The Grizzlies celebrate an Ahmaad Rorie basket in Montana's win over San Jose State (MTN Sports photo).

MISSOULA – The Grizzly men haven’t found many wins in a slow start. But if you’re looking for blame, look at the schedule. Montana’s extremely tough non-conference slate hasn’t given the maroon and silver any easy nights.

Still, head coach Travis DeCuire knows his team fell short when they had good chances. A great example came on Saturday, when Montana tied the game at Wyoming with 30 seconds left, only to give up the winning shot in the final second. The Cowboys twice beat the Griz by a bucket this year. And DeCuire is trying to balance the frustration of a 3-7 mark with the encouraging spurts of good play.

“It’s hard. I’m a sore loser. I don’t handle losses well,” admitted DeCuire. “For us, we’re growing. We put a lot of points on the board. We’ve got four guys in double figures. There’s a lot of positives coming out of that game to be excited about. That’s the biggest thing for us right now is figuring out how to win. We’re playing good basketball. But now it’s time for us to start figuring out how to play the last four minutes.”

It will take a full 40 minutes for the Griz to notch a win on Tuesday. They take on their toughest challenge of the season, at the 22nd ranked Oregon Ducks. The game tips-off at 8:00 in Eugene.

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