1997-98 Men's Basketball Team
Coached by current UCLA head coach Ben Howland, the 1997-98 men's basketball team won the school's first-ever Big Sky Conference Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. They lost to Cincinnati in the first round despite leading by five at halftime and by six with 9:30 left in the game when a late three-pointer saved the Bearcats. The team accomplishments include winning the school's second consecutive league regular season title, while leading the nation in three-point percentage and ranking second in the field-goal percentage.. They were the only team in the country among the top 20 nationally in three-point shooting (1st), field-goal percentage (2nd), and free-throw shooting (20th). Among the individual accolades garnered by the team included Big Sky MVP Andrew Mavis and all-conference honorees Casey Frank and Ross Land (honorable mention).