The Montana State University men’s basketball team fought their way to two overtime victories this week over the Univeristy of Idaho Vandals on Jan. 26 and the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Jan. 28. The Bobcats faced the Idaho Vandals and came away with a double-overtime victory of 94-90. The game was back and forth, with the Bobcats trailing 33-29 going into the half and coming back to tie the game at 71 at the end of regulation.
After two high-scoring over-regulation periods, Devonte Klines (So.) shot a three-pointer to secure the win for the Bobcats in second overtime. This was also a big game for players Tyler Hall (So.) and Sam Neumann (So.), with Hall scoring 31 points for the Bobcats and Neumann recovering 12 rebounds, a career-high for him.
This is not the first time the Bobcats have had to play over regulation when facing the Vandals; they lost a close game in Moscow, Idaho during their last matchup on Jan. 7, 83-81 in one overtime. The men came away victorious once again after going into overtime with the Eastern Eagles and winning 91-90. The Cats came back from trailing 14 points in the first half and going into the second half behind 42-39.
The Bobcats scored 42 to Eastern’s 39 points in the second half, tying the game at the end of regulation 81-81. In the overtime, the two teams were tied at 90 with 1:20 left in the game, Klines again secured the Bobcat victory by making a free throw shot with 28 seconds left on the clock.
The game also marked MSU’s highest attendance at a men’s game this season, with a crowd of 2,951 coming out to support the Bobcats. These two wins have led the men’s team to a record of 11-12, but with a winning of record of 6-4 within the Big Sky Conference. These victories have also led them to a five-game win streak, the longest in the franchise since the 2009-2010 season. The men head to Missoula on Feb. 4 to take on the University of Montana Grizzlies.