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2013-14 Montana Basketball

Post Season Play

Post Season Play

2013-14 Montana Basketball



MISSOULA, MONTANA – The 2013-14 Montana Grizzlies had an second season in a row, while Jamar was voted the MVP. The Griz had outstanding season, making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in three players named to the All-District 6 squad in Cherry, Jamar, and the past four seasons to the “Big Dance.” It was Montana’s 10th NCAA Ward – the most from one team in Big Sky history. Ward was also named tourney berth in school history, and sixth since the 2001-02 season. to the Capital One Academic All-America Division 1 team. The Grizzlies earned a 13 seed for the second year in a row, and had Cherry, who finished ranked among UM’s all-time leaders in steals the misfortune to draw No. 4-seed and 19th-ranked Syracuse in a second (first, 265), starts (first, 104), assists (fourth, 397), and scoring (seventh, round of an East Region game played in San Jose, Calif. The result was an 1,484), was named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America team and 81-34 win by the Orange, who advanced to the Final Four, losing 61-56 to to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American team. Michigan. Jamar, who begins his senior year ranked 18th in career scoring, was The road to the their second NCAA berth in a row was a memorable an Associated Press All-American last season. one, as the Grizzlies set a Big Sky Conference record with a 19-1 mark en Griz head coach Wayne Tinkle was voted the Big Sky’s “Coach of the route to the regular-season Year” for the second straight championship. Montana season, and is the only coach also registered an overall rein school history to be so-honcord of 25-7 for the second ored. straight season. “Tinks” starts his eighth Montana’s 19 league season as head coach with a wins not only set a Big Sky school-record 85 conference record, but also its 25 reguwin, and is fourth in UM hislar-season victories tie the tory with 141 career victories. record for the second most The 2011-12 Montana Grizin school history. zlies made their second NCAA The Grizzlies set a Big appearance in three seasons and Sky record with 25 straight ninth overall trip to “The Big regular-season conference Dance.” wins. The streak started The Grizzlies earned a 13 during the 2011-12 season seed and an opportunity to play and ended Feb. 14, 2013. fourth- seeded Wisconsin. Montana will begin the The Badger’s top-ranked 2013-14 season looking to scoring defense in the nation expand on its league record gave few open baskets and held of 26 straight regular-season the Griz to just 18-of-47 from home conference wins. the field on the way to a 73-49 Because it won the win. league’s regular-season Junior guard Ryan Evans title, UM earned the right scored 18 points and All-Amerto host the Big Sky’s postican point guard Jordan Taylor season tournament. Thanks Griz All-American senior guard Will Cherry comes up against the Wisconadded 17 to pace the Badgers. to a game-high 21 points sin Badger’s top-ranked defense in the second round of the NCAA tourna Senior forward Art Steward by senior point guard Will ment at the “Pit” in Alubuquerque, N.M., in 2012. had a big game on the national Cherry and a 19-point, 10 stage, he scored 18 points, but it rebound effort by junior guard/forward Kareem Jamar, the Griz defeated wasn’t enough to get the Griz into the game. Northern Colorado 70-56 in the semifinals. The trip to the tournament was a great ride. For the second consecutive year Montana squared off against long- Coach Wayne Tinkle’s squad rode the momentum of a 14-game win time hoops rival Weber State for the Big Sky’s tourney crown and an streak to a 15-1 Big Sky record and regular season championship, MonNCAA berth, and once again the Grizzlies prevailed, defeating the Wild- tana’s first in a decade. The Grizzlies capitalized on home court advantage cats 67-64. Jamar and Cherry led the way with 20 and 18 points, respec- in the tournament and defeated Eastern Washington 74-66 in the semifitively. nals. Jamar was named post-season tournament MVP for the second year In the championship game Montana faced Weber State and NBA lotin a row, and was joined on the all-tournament team by Cherry and sopho- tery pick Damian Lillard, but the Grizzlies rolled to an 85-66 win. more guard Jordan Gregory. Jamar became the third player in Big Sky Sophomore guard Kareem Jamar scored 23 points and seven assists history to earn back-to-back tourney MVP awards. on his way to the championship MVP. Junior forward Mathias Ward also Montana, which finished 14th (and a final RPI of 82) in the final Mid- scored 23 and eight rebounds to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Major Top 25 Poll, had four players receive all-league recognition. Cherry Junior guard Will Cherry played all 80 minutes of the two Big Sky and Jamar were first team selections, while senior forward Mathias Ward Tournament games. Cherry played a huge role defensively in the champiwas a second team pick, and Gregory was named honorable mention. onship game. He matched up against Lillard and still contributed 13 points Cherry was tabbed the league’s “Defensive Player of the Year,” for the and six assists and was also named to the all-tourney team.

• Idaho 63, Montana 62 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Flagstaff, Ariz.)


• Montana 68, Idaho 60 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Reno, Nev.) • Montana 72, Weber State 68 (Big Sky Semifinal, Reno, Nev.) • Montana State 82, Montana 77 (Big Sky Championship, Reno, Nev.) • Texas Christian 76, Montana 69 (1st Round N.I.T., Missoula)



• Montana 77, Northern Arizona 72 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Bozeman, Mont.) • Montana State 60, Montana 54 (Big Sky Semifinal, Bozeman, Mont.)


• Montana 87, Montana State 84 OT (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Boise, Idaho) • Idaho 77, Montana 56 (Big Sky Semifinal, Boise, Idaho)


• Montana State 69, Montana 57 (Big Sky Semifinal, Boise, Idaho)


• Montana 109, Idaho State 97 (Big Sky Semifinal, Missoula) • Montana 76, Idaho 68 (Big Sky Championship, Missoula) • UNLV 99, Montana 65 (1st Round NCAA, Tuscon, Ariz.)


• Montana 68, Idaho 52 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Missoula) • Montana 73, Nevada Reno 68 (Big Sky Semifinal, Missoula) • Florida State 78, Montana 68 (1st Round NCAA, Boise, Idaho)


• Idaho State 61, Montana (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Moscow, Idaho)


• Idaho 74, Montana 63 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Boise, Idaho)

1994-95 Jordan Gregory defends at the BSC championship game in Missoula in 2012.

• Montana 83, Montana State 73 (Big Sky Semifinal, Ogden, Utah) • Weber St. 84, Montana 62 (Big Sky Championship, Ogden, Utah) • UTEP 90, Montana 60 (1st Round N.I.T., El Paso, Texas)


• Idaho 72, Montana 67 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Bozeman, Mont.)

• Montana 69, Utah State 63 (Western Division NCAA playoff, Pullman, Wash.) • UCLA 64, Montana 67 (NCAA playoff, Portland, Ore.) • UNLV 75, Montana 67 (NCAA playoff, Portland, Ore.)


• Montana 70, Boise State 61 (Big Sky Semifina, Missoula) • Weber State 62, Montana 55 (OT) (Big Sky Championship, Missoula)


• Weber State 98, Montana 71 (Big Sky Semifinal, Ogden, Utah)


• Montana 63, Idaho 53 (Big Sky Semifinal, Ogden, Utah) • Weber State 50, Montana 42 (Big Sky Championship, Ogden, Utah)


• Montana 85, Montana State 64 (Big Sky Semifinal, Moscow, Idaho) • Idaho 70, Montana 64 (Big Sky Championship, Moscow, Idaho)


• Nevada 97, Montana 93 (2 OT’s) (Big Sky Semifinal, Moscow, Idaho)


• Weber State 54, Montana 53 (Big Sky Semifinal, Reno, Nev.)


• Montana 69, Northern Arizona 54 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Missoula) • Montana 76, Montana State 64 (Big Sky Semifinal, Ogden, Utah) • Nevada 71, Montana 69 (Big Sky Championship, Ogden, Utah)


• Boise State 67, Montana 54 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Boise, Idaho) • UCLA 78, Montana 47 (1st Round N.I.T., Los Angeles, Calif.)


1995-96 1996-97

• Montana 81, Weber State 56 (Big Sky Semifinal, Flagstaff, Ariz.) • Montana 82, CS Northridge 79 (Big Sky Championship, Flagstaff, Ariz.) • Kentucky 92, Montana 54 (1st Round NCAA Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah)


• Montana State 68, Montana 60 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Flagstaff, Ariz.)


• Cal State Northridge 66, Montana 53 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Missoula)


• Montana 82, N. Arizona 64 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Bozeman, Mont.) • Montana 70, Montana State 68 (Big Sky Semifinalm Bozeman, Mont.) • Montana 70, E. Washington 66 (Big Sky Championship, Bozeman, Mont.) • Oregon 81, Montana 62 (1st Round NCAA Tournament, Sacramento, Calif.)


• Sacramento State 88, Montana 75 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Missoula)


• Idaho State 74, Montana 73 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Pocatello, Idaho)


• Montana 58, Eastern Washington 48 (Big Sky Quarterfinal, Missoula) • Montana 79, Montana State 67 (Big Sky Semifinal, Portland, Ore.) • Montana 63, Weber State 61 (Big Sky Championship, Portland, Ore.) • Washington 88, Montana 77(1st Round NCAA Tourn., Boise, Idaho)


2013 14 Montana Basketball Yearbook  

2013 14 Montana Basketball Yearbook