Montana completes the regular season with road contests at Sacramento and Flagstaff.
Even though they were outboarded and made but five treys, the Grizzlies missed but eight shots in the second stanza in scoring 45 points and claiming an 82-70 victory.
Even though the Hornets shot 54 percent they scored but 27 first-half points and trailed by 10 at the intermission.
The first time around was a game of guard scoring for Montana as Kareem Jamar, Jordan Gregory and Keron DeShields combined for 51 points. or 60 percent of the offense with "Ream" leading the way with 20.
Chris Kemp began his late-season surge with a then-career high 10 to go along with seven rebounds and the Griz as usual took excellent care of the orb with just nine turnovers.
But the Hornets buzz at home, winning 10 of 11 overall and seven of eight conference outings in the always-active Nest.
They shoot 44.5 percent and average almost 70 while giving up the same amount.
Sac State takes good care of the basketball and fill it up from three averaging more than six a game, but they allow opponents more than seven.
They are ball hawkers grabbing almost seven steals an outing.
One forte may be rebounding, not exactly a Griz strength yet ever improving.
The Hornets have been outrebounded in just one a game, while Montana is minus five in that regard.
Picked in the pre-season to finish seventh and eighth by the coaches and media, Sac State has lost two straight to fall into a four-way tie with a 9-9 mark and still battling to get in the tournament so there is a lot on the line this week for the Hornets.
Portland State, Montana State and Eastern Washington are tied with the Hornets for that sixth spot with ISU a game away.
The Bengals certainly could enhance their chances by picking up a W at Eastern especially with league champ Weber State traveling to Portland.
But it may all come down to Saturday when six teams, including Montana, finish up in the afternoon.