Thanks to a total team effort with a 61-percent shooting night and a career-high 28 points from freshman Amari Davis, Green Bay burned past Montana State on the road on Saturday night at Worthington Arena in Bozeman, winning 98-72 to open its four-game road swing. Five players scored in double-figures, helping the Phoenix (3-4) to enjoy its largest road win since it beat Chicago State in Jan. 2016 by 33 points.
Even with five players in double-figures, it was the newcomer Davis who shined brightest offensively in his first career start. The Ohio native poured in 28 points on the host Bobcats (5-3) in 28 minutes of action. He shot 13-for-18 from the field and has scored 10 or more points in all seven games this season and now leads Green Bay in scoring with 16.3 PPG.
Montana State scored the first points of the game, but a 3-pointer by PJ Pipes to follow was all Green Bay needed to cruise from there on. Green Bay dominated the rest of the first half, leading by as many as 20 points and scoring 51 first-half points. The team shot just over 67 percent in the first half, and even used a Kameron Hankerson shot at the buzzer to close out the first 20 minutes.
Senior sharpshooter JayQuan McCloud was on point from long range, hitting four of his eight 3-point attempts on his way to scoring 18 points. McCloud also dished out six assists, helping his frontcourt mates Cody Schwartz and Josh McNair both finish with 13 points. Hankerson was the other player in double-figures, scoring 10 points off the bench with a pair of triples.
The next trip comes next Wednesday night when the team visits No. 25 Xavier in Cincinnati. The game will be televised on FS2 and tips at 6 p.m. CT.
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