#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: No. 10

Zach Thornhill and Omaha take on North Dakota Wednesday in a clash between two of the league's three unbeatens.
Zach Thornhill and Omaha take on North Dakota Wednesday in a clash between two of the league's three unbeatens.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 10

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --
After 10 days of The Summit League men's basketball campaign only three unbeaten teams remain and that figure will quickly become two after Wednesday night's tilt between Omaha (9-8; 2-0 SL) and North Daktoa (8-8; 2-0 SL) that will be televised by MidcoSN and streamed digitally on ESPN+. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The remaining unbeaten squad will have to wait until Thursday to put their unblemished record on the line as North Dakota State (11-5; 2-0 SL) travels to Oral Roberts (7-8; 0-2 SL), who will be looking for their first league win after back-to-back league road losses last week.

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)

HIGHEST SCORING AVERAGE BY CLASS
Senior: Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota (18.2/g)
Junior: Douglas Wilson, SDSU (17.1/g)
Sophomore: Jarred Godfrey, PFW (16.1/g)
Freshman: De'Sean Allen-Eikens, UND (13.8/g)

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.

CENTURIONS ABOUND
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 POWER-5 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
Thursday, January 2
NDSU 94, Western Illinois 74*
North Dakota 82, Denver 71*
South Dakota State 96, Oral Roberts 79*

Saturday, January 4
SDSU 91, Western Illinois 56*
Omaha 74, Oral Roberts 67*

Sunday, January 5
South Dakota 80, Denver 78*
North Dakota 83, Purdue Fort Wayne 69*

Wednesday, January 8
Purdue Fort Wayne at Western Illinois* 7:00 PM
Omaha at North Dakota* (MSN/E+) 7:00 PM
SDSU at Denver* (ALT2) 7:00 PM

Thursday, January 9
NDSU at Oral Roberts* (E+) 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 11
Denver  at Western Illinois* 2:00 PM
Omaha at South Dakota* (MSN/E3) 3:30 PM
SDSU at Purdue Fort Wayne* 7:00 PM
North Dakota at Oral Roberts* (E+) 7:00 PM

All times local to site | *Summit League game

TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS
• The Pioneers are back at Magness Arena for the third time in four games, but are also still searching for their first league win of the season.
• DU came close on Sunday, but a late rally at South Dakota fell short as the Coyotes held on for an 80-78 victory.
• Sophomore Jase Townsend has a career-best stretch of 10-straight games where he has reached double figures. 
• In fact, he has reached 20-plus points in five of his last seven games, a stretch where he is averaging 22.0 ppg.
• Through three Summit League games, his 22.0 ppg average is second among league players. He is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from 3-point range in league play.
• The Pios play host to South Dakota State on Wednesday before traveling to Western Illinois for a Saturday tilt. 

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
• The Fighting Hawks have won four of their last five to move to the .500 mark on the season at 8-8. That includes a 2-0 start in league play where they picked double-digit victories at Denver (82-71) and vs. Purdue Fort Wayne (83-69).
• Sophomore Filip Rebraca is averaging 13.8 ppg and 9.9 rpg and leads the league with 10 double-doubles and a 62.9 field goal percentage. Rebraca had a career-high 16 rebounds in the league opener at Denver.
• Senior Marlon Stewart has also been a catalyst during UND's recent run, earning #SummitMBB Player of the Week honors twice.
• During that five-game stretch, Stewart is averaging 21.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 7.2 apg.
• UND plays host to one of the two unbeatens in league play Wednesday night when Omaha visits Grand Forks.

NOTING THE BISON
• The Bison have won six of seven and are one of three Summit League teams off to a 2-0 start in league action.
• Senior Tyson Ward has reached double figures in all seven of those contests (18.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg) and is averaging 21.5 ppg in two league wins.
• NDSU won back-to-back home games last week by an average of 37 points after beating Denver by 20 (94-74) and routing Northland College (97-43) in what was the team's final non-conference game of the season.
• Vinnie Shahid continues to lead the team in scoring at 15.7 ppg as him and Ward (14.5 ppg) are the only Bison averaging double figures.
• The Bison are playing well without two key contributors in Jared Samuelson (5) and Sam Griesel (7) who have missed multiple games in a row. Samuelson was averaging 5.6 ppg and Griesel 6.9 ppg.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS
• The Mavericks ran their home-court winning streak to 14 straight after posting back-to-back victories over South Dakota State (81-78) and Oral Roberts (74-67) to open league play.
• Sophomore Wanjang Tut had his best game of the season in the win over the Golden Eagles. He went 8-for-10 from the field to net a season-high 17 points. That total was one shy of his career-high set in last season's opening round of The Summit League Championship when he went for 18 against UND.
• The Fighting Hawks happen to be Omaha's next opponent as the Mavericks hit the road for its next three, starting Wednesday with a fellow league unbeaten in Grand Forks.

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• The Golden Eagles have dropped three straight after winning four in a row for the first time during the Paul Mills era (two-plus seasons).
• Senior Emmanuel Nzekwesi (14 pts/10 rebs) and sophomore Kevin Obanor (18 pts/10 rebs) both had double-doubles at Omaha, but the Mavericks were able to rally from an eight-point halftime deficit to post a 74-67 win.
• For Nzekwesi, it was his fourth-straight double-double as he is working himself back to full health after missing five of six games from Nov. 19 to Dec. 14.
• The preseason all-league pick is one of two league players, Omaha's Matt Pile being the other, that are averaging double-doubles this season. He is scoring 16.2 ppg and pulling down 10.1 rpg while shooting 55.1 percent from the floor.
• ORU has home games against the league's Peace Garden State duo starting Thursday with NDSU then UND visits for a Saturday tilt.

NOTING THE MASTODONS
• The Mastodons opened league play with a 70-59 victory over South Dakota during which sophomore Jarred Godfrey (22) and junior Brian Patrick (21) both scored 20-plus.
• Junior Dylan Carl led the way in an 83-69 loss at North Dakota, scoring a season-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor.
• Godfrey's streak of consecutive double-figure scoring games reached double digits in Grand Forks as he chipped in with 13 against the Fighting Hawks.
• The Mastodons, who rank fifth in the country in 3-point attempts, were held to season-lows in makes (5) and attempts (19) from beyond the arc at UND. 
• Purdue Fort Wayne remains on the road for a Wednesday tilt at Western Illinois.

NOTING THE COYOTES
• The Coyotes snapped a four-game losing skid by holding on for an 80-78 victory over Denver to pick up their first league win of the season Sunday in Vermillion.
• The win was the 10th of the season for USD.
• Senior Tyler Hagedorn continues to lead the league in scoring at 18.2 ppg and has reached 20-plus points in three of USD's last four games (23.5 ppg).
• Against the Pios, Hagedorn led the Yotes with 26 points and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. He leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage with a 52.9 percent clip.
• Senior Triston Simpson returned to action for the start of league play after missing the last seven non-conference games.
• The Yotes will return to action Saturday with a home game against Omaha. 

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits have strung together five wins in their last six games and are averaging 82.6 ppg in those victories.
• SDSU racked up 90-plus points to pick up its first two league wins of the season, posting a 96-79 win over Oral Roberts and a 91-56 rout of Western Illinois at home.
• No other team in the country has more total rebounds than the Jackrabbits (714) and six different players are averaging 3.5 rpg or better.
• JUCO All-American Douglas Wilson is leading that charge at 6.8 rpg and he's also SDSU's top scorer, ranking second in the league with a 17.1 ppg clip.
• SDSU is also the only team in the league with at least six players averaging 8.4 ppg or more on the season.
• Freshman Noah Freidel has paced the team in scoring in league play, averaging 20.3 ppg. 

NOTING THE LEATHERNECKS
• The Leathernecks dropped back-to-back road games in league play after opening the campaign with an 82-75 win over South Dakota.
• WIU fell by 20 at NDSU, then lost by 35 at SDSU in a rematch up their upset victory in the opening round of the 2019 Basketball Championship.
• The Leathernecks struggled from beyond the arc against the Jackrabbits, making just 4-of-25 attempts. It equaled their season-low in makes after they had hit eight 3-pointers in the first two league contests.
• Sophomore Zion Young (15.3 ppg) and junior Kobe Webster (14.3 ppg) have both reached double figures in all three league games so far while C.J. Duff is averaging 10.0 ppg in those contests.
• Sophomore Ben Pyle has yet to miss a free throw this season, sinking all 25 of his attempts.
• The Leathernecks open a three-game homestand in league play against Purdue Fort Wayne and also play Denver this week on Saturday. 

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