#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: No. 9

SDSU's David Jenkins, Jr., has connected on more than 50 percent of his 3-point attempts this season and leads The Summit League with 41 makes.
SDSU's David Jenkins, Jr., has connected on more than 50 percent of his 3-point attempts this season and leads The Summit League with 41 makes.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 9 (w/stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Mother Nature tried to derail the opening week of #SummitMBB play, but all seven contests were completed with the road team coming out victorious four times during the opening batch of games. Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar led the road-team charge by averaging 28.0 ppg in a pair of wins for Purdue Fort Wayne over North Dakota and North Dakota State. South Dakota State and Oral Roberts also picked up key road wins. There's plenty of action in store for week two as a pair of games will take place on four of the next five days starting Wednesday with South Dakota at Denver and North Dakota State at Omaha.  

FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED...
• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar has been named the #SummitMBB Player of the Week seven times during his career, but this is the first time the senior has earned the accolade in back-to-back weeks. His seven career honors are now tied for the fifth most in Summit League history.
• South Dakota State's David Jenkins, Jr., is shooting a 51.3 percent from 3-point range which is tops in The Summit League. His 41 makes from beyond the arc are also the most among league players.
• Summit League players have accounted for 50 double-doubles so far this season. South Dakota State's Tevin King and North Dakota's Marlon Stewart have the only two that were of the points-assists variety. The other 48 have been points-rebounds with South Dakota State's Mike Daum leading the country in those with 11.
• Oral Roberts junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds in the Golden Eagles' road win at Omaha to open #SummitMBB play. Road teams went 4-3 during the opening slate of league play, including Purdue Fort Wayne's two wins in the Peace Garden State.
• Omaha's J.T. Gibson poured in back-to-back 20-point performances to open Summit League play. He had only one such outing in the Mavericks' first 13 contests.  

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Stream; all times local to site)
Wednesday, Jan. 2
South Dakota at Denver* (Altitude) 7 p.m.
North Dakota State at Omaha* 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3
North Dakota at Oral Roberts* 7 p.m.
South Dakota State at Purdue Fort Wayne* 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 5
North Dakota at Denver* (Altitude2) 1 p.m.
Western Illinois at Oral Roberts* 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 6
Dickinson State at North Dakota State 2 p.m.
SDSU at South Dakota* (MSN/E+) 3:30 p.m.

RECENT RESULTS
Friday, December 28
(17-MM) SDSU 100, Western Illinois 58*
Omaha 91, Denver 84*

Saturday, December 29
Purdue Fort Wayne 84, North Dakota 73*
NDSU 71, South Dakota 65*

Sunday, December 30
Purdue Fort Wayne 90, NDSU 87 (ot)*
Western Illinois 78, Denver 60*
Oral Roberts 87, Omaha 84*

THE NET RESULTS
Here's a look at how Summit League members are stacking up in the NCAA's new "NET" rankings system, which replaced the RPI from year's past.

Through games of Dec. 31:
South Dakota State (121)
North Dakota State (188)
Purdue Fort Wayne (197) 
Omaha (198)
South Dakota (213) 
Oral Roberts (281)
Western Illinois (284) 
Denver (303)
North Dakota (304)

TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS
• The Pioneers will look to crack the #SummitMBB win column at home Wednesday against South Dakota. DU is also in the midst of a three-game skid that transpired on the road.
• This will be the first home game since Dec. 18 when DU defeated Montana State 76-64. The Pios went 6-2 in #SummitMBB home games a season ago.
• Creighton transfer Ronnie Harrell, Jr., paced the Pioneers in back-to-back road losses to open league play. 
• Harrell, Jr., averaged 17.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg in setbacks at Omaha and Western Illinois and scored a career-high 25 points against the Mavs.
• Harrell, Jr., is also among a trio of Pioneer starters that are all shooting 40 percent or better from 3-point range.  Joining Harrell, Jr. (40.8) are Joe Rosga (40.5) and Ade Murkey (42.9).

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
• The Fighting Hawks fell 84-73 to Purdue Fort Wayne in their #SummitMBB debut on Thursday.
• Reserve guard Aanen Moody scored a career-high 21 points on six makes from 3-point range as the redshirt freshman played a season-high 35 minutes. 
• Junior Marlon Stewart also came off the bench to register his first career double-double, scoring a season-high 18 points and dishing out a career-high 10 assists.
• Leading scorer Cortez Seales tried to play through an illness against Purdue Fort Wayne, but managed only two points in the first half and did not return after the break.
• Oklahoma native Conner Avants returns home to face Oral Roberts in UND's first Summit League road contest. The senior is averaging 10.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg, but was held to four points and five boards vs. the Mastodons.

NOTING THE BISON
• The Bison split their opening pair of #SummitMBB at Scheels Arena, rallying for a 71-65 win over South Dakota to get league play started.
• Purdue Fort Wayne turned the tables on the Bison the next day, completing a rally of its own in a 90-87 overtime win against NDSU.
• Reserves Deng Geu and Tyson Ward were the driving force behind the win over USD. Geu scored 20 and Ward added 17 point, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory.
• Ward went for 16 points and nine rebounds against the Mastodons, while Jared Samuelson chipped in with 17 points, which were the junior's most against a Division I opponent.
• The Bison play at Omaha on Wednesday before wrapping up non-conference play Sunday with a home game against Dickinson State.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS
• The Mavericks saw a four-game winning streak snapped when visiting Oral Roberts took an 87-84 victory from them on Sunday.
• Omaha did cap its season-best four-game winning streak with a 91-84 win over Denver in its #SummitMBB opener.
• Junior J.T. Gibson put together back-to-back 20-plus point games in those two contests to pace the Mavericks. He went 9-for-19 from deep and leads Omaha with 42 makes from beyond the arc this season.
• Senior Zach Jackson had 19 points against Oral Roberts and his 17.9 ppg average is fifth-best among Summit League players.
• The Mavs concluded a three-game homestand to open #SummitMBB play Wednesday against South Dakota. Omaha then treks to North Dakota eight days later to take on the Fighting Hawks.

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• Junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi turned in a monster performance for the Golden Eagles in their #SummitMBB opener, an 87-84 win at Omaha. • Nzekwesi scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds to lead the way.
• ORU's DeShang Weaver also had the best outing of his young career as the freshman went 7-for-10 from beyond the arc to contribute a career-high 21 points.
• With 10 3-pointers against the Mavs, the Golden Eagles hit double-figure treys in back-to-back games for the first time this season. ORU had 12 in its final non-conference tuneup vs. Tulsa.

NOTING THE MASTODONS
• The Mastodons picked up a road sweep in the Peace Garden State to open #SummitMBB play.
• Purdue Fort Wayne defeated UND 84-73 in its opener, then traveled to Fargo the next day and took a 90-87 overtime victory from NDSU.
• Seniors John Konchar (28.0 ppg) and Kason Harrell (18.5 ppg) led the way for the Mastodons, who increased their overall winning streak to four games.
• Konchar recorded a double-double against UND, his seventh of the season and 43rd of his career, then dropped a career-high 38 on the Bison, including a trey with eight ticks of a second remainin in OT to seal the victory. 
• South Dakota State visits the Hoosier State on Thursday for Purdue Fort Wayne's #SummitMBB home opener.

NOTING THE COYOTES
• The Coyotes dropped their first #SummitMBB tilt under head coach Todd Lee after NDSU rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to win 71-65 on Saturday.
• Sophomore Stanley Umude collected the first double-double of his career with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
• Triston Simpson and Cody Kelley both had six assists in the contest that saw USD shoot 50 percent from the floor, but the Bison outscored the visitors by 15 after the break.
• USD remains on the road for its next league action, facing Denver on Wednesday.
• These two teams split the regular-season matchups a year ago with the home team winning by double figures in both contests.
• It's also a rematch of one of last year's semifinals at the #SummitMBB Championship that the Coyotes won 76-58.

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits hung 100 on Western Illinois in a 42-point road win to open Summit League play. SDSU is leading the league in scoring at 85.2 ppg.
• The defending champions got a team-high 23 points from David Jenkins, Jr., who did all his scoring in the opening half.
• Jenkins, Jr., leads the Summit League in 3-point field goal percentage (51.7) and 3-point makes (47) -- both figures rank among the top 15 in Division I.
• Senior Mike Daum scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to record his NCAA-leading 11th double-double of the season.

NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
• The Fighting Leathernecks earned a split during the opening week of Summit League thanks to a 78-60 victory over visiting Denver on Sunday.
• Sophomore Kobe Webster reached the 20-point plateau for the eighth time this season with a game-high 22 points in the win over the Pioneers.
• Webster averaged 18.0 ppg and his 18.1 ppg overall clip is fourth among Summit League scorers this season.
• Webster added four assists and is in the top five in that category among Summit League players as well (3.5/g; 53).
• Senior Brandon Gilbeck swatted away five more shots in the opening two games to bring his NCAA-leading total to 56 in that category.
•  WIU starts a three-game road stretch in #SummitMBB at Oral Roberts on Saturday.

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