BOZEMAN — Chris Bowling hit the second of two free throws with 14 seconds left to allow Northern Arizona to hold off Montana State and earn its first Big Sky Conference win of the season, 77-75 on Thursday night.
Joe Mvuezolo Jr. hit a 3 with 15 seconds left to get the Bobcats within two, 75-73, then hit two free throws with four seconds left to make it 76-75, but Montana State never got off another shot.
Torry Johnson hit a free throw and Gino Littles knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:40 left to put the Lumberjacks in front, 63-59. Littles hit again from deep to make it 70-64 with 3:05 left and Isaiah Thomas converted a three-point play in the final minute and Karl Harris hit the second of two free throws to give Northern Arizona a 75-70 lead.
Johnson finished with 27 points, Littles and Harris each added another 14 and Brooks Debisschop grabbed 10 rebounds for Northern Arizona (4-17, 1-7 Big Sky).
Devonte Klines scored 15 points, Sam Neumann added 14 and Mvuezolo 11 for Montana State (11-10, 4-4).
E. WASHINGTON 95, N. DAKOTA 71: Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 28 points and his first basket, a pretty 3-pointer from the corner a little over a minute into the game, made him the all-time leading scorer at Eastern Washington in its home victory against North Dakota. Coach Shantay Legans called time after Bliznyuk set the scoring mark (surpassing Venky Jois, 1,803) and the people in attendance clapped and cheered as the feat was acknowledged with a short ceremony. Cody Benzel added 15 points for EWU (10-11, 5-3). Dale Jones finished with 14 points, Geno Crandall 12 and Conner Avants 11 for North Dakota (7-13, 2-6).
N. COLORADO 80, IDAHO 63: Chaz Glotta led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points and was perfect from the field as Northern Colorado won at Idaho. Andre Spight added 13 points and 9 assists for the Bears (14-7, 5-3), while Jonah Radebaugh had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five of Glotta's six baskets were 3-pointers. The Vandals (13-7, 5-3) could not keep up with the 3-point shooting of Northern Colorado. The Bears shot 12 for 27 from behind the line, while Idaho shot just 5 for 20. Victor Sanders scored 26 points and moved into third place on the Vandals' all-time scoring list with 1,609 career points.