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Northern Arizona loses heartbreaker to Montana State in overtime

Northern Arizona head coach Jack Murphy directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Keljin Blevins scored a career-high 26 points and Harald Frey may have made only one basket in 13 tries, but it was a big one.

Frey’s 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in overtime led Montana State over Northern Arizona 76-73 in a tense, back-and-forth game Saturday night.

Blevins opened overtime with a 3-pointer, Montana State never trailed again and has its first 2-0 road start to Big Sky Conference play since the 2004-05 season.

Tyler Hall scored 16 points for the Bobcats (9-6), Sam Neumann added 10 rebounds and nine points, including two free throws to ice it with 7.4 seconds left.

Montana State converted 25 of 30 free throws while Northern Arizona was 18 of 29. Blevins was 9-for-9 at the free throw line, Hall 7-for-8.

Montana State trailed by as many as 15, cut it to 38-34 at the break and opened the second half with seven unanswered points for a 41-38 lead.

Torry Johnson scored 13 points for NAU (3-12, 0-2) and Chris Bowling led with 16 before fouling out late in regulation. JoJo Anderson, who scored 31 against Montana two nights earlier, was 0-for-3 shooting and had four points.

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