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Big Sky roundup: Weber State wins battle of big men to down Montana

Martin Breunig's career high wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies undefeated in early Big Sky play.

Robert Casey for Weber State Athletics

OGDEN -- Big man Martin Breunig showed why he was expected to be an impact player in the Big Sky, netting 31 points on 14-of-18 shooting. But the performance wasn't enough, as his Montana Grizzlies fell to the Weber State Wildcats, 68-60, Thursday night at the Dee Events Center.

The rest of the Griz shot a paltry 10-of-37 from the floor.

"He's one of the best big guys in the league," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said of the transfer from Washington. "What they've got going is a litle bit of a two-headed snake, Jordan Gregory and Breunig. We talked about we have to cut the head off the snake to have a chance. It's hard to.

"Breunig is a hard guard. He's inside, he's outside, he rebounds the ball well. He's just a really hard guard."

The other part of the snake for Montana (5-8, 2-1 Big Sky), the senior guard Gregory, scored 13 points on just 4-of-18 shooting.

"I thought we did a really good job on Jordan Gregory, who's a tough, hard-nosed competitive kid, good player."

In the first half for Weber State (6-8, 1-2 Big Sky), Joel Bolomboy went tit-for-tat with Breunig, scoring 14 points and nabbing seven rebounds to help Weber to a 30-23 lead.

Weber extended the lead to 51-32 with 9:29 remaining on a three-pointer from Kyndahl Hill, but Montana would chip away with the help of a full-court press that sent the Wildcats scrambling.

Compounding matters was that Bolomboy, Richaud Gittens, and Ryan Richardson each carried four fouls at about the same point in the game.

A backcourt steal from Mario Dunn led to a layup, foul, and made free throw which brought the Grizzlies within seven at 56-49 with 5:40 left.

With Montana still scrapping, Rahe ran a set for Jeremy Senglin, who ran through a baseline screen and to the top of the key, where he buried a three-pointer to ice the game and give Weber a 63-52 lead with 1:54 left.

Senglin and Bolomboy each netted 16 points for Weber, with Richardson adding 10 off the bench in just 14 minutes.

Montana goes north to visit Idaho State (4-11, 1-2) Saturday, while Weber hosts Montana State (3-12, 0-3).

SACRAMENTO STATE 63, NORTH DAKOTA 61

The Hornets of Sac State stayed unbeaten in Big Sky play (9-5, 3-0) as Mikh McKinney hit the game-winner with three seconds left to earn a road win at North Dakota (5-9, 1-2). McKinney finished with 13, but the Hornets were led by Zach Mills' 17 on 7-of-9 shooting.

NORTHERN COLORADO 90, PORTLAND STATE 85

Northern Colorado improved to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the Big Sky thanks to 22 points from Cameron Michael. Portland State (7-6, 1-2) got 19 apiece from DaShaun Wiggins and Gary Winston.

IDAHO STATE 70, MONTANA STATE 61

Idaho State (4-11, 1-2) rallied on its home floor after Chris Hansen scored 12 of the Bengals' final 16 points, overcoming a 19-point deficit. Hansen led all scorers with 26. Montana State (3-12, 0-3) got 17 from Michael Dison.