SUU Basketball Hosts Long Beach State Saturday

first_imgDecember 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Basketball Hosts Long Beach State Saturday Written by Tags: Long Beach State basketball/SUU Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, Southern Utah men’s basketball (6-4) visits Big West Conference foe Long Beach State (3-8) for a non-conference tilt at the Walter Pyramid.In his fourth season at the helm of the Thunderbirds’ program, Todd Simon (42-67, .385) is on pace for his first winning season at Cedar City in this final non-conference game of the 2019-20 season.SUU currently averages 76.3 points per game, ranking the Thunderbirds 99th nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard John Knight III (13 points per game) is currently SUU’s leading scorer. Redshirt senior forward Dwayne Morgan (11.9 points per game, a team-best 8 blocked shots) and fellow redshirt senior guard-forward Cameron Oluyitan (11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds per game, team-bests in assists [20] and steals [16]) also score in double figures on-average for the Thunderbirds.Sophomore guard Harrison Butler posts a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game for SUU as well.The Thunderbirds surrender 63.7 points per game, tying them for 73rd nationally with Towson and Wisconsin in scoring defense.SUU also ranks 17th nationally in rebounding margin per game (+9) as they out-rebound opponents 40.7-31.7 per game.Long Beach State is coached by Dan Monson (203-204, .499) who is in his 13th season at the helm of the Beach program. Monson is 373-327 (.533) as a collegiate coach. He has previously coached at Gonzaga (1997-1999) and Minnesota (1999-2007).The Beach scores 69.3 points per game, ranking them 241st nationally in scoring offense.Long Beach State is led by sophomore guard Chance Hunter (14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds per game), sophomore guard Michael Carter III (12.6 points per game, a team-best 37 assists, tied for a team-best 14 steals with junior guard Colin Slater) and Slater (10.8 points per game) who all score in double figures on average.Freshman center Joshua Morgan has a team-best 23 blocked shots and 5.6 rebounds per game, making himself a rising star for the Beach.Long Beach State surrenders 78.5 points per game, ranking them 328th nationally in scoring defense.The Thunderbirds lead the Beach 3-1 all-time. Brad Jameslast_img