Freshman Tyler Hall had 25 points as Montana State withstood a frantic Sacramento State comeback for a 79-76 win Saturday night at the Nest.
The Hornets (10-11, 3-7 Big Sky Conference) never led and trailed by 15 points before making the finish exciting.
Sac State’s Grant Dressler sank a deep three-pointer with eight seconds left to cut the deficit to 75-73. After two free throws by the Bobcats’ Danny Robison, the Hornets’ Dreon Barlett hit a three-pointer with three seconds to play to make it 77-76. But Marcus Colbert’s two free throws with one second left sealed the win for Montana State (10-13, 5-6).
Justin Strings led Sac State with 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Barlett had 16 points and seven rebounds.
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Montana State had a 47-39 rebounding advantage. Quinton Everett, a 6-foot-3 guard, had 15 rebounds and 11 points for the Bobcats.
Sac State’s Cody Demps missed his eighth consecutive game but suited up for the first time since injuring his quadriceps. Coach Brian Katz said Demps was cleared to play Friday but won’t be ready until he has had a chance to practice.
UC Davis 50, UC Riverside 49 in Riverside – Brynton Lemar hit a jumper with two seconds left to lift the Aggies (10-12, 5-4 Big West Conference) over the Highlanders (13-13, 4-6).
Malik Thames (Pleasant Grove High School) and Taylor Johns made two free throws each to put Riverside ahead 49-48 with eight seconds left.
Lemar’s decisive shot ended a 2:44 scoreless stretch for UCD. He finished with 13 points.
Montana State 116, Sacramento State 99 in Bozeman, Mont. – Brianna Burgos led the Hornets’ record-tying three-point attack, but the Bobcats broke their record for points in their win.
Burgos tied a school record with nine three-pointers (in 17 attempts) and scored a career-high 34 points. Sac State (7-14, 4-6 Big Sky) tied its NCAA record with 25 three-pointers (in 65 attempts). The Hornets were 31 of 88 from the field overall.
Sac State led 59-50 one minute into the third quarter. But Montana State (17-5, 10-1) took control with runs of 15-0 and 10-0 in the third.
UC Davis 63, Cal State Fullerton 59 in Fullerton – Alyson Doherty had 15 points as the Aggies handed the Titans their 21st consecutive loss.
UC Davis (13-9, 6-3 Big West) made 12 of 24 second-half shots but couldn’t pull away.
Fullerton (2-21, 0-9) had a chance to tie in the closing seconds. But Lauren Nubla (McClatchy High School) missed on a drive, and the Aggies’ Pele Gianotti grabbed the rebound, was fouled and sank two free throws for the final margin.
The Associated Press and Bee Sports staff contributed to this report.