David Patrick’s Sacramento State limited Montana to just six points in the final 16:30 of the contest and rode that defensive effort to a 67-48 victory at the Nest.
The 19-point margin of victory is easily the largest ever against Montana, surpassing the previous mark of nine, set in a 92-83 home win over Montana in 2017. Sacramento State had a 15-0 run over a five-minute stretch of the first half and added a 14-0 run over a 7:30 stretch of the second half.
Sacramento State, which led by as many as 21 points in the second half, outscored Montana, 32-17, after halftime. Montana shot just 33% (7-21) in the second half and trailed by double figures at the final 12:45 of the contest. Sacramento State held huge advantages in points in the paint (38-20), second chance points (22-2), and bench points (34-10). Sacramento State had a whopping 35-19 rebounding advantage, further strengthening their position as the Big Sky Conference's top rebounding team.