The Golden Eagles enter Tuesday's contest with a record of 4-4 and a 2-1 conference mark.
The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team will host Mayville State University Tues., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium in a non-conference tilt.
Minnesota Crookston enters the weekend with a 4-4 (2-1 NSIC) mark. The Golden Eagles are off to their best overall start since the 2014-15 season. Their 2-1 record in conference play is their best league mark since the 1999-00 season. The Golden Eagles will look to build off their strong start as they take on the Comets in their final non-conference game of the season Tuesday.
Minnesota Crookston is coming off a 98-90 win over University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday. The win over the Bulldogs marks the first in the Dan Weisse era and the first since Dec. 6, 2013 when the Golden Eagles defeated Minnesota Duluth 87-85. The Golden Eagles also had a crucial win in conference play over Bemidji State University Nov. 25. Minnesota Crookston also defeated NSIC foe University of Sioux Falls in a non-conference tilt Nov. 18.
The Golden Eagles are led by Harrison Cleary (So., G, Oak Creek, Wis.), who is the second in the NSIC in scoring this season with 23.9 points per game. Cleary has followed up his impressive freshman season with a strong start to his second season in the Maroon and Gold. Cleary was NSIC Freshman of the Year, as well as an All-NSIC Second Team pick a season ago. In addition to Cleary, Alan Hodge, Jr. (Jr., G, Dallas, Texas) comes in averaging 18.1 points per game. Hodge is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc on the season. Chase Knickerbocker (Jr., G/F, Annandale, Minn.) has also gotten off to a strong start as he is averaging 13.8 points per game and shooting 41.7 percent from behind the three-point line. Freshman Ben Juhl (Fr., G, Clive, Iowa) has made an instant impact with 10.0 points per game. He is shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Gable Smith (R-Jr., F, Lodi, Wis.) has led the team in the post with 8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Smith is tied for eighth national in blocked shots per game.
Off of the bench, Javier Nicolau (So., F/C, Castellon, Spain) has continued to show improvement as he is averaging 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Nate Lorenz (Jr., F/C, Breckenridge, Minn.) made a strong impact on the weekend with 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Darin Viken (Jr., G, Fosston, Minn.) continues to make a positive impact defensively and with his high energy and effort.
The Golden Eagles have had a potent offense this season with 86.7 points per game. Minnesota Crookston is 37th in the nation in scoring this season. Minnesota Crookston is allowing 78.8 points per game to their foes. The Golden Eagles are limiting their opponents to 72.3 points per game and 40.7 percent from the field in their four wins this season. In their four losses, Minnesota Crookston is allowing their foes to score 83.0 points per game and shoot 54.4 percent from the field.
So. PG 0 Harrison Cleary, 6-1 180, Oak Creek, Wis., 23.9 PPG, 5.5 PPG, 5.0 APG
Jr. SG 1 Alan Hodge, Jr., 6-0 191, Dallas, Texas, 18.1 PPG, 3.5 PPG, 2.4 APG
Fr. 3G 2 Ben Juhl, 6-1 186, Clive, Iowa, 10.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG
Jr. SF 25 Chase Knickerbocker, 6-7 193, Annandale, Minn., 13.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG
R-Jr. PF 24 Gable Smith, 6-7 211, Lodi, Wis., 8.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG
Mayville State enters the week with a 6-2 record on the season. The Comets have won five-straight games. Mayville State is coming off an 80-66 win over University of Jamestown, who the Golden Eagles played earlier this season. The Comets are in their first season under Head Coach Darren Tighe, who came from Riverland Community College.
Mayville State is averaging 80.8 points per game on the season, while allowing their opponents to score 70.9 points per contest. The Comets shoot 43.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. They shoot 73.9 percent from the charity stripe.
The Comets look to Daniel Lindgren, who is averaging 16.4 points per game on the season. Lindgren is shooting 40.0 percent from beyond the arc coming into Tuesday. Gorg Alhag has also had a strong start to the season with 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while Eric Staebler is averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Cameron Epps has made a major impact off of the bench for the Comets with 9.8 points per game. He is shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc. Garek Droog is tallying 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game off of the bench.