MISSOULA, Mont. -- Jordan Gregory scored 21 points as Montana maintained its hold on first place in the Big Sky Conference with a 63-52 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday night.
The Grizzlies (22-6, 18-1 Big Sky) lead Weber State by one game in the conference standings with one game remaining in the regular season.
Kareem Jamar added 12 points for Montana, which played again without starters Will Cherry and Mathias Ward because of foot injuries. Cherry, the team's leading scorer, has missed the last three games and is also expected to sit out the regular-season finale Saturday against Northern Arizona. Ward, who was hurt Feb. 16, had surgery this week and is out for the season.
John Dickson led Sacramento State (14-14, 8-11) with 15 points.
The Vikings, one of four teams still fighting for the final three spots in the seven-team Big Sky tournament, finish the regular season Saturday at Montana State.
NCAA title game hero Kris Jenkins said he will withdraw his name from the NBA draft and return to Villanova for his senior season.
Andy Katz breaks down the likelihood of Villanova, Syracuse, North Carolina or Oklahoma making a run to the Final Four next season.
Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.