Cats snag first Big Sky tournament win in 10 years

    The Montana St. Bobcats cheer squad takes the floor at halftime of their game against Idaho. Montana St. won the game 75-71, their first Big Sky Conference Tournament victory since 2009. (NBC Montana)

    It has been 10 years since Montana St. has won a first round Big Sky tournament contest. On Tuesday, March 13, 2019, they changed that, as they snagged a down-to-the-wire 75-71 victory over the Idaho Vandals.

    The Bobcats got off on the wrong foot, as they were in a scoring drought. Idaho went on a 10-0 run before junior Russell Daniels made a baseline jumper to finally put MSU on the board.

    At the half, the Cats led Idaho 32-30. A close score, maybe, but they outscored the Vandals 22-10. Also, after making only four of its first 14 shots, MSU made nine of its last 13 entering the break.

    For the Vandals, Trevon Allen is as advertised. He led Idaho in scoring with 21 points, while also adding six rebounds and three assists.

    For the Bobcats, Tyler Hall led the final statistics sheet, with his largest achievement today being a double-double. He totaled 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

    There was one thing that MSU head coach Brian Fish believed was the determining factor of their win.

    “Character over talent and we’ve got a lot of character in that locker room,” said Fish.

    They will need to start hot and finish hot, as they will take on the Eastern Washington Eagles (who snagged MSU’s first round bye spot) on Thursday at 8:00 pm.

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