BOZEMAN – For the first time in five years, the Montana State men’s basketball team is undefeated through two games in conference play.

Both wins came in tough fashion on the road, a 104-point effort to down Southern Utah and an overtime victory against NAU. But head coach Brian Fish is taking the Bobcats’ hot start with a grain of salt because it’s too early to shape the Big Sky Conference race. He knows every game will be a battle from here on out.

“You start the league play, it’s an 18-lap race and each game is one lap around the track,” said Fish. “To get two wins is good. By no means is it that big a deal as far as you start 0-2 or 2-0 because there is so many games left. But it’s good, it gives the guys energy and stuff like that.”

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Even though they are only two games into the conference, Fish can tell this is going to be a tough year.

“Statistically I think we’ve gone from the 28th-best league to the 16th-best league. I’m worried about each team cannibalizing each other, because there is no easy opponents this year,” said Fish.

Montana State faces a tough opponent on Thursday against Northern Colorado, a team that not only is undefeated in the Big Sky Conference, but owns the best overall record in the conference. The Bobcats face the Bears at home at 7 p.m.

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