Just a couple quick notes on a couple of games...
North Dakota picked up their first Big Sky win in program history, beating Idaho State 66-53. If you follow UND, you know the fact that it was a road win is big for the program, which has struggled mightily away from Grand Forks in recent years. They were led by Aaron Anderson's 19 points, as he benefits as much as anyone from the attention Troy Huff receives when he is in the lineup. ISU is still looking to crack the 60 point mark, which they haven't done against a Division I opponent.
In Bozeman, Montana State used a big start in both halves to fend off Portland State 62-59, after PSU's last gasp three-point attempt didn't fall. The Bobcats led 52-38 with 7:35 to play, and were up 61-53 with under 10 seconds left in the game, but the Vikings had a chance thanks to some threes and an MSU turnover. Paul Ewgwuonwu had 14 points for the Bobcats, scoring some big buckets in the second half. Flavien Davis had 16 and was solid.
Montana State was playing without Antonio Biglow or Jamie Stewart, and Xavier Blount was hobbled and not at 100%. Aaron Moore was big for the Vikings, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds, 7 of them offensive.
It wasn't all cheery for the Bobcats, however, as word came that Jamie Stewart was no longer a member of the program. This makes the second straight year that he started the year for the Bobcats, but didn't finish the year due to off-court reasons.
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