POCATELLO, Idaho - North Dakota wraps up a four-game Big Sky road swing on Saturday against an Idaho State team that sits only a game behind in the jumbled league standings.
The Green and White dealt the Bengals a 66-62 setback in Grand Forks on Jan. 9 and will look for their second straight seriers swee. UND has won four of five against ISU since the starting the series two years ago. Tipoff Saturday from Holt Arena is 8:05 p.m. CT.
UND VS. IDAHO STATE SERIES
All-time/In Pocatello: UND leads 4-1/Series tied 1-1
Big Sky: UND leads 3-0
Last Meeting: UND 66, ISU 62 (Jan. 9, 2014; Grand Forks, N.D.)
UND Head Coach Brian Jones vs. Idaho State: 4-1
Idaho State Head Coach Bill Evans vs. UND: 1-4
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN/TRACK
Radio: 100.3 FM Cat Country (Grand Forks)
Live Stats: www.ISUBengals.com (free)
Audio Stream: www.UNDSports.com (free)
Live Video: www.WatchBigSky.com/Watch Big Sky app
IN THE PAINT...
• The Green and White will look to split the four-game trip and sweep the season series with the Bengals for the second straight year after defeating ISU 66-62 on Jan. 9 in Grand Forks.
• Senior Jaron Nash had a team-high 21 points in that victory and is coming off a career-high 27 point outing Thursday at Weber State. Nash made 12-of-21 shots from the floor and also equaled his career-high with nine rebounds.
• UND knocked off Eastern Washington to begin the trip last Thursday, but have dropped its last two at Portland State (70-68) and Weber State (84-72).
• The loss to the Wildcats dropped UND to 6-5 in Big Sky play, while Idaho State used a late 3-pointer from Tomas Sanchez to knock off Northern Colorado and move to 5-6 in league play.
• UND is in a four-way tie for third place, while the Bengals are in a four-way tie for seventh place.
• Senior Troy Huff had 19 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday’s loss to Weber State. The double-double was his fourth of the season and 14th of his career.
• Huff ranks third in Big Sky play in rebounding at 8.6 rpg and has led UND in 17 of 20 games this season.
OPPONENT PREVIEW: IDAHO STATE
• Head coach Bill Evans and his Bengals matched their Big Sky win total from last season on Thursday with a thrilling 73-70 victory over Northern Colorado.
• At 5-6, the Bengals are in a four-way tie for seventh a season after going 5-15 and finishing in a tie for 10th.
• Senior Tomas Sanchez hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go to put his team ahead 71-70 and the Bears missed a chance to win the game in the closing seconds before ISU made two free throws to seal the win.
• Sanchez scored a game-high 23 points and went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 ppg.
• Junior Chris Hansen is the top scorer on the club at 16.9 ppg and had a game-high 24 points in the first meeting with UND this season. He drilled six 3-pointers in that contest, but went 0-for-6 from deep against NC on Thursday.
• Hansen has hoisted 144 3-point attempts this season and is shooting 38.2 percent. Sanchez is shooting 41.4 percent from deep.
• Senior Andre Hatchett is the third Bengal averaging 15-plus points per game (15.1 ppg) - ISU is the only Big Sky team to have that distinction.
• That trio has started all 20 games for Evans this season.
• The Bengals are 7-2 at home this season splitting time between Holt Arena and Reed Gym. ISU will play UND in Holt Arena where the Green and White won last season 66-53.
• ISU won just six games in 2012-13, but have eight wins this season.
LOOKING BACK: UND WITHSTANDS LATE IDAHO STATE RUN
For the second straight game, the North Dakota men’s basketball team held off a pesky Big Sky foe, this time holding on for a 66-62 victory over Idaho State on Thursday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Senior Jaron Nash scored 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and did most of his damage in the paint. Classmates Troy Huff and Josh Schuler also reached double figures for UND, who won its second straight league game by four points. Nash’s big night countered the one by Idaho State junior Chris Hansen, who had a game-high 24 points as he connected on six 3-pointers for the Bengals, who fell for the first time in league play.
CAREER LINE VS. THE BENGALS
# PLAYERS (gp; ppg, rpg, apg)
32 Josh Schuler (5; 7.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 apg)
Scored 14 points in UND’s first Big Sky win at Pocatello last season
0 Aaron Andreson (5; 14.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg)
Shooting 56.3 percent from 3-point territory against Bengals (9-for-16)
11 Jamal Webb (5; 7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.0 apg)
Has 25 career assists against the Bengals, including 13 last season
5 Troy Huff (5; 14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.2 apg)
Had a double-double with 21 pts and 11 rebs in last season’s home win
3 Lenny Antwi (4; 2.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.0 apg)
Hit a 3-pointer in each game vs. Bengals last season
10 Shane Benton (3; 1.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.0 apg)
Appeared in both games off the bench as a redshirt freshman last year1
1 Jaron Nash (1; 21.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 spg)
Had a team-high 21 points in home win over Bengals on Jan. 9
2 Cole Stefan (1; 5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
21 Quinton Hooker (1; 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
25 Dustin Hobaugh (1; 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
33 Chad Calcaterra (1; 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
42 Alonzo Traylor (1; 5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg)
RESERVATIONS FOR SUCCESS
UND’s bench production has been outstanding of late, outscoring its opponents in each of the last 10 contests. UND has won six of those games and holds an overall advantage in bench scoring of 309-135 during that stretch. In Thursday’s loss at Weber State, seniors Jaron Nash and Jamal Webb went for 27 and 11 points, respectively.
FLOURISHING IN NEW ROLE
Senior Jamal Webb has started 106 games in his UND career, including 12 this season, but has come off the bench over the last six contests. One of the captains on the team, Webb has played arguably his best basketball of the season in his new role. During the stretch, he is averaging 9.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg and 2.0 spg. He led the team in scoring with 15 points in the home win over NAU and added 11 in the last two games. After starting the season 4-for-20 from beyond the arc in his first 15 games, Webb is 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) in the last six.
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 (4th; 129)
Assists (9th; 313)
Free throws made (8th; 393)
3-pointers made (9th; 139)
3-point field goal percentage (5th; 42.2)
3-point field goals attempted (9th; 330)
Troy Huff (Sr., G, Milwaukee, Wis.)
Points (5th; 1,766)
Field goals made (8th; 624)
Field goals attempted (3rd; 1,429)
Free throws made (7th; 395)
Free throws attempted (6th; 599)
3-pointers attempted (7th; 420)
Steals (2nd; 196)
Jamal Webb (Sr., G, Buffalo, N.Y.)
Steals (1st; 222)
Assists (2nd; 443)
HUFF MOVES INTO TOP FIVE, PASSES JACKSON
With eight points in the win over Northern Arizona (Jan. 25), senior Troy Huff moved into fifth place on UND’s all-time scoring chart. He bumped Phil Jackson, who racked up 1,708 points in a three-year career at UND before embarking on his illustrious career in the NBA as both a player and a coach. Huff now has 1,766 points for his career.
ON THE BOARDS...FINALLY
It took 15 games, but UND finally held an advantage in rebounding over a Division I opponent when the Green and White outrebounded Montana State 33-26 on Jan. 18. UND has only lost the battle of the boards once in the last six games (4-2 record). UND is now 4-2 overall when outrebounding opponents this season (Minnesota-Morris; Presentation, Montana State, SAC, Portland State and Weber State).
SPEAKING OF BOARDS
Senior Troy Huff led the team with a career-high 14 rebounds in the win over Sacramento State (Jan. 23), marking the eighth straight game he had done that. The streak came to an end on vs. NAU, but he has led the team in rebounding in 17 of 20 games and ranks fourth in the Big Sky in that category (7.5 rpg). In leauge play, Huff is averaging 8.4 rpg, which is third best among Big Sky players.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION
In the latest NCAA rankings, UND enters the Weber State game ranked 12th in the country steals per game (8.7) and and 14th in turnover margin (+3.8). The Green and White top the Big Sky in both of those categories. Seniors Troy Huff (2.3/spg) and Jamal Webb (1.9/spg) rank one-two in the Big Sky in that category.
MORE ROUND NUMBERS FOR MALLIE
The 1,000-point club is not the first milestone reached for Webb during his UND tenure. He already became 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 1,000 points, Webb became the first player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career.
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 21 games in a UND uniform, Nash has reached double figures 13 times and scored a career-high 27 points at Weber State on Thursday. Nash is averaging 11.2 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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