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01/23/2021 | 12 o'clock
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The state of Montana kept northern Arizona at its second-lowest point of the season when the Bobcats claimed a 62-51 win over the Lumberjacks at the Rolle Activity Center on Thursday. The Bobcats improved to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Big Sky game, while the Lumberjacks fell to 4-10 (3-5 BSC).
The victory for MSU extended their winning streak to six games. This is the longest winning streak for the & # 39; Cats since the 2003/04 season. The Bobcats' unbeaten start in five games marks the first time since the 2004/05 season that MSU has accomplished the feat.
Montana State led 36 of the 40 minutes of the competition. Northern Arizona's only competitive advantage lasted 29 seconds.
MSU's biggest lead in the first 20 minutes came exactly at halftime when the Bobcats climbed six seconds to 31-26 on a Devin Kirby layup. Both teams went 11 of 24 (45.8%) off the field in the first half, but the & # 39; Cats rebounded against Northern Arizona at 16-12 and had nine more attempts from the free-throw line.
The Lumberjacks took the Bobcats ahead three times, bringing the lead into a single possession, but the next NAU was a 43-41 score with 11:31 in the second half. MSU's Mike Hood followed with a 3-pointer and Borja Fernandez had an offensive setback to get the Bobcats back on track at seven.
Montana State's lead never went below five the rest of the way.
The NAU's 51 points were the least scored by the loggers in the Big Sky game, while it was the lowest total the Bobcat defense has allowed this season.
Nine Bobcats found their way into the scoring column, led by Jubrile Belo's 14 points and Xavier Bishop's 12. Amin Adamu had eight rebounds, while Belo followed with seven. MSU led the relaxing battle with 33-27 and also prevailed against northern Arizona with 47-40%.
"You never know which guys will show up on which night," said Montana state head coach Danny Sprinkle. “I thought Tyler (Patterson) and Nick (Gazelas) had 3-pointers that were huge. Borja (Fernandez) had a big 3rd. Devin (Kirby's) minutes were great. Defensively, he did a really good job made when Jubrile got into bad trouble. "
Northern Arizona was led by Cameron Shelton, who scored 24 points on 10 of 20 shots. He also had a team high of six rebounds and five assists. Shelton was the only lumberjack in the double digits. The rest of the team went 10 out of 30 (33.3%) off the field.
"I thought we had pretty good energy," said Sprinkle. "When we meet early we seem to relax. I thought all night keeping this team at 51 points and shooting what they did was enormous. We have their two great shooters in (Nik) Mains and ( Luke) Really getting Advalovic under control. " It was huge to keep these two down to zero 3-pointers together. "
The state of Montana returns in Flagstaff, against northern Arizona on Saturday. The tipoff in the Rolle Activity Center is scheduled for 12:00 noon.