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Thunderbirds Open Big Sky Championship Play with Montana State in Reno

March 06, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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RENO, Nevada – The Southern Utah Thunderbirds open Big Sky Championship play as they take on Montana State on Tuesday night, March 7, at 8:05 p.m. PST in the Reno Events Center.

The Thunderbirds hosted Montana State back on February 11 where they fell 83-78 in the Centrum Arena as the two top scorers in the Big Sky faced off in No. 1 scorer Randy Onwuasor, finishing with 32 points and No. 2 scorer Tyler Hall, pouring in 23.

James McGee holds the No. 2 spot in scoring for the Thunderbirds, heading into the tournament averaging 13.9 ppg. McGee is just six points away from scoring 1,000 Thunderbird career points.

Southern Utah will be entering the tournament the No. 11 seed.

Also matching up in Day 1 of the #BigSkyMBB Championships will be Portland State vs Northern Arizona and Sacramento State vs Idaho State.

Words from Coach Simon

“The Big Sky tournament is a beginning of a new season for us. We feel we are improving daily as a team and as a individuals. I'm very proud of our team's attitude, effort, and preparation for every contest this season. The opportunity to compete for the conference title in Reno is exciting, and our guys will be ready to compete.”

A Look at the Bobcats

The Bobcats hold a 11-7 #BigSkyMBB record and sit 16-15 overall on the season.

Montana State most recently fell to Weber State in Ogden, Utah, 67-76. Prior to the Wildcat loss, the Bobcats enjoyed a five-game winning streak, which included wins over Southern Utah, Portland State, Sacramento State, Montana, and Idaho State.

Following Hall’s 22.8 ppg average, Harald Frey follows, averaging 12.5 ppg.

The Bobcats lead the Big Sky in 3-pointers made, averaging 9.7 per game.

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