Bears Hang Tough With MSU
The Montana State Bobcats won their 2nd straight in Calgary, with a 78-69 edge over the Alberta Golden Bears Friday. This spirited affair was sparked by some fine guard play for MSU , led by rookie Isaac Bonton (Portland, OR) with 16 points / 4 rebs / 4 assists. Burly forward , Sam Neumann was 7/8 from the floor for 15 points/ 4 rebounds, as 9 Bobcats played 11 minutes or more, and all 11 hit the score sheet.
The Bears started with very chilly shooting hands, and trailed 37-25 at the half, with just 10/39 (25.5%) from the floor. The second half saw a big turnaround, with hoops off the break producing a healthy 57% FG mark, and Alberta close to within 6 in the 4th frame. 5th year wing, Mamadou Gueye, scored 21 points/ 12 rebounds, while Andre Kelly hit 17 pts, and Brody Clarke 14. U of A were limited by a pedestrian 12/24 from the foul line, but played very well against a determined Bobcat squad.
9 of the 10 Bears who dressed were rewarded with double digit minutes of playing time. Not available for this game were 5th year scorer, Geoff Pippus (injury), and import signee, Hugo Cluysen, a 19 year old Frenchman, who will not arrive in Canada until next week.
MSU play Calgary Dinos on Saturday at 3 pm, then their 2nd vs Alberta on Sunday at 1 pm.
Team Canada Right There With Purdue
In game 1 of their 2 game set vs the USA reps for the Aug 19-30 Universiade in Taipei, Canada dropped a 94-86 decision in Carmel, Indiana. The Canadian team, made up of U-Sports stars, and coached by Kevin Hanson (UBC), Dan Vanhooren (Calgary), and Jacques Paiment Jr. (Laval), were withing 1 point late in the game, but Purdue shooters buried key shots down the stretch.
7-2 post man, Isaac Haas, scored 20 points to lead the Americans, while Conor Morgan (UBC) and Kaza Kajami -Keane (Carleton) each notched 21 for Canada. U-Sports Player of the Year, Connor Wood (Carleton), and forward, Alexandre Leclerc (Laval) were not playing due to injury. These 2 teams play again on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, IN and will travel to Taiwan on Sunday-Monday. Box Score