OMAHA, Neb. — Montana State broke out offensively Saturday, but it wasn't enough as Omaha outraced the Bobcats for a 97-91 victory.
It was MSU's fourth consecutive loss.
Zach Green led four MSU players in double figures with 25 points, but Marcus Tyus erupted for 37 for Omaha, which beat MSU for the second time in two years. Last year the Mavericks beat MSU 100-97 on a buzzer-beater at Worthington Arena.
The Bobcats made 16 3-pointers and shot 39 percent from beyond the arc. Tyler Hall made five 3s on the way to scoring 15 points. Hall also had seven rebounds and six assists.
The Mavericks, who shot 55 percent overall, put four players in double figures. Tre'Shawn Thurman made 8 of 9 shots and scored 25 points.
Harald Frey added 17 points for the Bobcats, while Quinton Everett had 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
Omaha's Daniel Meyer, a Billings Central product, scored four points in eight minutes.
With its fourth consecutive loss, Montana State fell to under .500 with a 5-6 record. The Bobcats return to their home floor next Sunday when they host South Dakota, a rematch of a game the Coyotes won in Vermillion, S.D., last Wednesday.
S.F. Austin 54, Lady Griz 46
NACAGDOCHES, Texas — The Montana Lady Griz lost their fourth consecutive game, a 54-46 road defeat to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
Emma Stockholm and McKenzie Johnston each reached double figures for Montana, with 12 and 11 points, respectively. But it wasn't enough as the Lady Griz fell to 2-6.
SFA improved to 7-2. The Ladyjacks were led by Adrienne Lewis' 13 points and seven rebounds, while Taylor Ross added 12 points and seven boards.
Stevi Parker had nine points and 12 rebounds for SFA, which capitalized on 11 offensive rebounds and 16 Montana turnovers.
Neither team shot well: Montana shot 32 percent while the Ladyjacks made just 30 percent.
“We talked in the locker room about competing,” UM coach Shannon Schweyen said. “I thought we were just going through the motions in the first half. It looked like we were just happy to be playing.
“I thought the girls really responded in the second half and competed a lot more. It’s a lot more fun when you start knocking down a few more shots. It makes you feel like things are going a little bit better, and that transferred to the defensive end.”
The Lady Griz return to Missoula for a three-game homestand to close out their nonconference schedule, beginning Monday against Rocky Mountain College. They also host Wyoming and Colorado State before beginning Big Sky Conference play at Idaho State on Dec. 29.
UGF 78, MSUB women 61
Stephanie McDonagh tossed in a game-high 26 points as the University of Great Falls put away Montana State Billings 78-61 Saturday night at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
The Lady Argos of the Frontier Conference improve to 9-2. It was an exhibition game for the Yellowjackets.
McDonagh finished 9 of 19 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Jenna Randich added 17 points for UGF, while Kalani Ulufale had 15.
Tiana Hanson paced MSUB with 16 points, while Taylor Cunningham and Rylee Kane had 10 apiece.
UGF led 23-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Argos shot 50 percent from the field, while the Yellowjackets shot 37.5 percent.
MSUB hosts Rocky Mountain College on Dec. 17.