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November 29, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Scouting report: Montana

Game info: 6 p.m. today at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN/950 AM

MONTANA

Coach: Wayne Tinkle (52-44, 4th yr. at UM)
Last season: 17-12 overall, 11-5 in Big Sky (tied 2nd)
Record: 4-1
Prediction: Picked second by the WAC coaches and third by the media.
Series: Washington leads 41-9. Last meeting: 75-53UW, Dec. 28, 2008 at Edmundson Pavilion.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Anthony Johnson, a Tacoma native who attended Stadium Hiigh and transferred from Yakima Community College, was the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year last season. This season, he leads the conference in scoring (22.0 points per game), free throw percentage (.932 and 41 of 44) and average minutes (36.6). Johnson was named the conference’s player of the week last week. Last year, he finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting against UW.

OVERVIEW

— Montana is playing its third straight road game.
— Montana returns three starters and four of its top six scorers, including its top two players from last season.
— The Grizzlies have six players with ties to Washington: Johnson; Eric Hutchinson (Longview/Mark Morris High); Ryan Staudacher (Kirkland/Lake Washington High); Shawn Stockton (Spokane/Ferris High); Michael Taylor (Brewster High) and Mathias Ward (Gig Harbor High).
—Stockton is the nephew of Hall of Famer John Stockton.
— Montana started 3-0 before losing at Denver 56-49. The Grizzlies beat Oregon 68-55 on Monday in Eugene, Ore.
— Junior center Brian Qvale has 101 career blocks which ranks third in school history and 19th all-time in the Big Sky.
KEY MATCHUP: Quincy Pondexter has feasted on former Huskies in each of the past two games. Tonight he’ll likely be paired against McGillis, who gave a verbal commitment to UW before signing with Oregon State and playing two seasons with the Beavers. Physically, they’re nearly identical in size and weight. Pondexter has outworked opponents and worn them down with unrelentless hustle and aggressiveness.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Staudacher, 6-4, 210, Sr., 6.4 ppg., 2.0 rpg.
F – McGillis, 6-6, 220, Sr., 7.6 4.6.
C -Qvale, 6-11, 265, Jr. 11.6; 7.6.
G — Will Cherry, 6-1, 165, Fr., 3.4, 0.8.
G – Johnson, 6-3, 210, Sr., 22.0, 3.4

AROUND THE PAC-10:

— Without seniors Joevan Catron and Tajuan Porter, Oregon put the hurt on Montana State with an 89-66 victory.
— With his famous sister (First lady Michelle Obama) and brother-in-law (President Barack Obama) sitting courtside, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson coached the Beavers to a 64-57 victory.
— Washington State made it 3 for 3 as the Pac-10 remained perfect on Saturday. Behind a 43 points from Klay Thompson, Wazzu won the Great Alaska Shootout with a 93-56 win over San Diego.
— Here’s our story on Pondexter, his hot start and what what the NBA people think of him.
SUNDAY’S PAC-10 GAMES:
— Princeton at California.
— Portland State at Stanford
— UCLA vs. Long Beach State
— Nebraska at USC
— Montana at Washington.
My picks: Cal, Portland State, UCLA, Nebraska and UW.

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