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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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 Five players in double figures carried the Rocky Mountain College men to an easy 79-60 win over Montana Tech Thursday at the Fortin Center.

The Battlin' Bears (8-7, 15-12) have won four straight. They play their final home game of the regular season on Saturday, hosting Lewis-Clark State at 7:30 p.m.

Rocky seniors Zach Hinton, Taylor Longo, Derek Graves and Riley Bradshaw will be honored between the men's and the women's games.

Chad Kananen scored a team-high 19 points for Rocky, including four 3-pointers. Taylor Longo added 13 points, while Zach Hinton posted his second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Riley Bradshaw finished with 12 points and Derek Graves 11.

"We've been able to do that," said Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen of his team's offensive balance. "We got a lot of different guys who can find ways to put the ball into the hoop.

"We were able to get to the free throw line tonight, that's probably the thing I was most happy about tonight. It was just a good solid win."

Rocky finished 17 of 26 from the free throw line, including 12 of 19 in the second half.

The Battlin' Bears led by as many as 27 midway in the second half. There was one tie and zero lead changes.

The Orediggers' Lukas Vining led all scorers with 22 points, while Chris O'Neill had 18.

Montana Tech 65, Rocky women 63

Kourtney Coverdell made a program-record nine 3-pointers to help Montana Tech hold off Rocky Mountain College 65-63 in Frontier Conference women's basketball on Thursday night at the Fortin Center.

Coverdell, a sophomore guard from Fairfield, finished with a game-high 27 points. The previous 3-point record was eight by Monica Landdeck against Yellowstone Christian College on Oct. 22, 2016.

Coverdell's 13 3-point attempts were second-most in Oredigger history.

"She was exceptional," said Rocky coach Wes Keller of Coverdell. "She hit some easy ones and she made some tough ones. Tech shot phenomenal from the 3-point line."

The Orediggers were 15 of 26 from 3-point range. The 15 3-pointers were two shy of the record of 17 against YCC.

Hattie Thatcher added 15 points for Montana Tech, while Martha Dembek had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Markaela Francis led the Battlin' Bears with 13 points, while Keisha Engelhardt had 12. Hailee Farstveet and Jayde LeFevre each had 11.

The Orediggers, who never trailed, led by as many as 18 in the third quarter. The scored was tied two times.

"We started getting the ball inside in the second half and Markaela Francis did some good things," said Keller. "Give the players credit. We were down 16 at halftime and they kept competing."

Rocky hosts No. 4-ranked Lewis-Clark State on Saturday.

Seattle Pacific 75, MSUB men 70

Gavin Long combined and Joe Rasmussen combined for 47 points to help Seattle Pacific hold off Montana State Billings 75-750 in GNAC men's basketball Thursday night at Alterowitz Gymnasium.

The Yellowjackets (13-12, 8-9) play their final home game of the season on Saturday, hosting Saint Martin's at 7:30 p.m. It is part of a doubleheader with the women's program. The Yellowjackets are battling for one of the four remaining spots in the GNAC Tournament.

Seniors Marc Matthews and Jace Anderson will be honored prior to the game.

Long finished with a game-high 25 points for the Falcons (12-14, 8-10), while Rasmussen added 22.

Zack Lessinger led MSUB with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Kendall Denham had 11 and Preston Beverly 10. 

Matthews has 1,238 career points and needs 41 in the next three games to reach the career top 10. Matthews currently ranks No. 13 all-time. He also ranks among the career top 10 in 3-pointers with 212. 

Anderson, of Whitewater, is among the top 15 for career 3-pointers with 125.

W. Washington 73, MSUB women 59

Nationally-ranked Western Washington dominated inside, breaking away late from Montana State Billings 73-59 Thursday at Alterowitz Gymnasium.

The Yellowjackets (8-17, 5-12) host No. 25 Simon Fraser on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

Taylor Peacocke led the 17th-ranked Vikings (23-3, 17-1) with a game-high 25 points, while teammate Tia Briggs had 22.

Tiana Hanson led MSUB with 18 points, while Lexi Prevost had 15. Rylee Kane had five assists and is now sixth all-time with 357, passing Megan Mason-Dickerson (355).

Portland State 69, MSU women 65

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ashley Bolston tossed in a game-high 29 points as Portland State snapped Montana State's seven-game win streak with a 69-65 win Thursday in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.

Peyton Ferris and Hannah Caudill led the Bobcats (18-6, 11-3) with 15 points apiece, while Riley Nordgaard had 12.

Bolston, who also had 29 when the teams played in Bozeman, was 12 of 14 from the free throw line.

Sacramento State 99, UM women 69

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento put four players in double figures and helped for 25 Montana turnovers, racing past the Lady Griz 99-69 Thursday in Big Sky Conference women's basketball.

The Hornets (9-15, 5-8) scored 27 points off UM turnovers.

Taylor Goligoski led the Lady Griz (5-20, 2-12) with 18 points, while Hailey Nicholson had 11.

Maranne Johnson led Sacramento State with 21, while Emily Easom had 18. Margaret Huntington and Gretchen Harrigan had 15 points apiece.