MISSOULA — Montana’s offensive performance in Thursday’s 109-79 victory over North Dakota was one for the record books.
The Grizzlies’ 109 points are tied for the third-most points scored in school history and second-most against a Division I opponent. Montana started playing basketball in the 1901-02 season.
The school record came in a 111-84 home win over Idaho State in 1965-66.
Thursday’s point total was the Grizzlies' highest since 2005-06, when they beat Montana Western 110-71 at home. It was their most points against a Div. I team since 1990-91, when they defeated Idaho State 109-97 in the Big Sky tournament held in Missoula.
They also scored 109 points in a 109-92 home win over Northern Arizona in 1970-71.
The Griz have scored 100 or more points 29 times and are 29-0 in those games. The first time they reached triple digits came in the 1945-46 season.
Thursday was their first time reaching 100 points since 2009-10 (Great Falls); the eight-season gap is the third longest behind 11 seasons (1974-75 to 1985-86) and 12 seasons (1949-50 to 1961-62). It’s also their first time scoring 100 against a Div. I opponent since 1999-2000 (Youngstown State); that 18-season gap is the longest in school history.
The Griz have scored 100 or more points in back-to-back games just twice. In 1974-75, they beat Northern Arizona 106-75 and followed that up with a 103-77 win over Montana State. In 1965-66, they defeated Idaho 100-91 and then beat Idaho State 101-86.
Montana has scored 100 or more points at least twice in a single season in eight separate seasons. The Griz did it three times in 1965-66 and 1990-91 and twice in 1945-46, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1986-87 and 1989-90.
They've reached the century mark four times against Idaho State, the most against any opponent.
Idaho State and Gonzaga are the only teams to have 100 points scored against them by Montana twice in one season — Idaho State in 1965-66 and Gonzaga in 1945-46.