Badgers Sweep Away Weekend at Wright Physical Therapy Shootout

The Snow College men’s basketball team garnered a pair of victories over Central Wyoming College and Wenatchee Valley Community College over the weekend at the Wright Physical Therapy Shootout.
 
The Badgers came into the weekend off a convincing victory over No. 2 Florida Southwestern State College.  The victory over the Buccaneers capped off a 5-0 homestand to start the season.
 
The weekend started with a 102-75 victory over CWC Friday.  Snow College started off slow out of the gate and trailed 13-9 seven minutes into the first half.  The Badgers quickly turned things around and used an 18-1 run to take a 27-14 lead over the next five and a half minutes.
 
The Badgers would take a 40-25 lead into halftime, a common theme for them so far this season.  Snow College has held a lead in each of the first six games of the season.  The Badgers held the Rustlers to just 31 percent from the field and 14 percent from three in the first half.
 
Snow College came out firing to start the second half and used a 28-11 run to take a commanding 68-36 lead midway through the period.  The Badgers would keep the pedal down and extend the lead to as much as 37 points with seven minutes to go.
 
62 of the Badger’s 102 total points came in the paint.  Coincidentally enough, the Badgers also received 62 points off the bench.  They torched the nets in the second half to the tune of 66 percent shooting from the field while scoring 62 points in the second half.
 
Six Badgers scored in double figures led by Dylan Jones who finished with 17 points.  Hayden Franson put in 15 while Chase Potter, Zach Visentin, and Jamir Stephens each finished with 12.  Clayton Southwick added 11 in the win.  This game was the fifth game this season in which the Badgers had six players score in double figures.
 
Snow College carried that momentum into Saturday’s game and defeated WVCC 84-52.  The defense was the story in the first half as the Badgers limited the Knights to just 15 points through the first 20 minutes – the fewest points the Badgers have allowed in any half this season.
 
The Badger’s defense, which leads the nation in points per possession, forced the Knights to shoot just 23 percent from the field and 1-12 from three in the first half.  WVCC made just six shots in the first half as the Badgers shot nearly 50 percent from the field during the same time frame.
 
Snow College forced 18 turnovers and converted 21 points off those turnovers en route to the 32-point victory to extend the winning streak to start the season to seven games.
 
Jones once again led the Badgers in scoring as he poured in 18 points off the bench to lead the charge.  Max Triplett scored in double figures for the first time this season with 12, while Southwick added 10 points and five rebounds in the victory.
 
With the victory, Snow College improves to 7-0 on the season.  The 7-0 start to the season is the Badger’s best start to a season since the 2018-19 campaign in which they started 13-0 and went on to win the Region 18 title for the first time since 1970.
 
The Badgers will now travel to Yuma, Arizona to participate in the Chapman Automotive Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.  The pair of matches will serve as the final two non-conference games before beginning Scenic West Athletic Conference play in December.
 
Snow College will take on Arizona Western College Friday at 6:30 p.m. followed by a game against Yavapai College Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  For video streaming and live stat information, visit snowbadgers.com.
 

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