Big Sky tournament: Wildcats rally; face tourney host Montana for NCAA berth
Weber State improves to 26-5 on the season, reaching 26 wins for just the fourth time in school history. Weber State advances to the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament for the 15th time in school history and the third time in the last four years. WSU will be looking to advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.
Troy Huff led North Dakota with 22 points. Jamal Webb scored 13 and Mitch Wilmer and Brandon Brekke had 11 points apiece.
MONTANA 70, NORTHERN COLORADO 56: Will Cherry scored 21 points, and top-seeded Montana rolled into the Big Sky Conference tournament final.
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 today'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.
Big Sky championship
Weber State (26-5) at
Today, 7 p.m.
At Missoula, Mont.
Radio: 106.9 FM
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