The Big Sky Conference's men's basketball tournament opened on Tuesday with three first-round games, all played at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Deontae North scored 25 points and came away with three steals as the eighth-seeded Portland State Vikings (15-15) defeated the ninth-seeded Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (9-23) 80-67.
Nick Hornsby and Marcus Graves each scored 18 points as the seventh-seeded Sacramento State Hornets (13-17) downed the tenth-seeded Idaho State Bengals (5-26) 91-76. Ethan Telfair scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the Bengals.
Randy Onwuasor scored a career-best and tournament record 43 points as the eleventh-seeded Southern Utah Thunderbirds (6-26), with five players scoring in double figures, knocked off the sixth-seeded Montana State Bobcats (16-16) 108-105 in a triple-overtime thriller. Tyler Hall topped the Bobcats with 33 points (while grabbing 12 rebounds) while DeVonte Klines added 25 points to the Montana State coffers.