Stanford 69

(2-2, 0-1 away)

Montana 88

(4-1, 3-0 home)

    9:05 PM ET, December 2, 2005

    Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana

    1 2 T
    STAN 31 3869
    MONT 44 4488

    Top Performers

    Stanford: M. Haryasz 22 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Blk

    Montana: V. Matthews 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Matthews leads Montana past struggling Stanford

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Before Montana's basketball game with Stanford, coach Larry Krystkowiak said the Grizzlies were excited about the opportunity to play an opponent of Stanford's stature.

    Montana's stature went up a notch, after its 88-69 win on Friday.

    "Before the game, coach said we wanted to make a name for ourselves. We want to play harder than people," said Virgil Matthews, who led the Grizzlies with 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

    That's exactly what Montana did -- outshoot, out defend and out hustle the Cardinal (2-2).

    Montana (4-1) jumped out to a 13-0 lead and all five of its starters scored in double figures in the convincing win.

    "We came out of the gate real slow," said Stanford coach Trent Johnson. "We've had some bad starts defensively in the first half at home. We had one here on the road. We're always behind the eight-ball."

    Jordan Hasquet added 20 points, including all four of his 3-pointers from the top of the key, and dished out four assists for Montana, which led 44-31 at halftime.

    "I told 'em we were getting outplayed. We were getting outworked in no uncertain terms. Basically, I challenged them," Johnson said of his halftime talk.

    Dan Grunfeld and Matt Haryasz combined for Stanford's first 20 points of the second half. The Cardinal rallied within 60-51 on two free throws by Haryasz with 11:42 remaining and got within 64-57 on two more free throws by Haryasz with 7:11 left.

    Hasquet quieted the rally with a 3-pointer.

    "We got within eight, nine a couple of times," Johnson said. "We had some good looks. We executed offensively. Then Chris (Hernandez) had an open jump shot that didn't go down. Danny had a couple open looks and Matt -- our three guys we rely on to make plays offensively. They just didn't go down."

    Montana took a 71-60 lead after Kevin Criswell came out of a scramble for a loose ball with a full-court layup attempt. Matthews tipped in the miss with 3:44 remaining.

    "That's how I earned my minutes last year, just trying to go after everything," Matthews said. "Dive on the floor, follow every ball."

    A steal by Matthews led to a layup by Matt Martin giving Montana a 73-60 lead with 2:38 left. Matthews had a crowd-pleasing dunk at 1:44 and Montana made 13-of-14 free throws in the final 2:29.

    Criswell added 14 points for Montana, followed by Martin with 12 and Andrew Strait with 11.

    "We have to continue to get better and not think that this is reaching anything magical," Krystkowiak said. "It was a great win for Grizzly basketball. It was a great win in front of a great crowd. But in the grand scheme of things it was only one win."

    Matthews called it "the biggest win I've ever been in in my career."

    "We've got to build off this," said Criswell.

    Haryasz led Stanford with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Grunfeld finished with 16 after having just three at halftime. Chris Hernandez added 12 points and four assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 88
    FG Made-Attempted 25-59 (.424) 28-48 (.583)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 8-13 (.615)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-21 (.524) 24-28 (.857)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

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