GUNISON, Colo. After two losses to start the season, Western Colorado will look for its first win of the season Friday when it hosts Simon Fraser (Nov. 25) and Northern New Mexico (Nov. 26) at The Inn at Tomichi INN Thanksgiving Classic. Both games will be played at 3 p.m
MOUNTAINEEERS WEEKEND ENTRANCE | SEASON STATISTICS
- The Mountaineers didn’t start the season the way they would have liked, losing their first two games against Texas A&M International (Nov. 18, 60-74) and Texas A&M – Kingsville (Nov. 19, 42-78).
- So far this season, Jonathan McCloud has been the Mountaineers’ leading scorer averaging 15 points per game (PG) and is the top three-point shooter at 50 percent. Avery Rembao is right behind him averaging nine PG points. The team’s best field goal percentage is Gino Corridori, who makes 57.1 percent of his shots.
- In the cup, Robel Desta was the best rebounder grabbing 13 rebounds (6.5 PG). Moving to defense, Syris Williams has been picking the pockets of ball handlers, recording four steals. While Jaelen McCloud has been sending shots back racking up four blocks.
- Overall, Western averages 51 PG points, shooting; 35.4 percent from the field, 25.6 percent from three and 71 percent from the free throw line. When it comes to handling the ball, they turn the ball over 21.5 times PG. On defense, they pull the ball 4.5 times PG and block three PG shots.
RED LEAVES ARRIVING AT THE WEEKEND | SEASON STATISTICS
- Things have been going well for Simon Fraser of late, which has seen them ride a three-game winning streak, most recently defeating Okanagan College (101-55) and Douglas (83-46). At the moment the Red Leaf have a 3-1 overall.
- Four players – Immanuel Oludele (14.5 PG), Georges Lefebvre (14 PG), Jahmal Wright (12.8 PG), Nigel Hylton (10.5 PG), Zach Stone (10.5) – have been the scorers for Simon Fraser in double. digits Of the five, Wright has the best field goal percentage at 60.6 percent. From three, Oludele is the best shooter at 42.3 percent.
- Zach Stone is the top rim protector for Simon Fraser blocking eight shots. Wright is right behind him blocking six shots. In the steals category, David Penney and Jimmy Zaborniak lead the ball with seven steals each.
- Overall, the Red Leaf PG averaged 86 points, shooting; 47.8 percent from the field, 33 percent from three and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. Simon Fraser does a good job taking care of the ball only turning the ball over 11.8 times PG. Defensively, they average 10.3 steals per game and 7.3 blocks per game.
EAGLES WEEKEND ENTRANCE | SEASON STATISTICS
- Northern New Mexico snapped its two-game losing streak on Saturday (Nov. 19) when it defeated Adams State 82-77 on the road. The win was the Eagles’ third of the season, making their overall record 3-5.
- Eight games into the season, Conner Kelley, “Jamal” Keane Harris and Damione Thomas are the Eagles’ leading scorers with 15.3, 12.7 and 10.4 PG. Harris is the leading scorer at 59.3 percent from the field. Close behind is Connor, who is shooting 47.9 percent from the field. Connor is also the best three-point shooter sinking 41.3 percent of his shots.
- The leading rebounder in Northern New Mexico is Thomas, who has 43 rebounds (6.1 per game) this season. He is also the team’s leading rim protector with 11 blocks this season. Staying on the defensive side, Jared Perez and Harris had made life difficult for the ball handlers with 10 steals each.
- Overall, the Eagles average 71.7 points per game, shooting; 45.1 percent from the field, 26.4 percent from three and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. They also turn the ball over 16.4 times per game. Defensively, they average 9.9 steals per game and 3.3 blocks per game.