The University of Montana men's basketball team claimed its second Big Sky Championship title in two years, beating Eastern Washington University 68-62.
The Griz were behind at the half, trailing the Eagles by five points. While the team spent the first half behind, it made up the deficit in the second half, connecting shot attempts and pushing into an eight-point lead.
Once ahead, with just over 11 minutes to play, the Griz didn't fall behind again. Senior guard Donaven Dorsey netted four 3-pointers to cement the lead and re-energize the team.
The team will move onto the NCAA March Madness tournament next week. This is the 12th time the men have gone to the tournament, and the team's second year in a row.
Both Michael Oguine and Ahmaad Rorie (senior guards) were named to the all-tournament team. Rorie was awarded tournament MVP.
Another senior guard, Bobby Moorehead, set a school record with 133 games played for the University of Montana.
The location and opponent of the Griz in the first round of March Madness will be determined Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m.
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The University of Montana basketball team dance on the court after its Big Sky Championship win on March 16, 2019. The Griz claimed the victory over Eastern Washington University, winning 68-62 in Boise.
University of Montana senior guard Donaven Dorsey shoots against Jesse Hunt of Eastern Washington. Dorsey was able to limit Hunt's points, and scored 12 points for the Griz in his 20 minutes of play.
University of Montana fans and family wait anxiously to start the second half. The Eagles led by seven points at the end of first half.
University of Montana junior guard Sayeed Pridgett takes the ball down court during the first half. Pridgett was the top scorer for the Griz, putting up 18 points in his 38 minutes of play.
The team huddles during a timeout near the end of the game.
University of Montana junior gaurd Sayeed Pridgett fights to get through Eastern Washington defense to the net.
After winning the game, Ahmaad Rorie hugs his mother, Rhonetta Thomas, with tears in his eyes. Rorie didn't score during the first half, but charted 11 points during the second.
University of Montana senior guard Donaven Dorsey skips past the Griz bench. He shot 4-4 on three pointers, which energized the team.
Head coach Travis DeCuire throws pieces of the championship net to gathered young fans.
University of Montana senior guard Ahmaad Rorie climbs down after cutting part of the championship net.