RENO, Nev. (AP) Marlon Stewart scored a career-high 29 points with four 3-pointers, Geno Crandall added 18 points and defending Big Sky Tournament champion North Dakota rallied to beat Montana State 76-74 on Tuesday in the first round.
Montana State led for much of the game and by 19 points, 64-45, with 11:24 remaining in the second half. But UND scored the next 11 points, with seven by Stewart, and tied it at 68 after extending the run to 23-4. Stewart had 14 points during the spurt.
Dale Jones gave UND its first lead of the game, 71-70, with 2:13 to go and Crandall converted a 3-point play on a driving layup at 1:05 to tie it at 74.