Montana State visits Portland State after Bishop’s 26-point performance

Montana State Bobcats (13-5, 5-2 Big Sky) vs. Portland State Vikings (4-10, 2-4 Big Sky)

Portland, Oregon; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Montana State takes on the Portland State Vikings after Xavier Bishop scored 26 points in Montana State’s 89-84 win over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.

The Vikings went 2-4 at home. Portland State is 0-3 in games decided by less than 4 points.

The Bobcats are 5-2 against conference opponents. Montana State is 3-2 in games decided by under 4 points.

The Vikings and Bobcats meet on Saturday for the first time in Big Sky play this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: James Jean-Marie is shooting 52.2 percent and averaging 12.9 points for the Vikings. Khalid Thomas is averaging 0.9 3-pointers over Portland State’s last 10 games.

Jubrile Belo is shooting 60.3 percent and averaging 13.6 points for the Bobcats. Tyler Patterson is averaging 2.1 3-pointers in Montana State’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Vikings: 2-8, averaged 63.4 points, 32.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 8.0 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 38.2 percent from the field . Their opponents are averaging 70.8 points per game.

Bobcats: 9-1, averaged 72.6 points, 31.8 rebounds, 11.6 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field. Their opponents average 65.6 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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