WSU falls to hot-shooting Montana State, 95-90
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Harald Frey had 31 points and 10 assists to lead Montana State to a 95-90 win over Washington State on Sunday at the Toyota Center.
The Bobcats (3-6) also got 24 points from Tyler Hall, while Ladan Ricketts added 18 and Devin Kirby had 10.
After Kirby’s layup gave Montana State a 72-71 lead with nine minutes left, Frey scored 13 points, had three assists, and grabbed a key offensive rebound in the final minute, allowing the Bobcats to chew up more time.
Montana State shot 52 percent from the field, including 16 of 32 from 3-point range, and made 15 of 19 from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats opened a 22-10 lead just eight minutes in but Washington State grinded out key possessions to get back into the game. The Cougars trailed until Skaggs sank a 3-pointer goal with 1:31 left to give WSU a 40-38.
Hall made a runner from near half court at the buzzer to make it 43-all at the break. His 3-pointer midway through the second half broke Larry Chanay’s school record of 2,034 career points set from 1956-60. Hall’s sixth and final 3 of the game came about five minutes later, giving him 2,038 points and 346 made 3-pointers – breaking the Big Sky Conference’s career mark of 345 by Jeremy Senglin of Weber State (2013-17)
Franks scored 18 points in the second half to keep the Cougars in it until Frey went on his run.
Montana State: Sunday’s game against the Cougars was the Bobcats’ only contest against a Pac-12 opponent this season. . MSU begins Big Sky Conference play on Dec. 29 at Southern Utah. . Keljin Blevins, the team’s No. 2 scorer, at 11.5 points per game, is the cousin of Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. However, Blevins did not play Sunday. . Head coach Brian Fish, in his fifth season leading the Bobcats, was an assistant at Oregon before joining MSU.
Washington State: Montana State is the second consecutive Big Sky Conference team the Cougars have played this season. They beat the University of Idaho 90-70 on Dec. 5 in Pullman. . The Cougars will still have five non-conference games before they open Pac-12 play at Washington on Jan. 5. .. Franks and Elleby once again scored 20 or more points for the Cougs. . Attendance at the Toyota Center was 1,807. Coach Ernie Kent said he would like to bring the team back to the Tri-Cities again.
Montana State: The Bobcats travel to the University of Denver next on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Washington State: After finals week, the Cougars next play host to Rider on Monday, Dec. 17.
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