Big Sky champion Grizzlies and 19th-ranked Orange (26-9) square off on the hardwood first time on Thursday
Montana (24-6) and Weber State (26-5) are playing for the championship for second season in a row
No. 1-seed Montana won the regular-season conference championship with a 19-1 record
Griz control their own destiny and can win the conference championship outright with a win
Montana (17-1) holds a slim, one-game lead over Weber State (16-2) in the league standings
Montana vs. Montana State (3/3/14)
Montana vs. Southern Utah (3/1/14)
Montana vs. Idaho State (2/22/14)
Montana vs. Weber State (2/20/14)
Montana vs. Portland State (2/6/14)
MONTANA: Eric will more-than-likely start for the second straight season. He begins his senior campaign having played in 72 career games, with 35 starts.
2012-13: He played in 29 contests and started in 27. He was seventh on the team in rebounding (2.1 rpg) and eighth in scoring (3.3 ppg). He was second on the team with 16 blocked shots. He shot 54.8% (40-of73) from the field
2011-12: He played in 26 games and started in eight. He was seventh on the team in rebounding and eighth in scoring.
2010-11: Eric saw limited action and played in 17 contests.
2009-10 (Freshman): He was a redshirt at UM.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a four-year letterman in basketball and earned three in water polo at Mark Morris High School in....named the 2A "Player of the Year" as a senior...senior squad finished second in the district...his junior year his team placed third in the state, and he was a first team all-state selection...his sophomore year his team went 27-1 and was runner-up in the state and district champions...his high school basketball coach was Bill Bakamas.
PERSONAL: His major is communication studies. His parents are Kat Hutchison and Jim Mooney of Kalama, Wash. Birth date: July 20, 1990.
Favorite Food: Hummus.
Favorite class: Guitar for non-majors.
Favorite book: 50 Shades of Gray.
Favorite TV show: Girl Code.
Favorite musical group: Michael Buble.
Favorite movie: Princess Bride.
Favorite sports figure: Dennis Rodman.
Favorite NBA team: Charlotte Bobcats.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Magic.
My greatest moment in sports was: Taking a charge against Weber at home in 2013.
The best player I ever faced was: Brian Qvale.
The thing I like best about Montana basketball is: The dance team.
The thing that impresses me about Coach Tinkle: His love for Grizzly basketball.
My advice to youngsters is: Never give up.
My future goals are: Playing overseas in North Korea.
Hutchison's Career Highs
Points: 12 vs. North Dakota, 2/9/13
Rebounds: 7 vs. Portland State, 12/28/11 7 vs. Sac State, 2/10/11
Field Goals: 4 in Two Games
Field goal attempts: 7 at Sacramento St., 12/21/12
3-point field goals: DNA
Free throws: 4 in Three Game
Free throw attempts: 6 vs. North Dakota, 2/9/13
Assists: 2 in Two Games
Blocks: 2 in Three Games
Steals: 1 vs. N. Colorado, 2/7/13
Minutes played: 35 at S. Utah, 3/4/13
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