SAN JOSE, Calif. -- New Mexico got all it wanted from a scrappy Montana team with a struggling shooter, but the Lobos advanced to Saturday's second-round matchup with Washington.
Roman Martinez scored 19 points and hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and allow the No. 3-seeded Lobos to breathe a collective sigh of relief.
No. 14-seeded Montana got a huge night out of 6-foot-11 center Brian Qvale, who scored a game-high 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting and also had 13 rebounds.
But New Mexico did well in limiting Anthony Johnson, who scored 42 points in the Big Sky championship game to get the Grizzlies into the tournament, but was held to a single field goal that didn't come until there were less than two minutes remaining.
Mountain West player of the year Darington Hobson had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, appearing fine after falling on his wrist.