first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGUNNISON/GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-Friday and Saturday, No. 22 Dixie State men’s basketball (17-4, 12-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action) visits the Colorado Western Slope to face Western Colorado (8-13, 5-10 in RMAC play) and Colorado Mesa (13-8, 9-6 in RMAC play) respectively.The Trailblazers continue to excel under the watch of 15-year head coach Jon Judkins (279-130, .682 at Dixie State; 563-258, .685 as a collegiate head coach).Judkins is presently 19 wins away from surpassing former University of Utah women’s head basketball coach Elaine Elliott (582-234, .713) who coached the Utes from 1983-2008.Dixie State scores 81.2 points per game, tying the Trailblazers for 70th nationally in scoring offense with St. Thomas Aquinas.Dixie State is led by junior forward/center Hunter Schofield who leads the Trailblazers in scoring (16.4 points), rebounding (6.8 boards per game) and blocked shots (12).Senior guard Jack Pagenkopf (13.6 points, 6 rebounds per game, team-bests in assists [129] and steals [43]) and junior guard Dason Youngblood (1o.5 points per game) also score in double-figures on average for Dixie State.The Trailblazers surrender 71.9 points per game, ranking Dixie State 92nd nationally in scoring defense.The Mountaineers are coached by Bradd Schafer who is 44-114 (.278) in his sixth season at the helm at Gunnison, Colo.Western Colorado scores 71 points per game as the Mountaineers are tied for 244th nationally in scoring offense with American International.Australian national, freshman forward Josh Tomasi leads the Mountaineers in scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounding (6.8 boards per game).Sophomore guard Cole Sienknecht (13.1 points per game), freshman guard Matthew Ragsdale (11.1 points per game) and junior guard Jackson Ehrlin (10.7 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for Western Colorado.Senior guard Monroe Porter  leads the Mountaineers in assists (54), steals (16) and blocked shots (11).Western Colorado surrenders 78.4 points per game, ranking the Mountaineers 214th nationally in scoring defense.The Trailblazers lead the Mountaineers 5-0 all-time.Colorado Mesa is coached by second-year head coach Mike DeGeorge (32-18, .640) as the Mavericks are seventh in the RMAC standings currently.Colorado Mesa scores 82.6 points per game as the Mavericks are ranked 51st nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Tommy Nuno leads Colorado Mesa in scoring (15.3 points per game) and assists (97) while also averaging 6 rebounds per game.Junior guard Georgie Dancer (12.8 points per game), senior guard Michael Skinner (12.3 points per game, a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game and a team-best 37 steals), junior center Ethan Richardson (11.3 points per game) and junior guard Jared Small (11 points per game, a team-best 24 blocked shots) each score in double figures on-average for the Mavericks.Colorado Mesa surrenders 75.2 points per game, tying the Mavericks with Saint Leo for 158th nationally in scoring defense.The Trailblazers lead the Mavericks 7-4 all-time, having won four straight in the series and six out of the last seven overall. Brad James Written by February 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Visits Western Colorado and Colorado Mesa This Weekend Tags: Colorado Mesa men’s basketball/Dixie State men’s basketballlast_img read more