Flavien Davis poured in 22 points for the Bobcats, but they could not withstand a strong UM Grizzly team. Forward Kareem Jamar led the way for the Griz, with 20 points, and three other players scored in double figures for UM (10-9, 5-5).
The Cats trailed by as much as 13, and tied the game twice, but were never able to take the lead. MSU (10-11, 5-5) had 24 points off the bench, with guard Antonio Biglow and forward Terrell Brown with seven apiece.
The Bobcats had 30 points in the paint, compared to Montana’s 20, but they were outrebounded by the Griz, and could not make their three pointers fall in the final minutes, shooting only 25 percent in the second half.
The final score was 70-66. The Cats are home again tonight, Feb. 6, taking on the Eastern Washington Eagles at 7 p.m.