Montana basketball: Oguine named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week

For the second consecutive week, a Montana Grizzly is the Big Sky Conference Ready Nutrition Player of the Week. Junior Michael OguineĀ earned his first accolade after leading the Grizzlies to a pair of road victories.

Oguine averaged 27.5 points per game on 68 percent shooting, also adding 12 total rebounds, six steals, five assists and a blocked shot on the week. It was highlighted by a 39-point performance at Portland State that got him and the Griz featured on SportsCenter.

The 39 points scored were the most by a Grizzly since Anthony Johnson scored 42 vs. Weber State in the 2010 Big Sky Conference championship game.

Twenty-four of Oguine’s career-high 39 points came in the second half, helping Montana overcome a six-point halftime deficit. The Grizzlies had runs of 11-0 and 13-2 in the second half, with Oguine scoring 11 points during those two stretches, including a huge three-pointer in the corner that gave Montana a game-high 13-point lead.

Oguine also added eight rebounds vs. the Vikings. On Thursday at Sacrament State, he scored 16 points and had a team-most four steals. Earlier in the year, he was named the College Sports Madness Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after scoring 29 points in a win at Pitt.

Montana is now 6-0 in Big Sky action, marking the fourth time Montana has done so in its 55 years in the league. The Grizzlies sit alone in first place and take on second-place Montana State Saturday in Bozeman.