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.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.
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.