The University of Montana Grizzlies remain perfect in the Big Sky Conference at an 89-80 win over Northern Colorado Saturday evening.
Montana junior Jamar Akoh kept his scoring momentum as he would score in the double figures for the ninth game in a row, elevating his game to put up 34 points on 11-16 shooting and nailing 12 free throws. In addition to his scoring Akoh would lead the team with eight rebounds, three assists and blocked two shots.
The Griz led by 15 at the break and pushed the lead out to 21 points mid way through the second half, putting up eight points in 51 seconds at one point in their run. With an 18 point lead with 13 minutes left to play after a scuffle on the floor that resulted in a 10 minute delay for a review resulting in a series of free throws that cut the lead to 12, and then the Bears would shot 7 for 12 in the 13 minutes to cut the lead even further. With 2:04 left in the game Montana led 83-77, and with a stellar performance at the free throw to drop 17, going 28 for 33 on the game.
Ahmad Rorie joined Akoh in double figures with 18 points and four assists, Michael Oguine contributed 12 points and snagged six rebounds, and Sayeed Prodget dropped 12 points and had two steals.For the sixth consecutive game the Griz shot 50.9 percent, out rebounded Northern Colorado 40-25, and scored 21 points off of the Bears turning the ball over.
The Grizzlies are now 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play for the seventh time in their history, including the second time in the last three seasons under DeCuire. Montana will play their next three games on the road, traveling to Sacramento State (Thursday) and Portland State (Saturday), before the first edition of the Brawl of the Wild at Montana State (Jan. 20).