OGDEN, Utah — Sayeed Pridgett had a career-high 29 points plus 16 rebounds and Montana won its eighth consecutive game, narrowly beating Weber State 83-80 on Thursday night.
"It was almost the same script as the first game with Montana," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "We came out slow and they were faster and were the more aggressive team, we were more aggressive in the second half. We are an up and down team and we have to figure out the consistency and put a full game together."
Montana led 40-24 at halftime and the Grizzlies' lead was still double-digits with 5 minutes remaining. Weber State drew within 81-80 on a layup by Cody John with 14 seconds to go. The Wildcats fouled, sending Montana's Kendal Manuel to the line and he made both free throws for the final margin. Weber State missed a couple of jump shots in the final few seconds.
Michael Oguine had 17 points and nine rebounds for Montana (18-6, 11-2 Big Sky Conference). Kendal Manuel added 16 points. Ahmaad Rorie had 13 points for the visitors.
Jerrick Harding had 30 points for the Wildcats (15-10, 9-5). Brekkott Chapman added 20 points and nine rebounds. John had 16 points.
The Grizzlies improved to 2-0 against the Wildcats for the season. Montana defeated Weber State 75-68 on Jan. 26.
Montana plays Idaho State on the road on Saturday. Weber State takes on Montana State at home on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Pluto TV Channel 235.
Patton leads Sacramento State past Southern Utah
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joshua Patton scored 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as Sacramento State pulled away from Southern Utah in the second half to post an 84-73 victory Thursday night.
The Hornets trailed at intermission, 33-32, but erupted for 52 second-half points to secure the win.
Marcus Graves finished with 19 points and Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa added 18 points and dished six assists for the Hornets.
Brandon Better had 19 points and Andre Adams contributed another 14 for the Thunderbirds (12-11, 7-7).
The Hornets (11-11) are 5-8 in the Big Sky, but six of the team's 13 conference games were decided by six points or less, with Sacramento State going 1-5 in those games.
In the first meeting between the teams, Sacramento State trailed by 28 points with 13:55 left in the game but roared back to have a chance to tie the game with :30 left only to lose, 76-71.
The Thunderbirds are on the road again Saturday against Portland State for an 8 p.m. matchup.
Chuha lifts New Mexico St. over Utah Valley
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Eli Chuha had a season-high 21 points plus 10 rebounds as New Mexico State extended its winning streak to 10 games, beating Utah Valley 84-77 on Thursday night.
JoJo Zamora had 17 points for New Mexico State (21-4, 10-1 Western Athletic Conference). Trevelin Queen added 13 points. Clayton Henry had 11 points and nine rebounds for the home team.
AJ Harris, the Aggies' second leading scorer heading into the contest at 10 points per game, failed to make a shot (0 of 5).
Ben Nakwaasah had 18 points for the Wolverines (16-8, 5-4). Wyatt Lowell added 12 points. Baylee Steele had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Conner Toolson was held to 6 points despite coming into the matchup as the Wolverines' second leading scorer at 13 points per game. He made 14 percent from behind the arc (1 of 7).
The Aggies improve to 2-0 against the Wolverines for the season. New Mexico State defeated Utah Valley 83-78 on Jan. 19. New Mexico State plays Seattle at home on Saturday.
Utah Valley's road swing continues with a stop at UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network.