Montana defeats Montana State 76-71 in overtime

Montana defeats Montana State 76-71 in overtime
January 19, 2013, 11:41 pm
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Montana guard Will Cherry (5) drives to the basket in front of Montana State guard Marcus Colbert(12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Missoula, Mont., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (APPhoto/Michael Albans)


MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Kareem Jamar had 23 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead Montana to a 76-71 overtime victory against Montana State on Saturday night.

Will Cherry had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies (12-4, 8-0 Big Sky), who gave coach Wayne Tinkle his 74th conference win, a school record.

Mike Weisner drilled a 3-pointer for Montana with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 66-all and force the extra period. The Grizzlies scored the first six points of overtime and protected the cushion at the free-throw line.

Christian Moon scored 14 points and Flavien Davis 12 for the Bobcats (6-9, 3-4).

Tinkle's win eclipsed the mark held by Mike Montgomery, who after coaching the Grizzlies from 1979-86 went on to Stanford, then the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Montgomery currently coach at California.