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SUU Men’s Basketball Visits Eastern Washington Thursday and Saturday

first_img Tags: SUU Basketball January 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Visits Eastern Washington Thursday and Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHENEY, Wash.-Thursday and Saturday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball (9-1, 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play) visits Eastern Washington (2-4, 1-0 in Big Sky play) as the Thunderbirds’ conference season ensues.These will be the Eagles’ first games since December 19 when they bested Northern Arizona 80-64 at Flagstaff, Ariz. Since then, a passel of covid-19 cases and contact tracing have affected the schedule.The Thunderbirds have won nine straight games, their longest winning streak in the Division I era, which dates back to the 1988-89 season.SUU scores 84.5 points per game, ranking the Thunderbirds 18th nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, SUU surrenders 68.6 points per game. This ties the Thunderbirds for 144th nationally in scoring defense with Wichita State.The prolific Thunderbirds’ offense is paced by junior guard Tevian Jones, whose 19.2 points per game leads the squad.Also scoring in double figures on-average for SUU are junior forward Maizen Fausett (13.6 points per game, a team-best 6.6 rebounds per contest), senior guard John Knight III (12.5 points per game, team-bests in assists [45] and steals [19]) and senior guard Dre Marin (10.5 points per game).Redshirt senior forward/center, Croatian national Ivan Madunic, has a team-best 9 blocked shots for SUU.In his fifth season at SUU, Thunderbirds head coach Todd Simon is 62-79 (.440) at the program’s helm. He is 71-87 (.449) as a Division I head coach.Eastern Washington scores 70.3 points per game, tying the Eagles for 216th nationally in scoring offense with Tennessee-Martin.Defensively, the Eagles surrender 68.3 points per game. This ties Eastern Washington for 137th nationally in scoring defense with Central Florida.Eastern Washington’s leading scorer is redshirt junior forward Tanner Groves (14.5 points per game). He also leads the Eagles in rebounding (9.8 boards per game) and blocked shots (8).Also scoring in double figures on-average for Eastern Washington are Australian national, sophomore guard/forward Tyler Robertson (12 points per game), redshirt senior guard Jacob Davison (11.8 rebounds, a team-best 15 assists) and redshirt junior guard/forward Kim Aiken Jr. (10.3 points per game, 7 rebounds per contest, a team-best 7 steals).The Eagles are coached by Shantay Legans, who is 61-45 (.575) in his fourth season as Eastern Washington’s head coach.The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Thunderbirds 14-3. Brad James Written bylast_img read more