A great game Saturday night for the Griz and for Brian Qvale, not so great for the referees. Griz Nation were on their feet Saturday night berating the officials on how they were calling the game. But it didn't last long as Montana pulled ahead follwing half-time.

Brian Qvale tied the all-time Big Sky Conference record for blocked shots Saturday as Montana defeated Portland State 77-70.

Qvale had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for the Grizzlies (13-5, 5-1 Big Sky). He now has 212 career blocks to tie Montana alum Daren Engellant (1988-92) for the conference record.

Will Cherry added 19 points and seven assists for Montana, while Art Steward had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Charles Odum led Portland State (9-8, 2-3) with 24 points. Phillips Thomas added 18 points, and Chris Harriel had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Grizzlies broke open a close game when Shawn Stockton hit a 3-pointer to start an 8-0 run and Cherry capped it with a three-point play with 5:21 remaining to put Montana on top 62-51. Story from Associated Press