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Montana dumps Weber St to return to Big Sky title game

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Ahmaad Rorie scored 28 points and Bobby Moorehead scored 13 with 10 rebounds and Montana beat Weber State 78-49 in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament on Friday night.

The top-seeded Grizzlies (25-8) advance to the title game to face No. 3-seed Eastern Washington, a 77-61 winner over Southern Utah, on Saturday. The Eagles beat Montana 78-71 at home before Montana returned the favor with a 75-74 win on its home court. Montana beat Eastern Washington 82-65 in the conference tournament championship game last year.

Montana owns a three-game winning streak with an average margin of victory of 18.3 points. The Eagles own a five-game win streak victorious by 11.2 points per contest.

Rorie made two 3-pointers and a jumper early and Montana built a 19-7 lead and never trailed. Kendal Manuel's 3 with 62 seconds before halftime made it 42-20 contest. The Grizzlies extended the lead to 62-31 on a 3 by Moorehead with 12:03 remaining. Sayeed Pridgett added 13 points for Montana.

Brekkott Chapman led Weber State (18-15) with 16 points and Michal Kozak scored 10. The Wildcats shot just 31.5 percent (17 of 54) including 5 of 21 from 3-point range.

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Key Players
B. Chapman
A. Rorie
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
48.3 Field Goal % 47.7
43.2 Three Point % 36.6
73.2 Free Throw % 79.2
+ 2 Israel Barnes made dunk 23.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kendal Manuel, stolen by Israel Barnes 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Montana 45.0
  Donatas Kupsas missed layup 47.0
  Defensive rebound by Donatas Kupsas 51.0
  Freddy Brown III missed jump shot 53.0
  Defensive rebound by Sayeed Pridgett 1:17
  Cody John missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:19
  Defensive rebound by Dima Zdor 1:28
  Kelby Kramer missed layup 1:30
  Defensive rebound by Freddy Brown III 1:50
Team Stats
Points 49 78
Field Goals 17-54 (31.5%) 29-61 (47.5%)
3-Pointers 5-21 (23.8%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 31 42
Offensive 4 8
Defensive 22 32
Team 5 2
Assists 8 15
Steals 6 5
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 10 7
Fouls 12 18
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 4 REB
28 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Weber State 18-15 222749
home team logo Montana 25-8 423678
Team Stats
away team logo Weber State 18-15 79.3 PPG 37.7 RPG 11.6 APG
home team logo Montana 25-8 76.1 PPG 36.7 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
23
B. Chapman F 12.5 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 48.5 FG%
14
A. Rorie G 14.9 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.1 APG 46.6 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Chapman F 16 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
A. Rorie G 28 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
31.5 FG% 47.5
23.8 3PT FG% 37.0
71.4 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Chapman 16 4 0 5/12 3/7 3/4 0 29 3 2 0 1 3
Z. Braxton 9 6 1 2/6 0/0 5/6 1 21 1 1 2 1 5
C. John 6 3 2 2/11 1/5 1/2 1 37 0 0 6 1 2
J. Harding 6 1 3 3/8 0/3 0/0 4 32 0 0 0 0 1
I. Barnes 2 3 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 21 1 1 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Chapman 16 4 0 5/12 3/7 3/4 0 29 3 2 0 1 3
Z. Braxton 9 6 1 2/6 0/0 5/6 1 21 1 1 2 1 5
C. John 6 3 2 2/11 1/5 1/2 1 37 0 0 6 1 2
J. Harding 6 1 3 3/8 0/3 0/0 4 32 0 0 0 0 1
I. Barnes 2 3 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 21 1 1 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kozak 10 4 0 4/8 1/3 1/1 2 24 1 1 1 1 3
R. Nelson 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/1 2 9 0 0 0 0 1
C. Nero 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 21 0 1 1 0 2
D. Kupsas 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
D. Zdor 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
J. Dallas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Lang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Leonhardt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Fuller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 26 8 17/54 5/21 10/14 12 200 6 6 10 4 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Rorie 28 7 6 10/14 4/7 4/4 2 32 0 0 1 1 6
S. Pridgett 14 5 1 6/11 2/3 0/0 4 30 1 1 0 1 4
B. Moorehead 13 10 0 4/11 3/9 2/2 1 33 0 1 1 1 9
M. Oguine 8 8 3 3/9 0/2 2/2 1 30 3 1 0 2 6
T. Falls 4 1 3 2/4 0/1 0/0 5 23 1 1 2 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Rorie 28 7 6 10/14 4/7 4/4 2 32 0 0 1 1 6
S. Pridgett 14 5 1 6/11 2/3 0/0 4 30 1 1 0 1 4
B. Moorehead 13 10 0 4/11 3/9 2/2 1 33 0 1 1 1 9
M. Oguine 8 8 3 3/9 0/2 2/2 1 30 3 1 0 2 6
T. Falls 4 1 3 2/4 0/1 0/0 5 23 1 1 2 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Manuel 5 3 1 1/6 1/5 2/2 3 23 0 0 2 0 3
M. Anderson 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/2 2 14 0 0 0 1 1
D. Dorsey 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 2
K. Kramer 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
F. Brown III 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1
J. Akoh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Egun - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 40 15 29/61 10/27 10/12 18 200 5 4 7 8 32