Junior forward Flavien Davis scored a game-high 30 points, but that was not enough to overcome a ten-point halftime deficit against a tough Montana Grizzlies team Saturday, March 2. UM was playing without two starters, but guard Keron DeShields stepped up in their absence, scoring 17 points.
Davis’ 30 points came on 11-for-13 shooting, and seven-of-eight from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds, a steal and three assists. While senior guard Christian Moon added 14 points.
The storied rivalry game did not disappoint, and the Bobcats fought until the end. “Going into the game we knew the excitement was going to be there,” said Moon. “We didn’t want play out of character we just wanted to treat it like a normal game.”
MSU (10-16, 8-10) shot 13-17 from the free throw line, and won the points in the paint battle 36-24.
“We had some great stretches throughout the game fighting back, and defensively we had some moments we can build on going forward,” Moon said.
The Cats trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but went on a 22-9 run to close the gap. They had two chances to tie the score in the final minute, but ran out of time, due to lack of timeouts and fell to the top-ranked Grizzlies (20-6, 16-1), falling 71-68.
“I think this game was a positive moral because even though we didn’t play our best game, we still only lost by three,” Moon said.
Before taking on UM, the men traveled to Cedar City, Utah on Feb. 28 to play Southern Utah. The Bobcats had four players score in double figures, as they tried to break their five-game losing streak. Moon led all Bobcat scorers with 17 points, and junior forward Paul Egwuonwu added 14 points and a team-high 13 boards off the bench. Senior guard Xavier Blount scored 13 points and junior guard Antonio Biglow added 10, leading the Cats to a 62-61 win.
The next game for the Bobcats is tonight, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Worthington Arena. They will play Northern Arizona in the second-to-last game of the season.