Montana State (7-6) at Portland State (5-6)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 9, 10:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Peter W. Stott Center (1,500) -- Portland, Oregon.
Television: None. Home Record: MSU 5-1, PSU 5-2. Away Record: MSU 2-3, PSU
0-4. Neutral Record: MSU 0-2, PSU 0-0. Conference Record: MSU 2-0, PSU 0-2.
Series Record: Montana State leads, 29-19.
GAME NOTES: The Montana State Bobcats try to keep their unblemished Big Sky
record intact as they tangle with the Portland State Vikings at the Stott
Center on Thursday night.
Montana State started out the 2013-14 campaign rather shaky, losing three
straight and four of the first five outings, but the Bobcats have managed to
level off with two consecutive victories and wins in six of their last seven.
The latest win, a narrow 68-66 triumph over Northern Arizona on Saturday, was
also the 100th win at the school for head coach Brad Huse.
While the Bobcats appear to be heading in the right direction, the same cannot
be said for a PSU squad that has bowed in five of the last six outings after
putting together a four-game win streak in November. The team has come up
short in both Big Sky tests thus far, losing to Idaho State on the road in the
opener, 87-76, and then suffering a more lopsided 79-62 defeat at the hands of
Weber State on Saturday. The loss versus the Wildcats was the 20th straight on
the road for PSU and the team's 14th consecutive road conference loss as well,
setting a school mark.
Montana State leads the all-time series with the Vikings by a count of 29-19.
The Bobcats led by as many as 10 points against Northern Arizona in the first
half of their meeting over the weekend, but the team needed a field goal by
Michael Dison at the buzzer in order to come away with the narrow win in
Bozeman Saturday. Dison finished with a career-high 18 points, one behind
leading scorer Flavien Davis. Paul Egwuonwu produced a double-double for the
hosts with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Davis, who has scored 22 and 16 points in his two previous encounters with
Portland State in his career, is currently the only double-digit scorer on the
roster with his 10.8 ppg.
Portland State had the same number of made field goals in the first half
versus Weber State as the Wildcats (12), but the squad came up short at the
free-throw line (0-of-2) and eventually were outscored at the stripe by a
22-10 margin during the loss in Ogden. DaShaun Wiggins was the lone starter in
double figures for the visitors with 16 points, followed by Gary Winston who
tallied 13 off the bench as he made 3-of-5 shots behind the 3-point line.
However, the rest of the unit combined to make only 3-of-12 on the perimeter.
Tim Douglas, who shot just 3-of-14 from the field and finished with nine
points in the last outing, remains the overall leading scorer for Portland
State with his 15.1 ppg. Douglas has made more 3-pointers (19-of-51) than
anyone else on the unit, but with an average of only six made triples per
contest it is clear that perimeter shooting is not a strength of the Vikings
this season. Wiggins (13.3 ppg) is second on the outside with his 15
conversions, which means the rest of the team accounts for a combined 32 3-
pointers through 11 contests.
Without much of a perimeter presence on offense, should the Vikings fall
behind in this meeting the chances of them coming back are somewhat slim,
leading towards a Montana State victory in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Montana State 74, Portland State 68
01/09 10:34:17 ET
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