The Montana men’s basketball team couldn’t score high enough to match Stanford’s standards.
The Griz (4-3) gave up a 26-4 run to close the game and were denied access to a win, losing 70-54 to the Stanford Cardinal on Wednesday at the Maples Pavilion in Stanford, California.
“They wanted it a little more down the stretch,” Griz head coach Travis DeCuire told KGVO Radio after the game. “We just had some timely mishaps.”
Montana went up 50-44 with 9:56 to play but went 5:37 without a basket. Stanford used a 12-0 run to take a 56-50 lead with 4:44 to play.
Forward Jamar Akoh made back-to-back layups to get the Griz within 56-54 with 3:46 remaining, but those would be the final Montana points. Stanford used a 14-0 run to close the game.
Akoh’s baskets were the only two field goals in the Grizzlies’ final 19 attempts. They had missed eight straight before his layups and missed nine after. They had three of their 11 turnovers during the final 10 minutes.
The Griz struggled to find offensive consistency and made 29 percent (19 of 65) of their field-goal attempts. They made just four 3-pointers on 25 attempts (16 percent). Both percentages were season lows.
Their 54 points are their fewest since they scored 54 against Weber State on Feb. 27, 2016.
“There were times where we were gun shy where we were wide open,” he said. “Bob (Moorehead) and Ahmaad (Rorie) turned down open shots and then late clock we end up with contested ones. I’m not sure we’re taking the right ones. I think we passed up good ones for bad ones.”
Stanford made 44 percent (21 of 48) of its baskets and converted 25 of 33 free-throw attempts, including 15 of 17 in the final 9:39. Montana made 12 of 17 free throws.
Cardinal forward Reid Travis scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Guard Daejon Davis added 17 points, forward Michael Humphrey scored 12 and grabbed 12 boards, and guard Robert Cartwright added 11 points.
Montana guard Mike Oguine led all Griz players with 19 points, including 11 in the first half.
Moorehead scored a season-high 16 points, his second-highest total at Montana. He had 11 points after the intermission to spark a second-half comeback.
Rorie was held to a season-low four points on 1-of-12 shooting in 31 minutes. He entered averaging 18.8 points and was the Grizzlies’ leading scorer in five of their first six games.
Stanford’s big men got to the rim with ease and put the Griz big men in trouble. Four Grizzlies finished with four fouls.
Montana jumped up 6-2 but gave up a 6-0 run before Rorie hit two free throws to tie the score, 8-8. The Griz trailed 15-13 with Travis and Humphrey scoring all 15 points for Stanford on a combined 7-of-11 shooting.
Oguine scored nine consecutive points for Montana to tie the game 22-22 after the Griz trailed 17-13. Bobby Moorehead hit a 3-pointer to end a scoreless stretch of 3:56 and get the Griz within 28-25. Montana trailed 30-25 at the half.
Oguine scored four points and Moorehead added 10 consecutive points to give the Griz a 40-37 lead. He hit a 3-pointer and scored off an inbound to tie the game 34-34. Moorehead had a put-back layup and converted an and-1 on a 3-pointer to put Montana ahead 40-37.
The Griz led 42-37 before they gave up a 7-0 run that put them down 44-42.
Rorie hit his first field goal to put Montana ahead 47-44 with 11:15 to play after he started 0-of-6. Montana went up 50-44 on an Oguine layup and Pridgett free throw before losing its offense.