Montana St. 86, Cal St.-Fullerton 63

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Whitney Connolly scored a game-high 21
points and had seven rebounds as Montana State beat Cal State
Fullerton 86-63 Friday night in the opening round of the Wingate
Inn Thanksgiving Classic.

Montana State (2-2) will play North Dakota State in Saturday's
championship game.

After giving up the first three points of the game, Montana
State went on a 17-6 run to take a 17-9 advantage with 10:28 left
in the first half.

MSU led Fullerton (1-4) 42-24 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bobcats shot 61 percent from the field,
connecting on 19-of-31 from the floor. MSU built its largest lead
at 61-35 with 10:24 remaining following a Scotta Morton basket.

Cal State Fullerton closed to within 76-60 with 4:06 left, but
MSU answered with a 10-3 run to secure the victory.

Krislyn Wallace scored 16 points for the Bobcats, while Nubia
Garcia and Rebecca Mercer each added 13. Cal State Fullerton was
led by Toni Thomas with 16 points.