For the second time this season Montana and Portland State could not settle their differences in regulation, but this time it was the Grizzlies who defeated the Vikings in extra time with an 82-76 win at home in Dahlberg Arena, Missoula on Thursday night.
Earlier this season the Griz lost a triple overtime thriller, 81-78, to the Vikings in Portland. Tonight the Grizzlies got redemption.
It was Griz senior Kareem Jamar’s historic night, but junior guard Keron DeShields stole the show by making huge plays down the stretch for Montana. DeShields scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime to propel the Griz to a third straight conference victory.
The Grizzlies looked to be in control earlier in the evening as Mike Weisner’s 15 first half points (3-of-3 from beyond the arc) led Montana to a 34-26 halftime advantage.
But Portland State slowly clawed back into things and tied the game up 47-47 with 10:46 left to go in regulation. Down the stretch there were three more lead changes and three ties, including the 71-71 deadlock that sent things to overtime.
Kareem Jamar matched DeShields with a game-high 19 points with 15 of those coming after halftime. Jamar now has 1,496 career points as a Montana Grizzly. That moves him past his friend and former teammate Will Cherry for 7th all-time.
Jamar said after the game he’d be getting a hold of Cherry immediately, and added that winning always comes first for both him and Cherry.
“That’s the big thing about him and me, it’s all about wins,” explained Jamar. “Even if I would have not passed him and we would have won he would have still been happy but if I had passed him but we would have lost then he would have said you didn’t get the win and it doesn’t matter. So it’s all about winning and I am happy that I did pass him.”