Hatler among headliners at MSU alumni game

BOZEMAN — Scott Hatler dished out more assists than any Bobcat in history as a Montana State point guard in the early 1990s. In a couple weekends he’ll gladly hand out a couple more.

Hatler, the Great Falls High product whose 608 assists from 1992-96 remains a Bobcat record and was the second-most in Big Sky history upon his graduation, joins more than 50 other former Bobcats for Montana State’s first Alumni Game. Former Bobcats ranging from 1943 (Dean Robertson) to recent stars such as Nick Dissly and Mecklen Davis, take the court in newly-renovated Worthington Arena on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

Reconnecting Montana State’s basketball tradition with its present, Hatler said, is attracting a lot of former Bobcats back to campus. “I think it will be great for all the past players to be able to spend time and get to know current Bobcats on a more personal level,” he said. “What Coach (Brian) Fish is doing with this event should bring a lot of excitement to Bobcat Basketball and is one of the steps to rebuilding this program.”

Hatler, who also finished his career with 176 three-point field goals, may have the opportunity to team with some familiar names from the halcyon days of the mid-‘90s. Fellow members of MSU’s 1996 Big Sky Championship squad planning to suit up on September 20 include Nico Harrison, Scott Harry, Adam Leachman and Danny Sullivan.

Renovations to the home arena for Montana State basketball since 1957 is also a lure for the programs former players. “I’m looking forward to seeing the updates to Brick Breeden (Fieldhouse),” said Hatler, whose Bobcat teams regularly played in front of large and enthusiastic home crowds. “I spoke with Danny Robison, and he was really enthusiastic about the changes.”

Hatler headlines an impressive list of guards lining up for the Bobcat alumni. He may have the opportunity to feed Carlos Taylor, whose 544 points for the Cats in 2008 was the most by any Bobcat guard in a season since the late Craig Finberg poured in 579 in 1978, and slick-shooting Harry Heineken, who scored 479 points for the Cats in 1981. Those guards will have to contend with Casey Durham, a third-generation Bobcat himself who rolled up 145 steals in his outstanding career.

The MSU Alumni Basketball Game, with introductions of former Bobcats beginning at 10 a.m in Worthington Arena on Sept. 20, is free and open to the public.

 — MSU Sports Information

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