SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU opens the new year on January 2nd with USF and starts with the homestand | News, sports, jobs


Independent file photo SMSU’s Kenny Byers intends to drive during his game against Upper Iowa on December 11th. SMSU meets Sioux Falls on January 2, 2022.

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University’s men’s basketball team (8-4, 4-3 NSIC) returns from vacation on Sunday, January 2, 2022 and is home to the University of Sioux Falls (7-6, 3-4 NSIC) in the R / A system with playing time at 2:00 p.m.

• SMSU taking a break after playing two street games against Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State will attempt to win the USF Regular Season Series from December 17-18, after taking a 70-69 win over the Cougars in Sioux Falls, SD on November 23.

• The January 2nd game opens a three-game home stand for SMSU and will be the final opponent of the NSIC South Division of the Mustangs for more than a month. SMSU will play eight games in a row against opponents of the NSIC North Division from January 7th to 8th, 2022, hosting Minot State and UMary.

Broadcast information

• The game will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL, with Ryan Rohlik providing the game for game.

• Live statistics, radio and video broadcasts of all games can be found on

Mustang tip-off treat

• In the latest NCAA statistics (December 21), SMSU ranks 53rd in the rebound margin (+5.0), 61st in defense (67.8) and 69th in the free-throw percentage. (74.2). Jake Phipps is ranked 29th with 18 saved shots and 60th in Field Goal Pct. (57.6). For a full list of the latest NCAA stats, see page 15.

• Jake Phipps in his second year leads the team in scoring (15.1) and rebounding (7.4), takes second place in Field Goal Pct. (57,6) and is third in 3-pointers (14).

• Senior Kenny Byers is second in the team in terms of scoring (13.5) and second in assists (38).

• Redshirt newcomer Dunwa Omot and Senior Grant Kramer each achieved a team high of 19 3 points.

• Second Cliff McCray has 47 high team value assists and 23 team leadership steals.

• SMSU have held nine of their 12 opponents with 69 points or less, including 49 points from the season low in a win over Winona State on December 10th.

• SMSU have overtaken their opponents in nine out of 12 games.

• SMSU shoots 47 percent from the field, 36 percent from the 3-point range, 74 percent from the free throw line and has a rebound margin of plus –5.0.

• SMSU scores an average of 71 points per game, while opponents score an average of 68 points per game.

• SMSU only awarded Winona State 10 points in the second half on December 10th. It was the first time an SMSU opponent has been kept at 15 points or less in one half since Michigan Tech scored 15 points in the second half on November 17, 2017.

• The last time SMSU held an opponent with less than 50 points in a game was on March 2, 2014 when SMSU defeated Wayne State (68-45).

• The last time an SMSU opponent held five or fewer field goals in one half was on December 11, 2009, when Northern State only had three field goals in the second half.

Series history vs. Sioux Falls

• SMSU and Sioux Falls will meet for the 39th time on Sunday, with SMSU leading 23-15 in a series that began in 1968-69.

• SMSU has won eight of its 14 games since the 2015/16 season, including earlier this season, 70-69 on November 23rd in Sioux Falls, SD

• SMSU leads the Series 16-3 in the Marshall Games, but USF has won three of the last five at the R / A Facility. Last season the teams split two games in Marshall.

• SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 11: 9 all time against Sioux Falls.

Against Sioux Falls earlier this season

• Southwest Minnesota State University bounced 15 points behind in the first half, with Jake Phipps ahead of 22 points, to a 70-69 win over the University of Sioux on November 23 in Sioux Falls If.

• Phipps scored 8 out of 12 field goals, including 4 out of 5 from the 3-point area.

• Kenny Byers added 16 points, made a career high with eight assists and picked up five rebounds, while Dunwa Omot came in with 13 points and made three 3-pointers.

• Matt Cartwright led the Cougars with 19 points with four 3-pointers.

Exploring the Sioux Falls

• USF enters the game with 7-6 total, 3-4 NSIC and after an 80-69 road win over Concordia-St. Paul on December 18th.

• Matt Cartwright, a transfer from Augustana, missed the games December 17-18, but this season averaged 22 points on the team with 36 3-point points.

• Jack Thompson (12.4) and Junior Chase Grinde (10.5) both score double digits.

• Grinde leads the team on rebound with 6.8 per game.

• USF shoots 43 percent from the field, 34 percent from the 3-point range, 71 percent from the free throw line and has a rebound margin of plus -5.0.

• USF scores an average of 74 points per game, while opponents score an average of 74 points per game.

• Head Coach Chris Johnson is in his 14th season with USF with a record of 231-162. He was also head coach at Culver-Stockton for one season (2004-05).

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from SMSU Athletic


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