PHOTO GALLERY: UM Grizzlies vs San Diego

By AUSTIN SMITH

The Montana Grizzlies were victorious Saturday night, a 67-66 barnburner that takes the team to 4-1 in non-conference play.

After trailing for the majority of a somewhat lackluster first half, the Griz shook off their turkey-induced lethargy and fought back to provide Dahlberg Arena with an electric final two minutes.

Thanks to the beyond-the-arc efforts of Kevin Henderson and Michael Weisner, as well as freshman center Andy Martin’s stifling defense, the Griz were able to pull within one point at halftime.

Mathias Ward came out of the locker room with his boots laced, keeping his squad neck and neck with the Toreros and ultimately finishing the game with 23 points.  His work from mid-range brought the Griz within four points with approximately two minutes left, at which time Kareem Jamar blocked a crucial San Diego shot and initiated a series that ended in a fairytale Montana victory.

DeShields made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, pushing the score to 62-65 in favor of San Diego.  Two consecutive missed shots and an intentional foul later, San Diego missed their free throw chance thanks to a thundering Dahlberg Arena, and Montana called a timeout with 20.6 seconds left.

Ward’s layup brought the tally to 64-65, forcing the Griz into an intentional foul and sending San Diego to the line with 9.8 seconds on the clock.  One of two free throws dropped, taking the board to 64-66 San Diego and setting the stage for a dramatic finish.

After the inbound and with only 2.6 seconds on the clock, sophomore forward Kevin Henderson scored the game-winning three pointer off an assist from Jamar, a beautiful nothing-but-net trey from in front of the Grizzly bench that blew the roof off the Adam’s Center and decisively dashed the hopes of the Toreros.

The Griz will be look to maintain their momentum on the road for games on November 28th and 30th, to return for the Carroll College matchup in Missoula on Saturday, December 8th.

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Mathias Ward finished Saturday's contest with a team-high 23 points, keeping his team in the game and coming up with baskets when the Griz needed them the most.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Mathias Ward finishe...
Lil' Mo is greeted by fans early in the first half of Saturday's 67-66 victory over the Terreros.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Lil' Mo is gree...
Lil' Mo tries to drag Jaci of UM's Spirit Squad away from the sideline as she tries to return to her post mid-way through the first half of Saturday's game.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Lil' Mo tries t...
Kareem Jamar gives San Diego's Nick Kerr a little bump on his way through the lane.  Jamar finished with eight points, six rebounds, and 11 assists, one of which resulted in Kevin Henderson's game-winning shot.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Kareem Jamar gives S...
Keron DeShields (#20) powers past San Diego's point guard Chris Anderson, as forward Michael Weisner stands ready for the dump-off.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Keron DeShields (#20...
Montana's Spencer Coleman goes to the rim over San Diego's Dennis Kramer (#40) and Simi Fajemisin late in the second half of Saturday's victory.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Montana's Spenc...
Kareem Jamar steals the ball and initiates a fast break mid-way through the first half of Saturday's matchup.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Kareem Jamar steals ...
Mathias Ward drives over San Diego's center Simi Fajemisin for two of his 23 total points Saturday night.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Mathias Ward drives ...
Kevin Henderson lights Dahlberg Arena on fire with his game-winning three point shot, a clean bucket made with only 2.6 seconds on the clock.  Montana's Jordan Gregory tries to hold his teammates on the bench to avoid a penalty as senior San Diego guard Cameron Miles walks away in defeat.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012.
Kevin Henderson ligh...