Eastern Washington vs Montana

Montana 74, E. Washington 66


MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Mathias Ward scored 18 points, Kareem Jamar added 18 points and 13 rebounds and Montana used a late 11-0 run to get by Eastern Washington 74-66 on Tuesday night in a Big Sky tournament semifinal.

Will Cherry had 16 points and Derek Selvig 12 for the top-seeded Grizzlies (24-6), who play No. 2 seed Weber State for the championship on Wednesday.

It is a rematch of the teams' Feb. 28 meeting on the same floor, in which the Big Sky's regular-season crown was on the line. Montana won 66-51 to earn the championship and right to host the tournament semifinals and title game.

Cliff Colimon scored 27 points and Cliff Ederaine 16 for the Eagles (15-17). Laron Griffin had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Eastern Washington led 62-61 when Cherry's three-point play with 1:45 left began the 11-point surge. Ward followed with a dunk and Jamar a three-point play, making the score 69-62 with 35 seconds remaining.

Montana added three free throws before Colimon scored on a layup for the Eagles with 13 seconds to go. That ended the drought, but the Grizzlies' victory celebration was well underway.

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Eastern Washington Eagles
C. Ederaine, F348-110-042416
L. Griffin, F345-105-7140415
C. Chiverton, F160-50-03020
C. Colimon, G4010-205-542127
J. Forbes, G392-51-12135
P. Kelly231-20-01053
J. Hickert70-10-00030
T. Johnson40-00-00010
K. Winford30-10-00000
Totals 26-5511-133152366
Montana Grizzlies
M. Ward, F353-1012-1271319
A. Steward, F311-34-55236
D. Selvig, C374-83-413312
W. Cherry, G407-132-332216
K. Jamar, G366-156-8130118
S. Stockton121-30-01013
K. DeShields50-20-00000
M. Weisner40-00-01010
Totals 22-5427-323581474
Big Sky
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Portland St.0-04-067
Montana St.0-04-2196
North Dakota0-03-2126
Weber St.0-03-2256
E. Wash.0-03-3127
N. Colo.0-02-2135
So. Utah0-02-2253
Sac. State0-01-3321
Idaho St.0-00-4188
N. Arizona0-00-4102