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Hawks rally for 90-85 Big Sky men's basketball win at Montana State

BOZEMAN, Mont.--UND has had its share of success at Montana State since it joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012. That success continued Thursday night as the Fighting Hawks downed Montana State 90-85. It marked UND's fourth win in five trips to ...

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BOZEMAN, Mont.-UND has had its share of success at Montana State since it joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012.

That success continued Thursday night as the Fighting Hawks downed Montana State 90-85. It marked UND's fourth win in five trips to Bozeman.

UND improved to 4-1 in the Big Sky and 9-6 overall. It was UND's fourth-straight win. Montana State dropped to 1-4 and 6-12.

UND had three players score 20 or more points, led by Quinton Hooker-the league's preseason player of the year. Hooker finished with 24 points, making 7 of 12 from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

Geno Crandall finished with 22 points while 6-foot-7 sophomore Conner Avants ended with 20, going 7 of 9 from the field.

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Montana State was led by Tyler Hall, who scored 23 points-his season average.

UND bolted out to an early lead by the Bobcats led 42-38 at the break.

UND trailed by eight points early in the second half but began to chip away and tied the game at 52-52 on a Hooker jump with 15:10 to play.

The Bobcats pushed that lead to five points but UND grabbed a 68-66 advantage on a Corey Baldwin layup with 7:26 to play.

The Hawks led the rest of the way.

The Hawks shot 50 percent while Montana ended at 53 percent.

UND will play at Montana.

Related Topics: UND BASKETBALL
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