MISSOULA, Mont. -- Kendal Manuel scored 27 points and Montana pulled away from Portland State in the second half to take an 85-70 victory on Monday night.
The Grizzlies shot 32 of 53 from the floor (60.4%) and knocked down 9 of 20 from long range while outscoring the Vikings 39-28 in the second half.
Montana plays host to Idaho Saturday. Portland State returns home to face Idaho State Saturday.
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The Hoosiers haven't made it to a men's basketball tournament bracket in five years, and now their chances of snapping that streak are slipping.
Morehead St. beats SE Missouri 61-54 in OVC tourney
— Ta’lon Cooper came off the bench to score 17 points to carry No. 2 seed Morehead State to a 61-54 win over Southeast Missouri in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tourney on Wednesday night.
USC routs Stanford 79-42 to stay in hunt for Pac-12 title
— Tahj Eaddy scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Southern California routed Stanford 79-42 on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid and keeping the Trojans in the hunt for the Pac-12 title.