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
Montana ends Weber's 13-game winning streak to advance to its 10th NCAA tourney
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
Kevin Henderson hit a three with 2.6 seconds left to give the Griz a one point lead and the 67-66 victory.
Montana vs. Montana State (3/3/14)
Montana vs. Idaho State (2/22/14)
Montana vs. Eastern Washington (2/8/14)
Montana vs. Portland State (2/6/14)
Montana vs. Sacramento State (1/4/14)
MONTANA: Andy is an athletic big man who will see plenty of action this season, if not compete for a starting position.
2012-13: He played in 28 games and started in four as a true freshman. He was ranked 15th in the Big Sky Conference in blocks with 0.8 a game (he had 21).
HIGH SCHOOL: At Natrona County High School in Casper he averaged 9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocked shots per game as a senior...his junior team won the state championship, while his senior squad won a league title...he lettered in track and field...his high school basketball coach at Natrona was Shawn Gillum.
PERSONAL: His parents are David and Nancy Martin of Casper. He is a physics major. Birth date: Sept. 11, 1993.
HEAD COACH WAYNE TINKLE ON ANDY: "We had hopes to redshirt him (last season), but I think the playing time and the experience he got is rally going to benefit him down the road. I think he is an unbelievable shot-blocker. Strength and conditioning is a key for him, because right now he can't stay on the court for more than a few minutes, and then he kind of just runs into a wall.
"The more playing time he gets, the more influence he's going to have on our team defensively. And, he's really got a little tougher on the offensive end, demanding the ball and getting some results for us. Andy's going to have to be a key for us this year, and we are very happy to have him. He's put a lot of work in, and I know that's going to add up to some success for him."
ANDY'S CAREER HIGHS
Points: 7 at Davidson, 2/23/13
Rebounds: 6 in Two Games
Field Goals: 2 in Seven Games
Field Goal Attempts: 4 in Two Games
3-point Field Goals: DNA
Free Throws: 6 at BYU, 11/28/12
Free Throw Attempts: 6 at BYU, 11/28/12
Assists: 1 in Two Games
Blocks: 4 vs. San Diego, 11/24/12
Steals: 1 at S. Utah, 3/4/13
Minutes Played: 20 vs. San Diego, 11/24/12
Favorite Food: Sesame chicken.
Favorite class: History of Rock & Roll.
Favorite book: How to Teach Physics To Your Dog.
Favorite TV show: Family Guy.
Favorite musical group: The Notebook.
Favorite movie: The Notebook.
If a movie were made of my life, I would like the following actor to play me: Daniel Tosh.
The person in history I would most like to meet is: Albert Einstein.
Favorite sport other than basketball: Soccer.
Favorite sports figure: Phil Jackson "Zen Master."
Favorite NBA team: Denver Nuggets.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Guitar, fishing, hiking..
Not many people know this, but I: went to a military school.
My greatest moment in sports was: state championship junior year or conference tournament freshman year (at UM).
The best player I ever faced was: Mitch McGary.
The thing I like best about Montana basketball is: My teammates' positivity.
The thing that impresses me about Coach Tinkle: His willingness to work on player's deficiencies.
My advice to youngsters is: Enjoy working on your game; have fun!
My future goals are: all-conference, conference champions, national champions.
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