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Monmouth, N.J. 72, Miss. Valley St. 66

December 31, 1997

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) _ Mike Perno scored 16 points Tuesday night to lead Monmouth to its first victory of the season, a 72-66 margin over winless Mississippi Valley State in the consolation game of the Buttrey Big Fresh Classic.

The Hawks (1-9) never led in the first half and trailed 36-32 at halftime. But Perno’s 3-pointer with 11:16 remaining gave Monmouth its first lead at 51-49.

Quin Hayes added 15 points _ all on 3-pointers _ for the Hawks. Maurice Williams scored 11 points, and Sean Collins added 10.

Kenyon Ross of Mississippi Valley State (0-10) had game-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Davis scored 16 points for the Delta Devils, and Eltra Leigh finished with 12.

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