(Saturday, March 16th)
Final Score: Montana 67, Weber State 64
Missoula, MT (Sports Network) - Kareem Jamar had 20 points, Will Cherry scored 18 and the Montana Grizzlies edged the Weber State Wildcats, 67-64, to repeat as Big Sky Tournament champions.
The top-seeded Grizzlies (25-6) found themselves in a familiar place Saturday night. Montana played in the conference title game for the fourth straight season, and for the third time, defeated Weber State (26-6) with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Even at 34-34 after 20 minutes, the game remained a back-and-forth affair.
A three-point play by Jamar put Montana up 59-54 with about three minutes remaining. Weber State's Davion Berry then drew a foul on a drive in the lane after hitting a 3-pointer. Berry, though, missed both free throw attempts and then committed an offensive foul for his fifth personal, ending his night.
With under a minute to play, Cherry drained a 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 62-57 lead. Frank Otis answered with a layup for second-seeded Weber State, which began to foul.
Jordan Gregory sank two free throws to restore a five-point Montana lead with 22 seconds to play.
The Wildcats refused to go away as Gelaun Wheelwright's deep 3-pointer whittled down the deficit to two.
Cherry was quickly fouled and he made both free throws with 10.1 seconds left.
Joel Bolomboy closed the gap to 66-64 with a putback of Jordan Richardson's missed 3-pointer, but only 2.7 seconds remained. After Mike Weisner connected on 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, Weber State was unable to heave a would-be game-tying 3-point try.
Gregory had 12 points ... Berry, Bolomboy and Scott Bamforth each logged 12 points for Weber State ... The loss snapped the Wildcats' 13-game winning streak.
03/17 00:18:11 ET