Back-to-back 3-pointers near the six minute mark of the second half broke a 55-55 tie, allowing Montana University to take control and roll to a 13 point victory on the road at Weber State University Thursday night.
The pair of treys capped a 15-4 run by the Grizzlies and Weber could never get closer than two the rest of the way.While the Wildcats had their chances, Weber could never string back-to-back hoops after an early seven point run in the second half. A stingy zone defense kept Weber out of the paint and the outside shoot just wouldn't fall as Weber dropped to 5-6 in Big Sky play and 10-12 on the year. Montana is at 11-2 in conference play and 19-6 over all and it looks more and more like the Big Sky tournament will end up in Missoula.
"They simply executed well against every defense we tried in the second half," said Weber coach Denny Huston. "I would say that was the best second half any team has played against us this year."
The game started out strangely, to say the least. Neither team scored in the first 4:08.
During the early stretch, Weber went up by as much as six points, 15-9, but things never jelled and Montana slowly chipped away to catch Weber at 24-24 with 7:07 remaining.
Weber goes on the road for its next three games before returning to Ogden on March 1 and 2 to close the season. Weber is still in the hunt for a Big Sky tournament berth.