The Montana State men’s basketball team (8-6, 3-0) continued their hot streak last Thursday, defeating Big Sky opponent Portland State (PSU) in a high-scoring shootout in which the Bobcats maintained their lead and achieved a 79-76 victory. This brings MSU to 3-0 in conference play, the first time since 2009. “That was a battle,” said Head Coach Brad Huse. “We couldn’t stop them the way they were bouncing the ball at us and attacking. They’re a very difficult team to guard.”
MSU hit seven of 10 free throws in the final 1:11 minutes of gameplay and shot 53 percent from beyond the arch. MSU senior guard Antonio Biglow scored 15 points including all five of his attempted free throws.
“We got a little conservative and a little tentative (in the second half), but we made the free throws we needed to make,” Huse said, “I’m proud of the guys. I’m proud of their unity and their poise.”
The men also battled Big Sky foe, Eastern Washington on Saturday, falling 72-77. A late surge by the Bobcats was thwarted by the Eagles in the final minutes. Senior forward Flavian Davis hit a short jumper with :45 left in the game to tie it, but EWU answered with a quick basket. MSU’s attempt at fouling was unsuccessful when the Eagles hit their final 3-4 free throws
MSU will take on Northern Colorado at home Thursday Jan. 16.