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Big Sky Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 13th)

Final Score: North Dakota 79, Sacramento State 76

Ogden, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Troy Huff scored 18 points as North Dakota escaped with a 79-76 win over the Sacramento State Hornets in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament at Dee Events Center.

Aaron Anderson tacked on 16 points and Josh Schuler and Alonzo Traylor had 11 apiece for second-seed North Dakota (16-15), which moves on to the semifinals on Friday to face fifth-seeded Portland State.

Mikh McKinney netted 24 points for seventh-seed Sacramento State (14-16). Dylan Garrity contributed 18 points and Cody Demps finished with 15.

The Hornets led 42-39 at halftime after shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, including a perfect 4-of-4 mark from 3-point range, in the first half. North Dakota stayed close, sinking 48.4 percent.

The tables turned in the second half, with North Dakota heating up to 56 percent and Sacramento State cooling to 37 percent shooting. Anderson hit a layup with 3:15 to play that pushed North Dakota ahead 73-72. North Dakota then went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line down the stretch to hold on.

North Dakota had a 38-28 scoring edge in the paint.

Final Score: Northern Colorado 62, Northern Arizona 60

Ogden, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Derrick Barden scored 15 points as the Northern Colorado Bears held on for a 62-60 decision over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament at the Dee Events Center.

Tevin Svihovec added 14 points for the Bears (18-12), while Tate Unruh netted 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor. Tim Huskisson pulled down a team- high seven boards for Northern Colorado, which will play Weber State in the semifinals on Friday.

Aaseem Dixon paced NAU (15-17) as he knocked down 6-of-10 attempts from 3- point range en route to a game-high 20 points. Max Jacobsen contributed 18 points and Kris Yanku had 12 points.

Svihovec scored all of his points in the first half as Northern Colorado shot 51.7 percent from the floor en route to a 39-25 lead at the intermission. The Lumberjacks were limited to 39.1 percent efficiency from the field in the opening period.

The Bears extended their advantage to 20 as Dominique Lee scored an easy bucket to give them a 56-36 lead at the 9:15 mark of the second stanza. NAU responded with a 22-4 run that cut the deficit to just two points. Trailing, 62-60, the Lumberjacks came up with a crucial stop as Yanku pulled down a board off a Barden missed layup. However, Quinton Upshur missed a game-tying layup just before the buzzer, allowing Northern Colorado to escape with the win.

Despite the loss, NAU enjoyed a 32-27 edge in the rebounding battle and knocked down 5-of-11 attempts from behind the 3-point line in the second half.

Final Score: Portland State 70, Montana 63

Ogden, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Richardson had 19 points as the Portland State Vikings beat the Montana Grizzlies, 70-63, in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament at the Dee Events Center.

DaShaun Wiggins scored 18 points while Gary Winston added 11 for the fifth- seeded Vikings (17-13), who will play second-seeded North Dakota on Friday.

Kareem Jamar tallied 20 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded Grizzlies (17-13). Jordan Gregory chipped in 18 points and Michael Weisner finished with 10 and six boards off the bench before fouling out.

Montana shot 46.4 percent from the field in the first period as it led 28-26 at the half. Portland State made just eight field goals and connected on 32 percent of its shot attempts.

The Vikings got hot in the second frame as they drained 57.1 percent of their field goal attempts and went 18-of-21 at the free-throw line. With 7:40 in the half Gary Winston made a layup to take the lead for good as PSU went up 45-44. The Vikings went on a 7-2 to create some room that they maintained until the end of the game.

In a game that featured seven ties and eight lead changes, the Vikings took full advantage of their 26-12 scoring advantage at the free-throw line.

03/14 02:49:14 ET

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