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Griz men, MSU women strike first in Cat-Griz 2020


February 3, 2020

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Montana's Kyle Owens, right, shoots over the Montana State defense during the 300th meeting between the Cats and Grizzlies Saturday night in Missoula. The Montana men beat the Bobcats, while the MSU women won the women's game earlier Saturday in Missoula.

MISSOULA - With a near-capacity crowd of more than 7,000 fans on its feet, Montana gave the fans plenty to cheer about Saturday night. The Grizzlies connected on their first five shots to jump out to an early lead, and led for all but 14 seconds in a 78-64 victory.

Montana has now beaten rival Montana State 18 times in 19 tries over the past decade. Saturday marked the historic 300th meeting between the two state universities, the fifth-longest rivalry in NCAA basketball history.

Montana State entered the contest having won three straight road games, its best stretch in 15 years. Montana...

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