Bobcats host final non-conference game of 2021-22 season on Wednesday


BOZEMAN, Mont. Montana State plays its non-conference final on Wednesday when the Bobcats host SAGU American Indian College at Worthington Arena. The outcome is set at 7 p.m.

The Bobcats opened their four-game homestand on Sunday, beating Portland for the second time this season. MSU led for just over 10 seconds in the contest as the ‘Cats took their first lead when Tyler patterson hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. The Bobcats, despite posting a season-high 27.6% and scoring just 16 points in the first, outscored the Pilots 61-59 thanks to a Amin Adamu turnaround in the last seconds.

MSU improved to 8-4 overall with the victory over Portland and to 7-3 in a non-conference game this season. The Bobcats’ current 0.700 winning percentage on their non-conference roster is the best on the schedule since the 1997-98 season, when that team was 9-2 against schools other than Big Sky. This team featured a then junior Danny Sprinkle.

The Bobcats are spending most of the next month at Bozeman. After four straight games at Worthington Arena from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, MSU travels to Idaho to face the Vandals for a contest on Jan. 6. The Bobcats return to host their next two games, which will complete a six of seven home streak.

Senior MSU Xavier Bishop crossed the 1,500 point threshold during his university career when the Bobcats won over the Pilots. Bishop enters Wednesday’s game with 1,507 points and 431 career assists. These ratings rank 85th and 52nd respectively among active players.
Two other Bobcats come close to high level achievements. Adamu currently has 792 career points, while Jubrile Belo has 886 points. Belo also ranks in MSU’s all-time top 10 in field goal percentage and blocks.

Montana State finished its list of games against Summit League opponents on December 11 when MSU faced St. Thomas in St. Paul. The Bobcats finished 2-1 against opposition from the Summit League.
The state of Montana was punctuated by its usual starting lineup of Adamu, Belo, Bishop, Patterson and Abdel Mohamed. Four of those Bobcats started in every game while Patterson started in every contest except one. Each player in this group averages over 26 minutes per game on the pitch and scores in double digits.

Several key figures are starting to stand out as MSU closes the non-conference portion of its schedule for the 2021-22 season. The Bobcats are 8-2 this year when an opponent shoots less than 50%, including a 7-1 mark when the ‘Cats overtake opposition. MSU is 5-1 this year when it overtakes its opponent. The Bobcats are also 8-0 this season when preventing an opponent from scoring under 70 points.

SAGU American Indian College is visiting Bozeman after previously facing three Division I teams recently. The Warriors lost to Idaho (84-55) on December 18, Dixie State (114-49) on December 15, and Montana (118-49) on December 13.

Montana State’s game against SAGU American Indian College will air on ESPN +. The game will also be broadcast on the Bobcat Radio Network on KMMS 1450 AM as well as on the Varsity Network app. Links for live broadcasts, live stats, and radio coverage are available on the men’s basketball program page at msubobcats.com.


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