Montana 78, Northern Arizona 53
Star of the game: Sophomore wing Kareem Jamar. Jamar led the Griz with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
“He’s really starting to mature for his age with his presence out there,” Montana coach Wayne Tinkle said of Jamar, who scored on a variety of strong drives to the basket. “We’ve been talking to him this week about needing him to play like he’s capable day in and day out and he accepted the challenge tonight.”
NAU interim coach Dave Brown was impressed as well.
“He knows how to play, he’s very strong, he has a nice touch; they all shot the ball well,” Brown said. “I enjoy watching him play.”
Reasons for optimism:
1. 4-0 in league, 2-0 on the road. The Griz will take a six-game winning streak and a head of steam into their showdown against Weber State and the nation’s leading scorer Damian Lillard on Saturday night in Ogden, Utah.
2. Kareem Jamar. The sophomore is starting to show signs of developing into a very special player. At 6-5 he has strength and he owns ballhandling skills usually reserved for smaller men. Occasionally he tries to do too much, but that’s youth.
3. Shooting. The Griz shot 59 percent from the field after torching the nets at a 60-percent clip at Idaho State.