BOZEMAN, Mont .– Montana State took the lead ahead of Weber State in the late second half after trailing most of the competition, but the Wildcats used a seven-point scoring run to regain the lead, giving it on an 85-75- Victory against the not back on Bobcats on Thursday at Worthington Arena.
Montana State trailed by as much as nine in the first half but narrowed the gap to 43-40 at halftime, despite beating 60-41.9% out of the field.
MSU and Weber State traded baskets to open the second half, and MSU eventually climbed 65-63 to a Xavier Bishop Jumper with 9 minutes, 16 seconds playing time. The two teams remained goalless for two minutes before the Wildcats took control of the bout.
Dillon Jones took a free throw to reduce the Bobcat advantage to 65-64. Then Dyson Koehler dropped 3-pointers after two consecutive ball possession to give the Wildcats a 70-65 lead.
The Bobcats would cut Weber State’s lead to two twice, the last being a 74-72 result with 3:06 remaining. A dunk from RaeQuan battle Playing at 1:21, the Bobcats had a one-point lead, 77-74, but Jones layup on the Wildcats side to seal the matchup for Weber State.
Weber State overtook Montana State 50-37.5% off the ground and benefited from a 12-for-20 (60%) night out of the 3-point range. MSU was only 3 in 20 (15%) out of depth.
The Wildcats had four players in the double digits, led by Koby McEwen’s 31 points. The Bobcats had three double digit results Jubrile Belo with a season high of 22 points at the top. He also had seven rebounds at game height.
The state of Montana returns on Saturday, January 1, when the Bobcats meet Idaho State for a New Years game at 1 p.m.