Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:57 AM by Dan Cimmino - KPAX Sports
MISSOULA - The Griz basketball team just refuses to lose in the Big Sky as Montana made it to 10-0 to kick off conference play with an enormous win over second place Weber State on Saturday to put UM two games clear at the top of the standings.
But Saturday night's game did follow an all too familiar script, where Montana came out sluggish out of the gate falling behind by 11 before finding their mojo en route a close victory over the Wildcats.
Will Cherry definitely had a breakout performance in the 76-74 win, finishing with a season high 28 points including 15-of-16 from the line. The win now makes it 23 straight against Big Sky opponents and when asked about Cherry's big game, Wayne Tinkle knew that this was just a matter of time.
We're officially half way through the Big Sky schedule as the Griz remain perfect thus far. Saturday night's win puts them two games up on Weber and four clear of the Bobcats, so Montana is certainly in the driver's seat to host the Big Sky tournament.
This week the Griz are back on the road over to Portland State on Thursday while heading to Cheney on Saturday to take on Eastern Washington. Both teams are in the bottom half of the standings, as the Griz topped the Vikings by seven and the Eagles by 15 back in the beginning of January here in Missoula.
Meanwhile, the Lady Griz bounced back from a loss to the Bobcats by picking up three road victories in a matter of six days to find themselves back into a tie for first place.
The road trip came to an end Saturday with a tougher than expected victory over 0-19 Weber State. But a win is a win, just ask the Cats who fell to Idaho State, a team Montana beat on Thursday.
The Lady Griz made up 1.5 games last week to bring them into a tie at 8-2 with Montana State. Eastern Washington just a game back of both as the Lady Eagles will be in Bozeman on Thursday.
The Lady Griz will play host to the 3-7 Lady Vikings of Portland State on Thursday. They beat them earlier in Portland by 15, but will look for revenge against Eastern Washington Saturday as Montana lost in Cheney four weeks ago by two points.