Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Big Sky Notes

The conference officially put some notes out as conference play is beginning, and there were some interesting nuggets in there.

MOVING UP QUICK: Montana junior Will Cherry enters conference play with 166 career steals. Cherry currently ranks 17th all-time in Big Sky history, but should move into the top 10 during conference play. Cherry needs 31 steals to move into 10th place on the career list. Just nine players have amassed 200 career steals in Big Sky history. DeShawn Freeman, who played at Sacramento State from 2002-06, is the all-time leader with 283. Weber State junior Damian Lillard enters conference play with 191 career made 3-pointers. He is tied for 16th all-time in Big Sky history. He is just 21 away from moving into the top 10. The all-time leader is NAU’s Ross Land, who made 308 from 1996-00. Lillard has scored 1,429 career points. If he stays healthy, he will soon become the 31st player in conference history to score 1,500 career points. If Lillard maintains his current scoring pace and Weber State plays a minimum of 18 more games, he will finish the season with 1,886 career points, which would put him seventh all-time in Big Sky history. The league career record is 2,102 set by Idaho’s Orlando Lightfoot. Lillard is on pace to shatter the record, assuming he stays healthy and stays for his senior season.

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