Senior guard Will Cherry made a critical 3-pointer and two clutch free throws in the final minute to help top-seeded Montana beat second-seeded Weber State 67-64 in the Big Sky Conference championship game Saturday at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont.
Junior swingman Kareem Jamar scored 20 points for Montana (25-5), which secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with its 31st consecutive home victory over Big Sky competition. Cherry added 16 points for the Grizzlies, who reached the Big Sky title game for the fourth year in a row.
Junior swingman Davion Berry and senior guard Scott Bamforth scored 12 points apiece for Weber State (26-6), which carried a 13-game winning streak into the contest.
The game was tied 34-34 at the half. Weber State led 47-42 with 12:41 remaining and 50-48 with 8:52 to play, but Montana took control with an 8-0 run. Cherry made a 3-pointer to put the Grizzlies up 62-57 with 46 seconds remaining, then made two free throws with 10 seconds left after Weber State cut the deficit to two.
It was the third time in four years the schools met in the final.