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Montana State Bobcats building defensive backbone

Posted at 11:08 PM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 09:25:58-04

BOZEMAN – The Montana State Bobcat men’s basketball team halted a four-game losing streak on Saturday after defeating Southern Utah 69-66. It wasn’t the Cats offense that got the Blue and Gold going, but rather the defense.

Montana State’s offense has struggled, shooting 38 percent from the field over their last three games, so they have used the other side of the court to change the course of the game.

“To get that win was big, but I thought more importantly was that it wasn’t a win that was kind of misleading. We didn’t shoot 70 percent from the field,” said head coach Brian Fish. “We won the game the way we’ve been playing and we won it with defense and rebounding and scoring at opportune times. But it wasn’t like we just blistered the nets and won some way we haven’t been playing.”

The Cats also used the free throw line as a catalyst in their win. Montana State was 17 of 25 (68 percent) from the stripe, and they buckled down and limited shooting fouls to Southern Utah, only allowing six opportunities at the line.

Fish and company are looking to take that play into this week when they travel to North Dakota on Wednesday.