Heidegger scores 27; UC Santa Barbara beats Montana 80-73
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Max Heidegger scored 27 points to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 80-73 victory over Montana on Tuesday night in the Progressive Legends Classic championship.
Heidegger was 7 of 14 from the field and 13-of-16 shooting from the free-throw line. Leland King II added 20 points for UC Santa Barbara (3-2). Jalen Canty had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Ahmaad Rorie scored 20 points to lead Montana (3-2).
The Gauchos started on a 25-9 run and led 38-27 at halftime. Montana answered in the second half with a 21-8 run and led 48-46 with 13 minutes to play. Rorie scored five points during the stretch.
Canty scored eight points and Heidegger added seven during a 15-0 surge, and the Gauchos regained the lead, 59-48. The Grizzlies cut the deficit to four points, 72-68, with three minutes to play but didn’t get closer.
The four-team tournament started Monday night. Montana beat Oral Roberts and UCSB defeated Pepperdine in the openers.