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2018-19 WAC Men's Basketball Season Wrap Up

2018-19 WAC Men's Basketball Season Wrap Up

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WAC TEAMS POST 4-7 RECORD IN POSTSEASON PLAY
With seven of nine teams competing in the postseason, the WAC posted a 4-7 mark in postseason play. CSU Bakersfield went 2-1 in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, while UT Rio Grande Valley went 1-1 in the CIT. Meanwhile, Utah Valley posted a 1-1 mark in the College Basketball Invitational. NM State lost a one-point contest to eventual Final Four team Auburn in the NCAA Tournament, while California Baptist (CBI), Grand Canyon (CBI) and Seattle U (CIT) all dropped their first-round match-ups.

NM STATE DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO AUBURN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
With No. 5 seed Auburn leading 78-76 in the waning seconds, NM State's Terrell Brown was fouled on a three-pointer and went to the free throw line where he missed the first, made the second and missed the third, with the ball bouncing off Auburn on the rebound. Trevelin Queen then missed a corner three just before the buzzer and the Tigers held on for a 78-77 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Johnny McCants led the Aggies with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Queen added 14 points, including four three-pointers, six assists and five boards. Ivan Aurrecoechea was just shy of a double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine boards. Brown tallied 12 points. NM State shot 49 percent from the floor, 28 percent from downtown and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies out-rebounded Auburn 39-24, but committed 16 turnovers in the loss. NM State finished the season 30-5.

CSU BAKERSFIELD GOES 2-1 IN CIT
CSU Bakersfield defeated Cal State Fullerton 66-58 in the first round and beat Southern Utah 70-67 in the second round before falling to Green Bay 80-65 in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The 'Runners finished the season 18-16.

UTAH VALLEY GOES 1-1 IN CBI
Utah Valley defeated CSUN 92-84 in the first round before falling 66-57 at South Florida in the quarterfinals of the of the College Basketball Invitational. The Wolverines closed out the season 25-10.

UTRGV GOES 1-1 IN CIT
UT Rio Grande Valley defeated Grambling State 74-73 in the first round before falling 94-84 to Texas Southern in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Vaqueros finished the season 20-17.

SEATTLE U FALLS TO PRESBYTERIAN IN CIT
Seattle U's Myles Carter had a chance to tie the game with six seconds remaining, but his three-pointer was off the mark and the Redhawks fell 73-68 to Presbyterian in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Redhawks closed the season at 18-15. Terrell Brown led Seattle U with a double-double of a game-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Riley Grigsby added 12 points and Matej Kavas finished with 11.

CBU FALLS TO LMU IN CBI FIRST ROUND
Jeremy Smith had a chance to win the game, but his three-pointer as time expired rimmed out and California Baptist fell to Loyola Marymount 56-55 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational March 20. The Lancers finished their first Division I season 16-15. Milan Acquaah posted his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Heading also finished with 13 points, while Smith chipped in 11. Dejon Davis grabbed a game-high 13 boards.

GCU FALLS AT WEST VIRGINIA IN CBI FIRST ROUND
Grand Canyon's season came to an end with a 77-63 loss to West Virginia in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Lopes closed the season at 20-14. Oscar Frayer led the Lopes with 13 points, while Damari Milstead added 12. Alessandro Lever pulled down a team-high eight boards.

NBA CHAMPION MARK MADSEN NAMED UVU HEAD COACH
Two-time NBA champion, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach and former Stanford University basketball star Mark Madsen was named the men's basketball head coach at Utah Valley, becoming just the third coach for men's basketball in UVU's 16-year Division I history.

Madsen takes over the Utah Valley program after serving the past six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a two-time NBA champion as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons.

Following his playing career, Madsen served as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season with the Utah Flash of the NBA G League before returning to his alma mater, Stanford, where he earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012. That same year, he was named an assistant coach at Stanford on Johnny Dawkins' staff and spent the 2012-13 season working in recruiting, opponent game planning and player skill development.

Madsen spent four years as a player at Stanford (1996-2000), where he earned All-America honors in each of his final two seasons while helping the Cardinal to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four. He gained the nickname "Mad Dog" while at Stanford for his aggressive style of play. The nickname stayed with him throughout his NBA career. Madsen averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during his four seasons with the Cardinal. He ranks fourth all-time in field goal percentage (58.7) and sixth in rebounds (857). During his time at Stanford, the team compiled an impressive 105-24 (.814) overall record.

UMKC PICKS BILLY DONLON TO LEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Billy Donlon was named the seventh head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Donlon previously was the assistant coach at Northwestern for the past two seasons. He has also been an assistant at Michigan. Donlon brings to UMKC 20 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, including six years of head coaching experience at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.

During a six-year tenure at Wright State (2010-15), Donlon compiled a 109-94 (.537) record that included three 20-plus win seasons and reached the Horizon League championship game three times. He was awarded the Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in 2013 for guiding the Raiders to a 10-win improvement from the 2012 season. Donlon played, and later served as an assistant coach, at UNC-Wilmington.

UTAH VALLEY'S JAKE TOOLSON NAMED AP HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson of Utah Valley was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.

Toolson was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District first team and earned first team All-WAC honors. The junior guard averaged 15.7 points, 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game. He ranked second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (44.8), third in free throw percentage (85.1) and fifth in field goal percentage (53.7).

Toolson's 44.8 three-point percentage was the second-best single-season mark in Utah Valley history, while his 548 points rank fifth in program history.

UTRGV'S LEVI NAMED FINALIST FOR LEFTY DRIESELL AWARD
UT Rio Grande Valley sophomore point guard Javon Levi is a finalist for the 2019 Lefty Driesell award, presented annually to the top defensive player in men's basketball.

The WAC Defensive Player of the Year, Levi finished the season with a program record 109 steals, the second-highest total in the NCAA this season and the second-highest single-season total in WAC history. He now ranks fifth in program history with 144 career steals. Levi also ranks third in the NCAA in steals per game (2.95), 18th in total assists (211) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.81) and 30th in assists per game (5.7).

Levi is the only player in the NCAA averaging at least 5.5 assists (5.7), 2.5 steals (2.95) and 2.1 turnovers or less (2.03) per game. Levi is also the only player averaging at least 9.9 points (9.9), 3.9 rebounds (3.9), 5.5 assists (5.7) and 2.5 steals (2.95) per game.

The award is named after Lefty Driesell, who won 786 games in 41 years at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. He ranks eighth on the NCAA career Division I coaches victories list and his teams at each stop were known for playing tenacious defense. From 1969-86 at Maryland, his teams posted a 348-159 record, won two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and one tournament title. Driesell also led Davidson, Georgia State and James Madison to the NCAA Tournament, making him one of three coaches to reach the NCAAs with four different programs. His teams won a total of 16 regular season championships and six tournament championships.

NM STATE'S CHRIS JANS SELECTED AS NABC DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR
NM State's Chris Jans was named National Associational of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers.

The WAC Coach of the Year, Jans led NM State to a program-record 30-5 mark, the WAC regular-season and WAC Tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The 12th-seeded Aggies fell 78-77 to No. 5 seed Auburn in the first round Thursday, snapping a 19-game winning-streak that goes down as the third-longest streak in program history.

Jans is also a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. In 2015, he was chosen by his peers as the NABC's top first-year head coach and was presented with the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award.

SIX WAC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS EARN NABC ALL-REGION HONORS
Six WAC men's basketball players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 Team. CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner and Utah Valley's Jake Toolson were first team selections, while California Baptist's Milan Acquaah, Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson, NM State's Terrell Brown and Seattle U's Myles Carter were named to the second team.

Joiner, a first team All-WAC honoree, averages 16.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the WAC in scoring and had 11 games with 20 or more points this season. Joiner was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.

The WAC Player of the Year, Toolson averages 15.9 points per game. He leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (44.7) and ranks third in both field goal percentage (53.9) and free throw percentage (85.1). Toolson had 10 games with 20 or more points this season and was named WAC Player of the Week once.

Acquaah was the WAC Newcomer of the Year and a first team All-WAC selection after leading the league in scoring (19.0), ranking second in steals (1.6), fourth in free throw percentage (85.0) and ninth in assists (3.4). He had two games with 30 or more points and 18 games with 20 or more points this season. Acquaah was a two-time WAC Player of the Week.

Johnson was a second team All-WAC selection and was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team after averaging 14.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He was named to the WAC All-Tournament team last week after averaging 25.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over the three games.

Brown was a first team All-WAC selection and was named to the WAC All-Newcomer team after averaging 11.3 points per game. He ranks second in the WAC in three-point percentage (43.1) and sixth in three-pointers per game (2.0). Brown was named to the WAC All-Tournament team last week after averaging 13.7 points on 55 percent shooting, including 64 percent from three-point range, and 3.0 assists per game over the three games.

Carter was named to the WAC All-Defensive Team after leading the WAC in blocks (1.8) and ranking second in rebounding (7.9). He posted a WAC-best 10 double-doubles on the season and had 11 games with 10 or more rebounds. Carter is a two-time WAC Player of the Week and ranks 48th nationally in blocks (58).

The teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.

NM STATE WINS WAC TOURNAMENT
After defeating eighth-seeded Chicago State 86-49 in the first round and beating No. 4-seed UT Rio Grande Valley 79-72 in the semifinals, NM State posted the largest margin of victory in a championship game in the history of the WAC Tournament with an 89-57 win over third-seeded Grand Canyon to earn its ninth tournament title.

All-Tournament Team
Terrell Brown, NM State
Carlos Johnson, Grand Canyon
Tyson Smith, UT Rio Grande Valley
Conner Toolson, Utah Valley
MVP: Trevelin Queen, NM State

FIVE WAC TOURNAMENT RECORDS BROKEN
Five WAC Tournament records were broken, all by NM State. The Aggies set the WAC Tournament record for largest winning margin in their victory over Chicago State at 37 points. NM State also broke the tournament records for three-pointers made (17) and attempted (39) in its game against Grand Canyon and set new tournament records for three-pointers made (39) and attempted (102) over three games.

ALL-WAC HONORS ANNOUNCED
Utah Valley's Jake Toolson headlined the All-WAC teams, earning WAC Player of the Year honors, while UT Rio Grande Valley's Javon Levi was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year. California Baptist's Milan Acquaah was named WAC Newcomer of the Year, Utah Valley's Wyatt Lowell earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors and NM State's Chris Jans repeated as Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year.

Toolson was named WAC Player of the Year after posting five games with 20 or more points in WAC play. In conference games, he ranked third in the WAC in three-point percentage (47.4), free throw percentage (87.3) and three-pointers per game (2.3), fourth in both scoring (16.7) and field goal percentage (54.0) and sixth in minutes per game (33.8). Toolson was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.

Levi earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after setting the all-time WAC records for steals in a season in WAC play (54) and steals per game (3.4) in WAC play. He averaged 2.0 more steals per game than any other player in conference games. Levi was twice named WAC Player of the Week this season.

Acquaah is the WAC Newcomer of the Year after posting eight games with 20 or more points in league action. In WAC play, he ranked second in the league in scoring (17.3), fourth in free throw percentage (87.2) and three-pointers per game (2.2), sixth in steals (1.4), seventh in minutes per game (33.4), ninth in assists (3.4) and 10th in assist-turnover ratio (0.9). He was a two-time WAC Player of the Week.

Lowell earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after leading all WAC freshmen in scoring (5.4), rebounding (3.0) and steals (0.5) in WAC play. He scored in double-digits in WAC games three times.

Jans repeated as WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Aggies to their fourth WAC regular-season title in the last five years. NM State went 15-1 in WAC play and are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

NM STATE WINS WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
NM State won its second-straight WAC regular-season title and fifth since joining the conference for the 2005-06 season. The Aggies won 15 straight WAC games after dropping their WAC season opener.

NM STATE'S JANS, UTAH VALLEY'S POPE FINALISTS FOR HUGH DURHAM AWARD
NM State's Chris Jans and Utah Valley's Mark Pope were among the 25 finalists for the 2019 Hugh Durham Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach.

The WAC Coach of the Year, Jans led the Aggies to their fourth WAC regular-season title in the last five years. NM State went 15-1 in WAC play and is receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25.

Pope has led the Wolverines to a school-record 24 wins and back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. Utah Valley is led by WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson.

In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (percentage or wins) at three different Division I schools. He built national programs at Florida State where he holds the record for best winning percentage with a 230-95 (.708) record in 12 years and at Georgia where he is also the all-time winningest coach in the 99-year history of the Bulldog program, having won 297 games in 17 seasons.

UTRGV'S HILL FINALIST FOR BEN JOBE AWARD
UT Rio Grande Valley men's basketball head coach Lew Hill was a finalist for the 2019 Ben Jobe award, presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I men's basketball. The recipient will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 Final Four.

Hill guided UTRGV to its best-ever finish in WAC play, going 9-7 en route to the No. 4 seed in the WAC Tournament. UTRGV currently has 19 wins, the program's winningest season in 11 years and tied for the 13th-winningest season in program history.

UTRGV had one of the best defensive seasons in program history, forcing a program record 588 turnovers while grabbing a program record 327 steals. UTRGV is in the top six in the NCAA of four defensive categories, ranking third in steals (327), fourth in turnovers forced (17.71), fifth in steals per game (9.5) and sixth in turnover margin (4.9). UTRGV also leads the nation in free throws made (616) and ranks third in attempts (885).

An icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT appearance, five SIAC championships, 11 SWAC titles and two NAIA Tournament Championships. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a coach was Southern's 93-78 win over Georgia Tech in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It stands as one of the great upsets in the history of the event.

WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State led the WAC in scoring (78.1), scoring defense (64.5), scoring margin (13.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (33.4), rebounding (38.4), rebounding defense (28.7), rebounding margin (9.7), assists (14.7), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-pointers per game (9.3), while California Baptist was tops in free throw percentage (78.8) and defensive rebounds (27.6). Seattle U led the WAC in field goal percentage defense (40.8) and blocks (3.6), while UT Rio Grande Valley was tops in steals (9.3) and turnover margin (4.9). Utah Valley led the WAC in field goal percentage (48.2) and three-point field goal percentage (38.2) and CSU Bakersfield was tops in offensive rebounds (14.6).

Individually, California Baptist's Milan Acquaah led the WAC in scoring (19.0), while teammate Dejon Davis was tops in rebounding (9.2) and defensive rebounds (6.3). NM State's Eli Chuha led the league in field goal percentage (66.1), while CSU Bakersfield's Rickey Holden was tops in free throw percentage (85.7) and teammate James Suber led the WAC in offensive rebounds (3.7). Utah Valley's Jake Toolson led the WAC in three-point percentage (44.8), while Kansas City's Rob Whitfield was tops in three-pointers per game (2.6). UTRGV's Javon Levi led the WAC in assists (5.7), steals (2.9) and assist-turnover ratio (2.8). Seattle U's Myles Carter was tops in blocked shots (1.8) and teammate Morgan Means led the league in minutes per game (35.4).

In WAC games only, NM State led the league in scoring defense (64.4), scoring margin (12.1), field goal percentage defense (41.3), rebounding defense (28.6), rebounding margin (8.8), assists (14.8), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-pointers per game (9.1), while Utah Valley was tops in scoring (77.6), field goal percentage (48.7) and three-point field goal percentage (40.9). CBU led the league in free throw percentage (79.0) and blocks (3.2), while CSUB was tops in rebounding (37.9) and offensive rebounds (14.7). Grand Canyon led the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (32.5) and defensive rebounds (27.1), while UTRGV was tops in steals (8.9) and turnover margin (4.9). 

Individually in WAC games, CSUB's Jarkel Joiner led the league in scoring (18.6), while CBU's Davis was tops in rebounding (9.3). Utah Valley's Richard Harward led the league in field goal percentage (65.8), while CSUB's Rickey Holden was tops in free throw percentage (89.4) and UVU's Isaiah White led the WAC in three-point percentage (56.0). Levi was tops in assists (6.2), steals (3.4) and assist-turnover ratio (3.0), while Chicago State's Travon Bell led the WAC in three-pointers per game (2.4). CBU's Zach Pirog was tops in blocks (2.1), while Suber led the league in offensive rebounds (4.1) and Grand Canyon's Trey Drechsel was tops in defensive rebounds (6.3). Seattle U's Terrell Brown led the WAC in minutes per game (35.8).

SIX WAC PLAYERS RANK AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Six WAC players rank among the NCAA active career leaders in several statistical categories. The players, schools, categories and rankings are listed below.

Name

School

Category

Rank

Amount

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Three-point field goals attempted

8th

961

Matej Kavas

Seattle U

Three-point field goal percentage

6th

44.7

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Three-point field goals made

12th

316

Javon Levi

UTRGV

Steals/game

11th

2.15

Eli Chuha

NM State

Double-Doubles

38th

22

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Field goals attempted

41st

1,407

Eli Chuha

NM State

Field goal percentage

41st

58.5

Jake Toolson

Utah Valley

Free throw percentage

44th

85.2

Javon Levi

UTRGV

Assists/game

43rd

4.85

Rob Whitfield

Kansas City

Three-point field goals/game

48th

2.63

Rob Whitfield

Kansas City

Three-point field goal percentage

47th

41.8


SEVERAL WAC PLAYERS MAKE THEIR WAY INTO WAC CAREER RECORD BOOKS
Several players have made their way into the WAC career record books after their play this season. The players, schools, categories and rankings are listed below.

Name

School

Category

Rank

Amount

Johnny McCants

NM State

Field goal percentage

3rd

.619 (135-218)

Eli Chuha

NM State

Field goal percentage

T-12th

.586 (395-674)

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Field goals attempted

14th

1408

Jake Toolson

Utah Valley

Free throw percentage

8th

.849 (180-212)

Rickey Holden

CSU Bakersfield

Free throw percentage

10th

.846 (154-182)

Matej Kavas

Seattle U

Three-point percentage

T-8th

.447 (177-396)

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Three-pointers made

1st

316

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Three-pointers attempted

1st

962


TWO PLAYERS RANK IN TOP 10 IN FOUR WAC SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS
Two players made their way into the WAC single-season record books in four categories this season. The following are the ranks and categories.

Category

Player

School

Rank

Amount

Field goal percentage

Eli Chuha

NM State

4th

66.1

Total assists

Javon Levi

UT Rio Grande Valley

T-13th

211

Steal average

Javon Levi

UT Rio Grande Valley

3rd

2.95

Total steals

Javon Levi

UT Rio Grande Valley

2nd

109


THREE WAC PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER RECORDS FOR WAC GAMES
Three WAC players left their marks in the WAC career record books for WAC games only. NM State's Johnny McCants and Eli Chuha rank in the Top 10 for career field goal percentage in WAC games only. The sophomore McCants is currently first in field goal percentage with a 65.2 clip in WAC games, while Chuha closed out his career with a 62.2 field goal percentage in WAC play, good for third all-time. Meanwhile, WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson finished his career ranked tied for seventh with an 85.7 free throw percentage in WAC games.


TWO PLAYERS RANK IN TOP 10 IN WAC SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS FOR WAC GAMES
Two players made their way into the WAC single-season record books in three categories in WAC play this season. The following are the ranks and categories.

Category

Player

School

Rank

Amount

Total steals

Javon Levi

UT Rio Grande Valley

1st

54

Steal average

Javon Levi

UT Rio Grande Valley

1st

3.4

Field goal percentage

Richard Harward

Utah Valley

3rd

65.8


UTRGV'S LEVI BREAKS MULTIPLE PROGRAM, WAC STEALS RECORDS
With 109 steals this season, UT Rio Grande Valley sophomore Javon Levi broke the previous program record for steals in a single season (105) set by Mire Chatman in 2001-02. His total also ranks second in the WAC record books, 14 away from first place. Meanwhile, his 2.95 overall average ranks third in WAC history. Levi also ranks fifth in UTRGV history in career steals with 144.

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST'S ACQUAAH NAMED TO LOU HENSON MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
California Baptist sophomore guard Milan Acquaah was one of 50 players named to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List. The award is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major player in Division I college basketball. Acquaah, a transfer from Washington State, is a two-time WAC Player of the Week and was the Lou Henson National Player of the Week on Dec. 24. He was also named to the Continental Tire Las Vegas Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.

GCU'S LEVER NAMED TO CENTER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Grand Canyon sophomore Alessandro Lever was one of 21 centers named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. A national committee selected the candidates, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Lever, the WAC Preseason Player of the Year, averaged a team-high 12.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season as a freshman.

CSUB'S DURHAM BECOMES WAC'S ALL-TIME THREE-POINT LEADER
On Jan. 5, CSU Bakersfield senior Damiyne Durham drained his 291st career three-pointer to become the WAC all-time leader. Durham surpassed Utah State's Jaycee Carroll (2004-08), who finished his career with 290. Durham finished his career with 316 long balls, good for 12th in the nation in active career leaders.

WAC WINS #SummitVsWAC CHALLENGE
The WAC won the first-ever Summit League/WAC Challenge 6-3. The Challenge features head-to-head competition between all nine teams. Matchups were set based upon factors including the previous year's achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings in the upcoming season.

The complete list of 2018 matchups and results is below.

Nov. 6

Grand Canyon at South Dakota State

L, 74-79

Nov. 6

North Dakota State at NM State

W, 73-56

Nov. 13

California Baptist at Oral Roberts

W, 70-69

Dec. 1

Kansas City at Purdue Fort Wayne

W, 90-73

Dec. 1

CSU Bakersfield at South Dakota

L, 56-68

Dec. 1

Denver at Utah Valley

W, 98-75

Dec. 5

North Dakota at UT Rio Grande Valley

W, 70-56

Dec. 6

Omaha at Seattle U

W, 90-71

Dec. 20

Chicago State at Western Illinois

L, 52-81