The Montana State University Men’s Basketball team faced some stiff competition recently against two non-conference opponents. The Cats scheduled many early season home games, which has proven a successful tactic as they have continued a home winning streak dating back to last season with nine straight wins.
However a rare away game started December when they faced off against Pacific Coast Conference (PAC-12) opponent University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The Bobcats lost their third straight road game 92-84. The Utes had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures. “That was the … most athletic team we’ve seen,” Head Coach Brian Fish said.
Sophomore Tyler Hall led the Bobcats with 22 points while senior Quinton Everett added a career-high 20 points and junior Zach Green had 15 points.
On Dec. 5, the Bobcats faced off at home against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Hall shot 15-25 overall and 6-12 from the three-point line for a career high 42 points. His performance tied for second most in Bobcat history. However, the Panthers shot an outstanding 52 percent from the field and 65 percent from the three-point line. Milwaukee proved too much for the Bobcats, winning 83-78 and giving the Cats their first loss at home.
The Bobcats look to improve their record facing off against South Dakota University on Dec. 7 at 7:15 p.m. and in Omaha, Nebraska to take on the University of Omaha on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. After two straight losses, MSU now has a record of 5-4. All four of their losses have been close, never by more than eight points. MSU is back in Bozeman on Dec. 18 to again take on South Dakota at 2 p.m. in Worthington Arena.