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Montana downs Eastern Washington

Montana's Brain Qvale takes it strong to the hoop during an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Washington on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 in Missoula, Mont. (Michael Gallacher / The Missoulian)
Montana's Brain Qvale takes it strong to the hoop during an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Washington on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 in Missoula, Mont. (Michael Gallacher / The Missoulian)
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MISSOULA — Will Cherry scored 15 points and capped a 15-1 run early in the game with a 3-pointer that sent Montana on its way to a 66-47 win over Eastern Washington on Thursday night.

Cherry made just 5 of 14 shots, but his 3-pointer with 8:17 remaining in the opening half helped Montana (12-5, 4-1 Big Sky) stretch a 9-8 lead to a 24-9 advantage. Montana led 33-22 at the half.

Brian Qvale had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who extended their advantage to 60-35 on Jordan Wood’s 3-pointer with 8 minutes remaining.

Glen Dean led Eastern Washington (3-12, 1-3 Big Sky) with 12 points while Laron Griffin grabbed 8 of his team-high 10 rebounds off the offensive glass.

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