Southern Utah visits Montana State after Bishop’s 27-point performance

Southern Utah Thunderbirds (18-9, 12-5 Big Sky) vs. Montana State Bobcats (21-6, 13-4 Big Sky)

Bozeman, Montana; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Montana State takes on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds after Xavier Bishop scored 27 points in Montana State’s 80-74 loss to the Montana Grizzlies.

The Bobcats are 11-1 at home. Montana State is second to the Big Sky in team defense, giving up 68.4 points while holding opponents to 42.3 percent shooting.

The Thunderbirds are 12-5 in the Big Sky game. Southern Utah leads Big Sky with 35.0 rebounds per game led by Maizen Fausett with an 8.5 average.

The teams are meeting for the second time in conference this season. The Bobcats won 76-71 in the final game on Feb. 19. Bishop led the Bobcats with 19 points and Jason Spurgin led the Thunderbirds with 14 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jubrile Belo is scoring 13.4 points per game with 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists for the Bobcats. Bishop is averaging 14.5 points and 3.6 assists over Montana State’s last 10 games.

Fausett is averaging 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Thunderbirds. Tevian Jones is averaging 2.6 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Southern Utah.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bobcats: 8-2, averaged 74.7 points, 32.8 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 4.8 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 68.3 points per game.

Thunderbirds: 7-3, averaged 79.9 points, 32.2 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 6.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Their opponents average 71.2 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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