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Montana St. 107, Miss. Valley St. 66

December 30, 1997

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) _ Danny Sprinkle scored 30 points in 18 minutes Monday night to lead Montana State to a 107-66 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the opening round of the Buttrey Big Fresh Classic.

The Bobcats (7-3) will play San Diego in Tuesday’s championship game. Mississippi Valley State (0-9) will play Monmouth of New Jersey in the consolation game.

Sprinkle scored 24 of his points in the first half. As a team, the Bobcats hit 76.5 of their shots in the first half, opening the game with a 31-6 run and taking a 64-28 lead into the break.

Montana State took its biggest lead, 94-47, with 8:38 left. Led by Damon Ollie’s 13 boards, the Bobcats outrebounded the Delta Devils 57-40.

Nate Holmstadt added 16 points for Montana State. Ollie finished with 12, and Jamie Jordahl and Mike Henry each had 10.

Kenyon Ross led Mississippi Valley State with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Eltra Leigh scored 11 points.

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