WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 4
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Omaha Mavericks provided the biggest win for The Summit League in non-conference play so far with an 85-77 victory at Washington State last week. J.T. Gibson, the latest #SummitMBB Player of the Week added 18 points and K.J. Robinson added 20 points off the bench in the win over the Cougars.
OMAHA NETS ELUSIVE WIN
It had been nearly two years since a Summit League team had defeated a program from a power conference, but Omaha changed that with an 85-77 victory at Washington State last Thursday. Purdue Fort Wayne was the last league team to accomplish the feat, knocking off Indiana on Dec. 18, 2017. Before the Mavericks win over the Cougars, almost eight years had passed since a Pac-12 team fell victim to a Summit League foe. SDSU got that win in December of 2011 when the Jackrabbits defeated Washington in Seattle.
WAC PULLS EVEN IN CHALLENGE
For the second-straight year, SDSU won its matchup in The Summit League/WAC Challenge. This time, it took double-overtime, but the Jackrabbits prevailed with a 93-91 victory over CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 9 in what was the first of eight matchups between the two leagues. Utah Valley pulled the WAC even at 1-1 this year, holding on for a 68-62 win at NDSU this past Saturday.
CLOSING IN ON A CENTURY
With a victory over Ohio Northern last Sunday, Purdue Fort Wayne's Jon Coffman closed to within a victory of reaching the century mark. His first chance at win No. 100 in his head coaching career will come Wednesday in a home game vs. Niagara.
Earlier this season, NDSU went 2-1 at the Islander Invitational and the Bison's second victory in Corpus Christi provided head coach Dave Richman with his 100th career victory at the school. The only other coach with at least 100 wins with his current team is Omaha's Derrin Hansen, who has reeled off 229 career wins at the helm of the Mavericks.
KONCHAR MAKES NBA DEBUT
Former Purdue Fort Wayne standout John Konchar made his NBA debut for the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Nov. 9. Konchar, who was a four-time, All-Summit League first-team performer, played seven minutes off the bench, but did not record any statistics. Konchar is on a two-way deal with the Grizzlies and also plays for the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League.
Before Kansas City officially rejoins The Summit League as a full-time member for the 2020-21 season, the men's basketball team will have matchups with a pair of current league members this season. Kansas City will entertain Western Illinois on Nov. 30 before traveling to South Dakota on Dec. 22 for the team's final non-conference matchup before embarking on its WAC schedule.
UPCOMING IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Tuesday, November 26
NDSU at Idaho (PLUTO) 9:00 PM
Western Illinois at Ball State 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 27
Denver at Santa Clara# 4:00 PM
Niagara at Purdue Fort Wayne 6:00 PM
Samford at SDSU (MSN/E3) 7:00 PM
South Dakota at Cal Baptist (WAC) 9:00 PM
Friday, November 29
North Dakota at FGCU@ 6:00 PM
Denver at Cal State Fullerton# 6:30 PM
Saturday, November 30
South Dakota at Northern Arizona (PLUTO) 1:00 PM
Denver vs. Southeast Missouri State# 3:00 PM
North Dakota vs. Georgia Southern@ 3:30 PM
SDSU at Indiana (BTN+) 3:00 PM
Kansas City at Western Illinois 7:00 PM
Purdue Fort Wayne at Grand Canyon (WAC) 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 1
North Dakota at Campbell@ 11:00 AM
Omaha at St. Mary's (Cal.) 4:00 PM
Monday, December 2
South Dakota at Washington (Pac-12) 9:30 PM
NDSU at Indiana State 4:30 PM
All times local to site
NOTING THE PIONEERS
• The Pioneers have alternated wins and losses through their first five games as they embark on a three-game, multi-team event in Santa Clara, Calif., over Thanksgiving Weekend.
• DU opens the Cable Car Classic with the host Broncs before also facing Cal State Fullerton and Southeast Missouri State.
• Denver got a head start on its trip to the Golden State with a matchup against UC Riverside, but a cold-shooting night led to a 73-49 setback to the Highlanders.
• Freshman Roscoe Eastmond had the best performance of his young collegiate career, notching career-bests in points (11) and rebounds (4). • Sophomore Alperen Kurnaz also had his best outing as a Pioneer, adding 10 points and making his first two 3-pointers of the campaign.
• Sophomore Jase Townsend continues to lead DU in scoring at 11.4 ppg.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
• UND returns home after dropping each of its during a four-game road swing that nearly stretched two weeks.
• The Fighting Hawks play North Central College Tuesday before heading to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic over Thanksgiving Weekend.
• Filip Rebraca is putting together a strong start to his second collegiate season. He entered the week, ranked fourth in the league in scoring (16.2 ppg), was second in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and led the league in blocks (2.2 bpg), field goal percentage (66.0) and double-doubles (3).
• UND boasts three of the top 12 scorers in the league. Joining Rebraca in that trio are Marlon Stewart (15.6; 6th) and DeSean Allen-Eikens (13.6; 12th).
NOTING THE BISON
• The Bison played just once last week, nearly pulling off a big comeback victory in a home tilt vs. Utah Valley, but the Wolverines held on for a 68-62 victory.
• UVU extended its nine-point halftime lead to as many as 15 early in the second half only to see NDSU trim that deficit all the way down to two with 27 seconds to play on a layup by Vinnie Shahid, who led all scorers with 23 points in the contest.
• Shahid and classmate Tyson Ward, who added 16 points, are pacing the Bison in scoring so far this season at 13.3 ppg and 12.3 ppg, respectively.
• Cameron Hunter (7.7 ppg) and Tyree Eady (6.9 ppg) continue to be two of the league's top-scoring reserves.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS
• The Mavericks backed up their first Pac-12 victory by winning the opener of the Cayman Islands Mainland Tournament over Southern by 27 points.
• Matt Pile posted his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, setting up a title game vs. Loyola (Md.).
• Omaha has won nine straight games at home and open a four-game road swing at Saint Mary's (Calif.) on Sunday.
• Pile ranks ninth in the country with 72 total rebounds on the season.
• Ayo Akinwole dished out five assists and his 4.4 apg average is third-best among Summit League players.
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• The Golden Eagles have just over a week off following their 99-45 dismantling of Southwestern Christian. That win capped a 2-1 week for ORU.
• Freshman Max Abmas led a quartet of ORU double-figure scorers with 18 points in the latest win. The rookie is the top scoring freshman in the league, scoring 14.4 ppg.
• Sophomore Kevin Obanor opened the week with a 31-point, 10-rebound outing in a win over Rogers State. The league's reigning Newcomer and Freshman of the Year had scored just 30 total points in ORU's first four games of the season.
• Obanor finished the week, averaging 17.7 ppg in those three contests.
• Newcomer Elijah Lufile averaged 10.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg during the week. He started the last two contests and had his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss at Wichita State.
NOTING THE MASTODONS
• The Mastodons will go for back-to-back home wins after taking care of Ohio Northern, 81-47 on Sunday.
• Niagara visits on Thanksgiving Eve as head coach Jon Coffman seeks the 100th victory at the helm of the Purdue Fort Wayne program.
• Sophomore Jarred Godfrey moved into the starting lineup this season after seeing action mostly off the bench (30 of 33 games) a season ago. So far, the Atlanta, Ga., native has relished the role, averaging 14.6 ppg while also playing a team-high 32.9 mpg.
• Kansas State transfer Brian Patrick is pacing the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range.
• Matt Holba leads a quartet of Mastodons with double-digit makes from 3-point land with 18.
NOTING THE COYOTES
• The Coyotes saw their five-game winning streak to open the season come to a close at Arkansas after the Razorbacks pulled away for a 77-56 victory.
• The 5-0 start for USD was the best by a Summit League team since 2016-17 when the program achieved an identical 5-0 start.
• Senior Tyler Hagedorn has reached double figures in four straight games and leads the league in scoring at 18.7 ppg while shooting a nation's best 76.2 percent from 3-point range.
• Hagedorn led the Coyotes with 15 points against the Razorbacks and added a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double in a win over SIUE at home.
• The tilt at Arkansas started a four-game road swing that includes a pair of games on the West Coast and closes with a trip to Northern Arizona.
NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits play host to Samford Wednesday at Frost Arena where they are 4-0 this season. The latest of those victories was an 84-54 triumph over Mississippi Valley State.
• JUCO All-American Douglas Wilson had to play only 18 minutes in the victory and was held to single digits for the first time as a Jackrabbit. He finished with nine points and is leading the team and ranks third in the league in scoring at 16.3 ppg.
• Sophomore Matt Dentlinger logged a double-double in the victory, going 8-for-8 from the floor to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
• First-year head coach Eric Henderson has used the same starting lineup in all eight games so far this season.
• SDSU returns to the road Saturday for a matchup with Indiana in historic Assembly Hall.
NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
• The Leathernecks snapped a four-game losing streak to open the season by routing Central Christian College, 113-62. WIU's output was the most by a Summit League team in a game this season.
• Sophomore Dre'Shawn Allen, a transfer from Gillette College, led seven Leathernecks in double figures with 17 points. He had scored just seven total points in his first three games.
• Junior Kobe Webster leads a quartet of WIU players averaging double-figures. The league's top returning scorer from a year ago, the Indianapolis native is averaging 17.6 ppg.
• Sophomore Zion Young continued his streak of five consecutive games with double figures. He is averaging 15.6 ppg in the early going after scoring at a 6.6 ppg clip as a reserve during his freshman season.
• WIU has a pair of upcoming road games, including a Nov. 30 matchup against Kansas City in The Summit League/WAC Challenge, but first, the Leathernecks play at Ball State Tuesday night.