SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustang men’s basketball travel to Duluth and St. Cloud to face North Division foes
MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team (6-3, 2-1 NSIC), riding a two-game win streak and winners of five of its last six games overall, hit the road for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games versus North Division teams this weekend.
•SMSU takes on the University of Minnesota Duluth (2-4, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday with tip-off set for 8 p.m. at Romano Gymnasium.
•SMSU closes the weekend facing St. Cloud State University (5-2, 2-0 NSIC) on Saturday night with game time set for 6 p.m. at Halenbeck Hall.
•Following this weekend, SMSU will host the University of Sioux Falls on Dec. 16 in its final game before the Christmas break.
•All SMSU games will be broadcast all season on 105.1 FM KARL.
•Live stats and video can be found at SMSUmustangs.com.
BRUGGEMAN AND KIRK CLOSING IN ON 1,000
•Junior Ryan Bruggeman begins the weekend with 987 career points in 71 games (ranking 24th in team history) and will look to become the 22nd player in team history to reach 1,000 career points.
•Senior Carter Kirk is directly behind Bruggeman on the career scoring list with 942 points in 99 games.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MINNESOTA DULUTH
•Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth meet for the 84th time on Friday with UMD leading 51-32.
•The teams first met during the 1972-73 season.
•SMSU won twice last season with both games in Marshall. SMSU won 94-76 during the regular season and 79-54 in the first round of the NSIC Tournament.
•UMD leads 33-8 in games played in Duluth, but SMSU has won five of the last seven at Romano Gym.
•SMSU has won 13 of the last 15 games overall since the 2005-06 season.
•UMD’s victories since Dec. 12, 2004, came on Jan. 20, 2012, and Jan. 30, 2016, both in Duluth.
•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 10-2 all-time versus UMD.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ST. CLOUD STATE
•Southwest Minnesota State and St. Cloud State meet for the 61st time on Saturday with SCSU leading 40-20.
•The teams first met during the 1969-70 season.
•SMSU won last season’s lone match-up, 84-82, in Marshall.
•SCSU leads 24-7 in games played in St. Cloud, including winning the last three played at Halenbeck Hall.
•SMSU snapped a five-game losing streak in the series last season.
•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 4-9 all-time versus SCSU.
•SMSU is 6-3 overall, 2-1 NSIC.
•SMSU has three players averaging double figure scoring.
•Ryan Bruggeman is averaging a team-high 18.2 ppg with a team-high 45 assists.
•Carter Kirk is scoring 13.1 ppg with a team-high 8.8 rpg. He also has a team-high 11 blocked shots.
•KJ Davis is scoring 10.7 ppg with six 3-pointers.
•Michael Lee has made a team-leading 18 3-pointers while Taylor Schafer has connected on 15 3-pointers.
•SMSU averaging 81 points per game, while opponents are average 77.
•SMSU is shooting 48 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line.
MUSTANG TIP-OFF TIDBITS
•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler became the program’s all-time leader in victories (142) on Dec. 2 in a win over Winona State.
•SMSU ranks ninth in Division II (Dec. 4) in fewest turnovers per game (10.0).
•SMSU has shot better than 50 percent from the field in two games this season. Last season, SMSU shot 50 percent or higher in 15 games.
•SMSU combined to make 40 of 45 free throws in last weekend’s two victories.
•KJ Davis was 12 of 12 from the free throw line during Friday’s win over Upper Iowa. The school single-game record is 13 of 13 set twice.
•SMSU shot a season-high 89 percent (25 of 28) from the free throw line versus Upper Iowa.
•Carter Kirk ranks tied for first in school history in career field goal pct. (57.8) and is ninth in rebounds (620).
•Ryan Bruggeman is eighth place in school history with 266 free throws made.
•Bruggeman ranks third in team history with 337 assists. Andrew Peschong (2006-10) is second with 342, while Vinard Birch (2010-14) is the all-time leader with 396.
•Taylor Schafer ranks 11th in team history with 130 3-pointers made.
•SMSU’s 116 points on Nov. 21 versus Crown was the second highest point total in school history.
•SMSU connected on a season-high 14 3-pointers in the win over Crown.
•SMSU made 33 free throws in the win over Northern Michigan on Nov. 18. It was the first time SMSU made more than 30 in a game since connecting on 33 versus Wayne State on Dec. 7, 2013.
•SMSU limited Michigan Tech to just 15 points in the second half on Nov. 17. It was the first time SMSU has held an opponent to less than 20 points in a half since Feb. 8, 2014, when Concordia-St. Paul scored 17 first half points.
•UMD is 2-4 overall, 0-2 NSIC, following NSIC road losses last weekend at Bemidji State (73-63) and Minnesota Crookston (98-90).
•Logan Rohrscheib leads the team averaging 15.2 ppg with 13 3-pointers.
•Brandon Myer is averaging 15.2 ppg with five 3-pointers, while leading the squad with 6.0 rpg.
•Trevor Entwisle has made eight 3-pointers and is averaging 11.1 ppg.
•UMD is shooting 41 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line.
•UMD is scoring 72 points per game, while opponents are averaging 76 per game.
•Head coach Matt Bowen is in his sixth season at UMD with a record of 57-91. He has a career record of 121-193, which includes six seasons as head coach at Bemidji State (2006-12).
SCOUTING ST. CLOUD STATE
•SCSU is 5-2 overall, 2-0 NSIC, after recording a pair of road NSIC victories last weekend over Minnesota Crookston (69-57) and Bemidji State (96-62).
•SCSU plays host to Sioux Falls on Friday night before facing SMSU.
•Jon Averkamp is averaging 20.1 ppg with nine 3-pointers. He also ranks second on the team with 7.0 rpg.
•Brindley Theisen is averaging 14.4 ppg with 17 3-pointers.
•Sean Smith is scoring 11 ppg with a team-high 10.1 rpg.
•Gage Davis, the preseason NSIC North Player of the Year, played in his first game of the season last Saturday and scored 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting.
•SCSU is shooting 45 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line.
•SCSU is scoring 73 points per game, while opponents are averaging 64 per game.
•Head coach Matt Reimer is in his fourth season and enters the weekend with a record 55-44.
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