Snow College completes non-conference slate at Chapman Auto Classic – 71Bait

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  • The no. 11/8 Snow College looks undefeated as they take on Arizona Western College and Yavapai College at this weekend’s Chapman Auto Thanksgiving Basketball Classic in Yuma, Arizona.

  • The Badgers take on the AWC on Friday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a game against Yavapai on Saturday at 1:30 p.m

  • Snow College has guided new head coach Andrew May to a 7-0 start, which is the team’s best start to a season since the 13-0 win at the start of the 2018-19 season. That season, the Badgers won their first Region 18 championship since 1970.

  • Snow College only allowed 15 first-half points for WVCC Saturday, which is the lowest total points the Badgers have allowed in one half of the entire season.

  • Badgers forward Clayton Southwick recorded a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds in the win against CWC. It is the sophomore’s first double-double this season and the fourth of his career.

  • As a team, the Badgers shot 66 percent from the field in the second half against CWC, which is the second-highest percentage they have achieved in a half this season. They shot 73 percent in the second half against Real Salt Lake Academy in the season opener.

BY NUMBERS

  • For the second straight week, Snow College leads the nation in defensive efficiency averaging 0.746 points per possession. The Badgers are fifth in the nation in 3-point percentage by opponents and seventh overall in field goal percentage by opponents. you are 10th allowed in points per game.

  • Snow College is fifth in the nation at 11.4 per game while it is fourth in offensive rebounds, seventh in total rebounds and ninth in assists per game at 22.1.

  • The Badgers sit 15th with 98.1 points per gameth in the country for the category after scoring 100 pluses in four of his seven games of the season.

  • Snow College has six players in double digits in five of seven games earlier in the season. The Badgers currently have six players averaging double figures, led by Hayden Franson (at least six games played), who is averaging 14.0 points per game.

  • Snow College has 687 points in the first seven games of the season. The points total is the highest the team has had since the 2018-19 season, in which they scored 676 points in their first seven games.

ABOUT ARIZONA WESTERN

  • The Matadors started the season with a perfect 6-0 record. They have victories over Palo Verde College (116-61), Community Christian College (114-60, 122-55), Imperial Valley College (103-37), Southern Nevada (75-57), and Western Wyoming College (82) won -73). They will play Glendale Community College on Tuesday.

  • AWC is averaging 102.0 points per game offensively, which is good for eighth in the country. The Matadors are second in field goal percentage with 59 percent to start the season.

  • Snow College have played five games against AWC since 2012 and are 1-4 overall in those competitions. After losing their first four games, the Badgers defeated the Matadors on November 12, 2021 by a final score of 82-78.

ABOUT YAVAPAI COLLEGE

  • The Roughriders started the season with a 2:2 lead. They have defeated New Mexico Junior College (56-51) and Navajo Technical University (92-75).

  • Yavapai averages 67.8 points per game, with 43.5 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from deep. The Roughriders are making 11 3-pointers per game, which is good for seventh in the country.

  • The Roughriders last competed in men’s basketball in the 2010–11 season.

LAST TIME-OUT

The Snow College men’s basketball team picked up back-to-back victories over Central Wyoming College and Wenatchee Valley Community College in the weekend’s Wright Physical Therapy Shootout.

The Badgers went into the weekend with a convincing win over No. 2 Florida Southwestern State College. The win over the Buccaneers crowned a 5-0 home win at the start of the season.

The weekend started with a 102-75 win over CWC Friday. Snow College started slowly out of goal and was 13-9 seven minutes into the first half. The Badgers quickly turned the game around, using an 18-1 run to take a 27-14 lead over the next five and a half minutes.

The Badgers would lead 40-25 at halftime, a common theme for them this season. Snow College has held a lead in each of the first six games of the season. The Badgers kept the Rustlers just 31 percent off the field and 14 percent in threes in the first half.

Snow College started the second half and used a 28-11 run to forge a comfortable 68-36 lead midway through the period. The Badgers would keep the accelerator pressed and extend the lead to as much as 37 points with seven minutes remaining.

62 of the Badger’s 102 total points came in the suit. Incidentally, the Badgers also conceded 62 points from the bank. They lit the nets in the second half with a rate of 66 percent shooting from the field and scored 62 second-half points.

Six Badgers scored double digits led by Dylan Jones who finished with 17 points. Hayden Franson put in 15 while Chase Potter, Zach Visentin, and Jamir Stephens all finished on 12. Clayton Southwick added 11 to the win. This game marked the fifth game this season that the Badgers had six players in double digits.

Snow College carried that momentum into Saturday’s game, defeating WVCC 84-52. Defense was history in the first half as the Badgers limited the Knights to just 15 points in the first 20 minutes — the fewest points the Badgers have conceded in a half this season.

The Badger defense, which leads the nation in points per possession, forced the Knights to shoot just 23 percent from field and 1-12 from three in the first half. WVCC made just six shots in the first half while the Badgers shot nearly 50 percent from the field over the same period.

Snow College forced 18 turnovers and converted 21 points from those turnovers en route to a 32-point win to extend their early-season winning streak to seven games.

Jones again led the Badgers in scoring as he brought up 18 points from the bench to lead the charge. Max Triplett hit double digits for the first time this season with 12, while Southwick added 10 points and five rebounds to the win.

With the win, Snow College improves to 7-0 on the season. The 7-0 start to the season is the Badgers’ best start to the season since 2018-19, when they started 13-0 and won the Region 18 title for the first time since 1970.

The Badgers are now traveling to Yuma, Arizona to compete in the Chapman Automotive Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. The two games will serve as the final two non-conference games before December’s Scenic West Athletic Conference play begins.

KEY TO THE GAME

  • Take care of the basketball: Snow College averages 14.3 turnovers per game as a team. However, AWC is second in the country in steals at 16.2 takeaways per game. With one of the best offenses in the nation, it’s imperative that the Badgers take care of the basketball and not give the eighth best offense per game more possession.

  • Deny every shot: Shooting nearly 60 percent from the field this season is remarkable, so making it difficult for the Matadors offensively will be a must if the Badgers are to win this game. The AWC average is just 34.3 percent from long range, so forcing hard shots off the basket will be very helpful for the Badgers.

NEXT

  • Upon completion of non-conference play, the Badgers will begin the Scenic West Athletic Conference game by playing two games against the College of Southern Nevada on December 2-3 in Henderson, Nevada.

  • The Coyotes are 3-6 to start the season with victories over Phoenix College (99-93, 88-82) and Eastern Arizona College (95-92). They started losing their first four games but have won three of their last five games.

  • CSN will also compete in the Chapman Auto Thanksgiving Basketball Classic this weekend, playing Yavapai and AWC.

  • December 2 game starts at 8pm, December 3 game is scheduled to start at 4pm MST. For video streaming and live stats information visit snowbadgers.com.

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