GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota will look to move over the .500 mark in Big Sky play for the first time this season on Thursday. Sacramento State will be the opponent trying to deny that feat as the Hornets visit Grand Forks for the third time in the last four seasons. Tipoff is schedule for 7 p.m.
UND VS. SACRAMENTO STATE SERIES
All-time Series: tied 2-2
Big Sky Series: tied 1-1
Last Meeting: UND 49, Sacramento State 48 (Feb. 14, 2013; Grand Forks, N.D.)
UND Head Coach Brian Jones vs. Sacramento State: 2-2
Sacramento State Head Coach Brian Katz vs. UND: 2-2
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN/TRACK
Radio: 1440 AM (Grand Forks)
Live Stats: www.UNDSports.com (free)
Audio Stream: www.UNDSports.com (free)
Live Video: www.WatchBigSky.com (free)
IN THE PAINT...
• UND has won both of the previous contests against SAC at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, but the Hornets have returned the favor on their home court as the overall series is tied at 2-2.
• In what was their first competion as conference foes, the teams split their two games a season ago.
• SAC erased a 12-point deficit at the Hornets Nest en route to a 67-58 victory on Jan. 24, while UND managed to escape with a 49-48 victroy at home on Valentine’s Day when John Dickson’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
• With the 72-69 victory over Montana State on Saturday, UND evened its league record at 3-3 (tied for fifth) and picked up its first road win of the season (1-6). The Green and White also managed a 33-26 edge on the glass, which was the first such advantage over a Division I opponent this season.
• Senior Troy Huff led the team with nine rebounds, marking the seventh straight game he has done that. He has led the team in rebounding in 13 of 16 games and ranks fifth in the Big Sky in that category (7.3 rpg).
HUFF NEAR THE TOP
Senior Troy Huff is one of two players in NCAA Division I basketball to rank in the top 20 nationally in both scoring (20th; 20.7 ppg) and steals (t20th; 2.4 spg). He joins Youngstown State’s Kendrick Perry (14th; 21.2 ppg) and steals (7th; 2.7 spg) with that distinction.
HUFF NEARS JACKSON, TOP FIVE ON SCORING LIST
With 13 points in the win at Montana State, senior Troy Huff moved into sixth place on UND’s all-time scoring charts and only Phil Jackson stands between him and the top five. Huff needs 24 points to subplant Jackson on the list, who racked up 1,708 points in a three-year career at UND.
The senior trio of Aaron Anderson, Troy Huff and Jamal Webb each played well over 3,000 minutes during their UND careers that began as true freshman in 2010-11. Those eye-popping minutes have yielded some impressive individual results. Here is a look at where the three sit, respectively, on a number of UND’s top 10 list.
Aaron Anderson (Sr., G, Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
Steals (5th; 126)
Assists (10th; 302)
Free throws made (7th; 376)
3-pointers made (9th; 132)
3-point field goal percentage (5th; 42.0)
3-point field goals attempted (10th; 314)
Troy Huff (Sr., G, Milwaukee, Wis.)
Points (6th; 1,684)
Field goals made (9th; 594)
Field goals attempted (3rd; 1,367)
Free throws made (8th; 375)
Free throws attempted (6th; 567)
3-pointers attempted (7th; 406)
Steals (2nd; 187)
Jamal Webb (Sr., G, Buffalo, N.Y.)
Steals (1st; 212)
Assists (2nd; 422)
WEBB REACHES MILESTONE IN WIN OVER BOBCATS
Senior Jamal Webb’s became the third member of his class and 34th player overall to join UND’s 1,000-point club in Saturday’s 72-69 road win at Montana State. Webb joined classmates Troy Huff (6th; 1684 points) and Aaron Anderson (16th; 1,224) with a first-half running jumper. Only one other class in UND history - the 1999-2000 seniors - had a trio of 1,000-point scorers. Chad Mustard (1996-2000) finished his career eighth on the scoring charts with 1,568 points before going on to a brief NFL career as a tight end for the Denver Broncos. Mustard reached the plateau as a junior, while teammates Marcus Travis and Hunter Reinke surpassed the K-club as seniors. Travis was 14th on the list with 1,229 points before Huff bumped him down to No. 15, while Reinke is now 19th after being passed by Anderson with 1,185 points.
MORE ROUND NUMBERS FOR MALLIE
The 1,000-point club is not the first milestone reached for Webb, who has already become the first player in UND history to reach 200 steals in a career and just the fourth to dish out 400 assists. He has also been one of the top rebounding guards in program history and corralled rebound No. 500 in a win over Idaho State on Jan. 9. By reaching the 1,000-point plateau, Webb became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds, dish out 400 assists and collect 200 steals in a career.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION
In the latest NCAA rankings, UND enters the Sacramento State game ranked 14th in the country steals per game (9.1) and and 13th in turnover marging (+4.3). The Green and White top the Big Sky in both of those categories.
CAREER LINE VS. THE HORNETS
Six different players on the UND roster have played in as many as four games against the Hornets and here’s a look at their career stat lines:
# PLAYERS (gp; ppg, rpg, apg)
32 Josh Schuler (3; 6.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 2.0 apg)
Scored nine points in a starting role in road loss to Hornets last season
0 Aaron Anderson (4; 10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg)
Made 11 free throws in home win over Hornets as a true freshman
11 Jamal Webb (4; 10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.3 apg)
Scored 21 points against the Hornets on the road as a sophomore
5 Troy Huff (4; 12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.8 spg)
Only UND player to average double figures against Hornets last season
3 Lenny Antwi (2; 1.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.5 apg)
Went 5-for-9 from 3-point range in two games vs. Hornets last season
10 Shane Benton (2; 2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
Had four points and four rebounds in home win over SAC last season
UND HOLDS OFF MSU TO PICK UP FIRST ROAD WIN
North Dakota held off a late Bobcat rally to register its first road win of the season at Montana State. UND left Worthington Arena with a 72-69 triumph in a game that saw 17 lead changes and 14 ties. Senior Aaron Anderson led his team with 18 points and sealed the win with two free throws in the closing 10 seconds as UND never relinquished its halftime lead. The four-point spread at the break was the largest by either team in the opening 20 minutes, but UND quickly pushed its advantage to 11 with a strong second-half start. The Green and White would withstand a pair of MSU rallies that saw the home team pull within a point, but the Bobcats could never tie things up or take the lead down the stretch.
TRAYLOR SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT DOWN LOW
In his last three Big Sky games, senior Alonzo Traylor is averaging 8.0 ppg off the UND bench and shooting 76.9 percent from the field (10-for-13). Traylor has a pair of 4-for-5 efforts from the field, including one in the win over Montana State where he made a late basket to put UND up by three.
FAST START FOR NASH
In 27 career games at Texas Tech, senior Jaron Nash scored in double figures just once - a 15-point outing against Wake Forest early in the 2011-12 season at the Old Spice Classic. In 16 games in a UND uniform, Nash has reached double figures 10 times and scored a career-high 22 points at Northern Colorado in his Big Sky debut. Nash is averaging 10.7 ppg for UND after only scoring 2.6 ppg in 27 contests with the Red Raiders during the 2011-12 season. He came off the bench for the second time this season against Montana State and had seven points and six rebounds.
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