Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Big Sky Notes

The Big Sky Conference put out their notes for the week, and there are some good nuggets in there. Among them:

LILLARD 25TH, RISING: Weber State’s Damian Lillard scored his 1,500th career point during his 30-point performance against Eastern Washington on Thursday, becoming the 31st player in Big Sky history to reach the milestone. Lillard scored 38 on Saturday against Portland State, giving him 1,545 points for his career. Lillard now ranks 25th all-time in Big Sky history in scoring. He is just 55 points away from becoming the 19th player in Big Sky history to score 1,600 points. Former Boise State and NBA guard Chris Childs is 18th on the all-time scoring list with 1,602 points. Lillard has 395 points this season. Weber State will play a minimum of 14 more games this season. If Lillard maintains his current pace, he’ll finish the season with roughly 760 points, which would rank third in Big Sky single-season history. At that pace, he’d finish this season with 1,911 career points, which would put him seventh all-time in Big Sky history. Over the weekend, Lillard made 12 3-pointers, giving him 207 for his career. Lillard currently ranks 12th in Big Sky history.

ROAD TEAMS ROAR: Road teams won six of the eight conference games last week. The opening week of the conference season, road teams won just one of eight games. Idaho State opened the week by beating Northern Colorado 57-55 in Greeley. It snapped Northern Colorado’s 14-game home winning streak against Big Sky teams. Idaho State had lost nine straight on the road dating back to last season. Weber State beat Eastern Washington and Portland State on the road, handing both squads their first home losses of the season. EWU was 4-0 at home before the 79-71 loss to the Wildcats. PSU was 5-0 at home prior to the 88-81 loss to Weber State. Montana and Montana State both earned road wins over Idaho State. Northern Colorado also notched a road win, downing Sacramento State 61-53 at The Nest. Eastern Washington and Portland State were the only teams to win at home. The Vikings beat Northern Arizona on Saturday, while the Eagles beat the Lumberjacks on Saturday. PSU is the only team without a road win this season. The Vikings are 0-8 in road games.

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