Portland State (11-8) at Montana (10-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 6, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dahlberg Arena (7,500) -- Missoula, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: Portland State 10-3, Montana 5-3. Away Record: Portland State 1-5, Montana 5-6. Neutral Record: Portland State 0-0, Montana 0-0. Conference Record: Portland State 6-4, Montana 5-5. Series Record: Montana leads, 31-21.
GAME NOTES: The surging Portland State Vikings have won four games in a row, and will look to extend that streak as they travel to Missoula to face the Montana Grizzlies in Big Sky Conference action at Dahlberg Arena.
The Vikings have won four straight and six of their last seven games - all in Big Sky play. The streak has helped Portland State to a 6-4 conference record, which is two games behind leader Weber State. The Vikings are coming off a 70-68 edging of North Dakota Saturday.
Montana has won two games in a row and three of its last four in the conference. The Grizzlies are fired up after a win over heated intrastate rival Montana State, 70-66, Monday in Bozeman. The Grizzlies are a game behind Portland State in the Big Sky standings.
Montana has a 10-game lead in the all-time series between the two programs, 31-21. That includes a triple-overtime Grizzlies loss back on Jan. 11 at Portland State. Prior to that contest, Montana had won nine in a row in the series.
Portland State found itself down by seven points at the half to North Dakota on Saturday, but a second-half Vikings surge allowed PSU to come back. A jumper by DaShaun Wiggins with 49 seconds left in the contest gave the Vikings a four-point lead. North Dakota would connect on a shot with 43 seconds left, but that would end the scoring for both sides, as PSU claimed the victory. Gary Winston netted 19 points to pace Portland State, while Wiggins chipped in 16 and Kyle Richardson added 11.
Tim Douglas is the team's leader in scoring this season at 13.7 ppg, while Wiggins is a close second with 12.6 ppg. Douglas paces the Vikings in assists as well, recorded 71 helpers on the year. Aaron Moore is the third and final double-digit scorer for Portland State this season, netting 11.8 ppg with a team-best 5.8 rpg.
Kareem Jamar notched his third double-double of the season which helped the Grizzlies fend off Montana State in a furious second-half comeback attempt. The Bobcats trailed by 12 points headed into the half, and continued to reduce the lead in the second frame. Jamar led the Grizzlies in scoring in the contest with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Mario Dunn chipped in 13 points, while Jordan Gregory added 11 and Mike Weisner contributed 10.
Jamar is having a season to remember for Montana, as the guard is leading his team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Jamar is averaging 19.4 ppg this year on 47.3 percent shooting for the Griz, while adding a team-high 5.5 rpg and 86 total assists on the year. His 10 blocked shots ties for the team lead, and 20 steals is second on the squad. Gregory is second in scoring at 14.6 ppg, while Keron DeShields is third with 12.6 ppg.
This Big Sky battle is between two of the hotter teams in the conference at the moment. Portland State, which got the edge in three overtimes in Portland last time out, is capable of traveling to Missoula and taking down the Grizzlies.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Portland State 76, Montana 72
02/06 10:15:46 ET