Nov. 17, 2012
With four minutes left in the game, sophomore Spencer Coleman hit a 3-pointer to give Montana the lead it needed to beat the Idaho Vandals 66-63 at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho, Saturday night.
The Grizzlies and the Vandals stayed within a few points of each other through the first half. Junior Kareem Jamar led the Grizzlies in the first half with 10 points. Forward Stephen Madison scored 15 points to put Idaho ahead 35-29 to close the first half.
Idaho lengthened its lead in the second half with a pair of three-pointer and two successful free throws within the first four minutes of the half. The Vandals would continue to hold the lead till the final five minutes of the game.
After Coleman made the 3-pointer to put the Griz ahead 59-57 with 4:12 to go, Mathias Ward would do the rest of the scoring for the Griz. Ward made three layups and a free throw. Those final shots allowed Montana to inch ahead of the the Vandals to give the Griz the win.
Jamar continued to lead Montana in scoring, finishing the game with 17 points. Ward was right behind him with 16 points.
Montana did turn over the ball 15 times compared to the nine Idaho turnovers. The Grizzlies made close to 50 percent of their shots and hit 72 percent of free throws.
In the first half, Montana hit right around 80 percent of its free throws to keep the Griz neck-and-neck with the Vandals.
Idaho forward Madison made 22 points to lead the Vandals.
The Grizzlies hosts San Diego on Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. in Dahlberg Arena. The Vandals host Green Bay Nov. 20.
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