CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Carlos Taylor buried a 25-foot jumper at the buzzer as Montana State edged Eastern Washington 82-79 Thursday night in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
An inside jumper from Eastern's Rodney Stuckey tied the game at 79 with 11.8 seconds left, and the Bobcats (4-10) and Eagles (6-7) seemed headed for overtime until Taylor launched the game-winner.Eastern had won five straight at home before the loss. Montana State had lost seven of its previous eight games.After Nick Dissly's 3-pointer from the corner put Montana State up 73-66 with 6:05 left, Eastern scored seven straight -- capped by Paul Butorac's two free throws -- to tie it at 73 with 2:28 remaining.A wide-open 3-pointer by Carson Durr gave the Bobcats a 77-75 lead with 1:40 left. Montana State's Adrian Zamora and Casey Durham then sandwiched free throws around a Butorac dunk for Eastern as the Bobcats led 79-77 with 16.9 seconds left.Taylor's 20 points led Montana State. Durham finished with 12 points, Branden Johnson had 11 and Dissly had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.Stuckey, a sophomore guard who entered the game needing four points to top 1,000 for his career, scored 26 points and had seven assists and four steals.Butorac added 13 points and Derek Risper and Kellen Williams had 10 apiece for the Eagles.