Tuesday Nov. 3, the Montana State men’s basketball team hosted Northwest Indian College at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Bobcat’s controlled the entire game managing to hold Northwest Indian to 11 points for nearly the first 11 minutes of the game. The Cats entered the half up 66-28.
The score didn’t directly reflect the Bobcat’s in-game performance. Senior Danny Robison, team captain and returning starter said that the team needs “to continue to work on defensive rebounding — I don’t think we played very well defensively.” The Cats also struggled to achieve a flowing offense — in the first half alone the Cats gave up the ball 18 times.
The Bobcats did have a significantly longer time of possession, padding the otherwise high turnover count, but eight of the 18 turnovers were unforced, displaying a lack of focus. It wasn’t until the second half that the Bobcat’s were able to posses the ball better and achieved a 50.7 shot percentage. Montana State Head Coach Brian Fish saw the game as a positive learning experience, and a test on team unity. “You’ve got to develop trust between the coaches and the players, and the one area that we are behind in is our inside game and not trusting me yet on what physicality [we need], and how to play with your knees bent,” he said. “So I expected some of this type of play.”
The Bobcat squad is riddled with injuries and haven’t been able to scrimmage at full strength. Freshman Tyler Hall lead the team in points coming up with 24. Team captain and senior Marcus Colbert was second in total points having 23 and leading the team in assists. Hall was second in assists as well, positioning himself to become a key asset for the Cats in the upcoming season.
The Bobcats regular season opens on Nov. 13 at the University of Hawaii.