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Archive for Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Top 25 Men: Montana shocks No. 17 Stanford

December 17, 2002

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— David Bell had 24 points, including a three-pointer with 4.3 seconds left, and Montana upended No. 17 Stanford, 70-68, Monday night in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.

Bell was 6-of-8 from three-point range, including 4-of-4 in the first half, and Stanford hurt itself with an abysmal 17-of-32 showing at the free-throw line.

Stanford's Matt Lottich hit a three-pointer that bounced off the rim and then in with 46 seconds left for a 68-66 lead, then Montana's Steve Horne made one free throw with 21 seconds left.

Josh Childress of Stanford (5-2) then missed the front-end of a one-and-one and the Grizzlies got the ball back with 17 seconds remaining.

Montana (4-6), which won for the first time in three road games, advanced to face Pepperdine (4-3) in today's championship game. The Waves defeated Richmond 83-77.

Stanford had won the past four titles in its own tournament.

Childress led the Cardinal with 14 points, while Lottich, Justin Davis, Rob Little and Julius Barnes each added 11.

Entering Monday's game, the Cardinal were allowing opponents to shoot only 40 percent, had forced 89 turnovers and held a rebounding advantage in five of six games.

Montana shot 47 percent and committed only nine turnovers to Stanford's 15. The Grizzlies overcame a 42-22 rebounding disadvantage.

Stanford coach Mike Montgomery was trying to beat the school where his head coaching career began back in 1978. He spent eight seasons directing the Grizzlies, and is now 1-1 against them.

Bell had 16 points in the first half as Montana took a 35-34 lead. Stanford had many opportunities to take control of the game, but struggled to convert its free throws.

No. 20 Creighton 68, Delaware St. 48

Omaha, Neb. - Creighton's top player wasn't much of a factor, and the Bluejays committed 19 turnovers.

Brody Deren scored 14 points to lead the Bluejays (8-0), while Kellen Miliner added 11 and DeAnthony Bowden had 10. Creighton's Kyle Korver, averaging a team-leading 18.4 points, finished with seven.

Miles Davis and Carlos Hawkins each had 11 points for the Hornets (2-5).

The Bluejays made 10 of their first 12 shots to open the second half and pulled away.

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