Updated: Idaho State (4-13) Faces Montana (12-4)

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1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  Idaho State 31 20 51 +13.0
  Montana 29 41 70 -13.0
Thu, Jan 24 2013, 07:00 PM MST

Dahlberg Arena
Missoula, MT
Attendance: 3,252

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Idaho State travels to Dahlberg Arena on Thursday to take on Montana. It starts at 9:00 EST. The Bengals are 2-6 against the Grizzlies over the last four years. They fell 76-40 on 2/6/2012, the last time they met.

Idaho State maintains 5th place in the Big Sky while Montana is in 1st place.

In their last outing, despite 12 points from Tomas Sanchez, the Bengals fell to Northern Arizona 60-55 on January 19th. He leads the team with 3.5 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game. For the Grizzlies, Kareem Jamar put up 23 points and 7 rebounds in the 76-71 win over Montana State on January 19th. He leads the team in rebounds with 6.1 per game and blocks with 0.9 per game.

Montana has a statistical edge over Idaho State in a single key area, scoring, where the Grizzlies have the upper hand over the Bengals, 70 points per game to 53 points per game. A key area of strength for Montana is effective field goal percentage at 53.8, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 25th nationally).

StatSmack! Idaho State is better than Montana
  • The Idaho State three-point leader (Chris Hansen) has more three-pointers than the Montana three-point leader (Michael Weisner).
  • Melvin Morgan is ranked 9th in the Big Sky in points and 7th in the Big Sky in steals.
  • Maybe someday you'll play some real competition. Idaho State has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Montana this season (Projected SOS Rank: #295 vs #330).
  • Tomas Sanchez is ranked 6th in the Big Sky in assists and 4th in the Big Sky in steals.
ISU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C- Tomas Sanchez 34 11 4 4 2 0 2
D+ Melvin Morgan 32 12 4 3 1 0 3
D+ Chris Hansen 31 11 3 1 1 0 1
D Andre` Hatchett 31 7 4 2 1 0 2
D Neveij Walters 19 4 4 0 1 1 1
D- Sherrod Baldwin 16 5 2 0 0 0 1
D- Jakub Kusmieruk 10 4 2 0 0 1 1
D- Brian Hosman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
F Nnamdi Ezenwa 21 2 3 0 1 0 1
F Avibakuro Preh 16 2 2 0 0 1 1
F Nick Mason 12 2 1 0 0 0 0
F Andy Harrington 8 3 0 0 0 0 1
F Dejan Kostur 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
UM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Kareem Jamar 35 15 6 4 1 1 2
B Will Cherry 32 12 3 5 2 0 2
C+ Mathias Ward 31 15 4 1 0 0 2
C+ Jordan Gregory 28 8 3 2 1 0 1
C Keron DeShields 23 7 2 2 1 0 1
C Michael Weisner 19 6 2 1 0 0 1
C- Spencer Coleman 19 6 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Kevin Henderson 14 3 2 1 1 0 1
D Andy Martin 8 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Eric Hutchison 13 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Nick Emerson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Jake Wiley 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Morgan Young 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

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1 Weber State 19-12 14-6
2 Montana 17-13 12-8
2 North Dakota 17-17 12-8
2 NAU 15-17 12-8
5 UNC 18-14 11-9
5 Portland State 17-15 11-9
7 EWU 15-16 10-10
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9 Montana State 14-17 9-11
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2013-2014 Roster

#11 Nnamdi Ezenwa Sr F 6-6 204
#10 Evann Hall So G 6-4 200
#24 Chris Hansen Jr G/F 6-4 220
#15 Andre` Hatchett Sr G 6-4 185
#12 Ajak Magot Jr C 6-11 225
#25 Erik Nakken Fr G 6-3 175
#55 Avibakuro Preh Sr C 6-9 218
#1 Tomas Sanchez Sr G 6-3 185
#21 Andre Slavik Fr F/C 6-9 210
#32 Justin Smith Fr G 6-5 200
#5 Jeffrey Solarin Jr F 6-4 210
#33 Clint Thomas So G 6-1 185
#13 Scotty Tyler Fr F 6-7 205
#3 Ben Wilson Jr G 6-5 200