Four players score in double figures as the Grizzlies defeat Minot State 82-53

Junior forward Spencer Coleman

Junior forward Spencer Coleman

Nov. 14, 2012

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The University of Montana Grizzlies scored 29 points off of turnovers and had four players score in double figures, defeating the visiting Minot State Beavers 82-53 Wednesday evening in UM's Dahlberg Arena.

Montana (1-1) employed a full-court press on Minot State (0-2) with about 15 minutes left in the game, and after leading by 10 points (39-29) at halftime, they jumped to a commanding 56-36 lead with 13:53 remaining on a jump shot by sophomore guard Keron DeShields.

The Grizzlies continued their pressure defense, and surged to a 31-point (70-39) advantage on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jordan Gregory with 8:04 left in the contest.

The Grizzlies had their hands full in the early going, and the Beavers actually took an early 7-2 lead on a three-pointer by junior guard Isiah Gandy with 17:37 to go in the opening half.

The teams then went back-and-forth for the next 15 minutes or so, and the game was knotted up four times in the first half. The final deadlock of the contest was 23-23, when senior forward Kevin Fraser hit a jumper with 5:05 left until intermission. The Grizzlies led 39-29 at halftime.

Senior forward Mathias Ward led the Grizzlies with 19 points, while junior guard-forward Kareem Jamar scored 18. Ward made 7-of-12 shots from the field, 3-of-4 three-pointers and both of his free throw attempts, while Jamar was 5-of-10 from the floor, made 3-of-5 treys and was 5-of-7 from the line. Jamar also had a team-high 6 rebounds, while DeShields dished out 7 assists.

Ward and Jamar are returning starters from last year's 25-7 Grizzly team, as is senior guard Will Cherry. Cherry remains out of the line-up as he recovers from a foot injury, and his return date is unknown at this time.

Also in double figures for UM were sophomore forward Mike Weisner who tallied a career-high 11 points, and junior forward Spencer Coleman added 10 points in his first career start.

Senior forward Josh Johnson was the only Minot State player in double figures with a game-high 23 points, and he also had a game-best 9 rebounds.

The Grizzlies are at Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 17, with tip-off at 8:05 p.m. (Mtn.). The Beavers host Northland on Sunday, Nov. 18.



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