Montana fell in double overtime 89-83 to Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon on the road to split the two-game series.
The Grizzlies ran into foul trouble in the extra periods, as Michael Steadman, Mack Anderson and Kyle Owens all fouled out of the contest. Brandon Whitney had a career-high 28 points in 49 minutes.
Montana led by three with 54 seconds left in regulation after a 3-pointer from Cameron Parker, but three Sacramento State free throws tied the game. The Grizzlies had a chance to win the game, but Parker missed two shots near the rim late.
A driving layup by Parker with 19 seconds left in the first overtime period tied it at 78 and a late shot by the Hornets fell short. The height disadvantage started to show its head in the second overtime period, though Montana did trail by just a single point — 84-83 — after Whitney hit a 3-point shot with 44 seconds left.
Sacramento hit 5 of 6 free throws following the triple to pull away for the win. It was the first Grizzly double overtime game since one in 2015 against Northern Arizona.
Montana has lost each of its last five overtime contests.
This story will be updated.
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