SUU Men’s Basketball Returns To Action Thursday Against Northern Arizona

first_img Tags: NAU Basketball/SUU Basketball Written by Brad James January 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Returns To Action Thursday Against Northern Arizona FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, Southern Utah men’s basketball (10-5, 3-1 in Big Sky Conference action) hosts the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks  (7-7, 1-4 in Big Sky play) as the conference season ensues for both squads.SUU is currently tied for second place in the conference standings with Northern Colorado with Montana, at 5-1, currently leading the Big Sky standings.Thunderbirds head coach Todd Simon is 46-68 (.404) at the helm of the SUU program and is easily having his best season to date presently, his fourth campaign.The Thunderbirds score 74.5 points per game which ranks SUU 113th nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard John Knight III (13.2 points per game) is currently SUU’s leading scorer.Fellow double digit scorers on-average this season for the Thunderbirds include redshirt senior guard/forward Cameron Oluyitan (13.1 points, 5.1 rebounds per game, team-bests in assists [34] and steals [21]) and redshirt senior forward Dwayne Morgan (11.2 points per game).Sophomore guard Harrison Butler averages a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game and redshirt senior center, Senegalese national, Daouda (David) N’Diaye has a team-best 19 blocked shots.The Thunderbirds surrender 63.3 points per game, ranking them 57th nationally in scoring defense.SUU out-rebounds opponents by a +7.4 margin (25th nationally) per game (39.5-32.1 on-average on the glass).The Lumberjacks are coached by Shane Burcar (7-7, .500) who wends his way through his first season as a Division I men’s basketball head coach.Northern Arizona scores 72.1 points per game, ranking the Lumberjacks 169th nationally in scoring offense.Sophomore guard Cameron Shelton (12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds per game) is Northern Arizona’s leader in scoring and assists (56) on the season.Also scoring in double figures on-average for the Lumberjacks are senior forward Brooks DeBisschop (10.6 points, a team-best 7.5 rebounds on the season, tied for the team lead in steals [17] with junior guard Cameron Satterwhite and leading the squad in blocked shots with 10), senior guard Ted McCree (10.2 points per game) and redshirt sophomore guard Luke Avdalovic (10 points per game).The Lumberjacks surrender 67.6 points per game, ranking Northern Arizona 149th nationally in scoring defense.The Thunderbirds lead the series against Northern Arizona 14-13 all-time.last_img read more