The Bobcat men’s basketball team (9-8, 4-2 BSC) is off to a strong start this season, and are currently ranked fourth in the Big Sky Conference. Last Thursday, the Cats defeated top-ranked conference opponent Univ. of Northern Colorado (UNC) in a dominating showing, 70-55.
Senior center Paul Egwuonwu led the Bobcats in scoring with 13 points and four rebounds while junior guard Michael Dison added 12 points. The real heroes of the day were MSU’s bench, who combined for 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The team as a whole forced 11 turnovers during the game, while only committing five. MSU also kept UNC (11-4, 5-1) to only four offensive rebounds. “That’s a big key against that team,” Huse said, “they’re such a great rebounding team, they’re so physical. When you go back and look, you feel good that they didn’t get a ton of offensive rebounds.”
The Bobcats played again on Saturday against sixth-ranked conference foe University of North Dakota (UND). MSU lost the game in a nail-biter, 72-69. Senior forward Flavien Davis put up a game-high 25 points for the Cats, while Egwuonwu added 14 points and Dison tacked on another nine.
MSU was down 54-43 after UND (6-10, 3-3) made five of their seven shots after halftime, but produced a 8-0 streak to put the score within three. With 48 seconds left in play, the Cats missed a free throw to tie up the game, and UND added two free throws to pull ahead by three points.
MSU will be traveling to Weber State on Jan. 23, and Idaho State on Jan. 25. The Bobcats hope to continue their winning ways for the chance to be Big Sky Conference Champions for the first time since the 2001-2002 season.