Rocky's Zach Hinton

Zach Hinton of Rocky Mountain College posted his second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in his team's 79-60 win over Montana Tech on Thursday.

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Taylor Longo went off for 25 points and Rocky Mountain College outfought No. 8-ranked and league-leading Carroll College 82-79 in Frontier Conference men's basketball Thursday night at Rocky's Fortin Center.

Longo, a senior guard, was responsible for four of the Battlin' Bears' 12 3-pointers.

The Bears improved to 6-7 in league and 13-12 overall. The Saints dropped to 11-3 and 21-5.

"It came right down to the wire, with two teams fighting hard," said Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen. "It was a great team effort."

Longo had plenty of help from his Rocky teammates, with Derek Graves (18 points), Riley Bradshaw (17) and Zach Hinton (10) all scoring in double figures. Graves also gathered nine rebounds and Hinton seven.

The Bears, who shot 47.2 percent from the floor, led by as many as 17 points in the second half before holding off the Saints, who lost their second straight league game.

"I just thought we were real aggressive in the first half," Dreikosen said. "We got our rhythm on offense, played hard defensively and closed out the half with an 11-point lead (39-28)."

Carroll, which had 51 second-half points, was led by Zach Taylor's 22 points and Ryan Imhoff's 20.

"We got a little stagnant," Dreikosen said of the Saints' late surge. "They just kept creeping back, creeping back like good teams do."

The Bears shot 20 of 24 from the foul line, while the Saints were 28 of 32.

Rocky will remain at home to play 13th-ranked Montana Western on Saturday night. The Bulldogs are now sitting atop the Frontier standings.

MSUB women 64, Western Oregon 60

MONMOUTH, Ore. — Tiana Hanson and Rylee Kane teamed up for 40 points Thursday night in leading Montana State Billings to a 64-60 victory at Western Oregon in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball.

Hanson, who is from Shepherd, wound up with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Kane, from Red Lodge, ended up with 17 points.

The Yellowjackets trailed 50-38 in the second half before rallying for a 57-all tie. Hanson, who shot 15 of 18 at the line, made seven consecutive free throws in the final 23 seconds to help MSUB to victory.

The win elevated the Yellowjackets to 5-10 in conference and 8-15 overall. Western Oregon fell to 3-13 and 7-16.

Western Oregon's Jasmine Miller scored 15 points.

Carroll women 62, Rocky 54

Baylee Watson and Hannah Dean joined forces for 25 points Thursday night in leading visiting Carroll College past Rocky Mountain College 62-54 in Frontier Conference women's basketball at the Fortin Center.

Watson finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Saints (7-8, 17-8), while Dean added 11. Teammate Cassidy Hashley collected 13 rebounds.

Carroll closed the game on an 11-0 run in the final three minutes. Bailey Pasta and Watson made a pair of free throws apiece late to help secure the victory 

"We didn't execute well enough down the stretch and Carroll made the plays," said Rocky coach Wes Keller.

The Battlin' Bears (4-9, 12-13) received 12 points from Jayde LeFevre and 11 from Keisha Engelhardt.

Carroll knocked down 11 3-pointers and held a big rebounding advantage, 38-21.

Alaska men 83, MSUB 74

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Five Alaska (Fairbanks) players scored points in double digits Thursday night in an 83-74 win over Montana State Billings in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball.

Brandon Davis led the way for Alaska with 22 points. Nahjee Matlock (18), LaDonavan Wilder (13), Zach Pederson (11) and Bangaly Kaba (10) were the other double-figure scorers for the Nanooks (7-9, 12-13).

Peterson also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Preston Beverly and Marc Matthews scored 19 points apiece for the Yellowjackets (8-7, 13-10). Beverly knocked down four 3-pointers and secured nine rebounds.

Alaska shot 20 of 26 from the foul line.

Montana women 64, Southern Utah 55

MISSOULA — Montana brought a 13-game losing streak to a halt Thursday night by beating visiting Southern Utah 64-55 in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.

The victory was the first for the Lady Griz (1-11, 4-19) since beating Rocky Mountain College in late December. Southern Utah (0-12, 5-18) suffered its 12th consecutive setback.

The Lady Griz led 50-34 with 10 minutes to play.

The Thunderbirds closed to within 59-55 before McKenzie Johnston's four free throws in the final 31 seconds remaining helped to thwart the visitors' comeback bid.

Montana prevailed with a balanced offensive attack paced by Johnston's double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Three other Lady Griz scored points in double figures: Taylor Goligoski (12), Madi Schoening (12) and Hailey Nicholson (10).

Nicholson, who is from Malta, also grabbed six rebounds.

Schoening and Nicholson are freshmen, while Johnston and Goligoski are redshirt-freshmen.

Montana's Mekayla Isaak also snared 10 rebounds.

Southern Utah was led by Jessica Richardson's 13 points.

Montana State women 86, Northern Arizona 69

BOZEMAN — Riley Nordgaard delivered a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds as Montana State cruised past visiting Northern Arizona 86-69 Thursday night in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.

It was Nordgaard's sixth double-double of the season. Her 13 boards tied a season high.

The Bobcats (10-2, 17-5) had five players score points in double figures in overwhelming the Lumberjacks (2-10, 6-17).

MSU also extended its home winning streak to 21 games. It's the fourth longest streak at the NCAA Division I level.

Besides the exploits of Nordgaard, a senior forward, MSU also received major contributions from Peyton Ferris (12 points), Annika Lai (11), Hannah Caudill (10) and Blaire Braxton (10).

Braxton also had nine rebounds, while Caudill handed out seven assists. Ferris finished with five assists and two steals.

The Bobcats shot 48 percent from the field and also owned a commanding 45-33 edge in rebounding.

MSU's bench outscored NAU 32-4.

NAU was led by the game-high 29 points and five rebounds of Olivia Lucero.

 

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