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Montana beats Weber State 66-51 for Big Sky crown

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Montana beats Weber State 66-51 for Big Sky crown

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Weber State guard Damian Lillard (1) goes up under the basket in front of Montana guard Will Cherry (5) …

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Will Cherry scored 23 points Tuesday night to lead Montana to the Big Sky regular-season championship in a winner-take-all 66-51 victory over Weber State.

The victory means Montana will host the conference semifinal and championship tournament games March 6-7.

Kareem Jamar added 17, including three 3-pointers, and Mathias Ward 15 as the Grizzlies (23-6, 15-1) ran their winning streak to 12. Art Steward grabbed 12 rebounds, and Cherry had four assists.

Damian Lillard scored 19 points but went just 2 of 11 from 3-point range for the Wildcats (23-5, 14-2). They had won seven in a row but shot just 30 percent and went 3 of 26 from 3-point range.

The win gave Montana its seventh regular-season title and first since 2000.

The Grizzlies have won the conference tournament four times since then, in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

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