CALGARY, Alberta, Canada — The best thing about freshmen, Montana State men's basketball coach Brian Fish occasionally says, is that they become sophomores and juniors. That even applies to Freshmen of the Year.
Tyler Hall, the 2016 Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year, scored 24 points, and Harald Frey, last year's winner of that award, chipped in 14 to pace the Bobcats Saturday afternoon in a 77-70 win over the University of Calgary in what was an uneven performance.
Or as Fish said, "The defense was good. The offense was not."
The Cats built an early lead and maintained it for all but 40 seconds of the game.
MSU shot 42 percent, holding the Dinos to 33 percent, and outrebounded Calgary 46-39. The story of the day was 48 combined turnovers, 26 by the Cats.
"We won the battle of boards, held them to a good field goal percentage, we just had too many darn turnovers," Fish said.
Hall scored his 24 points in 21 minutes. He shot 8 of 11 from the field.
MSU will finish its four-game weekend with an afternoon game against Alberta on Sunday. The Bobcats are 3-0.