PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- The third time was the charm for Montana.
David Bell nailed a 3-pointer with four seconds left to lift the Grizzlies to a 70-68 upset of No. 21 Stanford in the first round of the Stanford Invitational.
Montana (4-6) was facing a ranked team for the third time after losses to Michigan State and Gonzaga. Bell, a Northern California Native, scored 24 points as the Grizzlies broke through by taking advantage of a crucial missed 1-and-1 by the Cardinal's Josh Childress.
Stanford (5-2) took a 68-66 lead on a 3-pointer by Matt Lottich with 46 seconds to go. Montana's Steve Horne had a chance to tie, but split a pair at the line 27 seconds later.
Childress grabbed the miss on the second attempt and was fouled. He missed and Montana came down and Bell used a cross-over dribble to free himself before nailing his sixth 3-pointer of the game.
The Cardinal had one last chance, but Julius Barnes had the ball stolen from him by Grizzlies freshman Kevin Criswell.
Bell had been a target of the Maples Pavilion crowd all night with his dreadlocked hairstyle. He screamed in joy at the end as he flexed his arm and pointed at a tattoo on his right bicep.
Montana will meet Pepperdine in Tuesday's championship. The Cardinal take on Richmond in the consolation game.
Stanford's free-throw shooting was a big reason why it lost this one. The Cardinal were an uncharacteristic 53 percent (17-of-32) from the line as Childress, Rob Little and Justin Davis combined to make 10-of-23.
Montana shot 44 percent (11-of-25) from beyond the arc to spring the upset, including a 6-of-8 showing from Bell. Ryan Pedersen was 3-of-4.
Horne scored 14 points and Pedersen and Victor Venters each added nine for Montana, which won for the first time in three road games. The Grizzlies had previously lost at Alaska-Anchorage and Washington State.
Childress scored 14 points and four teammates all added 11 for Stanford. Davis grabbed 13 rebounds as the Cardinal held a commanding 42-22 advantage on the glass.
The Cardinal had won their own tournament the last four seasons.