BOISE, Idaho — Three and a half minutes into his final college game, Tyler Hall caught a pass on the right wing, unfurled his shot from behind the arc and converted.

When the ball swished through the net, he became the 69th player in Division I history to reach 2,500 points, another milestone on his already lengthy resume.

Forty-three seconds later, Hall grabbed a loose ball along the baseline and used his quick release, a hallmark of his game throughout the past four years, and made another 3-pointer. He absorbed a foul from Eastern Washington’s Kim Aiken, fell to the ground and then made the ensuing free throw.

In the first seven minutes of a season-ending quarterfinal loss at the Big Sky tournament on Thursday, Hall racked up 12 points and flashed the talent he’d been displaying the last four years. He finished the game with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting and five 3s.

He closed his career with 2,518 points (62nd most all-time nationally) and 431 3-pointers (eighth most all-time), both school and conference records. The senior shot 30 percent from behind the arc and made at least one 3 in 38 consecutive games to end his time at Montana State.

Hall declared for the NBA Draft following his junior year but returned to the Bobcats (15-17) after working out for a pair of teams.

He repeatedly said that team success took precedence over his individual accolades. Despite never finishing over .500 in his career, Hall will be remembered as an MSU legend.

“Who’s loyal this day? Who stays four years at a Montana State when you have the opportunities that he could have had?” MSU head coach Brian Fish said. “He devoted to it. He loves the university. He’s done it. He’s going to graduate. He’s been out of trouble. I’m not sure we write enough stories about that.”

When Hall broke the conference’s all-time scoring record at EWU on Jan. 19, his teammates reveled in the accomplishment, Fish said. The coach added that he brags about the approximately 100 points he scored in his college career more than Hall discusses his 2,500-plus.

In the Bobcats’ first Big Sky tournament win in 10 years on Wednesday, Hall scored 23 points, including seven in the final 4:15. On Thursday, Hall endured a 26-minute scoreless drought before ending the game with eight points in the final eight minutes. He hit two late 3s to help MSU battle back, but it wasn’t enough.

“One thing that’s big for me is loyalty,” Hall said. “All my teammates have been that way to me my whole career. Going anywhere else was never anything I ever wanted to do. Like Coach said, it wasn’t just me. I get all the credit, but my teammates push me, get me open. ... They do all the dirty work behind the scenes, so I just wanted to push all the attention toward them.”

After the loss Thursday, Fish complimented seniors Sam Neumann and Keljin Blevins along with Hall for instilling a fun environment around the team this season and helping him as he mourned the death of his 29-year-old daughter.

As MSU’s program approaches a crossroads with the graduation of Hall and the pending contract renewal of Fish, the head coach simply summed up the talent he had the opportunity to coach.

“That’s one hell of a basketball player,” Fish said.

Paul Schwedelson can be reached at or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @pschweds.

Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.