Fresh off one of the most dramatic victories of the Ernie Zeigler era, CMU looks to build off that momentum taking on the Montana State Bobcats in the second game of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic. In the Bobcats season opener, they fell to host Hawaii 77-59. CMU enters the game as a 5.5 point favorite.
The Bobcats were led in the opener by 6’7″ forward Bobby Howard, who totaled 17 points, and 9 rebounds. The only other player for Montana State to get in double figures was 6’5″ guard Erik Rush, who had 15.
The Bobcats, much like the Chippewas, are not an intimidating team in terms of their height, with only one player over 6’7″, sophomore Cody Anderson, who stands at 6’10”. But he was not a big factor despite starting the opener, totally only 2 points and 5 rebounds. The Bobcats return only 6 players from last years squad that finished up 15-14.
The Chippewas come in on an extreme high, fresh off their last second win in their opener. The hero for the Chippewas in game 1 was senior Jalin Thomas, who put up a game high 21 points, including the game winning three pointer at the buzzer. Amir Rashid had 13 points in the opener, while Andre Coimbra had 12 points off the bench. Senior Will McClure grabbed 15 rebounds, a career high.
The most talked about player in the MAC, true freshman Trey Zeigler had a solid start in his first game. He struggled from the field, going 5/16, finishing with 11 points. But he was able to get 8 rebounds, and hand out 5 assists, including one on the game winning shot by Thomas.
The game tips off at 2:30 am Eastern Time, and there is live audio of the game over at the Official CMU Site.