Photos & Multimedia: Griz Win the Big Sky Conference Championship

By PATRICK RECORD

7,042 enthusiastic members of Griz Nation filled the Adams Center with chants and cheers as the Montana basketball team won an electric Big Sky Conference finals game against Weber State on Wednesday night.

Kareem Jamar and Mathias Ward put up some incredible numbers, each scoring 23 points, with Will Cherry, Art Steward, and Derek Selvig all in double-digits, as well.

It was the eighth time that the Montana Grizzlies have won the Big Sky Conference championship, and the third time this season that the Griz took down the Wildcats.

And, of course, the charm of this third win is that Montana earned a spot at the Big Dance.

They’ll learn of their opening round opponent when the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced on Sunday, March 10.

From the Make it Missoula crew, congratulations, guys! Show the world that Grizzlies can dance!

 

 

 

Getting ready to rumble...
Getting ready to rum...
The opening tip-off.
The opening tip-off.
Steward and Cherry double-team a Wildcat.
Steward and Cherry d...
The bench gets in on the action.
The bench gets in on...
Kareem Jamar had 23 points and went 5-8 on three-point shots.
Kareem Jamar had 23 ...
Face off.
Face off.
A little excitement from the bench.
A little excitement ...
Derek Selvig had 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Derek Selvig had 16 ...
That's called a Grizzly bear hug.
That's called a...
Will Cherry tallied 13 points and 4 boards.
Will Cherry tallied ...
Pumped!
Pumped!
Mathias Ward scored 23 points and pulled 8 rebounds.
Mathias Ward scored ...
Art Steward racked up 10 points and 7 boards.
Art Steward racked u...
Ward aims high.
Ward aims high.
Jamar was on fire from behind the arch.
Jamar was on fire fr...
Wayne Tinkle coached the team to their 14th consecutive win.
Wayne Tinkle coached...
Wildcat Damian Lillard shoots in the face of distraction.
Wildcat Damian Lilla...
Coach Tinkle gets involved.
Coach Tinkle gets in...
The boys on the bench were a little revved.
The boys on the benc...
Cherry drives.
Cherry drives.
Enough said.
Enough said.
Yes we do!
Yes we do!
One of Ward's eight rebounds.
One of Ward's e...
Rallying around Ward.
Rallying around Ward.
Feelin' it.
Feelin' it.
Steward is up...
Steward is up...
Up...
Up...
Little higher...
Little higher...
And away!
And away!
Look out below!
Look out below!
Nice finish.
Nice finish.
Cherry loves it.
Cherry loves it.
Cherry gets past a Wildcat.
Cherry gets past a W...
Fader.
Fader.
Griz Nation always loves being on ESPN.
Griz Nation always l...
Who's #1?
Who's #1?
The crowd took to the court after the game to celebrate with their Griz.
The crowd took to th...
Jamar, Cherry, and Steward huddle up at the end of the game.
Jamar, Cherry, and S...
Brothers in arms.
Brothers in arms.
Jamar autographs a fan.
Jamar autographs a fan.
Coach Tinkle celebrates with the team.
Coach Tinkle celebra...
Lace up those dancing shoes!
Lace up those dancin...