The University of Montana Western men’s basketball team travels to Idaho to take on two very good teams. The weekends’ competition consists of a NCAA division two team, Northwest Nazarene, who sits at 1-1 and is looking for a jump start early in their season. Meanwhile, College of Idaho is riding a six game win streak and during that streak are averaging 96 points per game.
Northwest Nazarene enters the game averaging 72.5 points per game. They are led by Kevin Rima who is averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Crusaders two other points leaders are Michael Loomis who is averaging 13 points per game and Mario Donaldson who is averaging 9.5 points.
College of Idaho comes into the game with some payback in mind. The Yotes were beaten by the Bulldogs, 100-92, in Dillon to open the season. They followed that loss up with another loss, but have since gone on a six game win streak. During the streak they have averaged 96 points per game. While averaging close to a hundred points a game they have five players who are averaging in double figures. Leading the Yotes is Antonio Garrett with an 18.1 points per game to go along with his 9.9 rebounds a game. Closely behind is Jordan Bryne who is carrying a 16.5 point average and is followed closely by Taylor Pruett who has a 16 point average.
“Brutal schedule continues this week with a Friday game at Division II Northwest Nazarene and Saturday against a College of Idaho team that has won six straight and is averaging 93 points per game,” head coach Steve Keller says about his teams upcoming weekend schedule.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 and have three players averaging in double figures in points. They are Jake Owsley and Jordan Overstreet both averaging 14 points a game, followed by Maazin Butler who is averaging 13 points a game. Newcomer Kurtis Parsons is averaging nearly ten points, while Kris Collins is averaging just over nine a game.
Coach Keller says, “We hope to go down and compete with two very good teams. We are hoping our tough non-conference schedule will prepare us for the Frontier Conference season.”