POCATELLO — Montana brought too many weapons.

The Griz came to Pocatello with one of the Big Sky’s most dominant posts, an emerging freshman phenom, a top-tier point guard and some of the league’s best shooters.

The Bengals were outmanned and outgunned.

Walter Wright scored 29 points, Martin Breunig notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Bobby Moorehead scored a career-high 24 points for Montana (18-8, 13-2 Big Sky Conference), which downed ISU 90-77 Thursday at Reed Gym.

The Grizzlies shot 53.3 percent overall, 54.2 percent from the arc and picked apart the Bengals’ matchup zone. UM rained in 13 3-pointers and tied a season high with 32 made field goals.

“Clearly, Montana’s the best team in the conference,” said Idaho State junior guard Ethan Telfair.

When the Bengals doubled Breunig in the paint, the 6-foot-8 finesse post found open shooters on the perimeter.

When the Bengals defended the arc, Montana would slash into the lane and finish at the rim.

When ISU cut off penetration, the Griz flipped the ball around until they found an open look.

Montana gutted the Bengals’ defense early and built a 15-point lead by the 9:30 mark of the first half.

“The game plan was: hopefully we could guard Martin (Breunig) 1-on-1. We couldn’t,” said ISU head coach Bill Evans. “Our game plan was to make sure to get to shooters. ... We didn’t guard the arc at all.”

The Bengals cut Montana’s 15-point lead to five with a 10-2 run, but the Griz answered with a 14-4 spurt to go back up by 15. Moorehead scored nine points during the run and finished the game on 8-of-11 shooting — all 3-pointers. The 6-foot-7 gunner entered Thursday’s game averaging 5.0 points a night. He did to the Bengals what the Bengals thought Brandon Gfeller would do. Gfeller entered the game shooting 46.7 percent from deep in league play.

“We talked about Gfeller, and he had one point,” Evans said. “Give Bobby Moorehead credit.”

Idaho State climbed within three points twice in the second half and kept the margin at single digits for the first nine minutes of the period.

At the 12:40 mark with Montana up four, Telfair picked up his fourth foul on a charge and was forced to head to the bench. The Griz promptly embarked on a 12-6 run with a pair of Moorehead 3s to push the advantage up to 10.

Telfair didn’t foul out and finished with a game-high 30 points. But playing with four fouls for the final 9:50 forced him to change his normally aggressive play style.

“I can’t defend (with four fouls),” Telfair said. “If I foul out then I’m hurting my team.”

The Bengals committed 10 first-half turnovers that led to 14 Grizzlies points. Montana finished the game with 15 assists to seven giveaways.

“You need to give Montana credit for all that,” Evans said. “They were better prepared than we were, obviously. They beat us by 13 at our place.”


Ethan Telfair finished with 30 points, four assists, four steals and 10 free throws Thursday, pushing him up Idaho State’s single-season record charts.

Telfair is now seventh in steals (60), tied for seventh in assists (149), eighth in free throws (171) and 22nd in points (523).


- ISU fell to 0-6 this season when allowing its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better

- ISU is now 6-13 when scoring fewer than 80 points

- ISU is 1-8 when giving up 80 points or more


The Griz’s 13 3-pointers and 54.2 3-point percentage are both season highs for ISU opponents.

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