Home court advantage hadn't helped the Bobcats leading up to Thursday's match-up with Montana, having dropped two head to head contests in Bozeman with the Griz this school year. Montana made it three on Monday, picking up the 70-66 win.
Montana and MSU traded buckets for the first two minutes of the game before Montana sank 3 straight shots to give the Griz a 15-7 lead.
The Bobcats would start to climb back thanks in large part to Flavien Davis. The senior had 13 points in the first half, putting in two huge buckets down low with three minutes to play to cut Montana's lead to 37-30. Montana however would head into the half with a 44-32 lead.
Montana's Kareem Jamar's clutch free throw shooting helped seal Montana's win. The senior ended the evening with a double-double, going 10-13 from the charity stripe on Thursday, a big chunk of his Griz leading 20 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds. Flavien Davis led all scorers with 22.
The Griz and Bobcats are now 5-5 in Big Sky play, but Montana has the head to head advantage and has a better overall record at 10-9 compared to MSU's 10-11 record.
Montana will host Portland State on Thursday while the Bobcats host Eastern Washington.