MISSOULA, Mont. Kareem Jamar scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures and Montana pulled away in the final five minutes to defeat Idaho 69-58 Wednesday night in the 180th meeting between the two schools.
Michael Weisner started the winning surge at 5:10 for the Grizzlies (2-4), breaking a tie at 52 with a 3-pointer. Mario Dunn made four free throws and Weisner and Jamar followed with 3s. In all it was a game-closing 17-6 surge for Montana, which hit 18-of-24 free throws while Idaho (4-6) was just 7-of-18.
We just didnt make the plays we needed to, that was the bottom line tonight, Idaho coach Don Verlin said.
We tied it up with about six minutes to play, and just cant finish the job. We get the game how we want it and we dont finish it like we need to, Verlin said. The bottom line is we didnt do what we needed to do to finish this basketball game.
Connor Hill led Idaho with 24 points and Bira Seck had 11, plus 13 rebounds.
Seck was really active around the glass, five offensive rebounds was huge, Verlin said. He definitely worked his tail off and Connor got some shots against that zone and knocked down a few of them. Those two guys had great individual performances.
In addition to Jamar, who also had 10 rebounds and 6 assists, Jordan Gregory reached double figures with 12, Dunn and Weisner had 11 and Keron DeShields had 10.
Montana led 34-26 at halftime. Idaho took a 38-37 lead at 12:49.