BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Christian Moon scored a career-high 24 points and Montana State defeated Southern Utah 76-68 Monday night.
Montana State never trailed in the game but Southern Utah came within two points in the final 2 minutes.
Damon Heuir scored 20 points to lead the Thunderbirds (5-12, 3-5), who have lost five in a row. Jackson Stevenett added 19 points and Jayson Cheesman had 13 points and eight rebounds for Southern Utah, which played without center Jaren Jeffery, sidelined by an illness.
It was the first meeting between the teams since 1997. Southern Utah is in its first season in the Big Sky Conference.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.