The Bobcats had a tough week of conference away games, taking on the Vikings of Portland State on Feb. 4 before traveling to Sacramento, California to battle the Sacramento State Hornets.
MSU traveled to Portland and lost to a hot-shooting PSU team 83-68. The Bobcats got out to a quick start, leading 10-4 in under six minutes of play. The Vikings slowly crept back however, and tied the game at 18 apiece with 8:49 left in the first half. Portland State nailed 14 of their last 20 shots in the first half, taking control of the lead. The Vikings expanded that lead to seven at the intermission, leading 38-31.
PSU continued their shooting streak well into the second half, making 16 of their first 21 shots and took a 14 point lead at the 12:07 mark. The Vikings took their largest lead of the game with 4:14 left in the game, leading 83-62. The Bobcats finished out the game with a 6-0 run but were unable to overcome the Vikings’ lead. “We just didn’t make enough shots,” Bobcat Head Coach Brian Fish said. “We never got in a good rhythm.” The Bobcats were led in scoring by Sophomore Zach Green, who scored 17 points. Senior Marcus Colbert also contributed 13 points and five assists for the Bobcats. “The key to winning on the road is to get stops and make shots,” Fish said. “We gave them a lot of easy shots, they scored 46 points in the paint, and that says that we were letting them get to their spots.”
The Bobcats travelled to the capitol of California to take down the Sac State Hornets. The Cats jumped out ahead early, establishing a 12-4 lead in just under four minutes of play. With eight minutes left in the first half the Bobcats established a double digit lead, but the Hornets fought back and at the end of the first half the Cats only led by four, 38-34. MSU started off the second half with a 6-0 run and quickly re-established a double-digit lead. While Sac State managed to cut the lead to one, the Bobcats held on to defeat the Hornets 79-76. Fish credits every one of the 11 Bobcat players for the victory. “I could name something that every guy did,” said Fish. “One through 11, they all talked, they all brought it.” Freshman Tyler Hall led the Cats in scoring, notching 25 points and breaking the all-time frosh scoring record set by Larry Chanay. Colbert added 16 points, Green added 14 points and junior Quinton Everett added 11 points as well as 15 rebounds. The Bobcats now sit at 10-13 overall, and 5-5 in the Big Sky Conference. The Cats return home Thursday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 13 where they play Northern Arizona University and Southern Utah University, respectively. Tip-off will be at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday and 2:05 p.m. on Saturday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.