By the time the last game started on Thursday evening, March 21, 2019, Wells Fargo Arena was sleepy.
The University of Montana and the University of Michigan got onto the court around 9 p.m., after three earlier games in the arena during the first round of the NCAA March Madness tournament.
The wolverines dominated the Griz, winning 55-74.
The Montana team struggled from the start, immediately slow to score. The allowed the Wolverines to build a 21-6 lead in the first half, and a missed break-away dunk from senior guard Bobby Moorehead set the tone for the rest of the game.
Michigan fielded a tall team, which was a problem for the short and fast Griz. They struggled to get rebounds under either net and were consistently called for fouls as they tried to defend against the much larger men.
The second half went slightly better for the Griz, who managed to outscore Michigan 13-6 in the final 6 minutes of the game. That run was not enough to pull them out of the deficit.
The last two minutes saw a seven-man rotation as head coach Travis DeCuire took the seniors out of the game for the final time, giving the freshmen a chance to play.
It was an emotional night for the seniors: guards Ahmaad Rorie, Michael Oguine, Bobby Moorehead, and Donaven Dorsey, as well as Jamar Akoh, a forward who hasn't played in several games after an injury.
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University of Michigan freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis catches a rebound in the first half of the team's victory over the University of Montana on March 21, 2019. The Wolverines won the game easily, 74-55, and knocked the University of Montana out of the NCAA March Madness Tournament in Des Moines.
University of Montana senior guard Michael Oguine attempts to push past a University of Michigan sophomore forward Isaiah Livers during the second half of the game. This was Oguine's last game as a Griz- he finishes his career at the University of Montana ranked seventh in points scored (1,647)
University of Montana pep band member Jasper Knutson balances his baritone horn on his head in an attempt to distract the University of Michigan player taking a free throw.
University of Montana junior guard Sayeed Pridgett drives toward the hoop. Pridgett led scoring for the Griz, managing 17 points in his 36 minutes of play.
University of Montana pep band member Lane Ulberg plays the bass during half time in the game. The teams went into the locker rooms with the University of Michigan at a 12-point lead.
University of Montana freshman guard Freddy Brown III shoots a three point shot in the last few minutes of the game. The freshmen came in from the bench to relieve the seniors after it was clear that the Griz had lost.
University of Montana head coach Travis DeCuire yells instructions at the team from the sideline during the second half of the game against Michigan State.
University of Montana junior guard Timmy Falls attempts a layup against University of Michigan senior guard Charles Matthews during the second half of the game. Falls was second in scoring for the Griz but only managed to put up 10 points in 28 minutes of play.
Falls watches from the bench as his team fails to defend the University of Michigan offense.
The University of Montana team gather on the court to discuss strategy for their final minutes of try to defend against the University of Michigan's much taller offense. Neither team shot well, with both of their field goal percentages under 50 percent.
Senior guard Sayeed Pridgett leaps to the hoop to attempt a layup while defenders from the University of Michigan team block his shot.
University of Montana senior guard Ahmaad Rorie sits on the bench after coming out of his final game for the Griz. In a post-game press conference, he talked about his time at Griz basketball, "I graduated, got a degree and I'm working on another one in media arts. I want to be remembered as the kind of guy who improved off the court, and now basketballwise I feel like I've grown a lot as a leader."