Griz fall short in second place battle
MISSOULA, Mont. - The cluttered Big Sky Conference just cleared up a little bit as the University of Montana Grizzlies fell short against the Northern Colorado Golden Bears in Greeley, Colorado Thursday night.
It took more then regulation to decide this bear-fight. The being forced into overtime, the game went down to the very last shot. Montana junior guard Jordan Gregory pulled up for a deep contested three with the final seconds winding down but was just short on the attempt.
The Grizzlies' four-game win streak comes to an end as they drop back to fourth in the conference standings. Meanwhile the Bears remain in second and move a game ahead of Montana.
Tevin Svihovec scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Bears. Senior forward Kareem Jamar also put up 21 points to lead Mntana. Junior Keron DeShields continued his recent stretch of aggressive offense as he scored in double figures with 20 points.
This match-up was a story of two different streaks entering the night. The Griz had won six of their last eight and four in a row, while Northern Colorado had dropped their previous four conference games before getting the home win over Montana.
The Grizzlies led 39-37 at halftime and got out to one of their best road starts of the season. But that wasn't enough as after the intermission it was solid play from Jordan Wilson and center Connor Osborne that pushed Northern Colorado out to an 11 point lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Then things got interesting as Mike Weisner shifted momentum with a huge 3-ball from the right corner to give the Griz momentum, and the game ended up being forced into overtime at 77-77. However Montana's magic ran dry in the extra frame.
The Grizzlies wrap up their two-game road trip this Saturday against North Dakota. Montana came out on top in their previous match up with UND in Missoula. UNC stays at home as they host MSU on Saturday.