The Oredigger winning streak is over.
MSU-Northern held off a hard-charging Montana Tech men’s basketball team for a 59-48 Frontier Conference victory in front of a large crowd at the HPER Complex Friday night.
Corbin Pearson came off the bench and scored 12 points to lead three Lights in double figures. Devin Jackson scored 11, while Alan Brown tossed in 10.
Adam Greger’s 17 points paced the Orediggers. Bryan Bock netted 10.
The No. 18 Lights improved to 8-3 in conference play and 20-5 overall. The Orediggers fell to 5-6 and 14-10.
Tech, which won three straight before Friday’s loss, is back in action Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Lewis-Clark State at the HPER.
The Lights led 31-22 at halftime, and the Northern threatened to Pull away when Brown and Mike LaValley hit 3-pointers early in the second half.
Northern led 37-25 after the LaValley bomb. Tech, though, kept fighting.
The Orediggers crawled back to within 37-31 when Greger sandwiched a pair of turn-around jumpers around a Bock base-line jumper.
The Orediggers pulled to within 40-35 on inside buckets by Quinn Smith and Daniel Simon.
The closest the Orediggers came was three points — at 44-41 — when Greger followed a pair of Roman Pruneda-Garza free throws with another turn-around jumper.
That burst ignited the Tech crowd and forced Lights coach Shawn Huse, a former Oredigger player and assistant coach, to call a time out with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game.
That was where the good news ended for the Orediggers. Tech didn’t hit another field goal until Simon scored inside with 54 seconds left. By then, it was too late.
Pearson banked a short jumper and was fouled. He completed the 3-point play to put the Lights u 47-41. The next time down court, Devin Jackson drove for a hoop an eight-point lead.
Northern held onto the win by hitting 7 of 9 free throws down the stretch.
Simon ended with nine points. He joined Greger with six rebounds. Smith, a freshman, scored six points and grabbed five boards. Paul Engstrom scored two points.
Brandon Rydberg and Travis Peevey also logged quality minutes for Tech.
Northern, which beat Tech in Havre last month, completed the season sweep of the Orediggers. Tech will try to avoid a sweep against Lewis-Clark State Saturday. Tech fell to the Warriors in an overtime thriller Dec. 22 in Lewiston, Idaho.