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Griz come up short against Davidson

Published On: Feb 23 2013 06:23:27 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 25 2013 08:22:22 PM MST
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Montana Grizzly basketball team had a tough game Saturday afternoon as they battled the Davidson Wildcats, but the Griz fell to the Wildcats 93-87 in overtime.

Saturday's contest featured two of the top-ranked Mid-Major teams in the Division I basketball. Montana entered the game ranked 13th in the Mid-Major top 25 poll while Davidson entered ranked 10th.

The game was back and forth in the second half, Davidson took a 75-69 lead with 1:36 to go in regulation, but 20 seconds later, Griz sophomore forward Kevin Henderson nailed a three-pointer to reduce the Wildcats lead to three points.

The Grizzlies had to overcome a six-point deficit late in the second half, but two critical free throws by junior guard-forward Kareem Jamar with 19 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 76-76 to force the overtime.

The Griz, whose 87 points was a season-high, were playing without senior forward and leading scorer (14.8 ppg) Mathias Ward, who was injured last week at Idaho State, and sat on UM's team bench today, but did not suit up. 

Senior guard Will Cherry left the game in the final few minutes in regulation due to an injury, and he was unable to play in the overtime.

Jamar had a monster game for the Griz, scoring a career-high 28 points, along with game-highs of 12 rebounds and 8 assists. It was his second double-double of the season and the sixth in his career.

The Grizzlies, who are first in the Big Sky Conference (15-1), have won 15 of their last 17 games. Next up for Montana will be two conference road games starting with a game at rival Montana State Sat. March, 2, followed by another road game at Southern Utah Mon. March, 4.