WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 9
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A new decade is right around the corner and it will be welcomed by a Summit League tilt in Fort Wayne, Ind., as Purdue Fort Wayne and South Dakota will bring in the New Year and new decade on the hardwood. For the Mastodons, it will be their first league game of the season while the Coyotes will look to snap a season-long, three-game losing streak. The first week of the new year also brings the first batch of #BeatType1 contests that will run throughout the month of January. North Dakota State and South Dakota State will both play doubleheaders on Thursday, Jan. 2 to help bring awareness to type 1 diabetes. You can find more information about the efforts being made here.
Six teams got their Summit League slates underway in between Christmas and the New Year as Omaha and Western Illinois both won tightly-contested home games and North Dakota State picked up the lone road win at Denver. UND and Oral Roberts are slated to begin league play with road games Thursday at Denver and South Dakota State, respectively.
HIGH-POINT GAMES BY CLASS
Senior: Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota | (33 vs. Texas Southern, Nov. 15)
Junior: Douglas Wilson, SDSU | (30 vs. Samford; Nov. 27)
Sophomore: Kevin Obanor, Oral Roberts | (31 vs. Rogers State; Nov. 19)
Freshman: Noah Freidel, SDSU | (28 vs. Omaha; Dec. 29)
DAUM NAMED TO PAIR OF ALL-DECADE TEAMS
Former South Dakota State standout Mike Daum was named to the Mid-Major Madness and the Lute Olson Award All-Decade Teams in late December. Daum finished as The Summit League's all-time leading scorer (3,067; 7th all-time in DI) and rebound (1,236) and was a three-time Summit League Player of the Year.
PROTECT OUR HOUSES
Summit League teams combined to go 43-10 on their home courts during non-conference play and four teams went unblemished. Eight of South Dakota State's nine non-conference wins came at Frost Arena where the Jackrabbits have won 16 straight dating back to last season. Omaha also has a double-digit homecourt winning streak dating back to last season as the Mavericks have won 12 straight at Baxter Arena. Oral Roberts (6-0) and North Dakota (3-0) round out the quartet of teams unbeaten on their home court.
With a 77-54 victory over Niagara last week, Purdue Fort Wayne's Jon Coffman became the second Summit League coach this season to reach the century mark in career victories.
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.
OMAHA, NORTH DAKOTA NET ELUSIVE WINS
It had been nearly two years since a Summit League team had defeated a program from a "Power 5" conference, but Omaha and North Dakota both changed that during non-conference play. The Mavericks picked up the first one with an 85-77 victory at Washington State (Nov. 21). UND followed suit a month later, defeating Nebraska 75-74 (Dec. 21).
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.
AROUND THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Saturday, December 28
BYU 79, Oral Roberts 73
Sunday, December 29
Western Illinois 82, South Dakota 75*
Omaha 81, SDSU 78*
NDSU 66, Denver 55*
Oregon State 83, North Dakota 66*
Wednesday, January 1
South Dakota at Purdue Fort Wayne* 2:00 PM
Thursday, January 2
Western Illinois at NDSU* (MSN/E+) 7:00 PM
North Dakota at Denver* (ALT2) 8:00 PM
Oral Roberts at SDSU* (MSN2/E+) 8:15 PM
Saturday, January 4
Western Illinois at SDSU* (MSN/E3) 4:15 PM
Oral Roberts at Omaha* 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 5
Denver at South Dakota* 3:30 PM
Purdue Fort Wayne at North Dakota* (MSN/E+) 4:30 PM
All times local to site | *Summit League game
NOTING THE PIONEERS
• The Pioneers fell 66-55 to preseason favorite North Dakota State in their Summit League opener. The Bison pulled away late to record the double-digit victory.
• Sophomore Jase Townsend led the Pios with 17 points and all of those came in the first half that ended in a 33-33 tie. He also added seven rebounds and equaled his career-high with four steals.
• Senior Ade Murkey added his second double-double of the season in the setback, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half to go with a team-high 11 rebounds.
• DU will face the other Peace Garden State league member on Thursday as North Dakota visits Magness Arena.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
• The Fighting Hawks wrapped up non-conference play by splitting a pair of contests against "Power 5" programs.
• UND knocked off Nebraska 75-74 before Christmas, then returned to action with an 83-66 loss at Oregon State.
• Senior Marlon Stewart continued his strong play, scoring a team-high 19 points and dishing out a game-high six assists against the Beavers.
• Stewart leads the Summit League in assists, dishing out 4.9 per game.
• True Freshman Brady Danielson had the best game of his young career, going 6-for-6 from the field to net 18 points, while sophomore Filip Rebraca registered his league-leading eighth double-double of the season (13 pts/10 rebs).
• UND opens league play Thursday at Denver.
NOTING THE BISON
• The Bison began their Summit League slate with a road win at Denver as Vinnie Shahid scored a game-high 19 points to lead NDSU to a 66-55 victory.
• Shahid buried five 3-pointers, including three in the second half that saw the Bison outscored DU 33-22 after being tied at the break.
• Senior Tyson Ward added 18 points in the road win and now owns a season-long streak of five-consecutive games in double figures (18.2 ppg).
• Junior Rocky Kreuser equaled his season-high with 11 rebounds and 10 of those came on the defensive end where the Bison held the Pios to just a 32.2 field goal clip.
• NDSU continues a three-game road swing to open league play Thursday at Western Illinois. The Bison will have a week off after the tilt with the Leathernecks before returning to action Jan. 9 at Oral Roberts.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS
• The Mavericks overcame a six-point halftime deficit to knock off defending regular-season champion South Dakota State in their Summit League opener.
• Omaha registered the 81-78 victory in front of a Baxter Arena record crowd of 4,234.
• Senior guard J.T. Gibson led the way with 21 points while Matt Pile, who shared Summit League Player of the Week honors, added 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, nine rebounds and equaled his season-high with four blocks.
• Pile is the only Summit League player averaging a double-double, scoring 12.3 ppg and adding a league-best 10.6 rpg.
• Omaha plays host to Oral Roberts Saturday.
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• The Golden Eagles finished up its non-conference slate by hanging tough with a talented BYU squad, but the 11th-ranked Cougars (Mid-Majo poll) prevailed 79-73.
• The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles, who will open league play Thursday at South Dakota State.
• Senior Emmanuel Nzekwesi has played in three-consecutive games after missing five of the last six contests and is averaging 19.0 ppg and 12.3 rpg.
• Against the Cougars, Nzekwesi recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
• Sophomore Kevin Obanor, the reigning Summit League Freshman and Newcomer of the Year, also had his fourth double-double of the season at BYU with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
NOTING THE MASTODONS
• The Mastodons will bring in the New Year with their Summit League opener as South Dakota visits for a Jan. 1 clash in Fort Wayne.
• Sophomore Jarred Godfrey leads all Division I players in minutes played so far this season, cracking the 500-minute mark in non-conference play.
• Godfrey has been the Mastodons' most consistent player, averaging 15.9 ppg, which leads all underclassmen in The Summit League.
• Godfrey went for 17 in a loss at Iowa State this past Sunday.
• Purdue Fort Wayne earned the No. 3 seed with a 9-7 league record a year ago. This will be the Mastodons final season as a league member.
NOTING THE COYOTES
• The Coyotes will look to snap a season-long, three-game losing streak on New Year's Day at Purdue Fort Wayne.
• South Dakota fell 82-75 at Western Illinois in its Summit League opener last Sunday despite a game-high 27-point outing from Preseason Player of the Year Stanley Umude.
• Umude's 20-plus point effort was his fourth of the season, trailing only teammate Tyler Hagedorn (5) for the league lead in that category.
• Hagedorn added 17 in the loss to keep his Summit League scoring lead at 17.4 ppg. Umude is second at 17.1 ppg.
• Senior Triston Simpson returned to action after missing the last seven games. He logged 28 minutes but only scored seven points on 3-of-14 shooting from the floor.
NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits let a six-point halftime lead slip away at Omaha, falling to the Mavericks 81-78 in their Summit League opener.
• Freshman Noah Freidel returned to the starting lineup with point guard Brandon Key sitting out and erupted for a career-high 28 points.
• Freidel's previous best was a 20-point outing in a win over Samford. He went 6-for-13 from 3-point land against the Mavericks.
• Sophomore Alex Arians has reached double figures in four of his last five games (12.4 ppg) after reaching that plateau just once in SDSU's first 11 games (5.8 ppg).
• Junior Douglas Wilson added 13 points in the loss at Omaha on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. His 61.3 percent field goal clip ranks second among Summit League players.
• SDSU returns to Frost Arena to play Oral Roberts Thursday and Western Illinois Saturday.
NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
• The Leathernecks opened Summit League play with a win for the first time since the 2016-17 seasons thanks to an 82-75 win over USD.
• Sophomore guard Zion Young was scoreless and reboundless in five minutes of first-half action thanks to two quick fouls, but responded with a 21-point, nine-rebound showing after the break to lead the Leathernecks.
• Junior Kobe Webster added 17 points and equaled his season-high with seven assists.
• All five Leatherneck starters reached double figures as WIU continues to lead the league in scoring at 78.5 ppg clip.
• Sophomore Beb Pyle, who had 11 points in the win over USD, is shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range this season (32-for-65) -- good for second among Summit Leauge players.
• Two-thirds of his field goals have come from behind the arc as he is only 16-for-41 from inside the line. He is a perfect 24-for-24 from the foul line, however, this season.
• Western Illinois next has a tough road swing with games at NDSU (Thursday) and SDSU (Saturday).