Montana vs. Southern Utah: Full Game Preview

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Montana vs. Southern Utah: Full Game Preview
Montana
(20-6, 9-5 away)
Southern Utah
(11-16, 9-5 home)
Venue: Centrum Arena
9:05PM ET / 6:05PM PT, March 04, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Montana M Ward 14.8 K Jamar 6.1 W Cherry 4.4
Southern Utah J Stevenett 17.9 J Cheesman 6.5 D Heuir 3.2

On Monday, Southern Utah plays host to Montana at Centrum Arena. It takes place at 9:05 p.m. EST. The Thunderbirds lost to the Grizzlies 73-67 on Jan. 17.

Southern Utah is in fifth place in the conference, Montana is in first place.

In their last matchup on Feb. 28, Jackson Stevenett put up 19 points and 6 rebounds for the Thunderbirds in a loss to Montana State, 62-61. With 17.9 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Grizzlies, Keron DeShields finished with 17 points and 5 assists in the 71-68 win over Montana State on Mar. 2. He contributes 2 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.4 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Montana is strong in effective field goal percentage at 54.4 percent. This is good enough for second in the conference and 18th in the nation.

Montana StatSmack

  • Damon Heuir is ranked 3rd in the Big Sky in points and 5th in the Big Sky in three-pointers.
  • Jackson Stevenett is ranked 2nd in the Big Sky in points and 8th in the Big Sky in rebounds.
  • The Southern Utah blocks leader (Jayson Cheesman, 58 blocks) has more blocks than the Montana blocks leader (Kareem Jamar, 19 blocks).
  • Southern Utah has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Montana this season (Projected SOS Rank: No. 287 vs. No. 298).
  • The Southern Utah rebounding leader (Jayson Cheesman, 175 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Montana rebounding leader (Kareem Jamar, 154 rebounds).
  • The Southern Utah three-point leader (Damon Heuir, 50 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Montana three-point leader (Kareem Jamar, 33 three-pointers).
  • Southern Utah is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Southern Utah is 78.4 inches compared to 76.9 inches for Montana.
  • The Southern Utah scoring leader (Jackson Stevenett, 466 points) has more points than the Montana scoring leader (Mathias Ward, 356 points).
  • Jayson Cheesman is ranked 5th in the Big Sky in rebounds and 49th nationally in blocks.
  • Southern Utah attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.7 per game vs. 30.9 per game) than Montana this season.
UM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Kareem Jamar 34 14 6 4 1 1 3
B Will Cherry 33 13 4 4 2 0 3
C+ Mathias Ward 32 15 4 1 0 0 2
C Jordan Gregory 26 8 3 2 1 0 1
C Spencer Coleman 21 7 3 1 1 0 1
C Keron DeShields 21 7 2 2 1 0 1
C Michael Weisner 20 6 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Eric Hutchison 14 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Kevin Henderson 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Andy Martin 7 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Morgan Young 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nick Emerson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jake Wiley 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
SUU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ J. Stevenett 34 18 6 2 1 1 2
C Damon Heuir 31 16 4 3 1 0 3
D+ Jayson Cheesman 22 7 6 1 0 2 2
D Wade Collie 22 7 4 2 1 0 2
D Julian Scott 17 7 3 1 0 0 2
D A.J. Hess 19 5 2 1 1 0 1
D Jordan Johnson 20 4 3 2 1 0 2
D Cal Hanks 13 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Jaren Jeffery 17 3 3 1 1 0 1
F Chris Nsenki 11 2 0 1 0 0 1
F Tyson Koehler 8 1 2 0 0 0 1
F John Renfro 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Drake Thomas 5 0 0 1 0 0 1
F Matt Gardner 2 1 0 1 0 0 1
F Zach Ghormley 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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