Montana defeated rival Montana State and Eastern Washington won an overtime thriller at Weber State to clinch shares of the Big Sky conference regular-season title. Montana owns the tiebreaker and will host the Big Sky tournament for the third time in four years.
Here is the bracket and schedule for the tournament, which tips Thurs., March 12.
All the drama Saturday was amplified when Northern Arizona beat Sacramento State on a last-second shot from Kris Yanku. A Sac State win would have clinched the title for the first in school history. Instead, it opened the door for Montana to clinch with a win.
Montana obliged, racing past struggling rival Montana State for a comfortable 70-54 win, and rookie head coach Travis DeCuire has won his first title in Missoula. Mario Dunn led the Griz with 15 points.
Eastern Washington claimed a share of the conference crown with a 79-71 overtime win at Weber State. The Eagles trailed for the entirety of the game, never having a lead until 1:40 left in overtime. Tyler Harvey scored 22 second-half points to bring EWU back from 19 down, drilling several tough, contested three pointers.
With Weber State's loss, Southern Utah had a chance to get into the conference tournament but fell by 13 to Portland State at home. SUU's loss helped both Weber and Idaho back in to the tournament, as Idaho lost to cellar-dweller Idaho State.