March 29, 2015
Montana overcame a sizable height disadvantage and became the
latest No. 12 seed to pull an upset, beating fifth-seeded Nevada
87-79 Thursday in the first round of the Minneapolis Regional.
Since 1985, at least one 12th-seeded team has upset a No. 5 seed
in the tournament every year except for 1988 and 2000.
A year after being overwhelmed early in a first-round loss, the
Grizzlies (24-6) returned like NCAA tournament veterans and never
trailed against the Wolf Pack (27-6), who moved from the role of
spoiler to first-round favorite this season.
Andrew Straight, Montana's second-tallest player at 6-foot-8,
had 22 points and Virgil Matthews scored 20 for the Grizzlies.
Montana did little to stop Nick Fazekas, the two-time Western
Athletic Conference player of the year, and Marcelus Kemp - the
Wolf Pack's top-two scorers - but shut down everyone else.
Fazekas had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Kemp scored 34. The
rest of the Pack scored a combined for 21 points.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.