Northern Colorado vs Montana

Montana 70, N. Colorado 56


MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Will Cherry scored 21 points, and top-seeded Montana rolled into the Big Sky Conference tournament final with a 70-56 victory over Northern Colorado on Friday night.

Kareem Jamar added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (24-6), who will face No. 2 seed Weber State, which beat North Dakota earlier Friday, in Saturday's final. Montana beat Weber State 85-66 in last year's final to earn the Big Sky's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Derrick Barden and Connor Osborne had 18 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Bears (13-18), and Osborne pulled down 12 rebounds. UNC shot 37 percent from the floor and committed 12 turnovers, which Montana turned into 17 points.

The Grizzlies never trailed and opened the game on a 15-2 run. Another scoring run late in the first half gave Montana a 34-25 halftime lead. The Bears threatened in the second half but couldn't pull even.

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Northern Colorado Bears
D. Barden, F348-182-271218
T. Huskisson, F323-70-03227
C. Osborne, C398-122-5122418
T. Unruh, G402-110-06426
T. Svihovec, G351-94-44406
P. Garnica110-11-20021
G. Tucker50-10-01010
B. Douvier40-00-00000
Totals 22-599-1335131356
Montana Grizzlies
K. Jamar, F387-124-6104019
S. Coleman, F262-62-27216
E. Hutchison, C283-43-45049
W. Cherry, G359-191-223021
J. Gregory, G272-50-05215
K. DeShields181-50-03212
M. Weisner131-30-02013
A. Martin122-41-34045
K. Henderson20-00-00000
J. Wiley10-00-00000
Totals 27-5811-1739131270
Big Sky
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Weber St.14-619-12
North Dakota12-817-17
N. Arizona12-815-17
N. Colo.11-918-14
Portland St.11-917-15
E. Wash.10-1015-16
Sac. State10-1014-16
Montana St.9-1114-17
Idaho St.8-1211-18
So. Utah1-192-27
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ILL 64 Final
IND 80
BC 58 Final
UM 69
CHAR 55 Final
STL 72
LSU 58 Final
FLA 80
MICH 59 Final
NEB 50 Final
STJO 79 Final
VCU 82
TLSA 74 Final
SYR 58 Final
GU 55
MD 83 Final
ISU 73 Final
KAN 88
IOWA 56 Final
SDSU 50 Final
ARIZ 64 Final
ND 57 Final
LOU 69
OKST 57 Final
KSU 68