Junior forward Spencer Coleman
Nov. 14, 2012
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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