CHENEY, Wash. -- Art Steward had 19 points as Montana won for the ninth time in its last 10 games, beating Eastern Washington 74-60 on Thursday night.
Leading by as many as 14 early, Montana saw Eastern Washington claw within 46-45 on Laron Griffin's basket with 14:30 left. The Grizzlies responded with a 9-2 run, including five points from Mathias Ward, to take a 55-47 lead with12 minutes left. Eastern Washington never got closer than six after that.
Keron DeShields' off-balance shot in the lane started a 12-1 burst that saw the Grizzlies take a 38-24 advantage late in the first half.