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McManamen keys late run as Cowboys defeat Lobos 82-71 and end three-game losing streak

Wyoming senior guard Jason McManamen dribbles the ball past a Western State player during their game earlier this season at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo.


HAVRE — Riley Bradshaw scored a game-high 17 points and Taylor Longo notched a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Rocky Mountain College overwhelmed Montana State-Northern 75-58 Saturday night in Frontier Conference men's basketball.

The game ended the regular season for the Battlin' Bears (9-9, 16-14) and the Lights (9-9, 20-10).

Fifth-seeded Rocky and fourth-seeded MSU-Northern will meet again in Havre on Wednesday night in the first round of the conference playoffs.

On Saturday, Chad Kananen added 13 points to a balanced Bear attack. Zach Hinton contributed 12.

Bradshaw nailed five 3-pointers for Rocky, which led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

"We played with a lot of energy," said Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen. "I thought we played with good intensity on defense and had good decision-making on offense. 

"Now we've got to take that and roll with it into the playoffs."

David Straughter led Northern with 13 points. Ryan Reeves added 11.

The Lights took two of three games from the Bears during the season.

Western Oregon men 72, MSUB 56

MONMOUTH, Ore. — Visiting Montana State Billings lost to Western Oregon 72-56 Saturday night, but the Yellowjackets still earned a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference postseason tournament for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

MSUB (14-14, 9-11) will be seeded sixth after winning a GNAC tiebreaker and will begin play in Lacey, Wash., on Thursday with a rematch against No. 3 Western Oregon (16-12, 13-7).

Western Oregon's Tanner Omlid scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists in the win over MSUB. Three other Wolves, Ali Faruq-Bey (11), Demetrius Trammell (11) and Evan Garrison (10), also scored in double figures.

The Yellowjackets received 16 points from Jace Anderson, 15 from Preston Beverly and 12 from Kamal Tall. Kendall Denham collected a career-high 10 rebounds.

MSU-Northern women 54, Rocky 49

HAVRE — Guard Natalee Faupel provided 29 points and eight rebounds Saturday night as No. 15-ranked Montana State-Northern won its fourth consecutive game by beating Rocky Mountain College 54-49 in Frontier Conference women's basketball.

Faupel, who is from Butte, shot 6 for 7 from the foul line, including three critical free throws inside the final 32 seconds for the Skylights (12-6, 22-7). She also made four 3-pointers in what was the regular-season finale for both teams.

Northern's Sierra Richards grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Battlin' Bears (5-13, 13-17) received 14 points apiece from Hailee Farstveet and Markaela Francis. Keisha Engelhardt and Madeline Jacquart collected seven rebounds apiece.

"We played hard and fought to the end," said Rocky coach Wes Keller. "We missed quite a few bunnies throughout the game."

Rocky will be the sixth seed at the upcoming conference postseason tournament and will play a road game Tuesday night against No. 3 Montana Western.

Western has beaten Rocky three times this season.

Northwest Nazarene women 63, MSUB 53

Lexi Tubbs and Ellie Logan scored 12 points apiece Saturday night in guiding visiting Northwest Nazarene to a 63-53 win at Montana State Billings in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball.

Tubbs also garnered seven rebounds for the Crusaders (10-10, 12-14).

Ten NNU players scored points.

MSUB's Tiana Hanson was the game's top scorer with 25 points. She shot 14 of 15 from the foul line for the Yellowjackets (5-15, 8-20).

Rylee Kane scored 15 points for MSUB, which was playing in its final game of the season. 

The Yellowjackets, who shot just 34 percent from the field, lost their last five games.

Wyoming women 60, New Mexico 58

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three players in double figures helped Wyoming hold off New Mexico 60-58 Saturday in Mountain West women's basketball.

Marta Gomez, Ciara Tapia and Selale Kepnec each had 12 points for the Cowgirls (19-8, 11-5).

Richelle van der Keijl had a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Lobos (15-13,10-7), while Cherise Beynon also had 18 points.

Van der Keijl's 3-point play pulled New Mexico to 59-58 with 11 seconds remaining. Tapia made a free throw for Wyoming. The Lobos' Alex Lapeyrolerie missed a 3-point attempt as time expired.

Wyoming 82, New Mexico 71

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Justin James scored 22 points off the bench and grabbed 10 rebounds and Wyoming beat New Mexico 82-71 on Saturday.

James was 8 of 16 from the floor, including three from downtown, for the Cowboys (17-12, 7-9 Mountain West). Jason McManamen added 17 points and four assists; Hayden Dalton had 11 points and Alan Herndon 10.

James and Jeremy Lieberman each sank a 3-pointer in the final 1:40 of the first half for a 38-31 lead at the break and the Cowboys led the rest of the way.

New Mexico stayed close through most of the second half, closing it to 70-68 with 4:13 to go. James answered with a 3-pointer to start a 9-0 run that gave Wyoming a 79-68 advantage with 2:05 remaining.

Connor MacDougall led the Lobos (16-13, 9-8) with 17 points. Sam Logwood had 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.