MISSOULA, Mont. -- Will Cherry scored 16 points to lead Montana to a 62-55 win over Portland State on Saturday night.
Cherry also had seven assists and was 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Montana, the defending Big Sky Champion, led 35-21 at halftime and never looked back.
The Vikings outrebounded Montana 34-30, but Montana had the advantage in shooting. Montana shot 41.7 percent from the field for the game, while the Vikings (3-8, 1-3) shot 37.7 percent.
Portland State has lost eight consecutive games to Montana.
Montana is scheduled to visit North Dakota on Thursday, while Portland State has Sacramento State scheduled on Thursday.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.