That was kind of an unexpected night of basketball. In some respects it was 100% expected, but Billings and SMU?? Whaaaaat? Not even we were expecting that. Old travel partner, meet new travel partner. They’re currently both vying for the spot at #2 in our heart, and we have to give the edge to SMU just slightly because current, but then we take that back and say MSUB because bald coaching staff, but now the coaching staff at our undergrad for the most part does have hair (and one has the best hair, which is curly) but enough jibberish: SMU blew out MSUB and we didn’t see it coming at all.
SPU 80 @ SMU 93
Let’s be real: SPU was never in this game. Congrats Saints! Somewhat impressive win. We’ve been contemplating how impressive a win over the Falcons is this year and we still haven’t decided. Sort of not impressive, but a win’s a win, eh?
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 35 points; Tony Miller had 14 boards; Joe Rasmussen had 19 points and six boards; and Gavin Long had nine points.
Saints highlights: Cole Preston went 9/10 from the line and finished with 19 points; Jordan Kitchen had 16 points and six boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points and five boards; Tyler Copp bounced back and had 15 points; and Fred Jorg had 11 points and nine boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram had five assists.
Oh dear Falcons. And MSUB is going to be ready to kill someone on Saturday. But will the stupid retriever birds be ready for the attack?
CWU 97 @ SFU 85
Comfortable. Good job Wildcats. You shouldn’t be embarrassed Clan -this is a good Wildcat team and this was a very respectable performance.
Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd had 33 points; Dom Hunter had 23 points; Jawan Stepney had 14 points; Fuquan had 15 points and 14 boards like whoa; and Sage Woodruff had four boards off the bench. No real bench play besides the bit from Sage, but some very impressive performances from the starters.
Clan highlights: Kedar Wright had 24 points and seven boards; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 10 points and seven assists with just one turnover; Michael Provenzano had nine points; JJ Pankratz had 12 points and five boards; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Hidde vos had 14 points, all from beyond the arc.
Fun to have so many SFU highlights for a change -and still a great game by CWU, especially dealing with the ‘desire to overlook’ factor that comes from playing a rivalry game in two days.
NNU 74 @ WWU 102
Good tune up for WWU. Hopefully NNU doesn’t take it as a major defeat and use it as a chance to lose to SFU on Saturday. Not in the sense that it would be bad to lose to SFU, but… There could definitely be a hangover of “We know we’re better than normal and we had a chance to beat a good team and didn’t take it, so who cares?” which wouldn’t be good. Good luck to SFU taking advantage of that.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford ahd 19 points, nine assists, and five boards; Blake Fernandez had 10 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had six boards; Daulton Hommes had 13 points and five boards; and Jeffrey Parker was lit and had 32 points, four boards, and three assists. Off the bench Brad Wallace had eight points; Deandre Dickson had 11 points and five boards on 5/6 shooting; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards.
We’re really jealous of the Vikings’ rebounding, and that’s even without Trey Drechsel. They’re making up for last year’s mess with Mac and Blake.
CU-PDX 75 @ UAF 83
WE KNEW EIGHT WOULD BE A MAGIC NUMBER. Honestly that was the typical amount UAF led by and what the ended up winning by, but Concordia never led (truly) for any amount of time -within the first five minutes doesn’t count.
Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had 18 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Christopher Edward had a monstrous 24 points and 14 boards; and Taylor Harris had 10 points off the bench.
Seawolf highlights: Nahjee had 22 points and six assists; Bangaly had six boards; Zach Pederson had 16 points; and Brandon Davis had a super balanced amount of field stats with 4 rebounds, four assists, and four steals, while playing 40 full minutes.
Very methodical game -not particularly exciting, but there were a number of bits on the edge of potentially exciting.
WOU 73 @ UAA 81
Wolves vs. Seawolves. WOU fought and fought and fought and yet the result still happened as expected. E for effort though.
Wolves highlights: Ali Faruq-Bey had 12 points. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 17 points; and Connor Thompson is starting to howl, finishing with 11 points.
Seawolf highlights: Suki Bounced back slightly with 25 points (his field stats were still less than normal, hence the modifier); Diante Mitchell had nine points; Spencer Svejcar had 12 points; Corey Hammell had another quiet game finishing with a mere 10 points and seven boards; Connor Devine had 10 points and three blocks; and off the bench Ashton Pomrehn had 12 points.
Hard fought on both sides, but maybe a bit sleepy too.
MSUB 58 @ SMU 106
We’ll be honest: The game of the night completely fell on it’s face and the bullet went through our head painlessly (that’s a joke of us picking the wrong team, not that we truly cared who won). On the one hand we’re glad MSUB hopefully got it out of their system; on the other hand we’re really glad to see the Saints playing so well because WE PICKED THEM TO MAKE THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT AND WE STAND BY IT. We still would even if they weren’t in that position, just because we do believe in that program, but by all means -keep the haterade coming.
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 11 points and six boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Kendall Denham had 11 points and four assists; and Zach Lessinger had seven points and five boards.
Saints highlights: Cole Preston continues to impress with 12 points, six boards, and seven assists; Jordan Kitchen had seven boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 boards; Tyler Copp had 20 points; and Fred Jorg had nine points. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 15 points; Logan Adams had five points; Robert LIttle had five points; and Brandon Kenilvort had a whopping 23 points, seven boards, and five assists.
Great game from the Saints, super proud of them. Congrats guys! Good luck to MSUB -Saturday should be a good day for a bounce-back game.
Congrats to all the winners… Woof to MSUB and SPU. Those were horrifying.