It has been a rough few years for the Bobcat men’s basketball team under Head Coach Brad Huse. Many expected Montana State’s 21st head coach to be sent packing after the Cats posted their third straight losing season in 2012-2013. Instead, fans were informed Huse would be signing another extension in a possible two year deal. Since his start at MSU in 2006, Huse has posted a record of 93-117 overall, and 55-61 in conference play. The Bobcats have struggled to find a rhythm and this year is no different.
The Cats started their season 2-5, with a win over Cal State Northridge and a big win over the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Bobcats are currently 310th in the NCAA for points per game (PPG) with 65.3 and 314th for rebounds. MSU is currently seventh in the Big Sky Conference based on overall records since conference play has not commenced yet.
Sophomore Guard, Marcus Colbert, leads the Bobcats in scoring thus far, averaging 10.0 PPG. He has shot just over .500 from the floor and has made over half of all three-point attempts. Colbert has scored 17 points in three games this season.
Montana State is coming off of a loss to the University of Wyoming (5-2). MSU was cold from the floor, putting up only 27 of the 50 attempted shots and going 6 of 17 from beyond the arch. Junior guard Michael Dison sophomore forward Terrell Brown and senior center Paul Egwuonwu all shared the point leader title for the Bobcats with nine points apiece. MSU was only trailing 32-37 at halftime, but found themselves in a hole they couldn’t get out of by the middle of the second half.
Wyoming guards Josh Adams and Nathan Sobey led a huge 16-3 run to open the second period, leaving the Cowboys up 53-35 with 14 minutes to play. Sobey had a three-point shot and two driving layups in a row, while Adams dunked twice in the surge. Montana State failed to score on 11 of its first 13 possessions of the second half and did not come any closer than 13 points to Wyoming after the scoring streak.
“They were really disciplined and shot the heck out of the ball,” Huse said after the game. “They shot 81 percent in the second half, I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of anything like that. Part of it is they were dunking the ball a lot. They hurt us with threes in the first half, and in the second half they really got to the rim.”
The Bobcats will host the Walla Walla University Wolves (0-11) on Dec. 7 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.