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Rocky's Chad Kananen

Rocky's Chad Kananen scored a game-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers, as Rocky beat L-C State 81-74 Thursday at the Fortin Center.

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Chad Kananen scored a game-high 22 points as Rocky Mountain College broke away from Lewis-Clark State in the second half for a 81-74 Frontier Conference victory at the Fortin Center on Thursday night.

The Battlin' Bears (8-7, 1-2) host Montana Tech on Saturday.

The sharp-shooting Kananen finished 8 of 10 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. He buried a clutch 3-pointer late in the game after the Warriors had pulled within four, 72-68.

Rocky outscored the Warriors 46-38 in the second half after trailing 36-35 at halftime. The Battlin' Bears took a 10-point lead, 65-55, in the second half after a steal and a dunk by Craig Wilmore.

Zach Hinton added 15 points, while Riley Bradshaw had 12. Taylor Longo and Wilmore finished with 11 apiece.

Danny Betcher had a game-high nine rebounds for Rocky, while Longo had six assists.

Trea Thomas led L-C State (12-4, 2-2) with 16 points, while Doug McDaniel, Isaiah Omamogho and Anthony Sullen all had 14.

The game was tied five times and there were 12 lead changes.

Seattle Pacific 67, MSUB women 50

SEATTLE — Cold shooting and a single-digit second quarter hindered Montana State Billings in a 67-50 loss to nationally-ranked Seattle Pacific in GNAC women's basketball on Thursday night.

The 15th-ranked Falcons (13-1, 5-1) were the second straight nationally-ranked opponent for the Yellowjackets (4-9, 1-4). MSUB travels to Saint Martin's on Saturday.

The Yellowjackets shot 32 percent (18 of 57) from the field and were outscored 17-9 in the second quarter.

Tiana Hanson paced MSUB with 16 points, while Rylee Kane had 11 and Marissa Van Atta 10. Kane also had a game-high six assists.

SPU was led by Courtney Hollander's 17 points and eight rebounds. Julia Haining added 14 points and Brianne Lasconia 11 for the Falcons.

L-C State 83, Rocky women 78

Four players in double figures, including double-doubles by Brittany Tackett and Caelyn Orlandi, helped No. 2-ranked Lewis-Clark State hold off Rocky Mountain College 83-78 Thursday night at the Fortin Center.

The Battlin' Bears (8-7, 0-3) will host Montana Tech on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Orediggers defeated Montana Western 70-65 on Thursday, handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.

Brittany Tackett led the Warriors (16-0, 4-0) with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Caelyn Orlandi had 17 points and 10 assists. Lauren Johnson also had 17 points, while Hailey Turner added 10.

Jayde LeFevre had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds for Rocky, both career-highs. The guard from Laurel also had career highs for field goals (8), field goal attempts (12), free throws made (4), attempts (5) and defensive rebounds (9).

Mikayla Jones added 20 points for the Battlin' Bears, while Hailee Farstveet had 13.

L-C State led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter on 70 percent shooting and 44-29 at halftime. Rocky outscored the visitors 25-12 in the final period.

MSU women 88, EWU 83 OT

BOZEMAN — Peyton Ferris scored a season-high 30 points to help Montana State outlast Eastern Washington 88-83 in overtime Thursday night in Big Sky Conference basketball.

The Bobcats (9-4, 2-1) host Idaho on Saturday.

There were 15 ties and 10 lead changes in the game.

Ferris finished 11 of 17 from the field and was 8 of 10 from the free throw line. She also had a game-high nine rebounds.

Teammate Riley Nordgaard came off the bench to toss in 22 points, making 13 of 14 free throw attempts. Madeline Smith added 11 points for MSU.

Delaney Hodgins led the Eagles (6-7, 1-1) with 19 points, while Violet Morrow had 18, Tisha Phillips 17 and Ashli Payne 13.

Idaho 86, UM women 59

MISSOULA — Taylor Pierce came off the bench to score 22 points in 21 minutes as Idaho defeated Montana 86-59 in Big Sky Conference women's basketball on Thursday night.

The Lady Griz (3-11, 0-3) host Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Pierce was 8 of 12 from the field, including four 3-pointers.

Idaho made 14 of 34 3-point attempts, while UM was 3 of 17 (17 percent) from long range.

Mikayla Ferenz added 13 points for the Vandals (6-7, 1-1), while Geraldine Mccorkell had 12. 

Idaho shot 53 percent from the field and scored 19 points off UM turnovers.

Hailey Nicholson led the Lady Griz with 17 points, while Taylor Goligoski had 15.

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