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San Francisco (2-2) at Montana (1-1)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 9 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Dahlberg Arena (7,500) -- Missoula, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: USF 2-2, Montana 0-0. Away Record: USF 0-0, Montana 1-1 Neutral Record: USF 0-0, Montana 0-0. Conference Record: USF 0-0, Montana 0-0. Series Record: San Francisco leads, 5-0.

GAME NOTES: The Montana Grizzlies open their home schedule by taking on the University of San Francisco Dons this evening in a non-conference matchup from Dahlberg Arena.

The Grizzlies, who began their season with a 26-point loss at Minnesota, haven't played since a 77-69 win at South Dakota State on Nov. 14. Kareem Jamar had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who also received 12 points from Keron DeShields and 11 apiece from Eric Hutchison and Brandon Gfeller. Montana snapped SDSU's 30-game home winning streak, which was the longest such string in Division 1 going into the 2013-14 season.

There are again high expectation for Montana. Last season, the Grizzlies went 25-7 and earned their second straight berth to the NCAA Tournament. They won the Big Sky regular season crown with a 19-1 league ledger.

The starting five for the Grizzlies features three juniors and a pair of seniors, led by Jamar (20.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg), who was the 2013 Big Sky MVP. DeShields (10.0 ppg) is the only other player averaging double digits in scoring for head coach Wayne Tinkle, who is in his eighth season as the head coach at his alma mater.

The Grizzlies are shooting just 61.9 percent from the foul line and have been manhandled on the boards by an average of 40.5-29.0. Gfeller has connected on 5-of-7 3-point shots off the bench.

The Dons, who are coming off a 93-90 overtime defeat to Idaho State, have fallen on hard times since opening their season with wins over Notre Dame de Namur and Cleveland State. The Dons lost their second game in a row despite a 21-point outing by Chris Adams, who scored all of his points from beyond the arc. Mark Tollefsen recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, while Cody Doolin contributed 13 points and six assists. Avry Holmes scored 10 points. Tollefsen also handed out five assists and blocked four shots. USF received a spark off the bench from Kruize Pinkins as he knocked down all six of his field goal tries to net 14 points in 17 minutes.

USF is averaging 91.5 points per game. That's the highest total in school history through four contests to begin the season. They're also coming off a game in which the Dons set single-game school records for most 3-pointers made (17) and attempted (46).

Amazingly, the Dons have six players averaging double figures already, paced by Tollefsen (15.3 ppg). Doolin (13.0 ppg) leads the team with 28 assists.

USF, which is 5-0 all-time against Montana, beat the Grizzlies, 78-65, last season in the Bay Area. Montana, though, should be energized for its home opener and have enough offense to push past the Dons, who play their first road game of the season.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Montana 85, San Francisco 83

11/22 10:46:39 ET

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