FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Harald Frey missed his first 12 shots Saturday but connected when it counted as Montana State overcame Northern Arizona 76-73 in overtime at Walkup Skydome.
Frey’s 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the extra period gave MSU a five-point lead, and Sam Neumann added a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to help lift the Bobcats to a key road sweep to begin the Big Sky Conference season. Montana State won at Southern Utah 104-99 on Thursday.
Frey scored a career-high 30 points in the win over SUU but was held to just seven points on Saturday. Tyler Hall finished with 16 points on 4-of-18 shooting. MSU forward Keljin Blevins picked up the slack with a 26-point, six-rebound effort. Blevins made all nine of his free throws.
The Bobcats, who erased a 15-point first-half deficit, shot 1 for 12 down the stretch in regulation. Hall was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with five seconds left and made all three free throws, but Torry Johnson was fouled on NAU’s ensuing possession. Johnson, though, made 1 of 2 from the line and the game went to OT.
The Lumberjacks (3-12, 0-2 Big Sky) made 18 of 29 free throws. MSU (9-6, 2-0) shot 25 for 30. Defensively, the Bobcats limited NAU standout JoJo Anderson to just four points in 35 minutes. Anderson came in averaging 14.4 points per game.
The Bobcats return home this week, where they will host Big Sky foes Northern Colorado on Thursday and North Dakota on Saturday.