Griz hoopters host LCS Warriors in exhibition game on Thursday

Kareem Jamar

Kareem Jamar

Oct. 31, 2012

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THE GAME: The University of Montana Grizzlies host the Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) Warriors, an N.A.I.A. team and member of the Frontier Conference, Thursday, Nov. 1, in an exhibition game in Dahlberg Arena (7,321), with tip-off at 7:05 p.m.

THREE STARTERS BACK: The Griz have three starters back this season: senior guard Will Cherry, junior guard Kareem Jamar, and senior forward Mathias Ward. Cherry and Jamar were first team all-league selections last season, although Cherry, who led the Griz in scoring (15.8 ppg) a year ago, is out of action because of a foot injury. Jamar was UM's second leading scorer (10.9 ppg), while Ward was third (10.9 ppg).

LETTERMEN BACK: Junior center Eric Hutchison (6-9, 245), sophomore forwards Mike Weisner (6-7, 195) and Kevin Henderson (6-4, 208), and sophomore guards Keron DeShields (6-2, 182) and Jordan Gregory (6-2, 188) also return this season.

JC ADDITION: Junior forward Spencer Coleman (6-6 ½, 198, from Eastern Arizona College), is expected to compete for a starting job this season. Redshirt freshmen forward Nick Emerson (6-5, 206 from Columbia Falls HS, Mont.), and prep signees Andy Martin (7-0, 223 from Natrona County HS in Wyoming) and Jake Wiley (6-7, 204, from Newport HS, Wash.) should see action this season as well.

GRIZ LAST SEASON: The Griz beat Weber State 85-66 to win the Big Sky's post-season tournament title and advance to the NCAA tournament (a 73-49 loss to Wisconsin). The win over WSU was UM's school-record 14th in a row. Ward and Cherry were all named to the all-tourney team, and Jamar was the MVP. Montana's 15-1 Big Sky record set a school record for number of league wins while its 7-1 conference road record was also the best ever at Montana. Montana's 25 wins in 2011-12 were the third most in school history.

TINKLE FOURTH IN WINS: Head Coach Wayne Tinkle begins his seventh season at his alma mater ranked fourth in school history with 116 career victories. (Page 2 of this release has the list of Montana's four winningest coaches).

GRIZ AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Montana was ranked in the top 50 in the nation (338 teams ranked) in five categories in 2011-12: win-lost percentage (24th, 78.1%), field goal percentage defense (40th, 40.5%), turnover margin (42nd, +2.4), scoring margin (44th, +7.9 ppg), and scoring defense (49th, 62.0 ppg).


F-24-Spencer Coleman, 6-6 1/2, 198, Jr., JC--NA--NA--NA

F-40-Mathias Ward, , 6-7, 228, Sr., 3V--10.9--3.9--53.8 FG%

C-45-Eric Hutchison, 6-9, 230, So., 1V--1.8--1.8--8 starts

G-10-Jordan Gregory, 6-2, 188, So., 1V--0.7--0.2--18 games

G-32-Kareem Jamar, 6-5, 210, Jr., 2V--13.6--5.6--44.1 3PT%

6-15-Nick Emerson, F, 6-5, 206, Fr., RS--NA--NA--NA

6-20-Keron DeShields, G, 6-2, 182, So., 1V--1.7--0.3--27 games

6-33-Mike Weisner, F, 6-7, 195, So., 1V--1.5--0.9--22 games

6-41-Andy Martin, C, 7-0, 223, Fr., HS--NA--NA--NA

Head Coach: Wayne Tinkle (116-71, seventh season at Montana)

*=2011-12 averages


F-10-Tommy Sperry, 6-5, 190, Fr., RS--8.5--5.0

F-13-Nick Fromm, 6-6, 255, Sr., 1V--11.5--5.5

G-5-Robert Ellis, 6-1, 176, Jr., JC--9.5--3.0

G-12-Joseph Moquino, 5-10, 165, Jr., JC--10.0--9.5

G-20-Donte Archie, 6-3, 183, Sr., 1V--7.0--4.5

6-4-Jacob Champoux, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., JC--12.5--2.5

6-23-P.J. Bolte, F, 6-6, 205, Sr., 1V--13.0--8.0

Head Coach: Brandon Rinta (18-34, 2nd year at LCS)

*=2-game stats



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