Montana State pulled out a 78-70 victory over North Dakota on Thursday in Big Sky play as the Bobcats extracted revenge from a loss to the Green and White on their home court in January. The win draws Montana State even with UND in the league standings at 7-6.
Senior Flavien Davis had a team-high 19 points for the Bobcats (12-12, 7-6 BSC) and had six straight crucial points after UND (10-13, 7-6 BSC) had trimmed what was once a 20-point deficit all the way down to three with eight minutes to play.
His classmate, Marcus Colbert, added 16 points and iced the game at the foul line where he went 6-for-6 in the final minute and the Bobcats went 28-for-32 for the game.
Senior Aaron Anderson led UND with 20 points and made a season-high five 3-pointers to help spark the second-half comeback, but the 20-point hole was too much to overcome for the home team. Classmate Troy Huff added 17 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.
After Colston put his team ahead 48-28 with a corner 3-pointer at the 14:54 mark, UND roared back into the game with a 22-7 run over a six-plus minute span that cut the deficit to 55-52.
Davis got to the foul line twice on MSU's next two possessions, making three of those attempts. On the one free throw he missed, the Bobcats came up with the offensive rebound and he converted that opportunity into a 3-point play that quickly pushed the visitors' lead back to 61-52.
UND would trim the lead down to four on Anderson's final three of the game with just over 90 seconds to play, but the Bobcats would make 9-of-10 free throws in the final minute to keep the lead in hand.
The home team made eight of its 11 3-pointers after the break, but connected on only 11 of a season-high 32 attempts from beyond the arc in the contest. Montana State went 6-for-9 from deep and shot 52.4 percent from the floor to help corral the victory.
In the first half, it was the MSU reserves that sparked the Bobcats to a 36-25 lead. Stephan Holm and Eric Norman combined for 14 points and ignited a 15-3 run by the visitors that broke a 12-12 tie.
Norman had six straight points and Holm hit his second trey of the half during that stretch that saw the Bobcats' lead balloon to 27-15. Norman and Holm helped the Bobcats' bench to an 18-10 advantage in those opening 20 minutes. The MSU reserves only had 12 points in the home loss to UND in mid-January.
MSU also took advantage of an 11-for-12 effort at the foul line, while UND went just 4-for-8 in the opening half and shot 36 percent from the floor. The Bobcats also out-rebounded the Green and White 19-10 and had 12 second-chance points.
Anderson made a 4-point play to end the Bobcats' big run with just under six minutes to play in the opening half, but UND could only trim one more point off the deficit before the half. Anderson led UND with eight first-half points, while Traylor added six off the bench.
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