FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Dorian Green hit two free throws with 9.6 seconds left and scored 18 points to help Colorado State edge Montana 62-61 Saturday night.

Green, who was 5 for 9 from the free-throw line, was fouled on a driving layup and calmly converted the free throws.

Montana (6-4) had two chances to win it, but Anthony Johnson's shot hit the side of the backboard and Derek Selvig missed a tip-in at the buzzer.

"We came down and had a great opportunity," Montana coach Wayne Tinkle said in a postgame interview on KVWE radio. "We were right under the basket on that last play. They really executed out of the timeout, but it didn't go in for us.

"We're going to take a look at this and see that we had our chances and build from it. Heck, we were missing our big fella (Brian Qvale) in there. I know he would have changed a lot of shots at the rim for us, but our guys showed a lot of guts and character on this road trip and we let one slip. We told the guys in the locker room that that's another team we thought we should have beat and we need to quit learning those lessons."

Adam Nigon had a career-high 17 points, and Travis Franklin added 11 for the Rams (7-3), winners of five of six.

Johnson led Montana with 19 points. Selvig and Jack McGillis had 10 each.

Play was halted seven times for shot-clock and game-clock malfunctions. Time was kept at the scorer's table for the last 14:43 of the first half. All clocks were functioning at the start of the second half.

"It was a battle," Tinkle said. "I was really impressed with the way our guys got out of the gates. We were moving the ball, we were attacking. We had a couple of bad spurts after the delay. We battled back the second half and we had our opportunities. We're going to look at this tape and see 7-8-9 plays if we finish them we win this game going away."

Travis Franklin's three-point play put Colorado State ahead 35-25 early in the second half. Montana then began going inside to Selvig, whose third basket of the period got the Grizzlies to within 35-32. Johnson's first field goal of the game kept it a three-point game, 39-36 with 14:38 remaining.

"We knew in the first half when we got the ball inside good things happened," Tinkle said. "So at halftime we talked about our high-low and Derek did a nice job of sealing and getting that pass from Jack."

Moments later Johnson tied it at 43 with his next shot. His layup in traffic put Montana ahead 56-55 with 2:10 left, but Nigon's layup put the Rams back ahead, 57-56.

Michael Taylor's 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining gave the Grizzlies a 59-58 advantage.

"We executed a couple of plays there," Tinkle said. "Mike Taylor drills a huge three there to give us a lead."

The lead changed hands again on Green's layup with 44 seconds left and once more after two free throws by Johnson with 31 seconds left.

Green's free throws, though, spelled the difference.

"That last possession we went zone and it really stalled them," Tinkle said. "They ended up beating us one-on-one and got to the free-throw line."

Nigon had 15 points by halftime and the Rams led 30-23. Nigon tied the game at 10 when the scoreboard clock went out at the 14:45 mark, and he hit his fourth 3 to put Colorado State up 28-19.

Johnson converted two free throws and Taylor beat the halftime buzzer with a tip-in basket to get Montana to within seven points of the Rams.

"I'm really proud of our guys' effort overall and the way we responded in the second half," Tinkle said.

The Griz return home to host MSU-Northern on Wednesday night.

MONTANA (61)

Mins FG-A FT-A Reb PF A Pts

f-Selvig 30 5-8 0-0 9 4 0 10

f-Ward 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 0 4

g-Staudacher 34 1-5 0-0 0 1 2 3

g-Cherry 25 4-8 0-0 3 4 0 8

g-Johnson 36 5-14 9-12 1 2 3 19

Young 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0

Taylor 18 3-5 0-0 5 1 0 7

Stockton 6 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0

Banny 11 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 0

McGillis 21 3-8 3-4 5 3 2 10

Totals 200 23-53 12-16 29 21 7 61

COLORADO STATE (62)

Mins FG-A FT-A Reb PF A Pts

f-Franklin 22 4-7 3-7 3 2 0 11

f-Ogide 33 4-9 1-2 6 3 3 9

g-Nigon 34 6-9 1-2 2 3 1 17

g-Green 38 5-8 5-9 5 3 2 18

g-Dunn 14 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0

Bocar 6 1-2 0-0 2 1 0 2

Hornung 24 1-1 1-2 8 4 1 3

Del Bene 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Busch 15 0-2 0-0 4 0 1 0

Smith 14 1-5 0-0 3 1 1 2

Totals 200 22-44 11-22 35 18 9 62

Halftime score: Colorado State 30, Montana 23.

3-point goals: UM 3-14 (McGillis 1-1, Taylor 1-3, Staudacher 1-4, Selvig 0-1, Cherry 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Young 0-1); CSU 7-15 (Nigon 4-7, Green 3-4, Busch 0-1, Smith 0-3).

Turnovers: UM 9 (Cherry 3), CSU 17 (Franklin 3, Hornung 3, Smith 3).

Blocked shots: UM 2 (Selvig 2), CSU 2 (Nigon, Bocar).

Steals: UM 10 (Cherry 5), CSU 4 (Nigon 2).

Attendance: 2,498

Officials: Mark Reischling, Shawn Lehigh, John Paul Guerrero.

 

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