Grand Forks, N.D. - After three weeks away from its home venue, the North Dakota men's basketball team finally returns to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center this Sunday for an afternoon tilt with Presentation College. Tipoff with the Saints is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be one of two non-conference home games UND will play before starting Big Sky play after Christmas.
UND VS. PRESENTATION SERIES
All-time: UND leads 1-0
Last Meeting: UND 74, Presentation 32 (12/13/12; Grand Forks)
UND Head Coach Brian Jones vs. Presentation: 1-0
Presentation College Head Coach Jeremy Reigle vs. UND: 0-1
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IN THE PAINT...
• The North Dakota men’s basketball team is back at home for the first time since defeating North Dakota State 95-78 on Nov. 24. Sunday’s opponent is Presentation College and tipoff is set for 4 p.m. CT at The Betty.
• UND dropped all five of its contests away from The Betty since the triumph over the Bison and will look to snap that skid against the Saints.
• Presentation College was a NCAA Division III squad last season when UND defeated them 74-32 on Dec. 13. This is Presentation’s first season as a NAIA Division II member. The Saints are playing in the North Star Athletic Conference.
• UND is 2-0 at home this season and averaging 102.5 ppg in those contests.
• UND had an identical record of 2-6 after eight games last season and went on to finish 16-17 overall and earn its third straight trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
• Senior Alonzo Traylor was the only UND player to reach double figures against the Saints in last season’s 42-point victory. Traylor scored a career-high 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the floor.
• The 32 points allowed by UND were the fewest in a game during its five-plus seasons at the Division I level.
• UND’s current five-game losing streak matches the longest from last season when the Green and White entered the game with Presentation College on an identical stretch.
OPPONENT PREVIEW: PRESENTATION COLLEGE
• Presentation College will be playing its third game in three days when it arrives in Grand Forks on Sunday. The Saints have Friday and Saturday contests at Oak Hills Christian in Bemidji.
• The Saints had a three-game winning streak snapped on Dec. 6, when they fell on the road to Minnesota-Morris, 57-48. UND defeated the Cougars in its season-opener on Nov. 13, 110-69.
• Anthony Hendricks leads the Saints scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounding (5.8 rpg), assists (3.1 apg) and steals (28) this season.
• Hendricks is one of three PC players averaging in double figures.
• Nick Gillette is just shy of Hendricks’ team lead with a 10.5 ppg average and he is also pulling down 4.7 rpg.
• Gregory Garret is the third double-figure scorer for the Saints at 10.2 ppg. He is shooting 57.4 percent from the field, while Gillette leads the team with a 57.7 percent clip.
• The Saints own the fourth best scoring defense in NAIA Division II this season, limiting opponents to just over 61.0 ppg. Hendricks also leads the team in steals with 28.
• Nine different Saints have started at least two games for head coach Jeremy Reigle, who is in his third season leading PC. This year’s club is already halfway to its win total from the Reigle’s first two seasons (16).
• PC is outrebounding opponents by an average of more than 10 boards a game so far this season.
BUCKEYE STATE RETURN
Senior Josh Schuler had the best game of his season at Bowling Green on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 14 points in 31 minutes off the bench. Schuler played in his home state for the first time in his college career. Bowling Green is about 90 miles north of Schuler’s home town of Urbana.
HOLMES, BOWLING GREEN HOLDS OFF UND
After trailing just 30-27 at the half, UND did not have an answer for Bowling Green junior Richaun Holmes in the second half. Holmes, who had just two points and two rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, erupted for 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks after the break. Seniors Troy Huff, Jaron Nash and Josh Schuler all reached double figures for UND, but their efforts could not net the team’s first road win of the season. Huff scored 16 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and has led UND in scoring the past four contests. Nash added 17, while Schuler had a season-high 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc. UND made it a five-point contest with just over two minutes to play, but Bowling Green was able to connect at the free-throw line to seal the win down the strech. The Falcons went 23-for-31, while UND only got the foul strip 10 times (six makes).
NASH, ANDERSON SET CAREER HIGHS AT BGSU
Seniors Jaron Nash added a career-high nine rebounds to go with his 17 points at Bowling Green on Wednesday, while Aaron Anderson posted a career-high with five steals and moved into a tie for sixth on UND’s all-time list in that category with 122. Anderson also dished out a season-high six assists, but UND also committed a season-high 18 turnovers.
LATE FIRST-HALF RUN SPARKS BUTLER IN WIN OVER UND
A 3-pointer by junior Cole Stefan put UND within a point of Butler at 21-20 with just over five minutes to play in Saturday’s first half at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but the home team outscored the visitors 18-2 over that closing stretch to put the game out of reach. Senior Troy Huff scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half as UND made a late charge, but could not get any closer than 13 points after trailing by as many as 28 early in the stanza. Senior Jaron Nash added 10 points and Stefan had the best game of his brief UND career with nine points. Butler owned the glass with a 44-28 advantage and did not allow an offensive rebound to UND in the first half. The Big East squad got a game-high 29 points from Kellen Dunham and 21 more from Kyhle Marshall.
COMING UP EMPTY IN EUGENE
In the opener of the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge, Cal Poly never let UND get in a rhythm offensive eventually posting a 70-43 victory. The 43 points were fewer than UND had scored in five of its first six halves of the season. Freshman Quinton Hooker led UND with nine points off the bench, while seniors Troy Huff and Aaron Anderson combined for just nine points (came in averaging 46.0 ppg between them).
A slow first-half start against No. 14/15 Oregon haunted UND in a game that the hosts won 91-76. After holding a 49-32 lead at the break, the Ducks held off a late rally by UND that saw the visitors outscore the home team 44-42 in the final 20 minutes. Huff and Anderson responded from their poor performance against Cal Poly to net 25 and 22 points, respectively against the Ducks. Classmate Jaron Nash also reached double figures with 12 points. Colorado State-transfer Chad Calcaterra earned the first start of his Division I career in the contest.
In the finale vs. Pacific, UND played its best half of basketball in Eugene, racing out to a 48-45 lead at halftime. Unfortunately, a nearly nine-minute field goal drought to start the second half proved costly as the Tigers were the hot team in the final 20 minutes, knocking 62 percent of their shots from the field to pull away for a 93-76 victory. Senior Jamal Webb had his best game of the young season, scoring a season-high 16 points. Webb had 18 points combined in the first five outings. Huff once again led UND in scoring with 21 points. Anderson added 12.
WEBB MOVES TO FOURTH
Senior Jamal Webb’s lone assist against Oregon moved into sole possession of fourth place on UND’s all-time career assists list and now has 398. Webb already holds the school-record for steals with 194.
STEFAN MAKES UND DEBUT
Junior Cole Stefan found out prior to the NDSU game on Nov. 24 that he had been granted a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately and not have to sit out the season after transferring from Green Bay. Stefan has played in the last four contests and is averaging 3.5 ppg. He scored a season-high nine points on Saturday at Butler. Stefan averaged 3.4 ppg in 19 games at Green Bay last season and averaged 4.6 ppg in 25 games at LaSalle as a redshirt freshman during the 2010-11 season. He was a Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award Finalist at Minnetonka High School in 2009 after averaging 19.3 ppg. His squad won the Class AAAA state title his junior season when he averaged 19.0 ppg.
SCHULER SITS OUT GSHC
Senior Josh Schuler was forced to miss the three games at Oregon in the Global Sports Hardwood Classic after suffering an injury in a practice leading up to the event. Schuler’s status for UND’s next game at Butler is uncertain. Schuler is averaging 7.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in two games this seaosn. He also missed the opener due to a violation of athletic department policy.
HUFF NETS BACK-TO-BACK 30-PLUS POINT NIGHTS
Senior Troy Huff became just the ninth player in UND history to register back-to-back games with 30-plus points earlier this season. After scoring a career-high 37 points in front of friends and family at No. 12/15 Wisconsin (Nov. 19), Huff backed up that performance with a 32-point, 10-rebound effort in the 95-77 triumph over rival North Dakota State on Sunday (Nov. 24). The last player to achieve that feat was Jerome Beasley, who reeled off three consecutive 30-point games in the final stretch of his UND career at the end of 2002-03 season. Beasley and Travis Tuttle are the only two players to accomplish that feat twice in their UND careers. Beasley holds the UND record with 14 30-plus scoring games, while Tuttle, Phil Jackson and Dave Vonesh each had 13 during their respective careers. Huff pushed his career total to four with those efforts last week.
HUFF NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the fourth time in his career, senior Troy Huff was named the Big Sky Player of the Week on Nov. 25. Huff averaged 34.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.0 spg in contests at No. 12/15 Wisconsin and vs. North Dakota State. He shot 67.6 percent from the field (23-for-34) and 58.3 percent from 3-point range (7-for-12). Huff earned three weekly honors in UND’s first season in the league a year ago - that tied him with Montana’s Kareem Jamar for the most in the Big Sky during the 2012-13 season.
WIN NO. 1,500 COMES VS. RIVAL NDSU
UND picked up its 1,500th win in program history with the decisive 95-77 victory over rival North Dakota State. More than 10 percent of those wins have come against the Bison as UND improved to 159-128 all-time against its in-state rival. The program started in 1904-05 and 910 of those victories have come at home.
Senior Aaron Anderson is averaging 12.8 ppg and has reached double figures in five of eight games so far this season. Anderson is leading UND’s regulars with a 50.7 percent clip from the field and ranks third among all Big Sky shooters with a 50.0 percent connection rate from 3-point range (13-for-26).
SELLOUT CROWD WATCHES UND DISPOSE OF RIVAL NDSU
Sunday’s crowd for the UND-North Dakota State game threatened the all-time attendance record at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, but when the final total was announced, it fell 50 short of the record of 3,192 set on Feb. 24, 2006 vs. Minnesota Duluth. The game will go down officially as a sellout as capacity for the building, which was opened in August of 2004, is 3,064.
UND scored nearly 33 percent of its points from the charity stripe in the 18-point victory over NDSU on Nov. 24. The home team went 33-for-41 from the stripe en route to scoring 95 points against the Bison. The teams combined for 57 fouls and 77 foul shots in the contest that saw four NDSU starters and one UND reserve foul out.
HUFF BUMPS BEASLEY
Senior Troy Huff had a memorable night in front of dozens of friends and family in Madison on Nov. 19. He scored a career-high 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting from the floor and moved into UND’s top 10 list of all-time scorers with the effort. Huff bumped Jerome Beasley from the top 10 list and now sits in ninth place with 1,492 points for his career. Beasley, who was also the last UND player to score 37 points in a game (at St. Cloud State; 2003), finished his two-year career in Grand Forks with 1,402 points. Beasley was a second-round draft pick by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft.
MADNESS IN MADISON
UND lost by 18 to No. 12/15 Wisconsin, but the 85 points scored by UND were the second most allowed by a Bo Ryan-coached Wisconsin team at home in his 13 seasons as the Badgers’ head coach. Seniors Troy Huff (37) and Jaron Nash (19) both had career highs in a game that saw UND shoot 54.5 percent from the field and 53.9 percent from 3-point range.
The 2013-14 North Dakota basketball team scored more points through three games than any other squad in program history. UND averaged 96.7 ppg during that stretch and the 290 points were 15 more than the 1977-78 team coached by Dave Gunther that held the previous record through three games.
LIKE MOTHER-LIKE SON
In two career games against his mom’s alma mater, Wisconsin, Troy Huff did his best impression of her, scoring 58 points (29.0 ppg) and grabbing 12 rebounds (6.0 rpg) at the Kohl Center. Theresa Huff left Wisconsin after her playing career ended in 1983 as the program’s all-time leading scorer (1,879) and rebounder (1,201) and was inducted into the Badgers’ Hall of Fame in 1998. Huff currently ranks fifth on the scoring charts, but still leads in rebounding. Her son moved into UND’s top 10 list for scoring with his career-high scoring effort in front of family and friends on Tuesday in Madison.
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 eight games in a UND uniform, Nash has reached double figures six times. He has already scored more points in seven games (94; 11.8 ppg), than he did in his 27 games (68; 2.6 ppg) with the Red Raiders during the 2011-12 season.
Head coach Brian Jones opted to use a completely different starting lineup at Wisconsin (Nov. 19) from the one in the season opener. True freshman Quinton Hooker and Alonzo Traylor started for the first time in their UND careers, while Josh Schuler picked up his 56th career start. Shane Benton earned his ninth career start and Lenny Antwi received his third. The regular starters ended up playing a majority of the minutes when it was all said and done. Senior Aaron Anderson had started the previous 66 games, including all 65 games during his sophomore and junior seasons. Jones said following the game, the second-unit prepared better leading up to the Badgers’ game and outplayed the regulars in a decisivie four-minute game in the final practice that ultimately led to his decision.
UND BREEZES BY MORRIS IN SEASON OPENER
Senior Aaron Anderson scored a game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor (3-of-4 from 3-point range) as UND rolled to a 110-69 victory over Minnesota Morris in last Wednesday’s season opener (Nov. 13). Anderson was one of five players in double figures: Lenny Antwi (18), Troy Huff (18), Quinton Hooker (17) and Jaron Nash (15).
NO REDSHIRT FOR HOOKER
True freshman Quinton Hooker made his collegiate debut against Minnesota Morris, scoring 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor. He also added four assists in the victory. The 2013 Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award winner was in line to redshirt this season, but the coaching staff was to impressed by his play in fall camp to not have him on the active roster during the 2013-14 season. Hooker had four poitns and four more assists in the Wisconsin game. Through eight games, Hooker is averaging 5.0 ppg and leads the team with 20 assists.
Head coach Brian Jones picked up win No. 103 of his career in the season opener after his team thumped Minnesota Morris 110-69. The victory put him in fourth place on UND’s all-time wins list for men’s basketball. Jones now has 104 wins after his team beat NDSU for the second time in four tries during his tenure.
UND improved to 5-3 in season and home openers under Jones with the 110-69 victoy over Minnsota Morris on Wednesday. The 110 points scored were the most of the Division I era and tied for the 10th most in program history.
ANTWI FOR THREE
Junior Lenny Antwi has a knack for season openers. After scoring a career and season high 17 points in the 2012-13 season opener vs. Waldorf, the Canadian sharp shooter bested that total with 18 points in the win over Minnesota Morris. Antwi went 7-for-11 from the field, including a 4-for-7 effort from beyond the arc.
YEAR TWO IN THE SKY
The 2013-14 season will mark the second for the club in the Big Sky Conference. In year one, Jones led UND to 12 wins, which were the most ever by a league newcomer and a third-place finish in the league standings. UND opened the campaign 1-4, but finished with an 11-4 mark and won a Division I-program record six games on the road.
HUFF CLAIMS SCORING TITLE
Senior Troy Huff won the Big Sky scoring title with a 19.2 ppg average despite missing eight games with a broken jaw he suffered in the season opener at Kansas State. He averaged 19.7 ppg in Big Sky play and was one of two league players (Montana’s Kareem Jamar) to earn unanimous All-Big Sky first team honors. Huff also landed on the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team.
HUFF NAMED TO LOU HENSON PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Huff was one of 25 mid-major players named to the Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team on Oct. 2. Huff landed a spot on the 2012-13 Lou Henson All-America Team after leading the Big Sky in scoring at 19.2 ppg and leading UND to its third-straight CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
HUFF ON CBSSPORTS.COM TOP 30 UNDER-THE-RADAR PERFORMERS
Huff was one of 30 mid-major players listed by CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander as under-the-radar performers to watch out for during the 2013-14. Here is what Norlander had to say about Huff:
“What a player! Checks in at around 175 pounds, yet averaged seven boards last season. He also scored 19 points for the team currently without a moniker. In addition to sniffing the defensive glass so well, he’s also a good defender and gets into passing lanes so well.”
Huff led the Big Sky in steals per game last season, collecting 59 despite missing eight games. He would have threatened teammate Jamal Webb for the single-season school record if he had remained healthy.
KING OF THE STEAL
Senior Jamal Webb is already UND’s all-time career record for steals with 198 and is fourth in assists with 398 through 105 career games. Webb had three steals and four assists in the opener. He led the Big Sky in steals with 74 last season and was one shy of tying UND’s single-season record in that department. He has also averaged 9.1 ppg during his career and has been one of the top rebound guards in the Great West and Big Sky during his career (4.6/g).
TRAYLOR REGAINS ELIGIBILITY
Senior Alonzo Traylor had to sit out the second semester of last year’s schedule, but worked hard in the classroom to regain his eligibility for the 2013-14 season. Traylor was starting to come into his own after eight games of last season, but poor academic performance cost him the second half of his first season at UND. Traylor had a double-double in what was his final game of the season in the Big Sky opener at Southern Utah (Dec. 18). He averaged 7.1 ppg and 5.0 rpg in just over 16 minutes per game last season.
Fellow senior Brandon Brekke was also limited by injuries, appearing in only 19 games. He could never really get on track due to head and ankle injuries, but did average 5.3 ppg and 4.1 rpg when he was able to play.
ANTWI INHERITS CLASSMATES
Guard Lenny Antwi went from being the only sophomore on the 2012-13 roster to being one of five juniors on the 2013-14 roster. Big men Chad Calcaterra and Ryan Salmonson will factor into the front court playing rotation, while backcourt mates Estan Tyler and Cole Stefan are slated to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Stefan is applying to the NCAA for a hardship waiver to play immediately this season, but that process has not yet been completed. Antwi appeared in a career-high 33 games last season and averaged 4.7 ppg, while shooting 35.9 percent from 3-point range.
Of the 16 players on the 2013-14 roster, four have played Division I basketball for another program. Newcomer Estan Tyler (Kansas City) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and have two seasons of eligibility remaining when his career resumes. Tyler led Kansas City in scoring a season ago at a 11.4 ppg clip. Stefan began his collegiate career at LaSalle in 2010-11 and later transferred to Green Bay for the 2012-13 season. He is a sharp-shooter that averaged just over four points per game in 44 combined games as the two schools. Calcaterra spent two seasons at Colorado State and has an NCAA Tournament game appearance under his belt from the 2011-12 Rams’ run to the field of 68. Nash played one season at Texas Tech under Billy Gillespie and had a career-high 15 points vs. Wake Forest at the Old Spice Classic during the 2011-12 season.
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