Montana 67, Santa Clara 56

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Martin scored 16 points to help
Montana win its 10th straight, a 67-56 victory over Santa Clara on
Thursday night.

Kevin Criswell added 14 points as the Grizzlies (10-1) extended
their winning streak despite a season-low in points. Andrew Strait
had 13. The Grizzlies have won 16 of their last 17 regular-season

Travis Niesen scored 18 points to lead Santa Clara (5-5), which
lost at home for the first time. Mitch Henke added 14 points and
Brody Angley had 13.

Former NBA player Larry Krystkowiak returned to his alma mater
to coach last year, leading the Grizzlies to the Big Sky Conference
tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Krystkowiak,
Montana's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, played for Mike
Montgomery, who currently coaches the Golden State Warriors.

With three returning starters, the Grizzlies -- picked to finish
second behind Montana State this year -- won't surprise anyone this
season but that hasn't stopped them from registering at least one
signature victory over Stanford.

Martin hit a pair of 3-pointers to snap a 47-all tie with 11:16
remaining to play. Montana maintained its tenuous lead the rest of
the way.

The Broncos were able to stay within striking distance because
of three key offensive rebounds and Henke's steal which led to a
slam dunk with just under eight minutes to play.

Santa Clara's 23-18 lead with 8:15 remaining was the biggest
advantage of the first half for either team.

Montana outscored the Broncos 14-7 the rest of the way to take a
32-30 lead into halftime.

The game also featured a reunion of three freshmen players --
Austin Swift and Eric Van Vliet for Montana and Cliff Sammet for
Santa Clara -- from nearby Santa Cruz High, which won the California
state Division III title under Pete Newell Jr. in March.