Wayne Tinkle's Grizzlies took down arguably the nation's top point guard, Weber State's Damian Lillard, to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.
This Montana-Weber State championship contest wasn't quite as electric as the last time the two teams met with everything on the line, when Montana's Anthony Johnson went for 42 points, but the result was the same.
Montana is led by junior guard Will Cherry, but Tinkle has plenty of weapons.
The Grizz had all five starters reach double-figures in the championship game. Sophomore Kareem Jamar and junior Mathias Ward, who each had 18 in the semifinal win, led Montana with 23. Cherry had 13, senior big man Derek Selvig had 16 points and nine boards and Art Stewart finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Grizzles, who won their first outright regular-season crown since 1991-92, trailed by five at the break -- but outscored Weber State, 54-30, in the second half to blow the game open.
Player to know: Will Cherry - The 6-foot-1 junior guard leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, but he's versatile and is also one of the nation's top defenders. He’s topped 20 points on 10 separate occasions this season, and has dramatically improved his outside shooting since last season.
- Record: 25-6 overall, 15-1 in Big Sky
- Most recent tournament appearance: 2010
- We’re thinking: 15
- KenPom ranking: 97
- Sagarin ranking: 102
- RPI: 81
- Best wins: Long Beach State, Weber State
- Worst losses: North Dakota
- Notable stat: The Grizzlies enter the game on a school-record 14-game winning streak.
-- Jeff Goodman