Thursday, December 22, 2011

Montana Takes Down Utah Valley

Montana is a team that will head into the holidays on a high note. Thanks to a nice second half run, they took down Utah Valley 65-52 to improve to 7-5 in non-conference play.

Mathias Ward and Kareem Jamar had 15 apiece for the Grizzlies, but Derek Selvig was their most efficient player. He had 13 points (on 4/6 shooting) to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Last year Selvig was a great multi-dimensional player, but he has struggled all-around this season.

Selvig is a key piece for the Grizzlies, but his three-point shooting and assists have been way down this season. He was 4/5 from downtown in this one, so hopefully that is a step in the right direction for them. When he is playing his best, Montana is arguably the best team in the conference.

For Montana, an up-and-down non-conference season ends on a 2-game winning streak, and they will come out of the break with two huge home games, against Eastern Washington and Portland State (who I think are the third and fourth best teams in the Big Sky). It will be a fun beginning to conference play for the Griz.

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