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Johnson helps Montana stop Sacramento State 57-56

Jan 16, 2010 - 5:30 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.(AP) -- Anthony Johnson scored 18 points to help Montana hold off Sacramento State 57-56 on Friday night.

Freshman Will Cherry had nine points and four steals and made the game-winning shot for the Grizzlies (13-6, 4-3 Big Sky).

Justin Eller led the Hornets (7-11, 1-4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Montana held a six-point margin until Sacramento State came back to lead 52-51 on a 3-pointer by Antonio Flaggs with 4:39 to go.

The Grizzlies regained the advantage when Cherry stole an inbound pass and drove to the basket for a layup to make it 57-56 with 18 seconds remaining.

The Hornets had a chance to win, but Mike Marcial's shot missed with 3 seconds left.

Trailing by eight, Montana staged a 13-0 run to move ahead 27-22 with 4:01 remaining in the first half.

Sacramento State regrouped and led 30-29 at intermission.