Dixie State Men’s Basketball Hosts Westminster Saturday Evening

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Saturday, No. 15 (D2SIDA poll)/No. 21 (NABC Coaches poll) Dixie State men’s basketball (5-0) hosts in-state Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Westminster (5-1) to commence their RMAC season at Burns Arena.The Trailblazers leaped by seven spots in the D2SIDA poll and have made their season debut in the NABC NCAA Division II coaches poll.In his 15th season at the helm of the Dixie State program, head coach Jon Judkins is 267-126 (.679) and 247-114 (.684) as the Trailblazers’ head coach in the NCAA Division II era.Judkins has led Dixie State to 11 consecutive winning seasons and seems poised to extend this streak this season.Including his successful tenure at Snow College, Judkins is currently 551-254 (.685) and is only 30 wins short of surpassing legendary University of Utah women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott who amassed a 582-234 (.713) record coaching the Utes, for the most collegiate basketball coaching wins in Beehive State history.The Trailblazers score 86.2 points per game, ranking them 50th nationally.Junior forward/center Hunter Schofield (17.2 points, 7.2 rebounds per game) is Dixie State’s leading scorer. Schofield’s 5 blocked shots also lead the squad.Freshman forward Frank Staine (14 points, 3.4 rebounds per game) and junior guard Dason Youngblood (11 points, 3.4 rebounds per game) also score in double figures for the Trailblazers on average.Senior guard Jack Pagenkopf is Dixie State’s overall statistical leader (10.2 points per game, a team-best 8.8 rebounds per contest and team-bests in steals (8) and assists (42). His 42 assists tie him for 15th nationally with Brian Harper of Young Harris and Pittsburgh-Johnstown’s Fred Mulbah.The Trailblazers surrender 76.2 points per game, tying them for 179th nationally in scoring defense with Rogers State.Westminster is coached by former Salt Lake CC coach Norm Parrish, who is 58-26 (.690) as the Griffins’ head coach (2015-present).The Griffins score 79.3 points per game, ranking them 115th nationally in scoring offense as they are tied with Adelphi.Junior guard Brandon Warr (18.3 points, 10.3 rebounds per game), redshirt senior guard Jai Jai Ely (14.5 points per game), senior guard Alec Monson (12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game) and graduate student guard Jake Connor (12.3 points per game) all score in double figures on average for the Griffins.Monson also leads Westminster in assists (28) and is tied with Ely for the team lead in steals (8 apiece).Former Richfield High star, redshirt sophomore forward Brandon Willardson, leads the Griffins with a team-best 3 blocked shots.The Griffins surrender 74.5 points per game, tying them for 153rd nationally in scoring defense with Lane.The all-time series between the Trailblazers and Griffins is tied 3-3. Written by Brad James November 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Hosts Westminster Saturday Evening Tags: Dixie State men’s basketball/Westminster Men’s Basketballlast_img read more