BOZEMAN – The Montana State Bobcats fell just shy of a home win against Northern Colorado on Monday night. And Tyler Hall fell just shy of a record-breaking evening.
Hall needed 27 points to break the Big Sky Conference’s all-time scoring record held by Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk. He scored 25 points Monday, leaving him two points shy of the record. But he can get it Saturday on the road against Eastern.
If you were to ask his head coach, Brian Fish, years ago when he was recruiting Hall if he would’ve reached this point in his career, he says he always saw the potential.
“We said, ‘The way we are going to build this, you’d have a chance to be the school’s all-time leading scorer and do some stuff,’ and things like that,” Fish said. “That was a vision we sold to him in recruiting, but to say conference all-time leading scorer and stuff like that, I didn’t even know what the record was, but to be there and still have 10, 12, 14 games left in his career, he’s got a chance to obliterate that record and be one of those guys that scores 2,500 points in his career.”
A simple layup Saturday against the Eagles will crown Hall as the best scorer in Big Sky history. But if he reaches the 2,500-point mark, that’s something only 67 players in college basketball have ever done.