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Griz Struggle In Season Opener

On Thursday night, the University of Montana men’s basketball team made their official debut at home against NAIA Lewis-Clark State.

Luckily, this game was just an exhibition and won’t count towards the Grizzlies’ win-loss record. Montana played well in spurts, but sputtered at other times in a lackluster 64-52 win.

Granted, this was the season opener. A little rust was to be expected. But when Monte sinking a behind-the-back half-court shot during a 2nd half timeout is one of your top offensive highlights, that’s not a good sign.

To be fair, Montana did do some things very well. Senior center Derek Selvig led the team in scoring with 15 points. But Selvig injured his ankle midway through the 2nd half and did not return. By the end of the game, he was on crutches.

Sophomore Kareem Jamar and junior Mathias Ward also turned in nice efforts with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Grizzlies’ next game is next Friday at Colorado State.

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