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Sam Lecholat’s defender sagged off him, drifting underneath the WAC logo below the free throw line.

Teammate Jubrile Belo picked up his dribble in the left corner, rotated toward the open floor and saw Lecholat calling for the ball at the top of the arc. Grand Canyon University’s Ray Harrison couldn’t get back in time, his close-out obscenely late.

Montana State’s first bucket of the season — its first 3-pointer as well — was drilled by Lecholat, the 6-foot-7 sophomore from Sheridan, Wyoming, who stepped confidently into the shot from a foot behind the line.


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Montana State forward Sam Lecholat scores against Weber State on in a Big Sky Conference Tournament game on March 11 at Idaho Central Arena in Boise, Idaho. 

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TOP: Montana State forward Sam Lecholat passes the ball around Northern Colorado forward Kur Jongkuch on March 5 at Worthington Arena. ABOVE: Lecholat practices on Tuesday.

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