Nov. 30, 2010
Missoula, Mont. - Guard Will Cherry scored 24 points and Montana's twin towers of 7-foot Derek Selvig and 6-11 Brian Qvale controlled the paint Tuesday as Montana rallied for a 75-67 non-conference win over Cal State Fullerton.
The Grizzlies (3-2) improved to 3-0 at home, using an 8-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead for good and then hitting 11 of 16 free throws in the final two minutes.
Devon Peltier led the Titans (2-5) with 20 points but leading scorer Orane Chin (16 ppg) was held to 4 (1-for-11 shooting) points as the Griz big men contained him and Jer'Vaughn Johnson (12 points) inside. Selvig had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Qvale added 14 points and 6 of the Griz' 11 blocked shots.
Fullerton led by 6 points at the half (29-23), by 8 early in the second half and 43-39 after a Peltier steal and layup with about 12 minutes to play. But the Griz tied it and then offset a Steve Jurich layup with an 8-0 run behind Cherry (3 pts.), Selvig (3-point play) and Qvale (2 pts.) to move out to a 51-45 lead.
A Roger Guardia basket and two free throws by Perry Webster brought the Titans to within 51-49 but Cherry scored and the Titans started missing free throws. They made only 2 of 7 before Webster hit two more with 19 seconds left to make it 71-67 before Cherry added four free throws.
Fullerton led most of a sluggish first half that saw it shoot only 30 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the 3-point line. But Montana was as cold as the 21-degree temperature outside, shooting 25 percent overall and 10 percent (1-for-10) from the arc.
The teams play a rematch in Titan Gym on Dec. 22. Fullerton's next game is at home Saturday at 6:05 p.m. vs. University of San Diego.