Montana beats E. Washington 63-50

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CHENEY, Wash. (AP)—Anthony Johnson scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half Wednesday night as Montana defeated Eastern Washington 63-50.

Brian Qvale added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Grizzlies (10-9, 4-3 Big Sky).

Benny Valentine scored 15 points and Mark Dunn 14 points for the cold-shooting Eagles (9-10, 3-4), who managed just 31 percent shooting and trailed by as many as 25 points.

Dunn staked Eastern Washington to an early 9-5 lead, scoring seven points in the first five minutes. From there, Montana grabbed control.

Ryan Staudacher buried two 3-pointers to highlight a 12-0 burst that saw the Grizzlies grab a 17-9 lead. A 3-pointer by Jordan Hasquet pushed the Montana lead to 29-16 with nearly six minutes left in the first half.

Montana led by as many as 25 points on three occasions, the last time on a jumper by Johnson that put the Grizzlies up 57-32 with 8:22 remaining. Eastern Washington responded with 15 consecutive points and got as close as 61-50 on Valentine’s 3-pointer with 49.3 seconds before Montana sealed it at the line.

Johnson, averaging nearly 23 points in Big Sky games, hit 9-of-16 from the floor.

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