8 May

SUU Men’s Basketball Hosts Montana Thursday

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday evening, Southern Utah men’s basketball (8-4, 1-0 in Big Sky Conference play) returns to the America First Event Center by hosting Montana (6-7, 2-0 in Big Sky play).The Thunderbirds have won four straight games and a win over the Grizzlies would vault them to the top of the conference standings. The other undefeated teams in Big Sky play this season are Idaho State and SUU’s Saturday opponent, Montana State.In his fourth season at the helm of the Thunderbirds’ program, Todd Simon (44-67, .396 at SUU; 53-75, .414 as a collegiate head coach) is on the verge of taking SUU to unprecedented heights.The Thunderbirds score 77.5 points per game, ranking SUU 70th nationally in scoring offense.Redshirt senior forward/guard Cameron Oluyitan is the Thunderbirds’ leading scorer (13.8 points per game, also 5.3 rebounds per game) while also leading the squad in assists (30) and steals (20).Junior guard John Knight III (13.2 points per game) and new father Dwayne Morgan (11.3 points per game, a team-best 8 blocked shots) also score in double figures on-average for SUU.Sophomore guard Harrison Butler remains the Thunderbirds’ leader on the glass, posting 7.6 rebounds per game.SUU out-rebounds opponents by 9.3 boards per game (40.8-31.5 per game), ranking them 14th nationally.The Thunderbirds surrender 65.1 points per game, which ranks SUU 93rd nationally in scoring defense.The Grizzlies are coached by sixth-year head coach Travis DeCuire (115-65, .639) who has led Montana to successive NCAA Tournament appearances.Montana, who has played traditional powers Stanford, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington this season, scores 64.9 points per game. This ranks the Grizzlies 313th nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Sayeed Pridgett (19.5 points, 7.9 rebounds per game) leads the Grizzlies in every significant statistical category. The senior guard out of Oakland, Calif. also leads the squad in assists (37), steals (29) and blocked shots (10).Redshirt senior guard Kendal Manuel is the Grizzlies’ only other double digit scorer on-average, posting 12.9 points per contest.Montana surrenders 68.5 points per contest which ranks them 179th nationally in scoring defense.The Grizzlies lead the Thunderbirds 17-5 all-time, including a 7-2 mark at Cedar City. Written by Tags: Montana Men’s Basketball/SUU Men’s Basketball January 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Hosts Montana Thursdaylast_img read more