Sports / 

Montana hangs on to beat Pepperdine 71-70



Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Ahmaad Rorie scored 20 points and dished out eight assists as Montana held on down the stretch to beat Pepperdine 71-70 on Thursday night.

Brandon Gfeller hit five 3s and scored 17 points for Montana (5-8), which was outshot by the Waves by nearly 10 percent (52-43.4). But the Grizzlies drilled seven more 3-pointers (13-6) and forced 19 Pepperdine turnovers.

Montana led 37-29 at the half but two Nate Gehring free throws gave Pepperdine a 62-60 lead with 5:08 to go. The Grizzlies fought back, regaining a 70-65 edge after a Rorie 3 and a Bobby Morehead 3-point play.

Rorie added a final free throw with three seconds left, giving Montana a 71-67 lead, and preventing Elijah Lee's 3-pointer at the buzzer for Pepperdine from sending the game to overtime.

Lamond Murray Jr. led the Waves (4-8) with 14 points. Chris Reyes added 12.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast