Thunderbirds Continue WAC Play Tonight At Home, Saturday On The Road
The SUU Men's Basketball team is gearing up for intense WAC play, hosting the Utah Tech Trailblazers on tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the America First Event Center. We'll have the radio broadcast of the game tonight on KSUB starting at 6:20 p.m. Following this, they will travel to face the California Baptist Lancers on Saturday, Jan 20, at 6 p.m. Both games will be available for live streaming on ESPN+ or through live stats.
Utah Tech, with a record of 7-9 and a 3-2 standing in WAC play, sits fourth in the standings and seventh in the resume seeding system. Despite facing challenges, the Trailblazers boast a competitive lineup. Notably, Noa Gonsalves leads the team in scoring, shooting an impressive 41% from three and showcasing defensive prowess with 18 steals. Tanner Christensen, a 6'10 center, dominates the boards with 6.7 rebounds per game and has accumulated 30 blocks. Beon Riley provides offensive firepower, averaging just over 10 points per game on impressive shooting percentages.
Aric Demings, though averaging 8.9 points, serves a crucial role as the floor general with 43 assists, leading the team in facilitating plays.
Moving on to California Baptist, they hold a 10-7 overall record and a 3-3 standing in conference play. Currently, they are eighth in the resume seeding and sixth in the record standings. The Lancers previously secured a 91-66 victory against the Thunderbirds, led by Scotty Washington's stellar performance with 21 points, hitting six three-pointers.
Dominique Daniels Jr, the leading scorer for CBU, averages nearly 18 points per game, while Yvan Ouedraogo and Hunter Goodrick contribute significantly in various aspects, including blocks and rebounds.
Head Coach Rob Jeter emphasizes the challenges of the competitive league and the importance of focusing on their own processes to ensure success. With two crucial matchups ahead, the Men's Basketball team is poised to showcase their skills and determination in the ongoing WAC campaign.
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