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Montana State outlasts Jackrabbits

SDSU Men's BasketballExcerpt of article in the Bozeman newspaper: Bobcats get job done

By JEFF WELSCH, Chronicle Sports Editor

It was supposed to be a confidence-builder entering Big Sky Conference play.

All it really did for the Montana State men's basketball team was raise more questions.

In the first game of the new year, the Bobcats played as if hung over for the first 30 minutes, then regrouped in time for a 78-73 victory over feisty South Dakota State in front of an equally hung-over crowd of 3,072 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

For the fifth straight game, the 'Cats (7-7) went to the wire, their faithful unable to breathe easily until junior guard Derrick Edmonds hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds to play.

Until then, a South Dakota State (3-11) team in the second year of a transition from NCAA Division II to Division I hounded the 'Cats defensively, outscrapped them on the boards and led by as many as 10 points in the second half despite constant foul trouble.

"I'm really shocked with the way we played," MSU coach Mick Durham said, conceding that SDSU probably deserved to win.

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