No. 17 Stanford Defeated By Montana, 70-68

Dec 17, 2002


AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - David Bell had 24 points, including a 3-pointer with4.3 seconds left, and Montana upset No. 17 Stanford 70-68 Monday night in thefirst round of the Stanford Invitational.

Bell was 6-of-8 from 3-point range, including 4-of-4 in the first half, andStanford hurt itself with an abysmal 17-of-32 showing at the free-throw line.

Stanford's Matt Lottich hit a 3 that bounced off the rim and then in with 46seconds left for a 68-66 lead, then Montana's Steve Horne made one free throwwith 21 seconds left. Josh Childress of Stanford (5-2) then missed thefront-end of a 1-and-1 and the Grizzlies got the ball back with 17 secondsremaining.

Montana (4-6), which won for the first time in three road games, advanced toface Pepperdine (4-3) in Tuesday's championship game. The Waves defeatedRichmond 83-77.

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

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

Stanford used a 7-0 run to break a 45-all tie, then Montana followed withseven straight points, including a three-point play by Chris McKay, to tie thegame at 52 with 9:11 left.

The Cardinal went on a 6-0 spurt, but the Grizzlies wouldn't go away. RyanPederson hit a baseline 3-pointer to pull his team within 60-59 with 4:19 left,but Dan Grunfeld answered with a 3.

Pederson made another 3 at 1:53 to make it 65-64 Stanford, and the Cardinalturned the ball over on their next possession. Horne, who had 14 points forMontana, converted two free throws with 1:02 remaining as the Grizzlies tookthe lead.

Bell had 16 points in the first half as Montana took a 35-34 lead. Stanfordhad many opportunities to take control of the game, but struggled to convertits free throws. The Cardinal were 10-of-21 from the line in the first half andshot 39 percent from the field.

Entering Monday's game, the Cardinal were allowing opponents to shoot only40 percent, had forced 89 turnovers and held a rebounding advantage in five ofsix 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 headcoaching career began back in 1978. He spent eight seasons directing theGrizzlies, and is now 1-1 against them.

This was only the third meeting in the series that began in 1930-31 with a34-33 home victory by Stanford.

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