high 11 points, all in the second half, for the Bobcats (10-9, 4-4 Big Sky).

The Eagles (9-12, 3-6) led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but the Bobcats rallied and took a 54-53 lead on a 3-pointer by Brown with 8:47 remaining.

Eastern Washington trailed 68-65 and had the ball with 8.3 seconds to go, but Milan Stanojevic missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw situation after the Bobcats fouled intentionally to avoid a 3-point attempt. MSU’s Branden Johnson made a free throw with 2.4 seconds left to seal the win after Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine was called for a technical foul.

Brandon Moore led Eastern Washington with 17 points, and Benny Valentine came off the bench to add 10.

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 Eastern Wash.
Brandon Moore Brandon Moore
7-14,  17 Pts
3 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Montana St.
Divaldo Mbunga Divaldo Mbunga
7-10,  16 Pts
10 Rebs, 1 Assists

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