It seems appropriate that Montana State’s Tyler Hall is all but guaranteed of breaking the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball career scoring record in Cheney.
The Bobcats’ high-scoring senior guard enters Saturday’s game at Eastern Washington with 2,168 career points. The record-holder is former EWU player Bogdan Bliznyuk, who scored 2,169 during a career that ended last season.
Hall is averaging 19.2 points per game this season for Montana State (7-9, 4-2 Big Sky), which is tied for third place in the conference behind Weber State and Northern Colorado (both 5-1).
The Eagles, who haven’t played since knocking off third-place Montana 78-71 on Jan. 10, are 4-12 overall and 2-3 in conference, just out of the tops six.
Eastern had a season-best shooting night against Montana by making 9 of 17 3-pointers and shooting 48 percent (24 for 50) from the floor. Junior Tyler Kidd scored 13 points in his first start at point guard.
Eastern is 4-0 this season when it makes at least 45 percent of its shots from the field and 0-12 when it doesn’t.
“We don’t have to coach energy or having them play harder – they are doing that on their own,” EWU head coach Shantay Legans said. “It takes a game like Montana for some shots to go in to get some confidence. I think our team may have turned a corner and I liked winning a game heading into an eight-game stretch with no game.”
After missing EWU’s first 10 games with an injury, Mason Peatling has led the team in scoring in five of six games since.
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