MISSOULA - Senior center John Bryant scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Santa Clara to a 71-68 victory over Montana Sunday.
The game at UM's Dahlberg Arena was close the entire way and featured 15 lead changes and eight ties.
Santa Clara junior guard Perry Petty made a pair of crucial free throws with 11 seconds left to give his team a 71-68 lead.
Montana set up a last-second 3-point shot to tie the game and force an overtime, but senior forward Jordan's Hasquet's attempt hit the back rim and bounced off as time expired.
Anthony Johnson led Montana with a career-high 21 points, made 7 of 10 field goal shots and was 6 of 7 from the line.