Griz display torrid first-half shooting in 78-67 win over L-C State

Kreon DeShields

Kreon DeShields

Nov. 6, 2013

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The University of Montana Grizzlies had three players score in double figures and made 12 three-pointers, as they defeated the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 78-67 Wednesday evening in an exhibition game in UM's Dahlberg Arena.

Junior guard Jordan Gregory scored a game-high 20 points, while senior guard-forward Kareem Jamar tallied 19, and junior guard Keron DeShields added 15 points.

Jamar was 6-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and played just 23 minutes. Gregory had a game-high 7 rebounds.

The Grizzlies jumped to a commanding 20-point halftime lead (52-32), but the Warriors kept whittling the lead down, although Montana maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the entire second half.

"I thought we were very lackadaisical," said UM head coach Wayne Tinkle. "We came out and hit shots (in the first half), and our guys just thought we were just going to dance in the moonlight all night long. We told them at halftime our defensive effort was really horrible. There was no communication and we did not play fundamentally sound basketball.

"It was a very, very non-typical Grizzly effort, and we made that point very clear in the locker-room," Tinkle said. "We were in a little bit of a fog in practice the last couple of days, and it carried over to the court. We got after them, and we'll see how the guys respond."

The Griz rolled to a 52-32 lead at halftime thanks to torrid shooting. Four different UM players made a least two three-pointers each, and a as a group they were a combined 11-of-14 treys for a blistering 78.5 percent. UM was 19-of-24 (79.2%) from the floor in the first 20 minutes of the game.

But, after the first half the Griz made just 1-of-6 (16.7%) three-pointers, and the Warriors were an efficient 5-of-9 (40.9%), and did cut into UM's lead, but they could never cut the lead to single digits.

Gregory led the way with 16 first-half points, and made 6-of-8 shot attempts, including 4-of-5 treys. Jamar was even hotter, making all three of his three-point attempts and scored 12 first-half points.

Senior guard E.J. Farris, a transfer from Utah State, led the Warriors with 13 points and was the only player in double figures for L-C State. The Warriors had a 32 to 26 advantage on the boards.

Montana opens it regular-season at Minnesota Tuesday, Nov. 12, and then plays at South Dakota State on Thursday, Nov. 14. Both games tip off at 6:00 p.m. (MT).



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