December 20, 2014
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.