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November 6, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Scouting report: Saint Martin’s

Saint Martin's forward Ryan Rodgers lead the Saints in an exhibition against Washington on Thursday. (Photo credit: SMU Athletics)

Saint Martin’s forward Ryan Rogers lead the Saints in an exhibition against Washington on Thursday. (Photo credit: SMU Athletics)

Scouting report: Saint Martin’s.
Game info: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Aaron Goldsmith and Kevin O’Neill).

Last season’s record: 9-17, 6-12 Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).
Stats/schedule: Click here.

Coach: Michael Ostlund is 9-17 (.654) in his second season with the Saints. Prior to joining SMU on April 12, 2013, he was 83-73 during a five-year stint (2007-12) at Snow College (Ephraim, Utah).
Prediction: Picked to finish in a last-place tie in the 10-team GNAC by conference coaches in a preseason poll.

Series: UW leads 1-0 in regular-season games and 2-0 in exhibitions.
Last meeting: The Huskies tallied a 97-76 win on Nov. 6, 2010. Matthew Bryan-Amaning led UW with 20 points and Justin Holiday had 18.
Previous game: Saint Martin’s beat Evergreen State College, a NAIA team, 82-79 on Tuesday in an exhibition game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior forward Ryan Rogers was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’ preseason all-conference team. The Auburn Riverside High graduate averaged 13.5 points last season while starting 24 of 26 games. He shot 46.2 percent from the field and averaged 5.9 rebounds a game. Rogers is SMU’s leading  returning scorer and rebounder. He’s also last season’s MVP, a two-time captain and three-time first-team all-league selection.

Riley Carel began his collegiate career at Seattle Pacific before transferring and sitting out the 2012-13 season. The fourth-year junior averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals while starting 22 of 24 games last season. His career high is 22 points.

Tyler Copp, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Camas, Wash., started 20 of 26 games last season while averaging 6.0 points and 1.8 assists.

OVERVIEW:

—Last year Saint Martin’s lost 91-54 in an exhibition opener at Utah. The Utes shot 52.7 percent from the field and outrebounded SMU 47-28. The game would have been a bigger rout if Utah had been better at the free throw line where it converted 24 of 45 attempts (53.3 percent).

— Saint Martin’s returns three starters (Rogers, Carel and Copp) and lost two-thirds of its starting front line from a team that finished eighth in the GNAC last season. The Saints lost five of their last six games.

— SMU will start two freshman forwards Cameron Chatwin and Victor Ieronymides, a 6-6 forward who redshirted one year at Fordham.

— Freshman guard Trey Ingram led SMU reserves with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting Tuesday against Evergreen State.

— Sophomore guard Isaac Bianchini is a three-point threat. The 6-foot guard from Sedro Woolley, Wash. converted 48 of 121 three-pointers (39.7 percent) last season. He was just 5 of 21 inside the arc. Bianchini averaged 6.4 points.

— SMU returns seven players, including 6-5 forward Tyler Idowu, 6-4 senior guard Will Bond, 6-8 forward Lucas Shannon.

— Freshman Brent Counts, a 6-9 forward, is the grandson of former Oregon State star and NBA player Mel Counts.

— Newcomers include 6-6 forward Ryan Hintze, who played 31 games at Mesa CC and five freshmen.

STARTING LINEUP:
F – Cameron Chatwin, 6-8, 190, Fr.
G – Victor Ieronymides, 6-6, 220, Fr.
F – Ryan Rogers, 6-4, 215, Sr., 13.5 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 46.2 FG%
G – Riley Carel, 6-3, 185, Sr., 9.2, 4.0, 3.4 apg., 1.6 spg.
G – Tyler Copp, 6-0, 165, So., 6.0, 1.8, 2.0 apg., 1.3 tpg.
(Note: Last season’s statistics)

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