Scores

Final

N Colorado 56

(13-18, 10-10 Big Sky)

Montana 70

(24-6, 19-1 Big Sky)

    10:00 PM ET, March 15, 2013

    Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana

    1 2 T
    UNCO 25 3156
    MONT 34 3670

    Top Performers

    Northern Colorado: C. Osborne 18 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast

    Montana: K. Jamar 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Montana 70, N. Colorado 56

    Associated Press

    MISSOULA, Mont. -- Will Cherry scored 21 points, and top-seeded Montana rolled into the Big Sky Conference tournament final with a 70-56 victory over Northern Colorado on Friday night.

    Kareem Jamar added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (24-6), who will face No. 2 seed Weber State, which beat North Dakota earlier Friday, in Saturday's final. Montana beat Weber State 85-66 in last year's final to earn the Big Sky's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

    Derrick Barden and Connor Osborne had 18 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Bears (13-18), and Osborne pulled down 12 rebounds. UNC shot 37 percent from the floor and committed 12 turnovers, which Montana turned into 17 points.

    The Grizzlies never trailed and opened the game on a 15-2 run. Another scoring run late in the first half gave Montana a 34-25 halftime lead. The Bears threatened in the second half but couldn't pull even.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNCO
    MONT
    Points 56 70
    FG Made-Attempted 22-59 (.373) 27-58 (.466)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-16 (.188) 5-21 (.238)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 11-17 (.647)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 16

    2012-13 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 12, 2013 MONT 85, @UNCO 77Recap
    Feb 7, 2013 @MONT 73, UNCO 63Recap
    » Mar 15, 2013 @MONT 70, UNCO 56Recap