The men’s team kicked off the weekend with a game against South Dakota Tech. The game resulted in a strong 93-61 win for the Bobcats, but did not begin with the same strength.
In the post-game press release, Head Coach Brad Huse explained the team’s initial mentality: “It was the first game, so those jitters are always a little expected. We knew that would be the case early on. South Dakota School of Mines executed well in the beginning and are a very disciplined team,” he said.
With a narrow lead of 37-33 at half, the team let the jitters roll off their shoulders and solidly took over the second half.
“We started slow as we expected, but once we got rolling we were clicking,” said MSU guard Michael Dison. “This was just a game to get the rust off, and we did.”
The team travels to Seattle, Wash. next Sunday, Nov. 11, for their first away competition. With this and the rest of the season in mind, Dison added, “This season is about proving people wrong and accomplishing what hasn’t been done since 1996, making it to the NCAA tournament.”
Sunday’s exhibition game for Women’s Basketball ended with a 63-47 win over Minot State. Their first game allowed the team not only to acknowledge their apparent strengths, but to recognize their flaws in an effort to improve.
MSU’s standout player of the game, guard Latisha Adams, was a key component in this victory, scoring 14 points for the team along with forward Jackie Elliot.
Head Coach Tricia Binford commented after the game, “I thought Tish [Adams] played well and did a nice job with her shot selection. However, I thought we took a step backward in a lot of areas. We practiced all week on our communication in transition and spacing, and we talked about our shot selection. We fell short in all those areas.”
At halftime the score of 34-26 spurred the Bobcats to hold onto their lead. Binford added that the team specifically needs to focus on “the mindset of finding the best shot for the team, without losing confidence and trust in taking what’s available. It’s a fine line.”
The team travels to Colorado State on Sunday, Nov. 11 for their regular season opener.