#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: #2

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Ten days into the college basketball season, some Summit League players are proving their worth in a number of individual categories. Denver started 2-1 and Stanford signing Lukas Kisunas has proved a nice addition to head coach Jeff Wulbrun.

The 6-foot-10 transfer is 16-to-19 from the field and his 84.1 field goal percentage is among the top-5 marks in all of Division I basketball. He leads a quartet of pioneers who have double digits on average for a 13.0 ppg clip. Kisunas and his Pioneer teammates took to the streets for the first time with their third matchup against a Big Sky opponent in Idaho State.

On the defensive end, Kansas City’s Shemarri Allen and Oral Roberts’ Connor Vanover top the DI charts in steals and blocks, respectively. Allen has 16 total shots in five games for the Roos, while the 7-foot-3 Vanover has 16 total blocks.

The Roos and Golden Eagles will both be in action over the coming days as we enter Thanksgiving week.

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DENVER PIONEERS (2-1; 0-0 SL) | @DU_MensHoops
Next up:
in the state of Idaho (Nov. 18; 7 p.m. MT); vs. IUPUI (11/23; 2pm CT, New Orleans, La.)
Previous games: Idaho (W, 68-63); Colorado College (W, 90-68), State of Sacramento (L, 73-69)

After three straight home games to start the season, the Pioneers are making their first matchup appearance at Idaho State… The Bengals will be the third Big Sky foe DU faces this season… The Pioneers are separating the previous two Matchups outlasted Idaho 68-63 in their season opener before falling 73-69 to Sacramento State on Nov. 14…DU had a quartet of players averaging double figures during the season opener…Stanford traded Lukas Kisunas shooting in his first three games as Pioneer 84.2 percent from the field (16 to 19) – that’s fourth nationally… He has scored at least five field goals in every game and missed just once from the field on each tilt and led the team with a 13.0-ppg -Clip on… Tevin Smith and newcomer Tommy Bruner both averaged 12.3 ppg, while newcomer Tyree Corbett averaged a double-double in those three tilts (11.7 ppg/10.0 rpg).

KANSAS CITY ROOS (1-4, 0-0SL) | @KCRoosMBB
Next up:
vs. Toledo (11/21; 11 a.m. ET, Estero, Fla.); vs. TBA (11/22; TBA)
Previous games: in Illinois (L, 86-48); Calvary Bible (W, 113-54); in the state of Kansas (L, 69-53)

The Roos are en route to the Gulf Coast Showcase, where they will start the three-day multi-team event against a Toledo squad ranked #5 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll… Kansas City is with a 1-4 start with three of those setbacks that come to power 5 programs… The freshman head coach got his first Roos win with a 113-54 drubbing of Calvary College on Nov. 14… Shemarri Allen was the Roos’ early top scorer, averaging a league-best 16.4 ppg in five starts… Allen also leads the league in 16-five game steals (3.2/g)… Next next player on the list (Omaha’s Frankie Fidler, 6; 1.5g)… Anderson Kopp, the Roos’ only returning starter, missed the first three games of the campaign but has averaged a 13.0 in his two appearances since returning achieved ppg .

NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS (2-2; 0-0SL) | @UNDMBasketball
Next up:
State of Montana (11/20; 1pm CT); Wisconsin Stout (11/22; 7pm CT)
Previous games: at Creighton (L, 96-61); Pacific (L, 93-63); at Elon (W, 77-73)

The Fighting Hawks have had two away wins early in the season, the last at Elon on November 17th… The win over Phoenix was a setback after AND dropped their home game against Pacific… Mitchell Sueker responded with his best game of the young season and scored 15 points against Elon after averaging just 13 in his first three starts… Matt Norman leads the Fighting Hawks in scoring and does so off the bench… Norman averaging 10.8 ppg, just ahead of the Newcomer BJ Omot bringing in 10.5 ppg… Norman shoots 47.8 percent from 3-point land (11-for-23).


NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON (0-4; 0-0 SL) | @NDSUMBB
Next up:
Crown College (11/20; 1pm CT); vs. Northern Colorado (11/25; 7:30 p.m. MT, Albuquerque, NM)
Previous game: in Kansas (L, 82-59); Pacific (L, 91-86); in the state of Indiana (L, 101-75)

The Bison will be looking to make a four-game sled to open the season at home to Crown College on Nov. 20… After going 2-on from a 3-point range in his first two collegiate games 4, freshman Sam Hastreiter went 7-to-7 in a 91-86 loss to Pacific that saw the Bison almost erasing a 16-point halftime deficit… Hastreiter finished the game with 24 points and was one who shy was to tie the league’s single-game record for most 3-. pointers made without mistakes (Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota; 8-for-8 vs. Texas Southern on Nov. 15, 2019) … Hastreiter (10.3 ppg) is one of four Bisons to average double digits in their first four games on the Grant Nelson leads this quartet with a 12.3 ppg clip.

OMAHA MAVERICKS (1-3; 0-14SL) | @OmahaMBB
Next up:
in Iowa (11/21; 7pm CT); vs. Louisiana-Monroe (11/25; 1:30 p.m., Estero, Florida)
Previous games: in Kansas (L, 89-64); in Nebraska (L, 75-61); Idaho (W, 79-72); Ball state (L, 71-61)

The Mavericks clinched their first win of the Chris Crutchfield era with a 79-72 home win over Idaho… Runner-up Frankie Fidler put on one of his better all-around performances, hitting a double-double in with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the win … Fidler is averaging a team-best 13.3 ppg in four games, with a matchup in Iowa next for the Mavericks on Nov. 21 … Connors State transfer Marquel Sutton is the only Maverick to double in all four Numbers hits games as he scores a 12.8 ppg clip in his freshman season in Omaha… He had a season-high 16 points in the win over the Vandals.

ORAL ROBERTS GOLDEN EAGLE (2-2; 0-0 SL) | @ORUMBB
Next up:
Oklahoma Baptist (11/19; 7pm CT); in the state of Utah (11/22; 7 p.m. MT)
Previous game: John Brown (W, 95-62); in Houston (L, 83-45); at Texas Southern (W, 82-64)

The Golden Eagles leveled their record 2-2 with an 82-64 away win at Texas Southern… Arkansas transfer Connor Vanover was on the defensive end for ORU as announced, batting away a best 16 DI shots so far this season (4.0/g)…He had eight blocks in a win over John Brown and six more in a loss to St. Mary’s (California)…Vanover is also producing on offense and averaging a team-best 13 .8 ppg and the 7-foot-3 forward is shooting 38.1 percent from long range… ORU is lifting 33.5 three-point attempts per game (6th national) and owns the highest 3 at 32.8 percent -Points percentage among league teams.

ST. THOMAS TOMMIES (2-2; 0-0SL) | @TommieMBBall
Next up:
vs. Troy (11/18; 5 p.m. MT, Missoula, Mont.); vs. Merrimack (11/19; 5pm MT)
Previous games: Chicago State (W, 83-61); St. Francis (NY) (W, 84-48); in Montana (L, 78-59)

The Tommies notched back-to-back home wins between road losses in Creighton and Montana to go 2-2 into the rest of the Zootown Classic in Missoula… St. Thomas have Troy and Merrimack on the agenda to complete the multi-team event.. Freshman Andrew Rohde leads the Tommies in four games at an average of 14.8 ppg, which is the highest among any previous freshman year in the league… Rohde has hit double digits in all four of his starts, including his first 20 -Scoring his career in a win over St. Francis (NY)…Sniper Riley Miller is also in double digits at 11.8 ppg and is 11-20 from 3-point range in four games.

SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES (2-2; 0-0SL) | @SDCoyotesMBB
Next up:
vs. LIU (11/22; 2:30 p.m. ET, Fort Myers, Fla.); vs. TBA (11/23; TBA)
Previous game: lip crest (W, 85-77); State of Dakota (W, 82-64); in the state of Mississippi (L, 79-42)

The Coyotes start 2-2 under first-year head coach Eric Peterson…His first win came against Lipscomb when AJ Plitzuweit showed himself like his old self with a 33-point burst as the Coyotes pulled away from a double-digit deficit recovered… The 33 points is the most by a league player in a game this season… South Dakota fell to Mississippi state Thursday in the on-campus portion of the Fort Myers tip and will now become the Sunshine Go State wraps up the multi-team event with a clash against Long Island… Plitzuweit is averaging 16.0 ppg on his return to action after missing the entire 2021-22 season… He shares the lead in the league with 11 marks from over the arc with another trio of players and shooting 61.1 percent from long range.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS (2-2; 0-0 SL) | @GoJacksMBB
Next up:
Stephen F Austin (11/19; 6pm CT); vs. Valparaiso (11/25; 1:30 p.m. ET, Savannah, Georgia)
Previous games: vs St Bonaventure (W, 66-62; Sioux Falls); in Arkansas (L, 71-56)

The Jackrabbits opened the season with a 2-2 win in front of Frost Arena, where they will play Stephen F. Austin for the first time this season on November 19… averaging 13.3 ppg on his return to the starting lineup , having been a key figure off the bench for the past few seasons…He had a team-best and season-best 16 points in the win over St. Bonaventure’s at the Sanford Pentagon at Sanford Sioux Falls…Dentlinger shoots 65.4 percent from the field (17 to 26 ) and is surpassed in that category only by freshman William Kyle, who also has 17 field goals in two fewer attempts (70.8 percent). … Kyle averages 9.8 ppg … Sophomore Zeke Mayo pulls down a team high of 8.0 rpg …

WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHER NECK (2-2; 0-0 SL) | @WIU_MensHoops
Next up:
at UTRGV (11/21; 5pm CT); Youngstown State (11/26; 2pm CT)
Previous games: Rockford (W, 113-56); at DePaul (L, 86-74); at UCF (L, 70-37)

The Leathernecks got off to a 2-2 start, thanks in no small part to Trenton Massner, who opened the season with a triple-double in an away win at Illinois State… Massner finished the tournament with 12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, WIU’s first treble -Double since 2018 … Massner added 19 points in a home win over Rockford but missed the Nov. 14 UCF game after suffering an injury just before halftime of WIU’s 86-74 loss to DePaul on Nov. 11 had moved. .. Wayne State transfer Alec Rosner has led the Leathernecks in four games by a 13.5 ppg clip… He hit double digits in their first three contests, including a season-high 25 in the win over the Redbirds on Nov. 7. .. WIU will aim to break the .500 mark at UTRGV on his next outing on November 21st.

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