MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Will Cherry scored 21 points, and top-seeded Montana rolled into the Big Sky Conference tournament final with a 70-56 victory over Northern Colorado on Friday night.
Kareem Jamar added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (24-6), who will face No. 2 seed Weber State, which beat North Dakota earlier Friday, in Saturday's final. Montana beat Weber State 85-66 in last year's final to earn the Big Sky's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Derrick Barden and Connor Osborne had 18 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Bears (13-18), and Osborne pulled down 12 rebounds. UNC shot 37 percent from the floor and committed 12 turnovers, which Montana turned into 17 points.