Mountaineers host The Inn at Tomichi Village Thanksgiving Classic

GUNNISON, Col. After two losses earlier in the season, Western Colorado will be looking for its first win of the season on Friday when they host Simon Fraser (Nov. 25) and Northern New Mexico (Nov. 26) at The Inn at Tomichi INN Thanksgiving Classic. Both games will be played at 3 p.m


  • The Mountaineers didn’t start their season the way they would have liked – losing their first two games to Texas A&M International (Nov. 18, 60-74) and Texas A&M – Kingsville (Nov. 19, 42-78) .
  • So far this season, Jonathan McCloud has been the top scorer for the Mountaineers, averaging 15 points per game (PG) and the top three-point shooter at 50 percent. Avery Rembao is right behind him averaging nine points PG. The best field goal percentage on the team is Gino Corridori, who makes 57.1 percent of his shots.
  • On the glass, Robel Desta was the top rebounder with 13 rebounds (6.5 PG). Switching to defense, Syris Williams has bagged ball handlers and recorded four steals. While Jaelen McCloud sent back shots that went up four blocks.
  • Overall, Western averages 51 points PG, Shooting; 35.4 percent from the field, 25.6 percent from the three and 71 percent from the free throw line. When handling the ball, they flip the ball 21.5 times PG. On defense, they take the ball away PG 4.5 times and block three shots PG.


  • Things have been going well for Simon Fraser lately, which has resulted in them enjoying a three-game winning streak – recently beating Okanagan College (101-55) and Douglas (83-46). The Red Leafs are currently 3-1 overall.
  • Four players – Immanuel Oludele (14.5 PG), Georges Lefebvre (14 PG), Jahmal Wright (12.8 PG), Nigel Hylton (10.5 PG), Zach Stone (10.5) – were the ones for Simon Fraser Top scorers who each scored double digits. Of the five, Wright has the best field goal percentage at 60.6 percent. Out of three, Oludele is the best shooter with 42.3 percent.
  • Zach Stone is the best rim guard for Simon Fraser blocking eight shots. Wright is right behind him and blocks six shots himself. In the steal category, David Penney and Jimmy Zaborniak are best at stealing the ball, each with seven steals apiece.
  • Overall, the Red Leaf’s average 86-point PG on shooting; 47.8 percent from the field, 33 percent from three, and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line. Simon Fraser does a good job of handling the ball and turning the ball only 11.8 times PG. On the defensive side, they average 10.3 steals per game and 7.3 blocks per game.

Adler heading into the weekend | SEASONAL STATISTICS

  • Northern New Mexico ended their two-game losing streak on Saturday (Nov. 19) when they defeated Adams State 82-77 away. This win marked the Eagles’ third win of the season and brought their overall record to 3-5.
  • After eight games this season, Conner Kelley, “Jamal” Keane Harris and Damione Thomas are the Eagles’ top scorers with 15.3, 12.7, and 10.4 PG, respectively. Harris is the more consistent scorer, making up 59.3 percent from the field. Close behind is Connor, who makes up 47.9 percent of the field. Connor is also the top three-point shooter, sinking 41.3 percent of his shots.
  • The leading rebounder in northern New Mexico is Thomas with 43 rebounds (6.1 per game) this season. It’s also the team’s best rim protector this season with 11 blocks. Jared Perez and Harris stayed on the defensive side and made life difficult for the ball handlers with 10 steals apiece.
  • Overall, the Eagles average 71.7 points per game, shooting; 45.1 percent from the field, 26.4 percent from the three and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. They also flip the ball 16.4 times per game. On defense, they average 9.9 steals per game and 3.3 blocks per game.