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Northern Arizona unable to keep up, falls to Montana

Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy calls to his team during the first half against Weber State during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Ogden, Utah. (Matt Herp/Standard-Examiner via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. — Michael Oguine made a career-best seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to help Montana beat Northern Arizona 82-64 on Saturday night to remain undefeated atop the Big Sky Conference.

Montana (16-5, 9-0) has won nine straight and 11 of its last 12 games, and has matched last season’s win total with nine regular season games remaining. The nine-game win streak is the longest in coach Travis DeCuire’s four seasons with the Grizzlies.

Oguine, a junior guard, was 8-of-15 shooting and surpassed 1,000 career points. He entered averaging 15.6 points and hadn’t made more than four 3s in a game.

Jamar Akoh added 17 points for Montana. Ahmaad Rorie had 12 points and Sayeed Pridgett chipped in 10.

Torry Johnson scored 19 points to lead Northern Arizona (4-18, 1-8), which has lost eight of its last nine games.

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