Phelps leads Long Beach State over Montana 74-56
Casper Ware scored 12 points and T.J. Robinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 49ers (17-10).
Brian Qvale scored 17 points and Art Steward 13 for the Grizzlies (19-8).
Long Beach State maintained a consistent cushion for the entire BracketBuster game, which matched the leaders of the Big West and Big Sky conferences.
Montana got as close as 54-46 in the second half. But the 49ers pulled away with a 14-2 run over the next 4:41, sparked by Phelps’ three consecutive baskets.