BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Marc Matthews matched a career-high 28 points in Montana State Billings’ historic 100-93 win over 19th-ranked Western Washington on Saturday afternoon.
It was the first time in the history of the series, which began in 1963, that the Yellowjackets have won in Bellingham. It is also the first time MSUB has won both games during a conference road trip since the team joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2006-07.
MSUB (8-4, 3-1), which has won seven of its last eight, returns home this week for games against Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene. It is the Yellowjackets first win over a ranked opponent since a 72-70 win over No. 13 Seattle Pacific on Feb. 23, 2014.
“I’m proud of the guys today,” said MSUB coach Jamie Stevens. “They played well, but most importantly they are playing and fighting together. These guys we have don’t quit at any point and they continue to fight throughout the game.”
Matthews was 14 of 28 from the field, including 6 for 11 from 3-point range. He also had eight rebounds, five assists, a blocked shot and a steal.
The senior now ranks 20th all-time for career scoring with 1,046 points, passing Jeff Andrade (1983-85) on Saturday. Next on the list is Kas Ioane (1971-73) with 1,048 points. Matthews also ranks ninth all-time with 174 3-pointers.
Jace Anderson added 18 points, including five 3-pointers for the Yellowjackets, while Preston Beverly had 15 points and Kendall Denham 10. Beverly also had a career-high five assists, along with six rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal.
Anderson’s big game comes exactly one year after suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Vikings in MSUB’s win in Billings.
“We had some great contributions but to have Jace play the way he did today exactly a year after his injury against the same team was awesome,” said Stevens.
MSUB used a 10-0 run to break the game open in the second half. The Yellowjackets made 10 of 12 free throws in the final two minutes and were 20 of 22 from the line for the game.
Taylor Stafford led WWU with 27 points, while Daulton Hommes had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
It is the second straight game MSUB has scored 100 points or more. The Yellowjackets had 107 in Thursday’s win over Simon Fraser. The last time MSUB went back-to-back with 100 point games was 2006 with wins over St. Edward’s (136-101, Jan. 28, 2006) and Lincoln University (128-82, Feb. 3, 2006).
ISU women 67, MSU 59
POCATELLO, Idaho — Idaho State outscored Montana State 19-9 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 67-59 win Saturday afternoon in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.
The Bengals (8-5, 2-0) trailed 50-48 at the end of three quarters.
Saylair Gordon led ISU with 21 points, while Grace Kenyon added 19 and Lindsay Brown 10. Freya Newton had 11 rebounds for the Bengals.
ISU had a 53-38 edge in rebounding.
Peyton Ferris paced the Bobcats (8-4, 1-1) with 16 points and seven assists, while Riley Nordgaard came close to a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Madeline Smith also had 10 points for MSU.
Weber State 74, UM women 58
OGDEN, Utah — Three players in double figures helped Weber State pull away from Montana, 74-58 Saturday afternoon in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.
Kailie Quinn led the Wildcats (7-6, 1-1) with 19 points, while Yarden Danan and Deeshyra Thomas had 12 apiece. Jocelyn Adams had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Weber State made 10 3-pointers.
Taylor Goligoski had 15 points for the Lady Griz (3-10, 0-2), whlie Madi Schoening had 10.
UNLV 81, Wyoming men 75
LAS VEGAS — Jovan Mooring scored 17 points and had seven assists as UNLV fended off Wyoming to earn an 81-75 win on Saturday.
Christian Jones added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Tyrell Green and Jalen Poyser each had 14 points for the Rebels (8-7, 1-1 Mountain West).
UNLV was outshot by Wyoming, 45 percent to 39.1 percent, but held a 24-16 advantage at the free-throw line, hit two more 3-pointers, and won the turnover battle.
Justin James finished with 17 points and Hayden Dalton added 16 to lead the Cowboys (11-4, 1-1).
The Rebels never trailed in the second half but likewise never led by more than seven over the final 10 minutes. James hit a free throw, then put back a layup following his miss on the second attempt to cut it to 73-71 with 33 seconds left. But four free throws by Mooring and Uche Ofoegbu in the final 15 seconds iced it.
Wyoming women 79, UNLV 57
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Missoula Sentinel graduate Liv Roberts scored a career-high 26 points as Wyoming routed UNLV 79-57 Saturday afternoon in women's basketball.
Roberts finished 9 of 12 from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range. She also made four free throws and had eight rebounds.
Marta Gomez added 18 points for the Cowgirls (10-3, 2-0), while Natalie Baker had 10.
Wyoming led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Cowgirls had 22 assists on 25 baskets.
Dakota Gonzalez paced the Lady Rebels (9-5 0-2) with 19 points, while Katie Powell had 10.
Anchorage 87, MSUB women 44
Kiki Robertson scored a game-high 22 points and dished out seven assists in Alaska Anchorage's 87-44 win over Montana State Billings in women's basketball at Alterowitz Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Yellowjackets (4-8, 1-3) play at Seattle Pacific on Thursday and Saint Martin's on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Seawolves (11-1, 3-0) are ranked No. 8 in the country.
Robertson was one of four UAA players to finish in double figures. Tara Thompson added 17 points, while Autumnn Williams had 13 and Kimijah King 10.
The Seawolves led 46-19 at halftime.
Marissa Van Atta led MSUB with 12 points, while Tiana Hanson had 10. Rylee Kane had six assists to go over 300 for her career. She ranks among the top 10 all-time for the Yellowjackets.