DIVISION I HOOP ROUNDUP #4: Walter Wright re-enters lineup for Montana

Wright (Montana athletics)

Walter Wright, Montana senior
Wright started his week in street clothes, but finished it with 30+ minutes in the lineup for the Griz.
After sitting out the first game because of a coach’s decision, Wright re-entered the lineup for Montana in Saturday’s home game against Idaho.
What happened last week
Eastern Washington: Wright and fellow guard Ahmaad Rorie were held out of the lineup in the 72-60 home loss on Thursday.
Head coach Travis DeCuire didn’t say much about Wright and Rorie after the game, calling it a coach’s decision. Wright and Rorie were running the scout team in practice the previous day.
Idaho: Not only did Wright return to the lineup Saturday, he played 30 minutes in the 85-77 overtime home loss to the Vandals.
Wright was just 4-for-12 from the field, but he made 5-of-6 free throws. He finished with 14 points, three assists, five turnovers, one steal and four personal fouls. Wright made two foul shots with 3:14 to play in regulation to tie the game at 66.
The week ahead
Montana has struggled mightily on the way to a four-game losing streak. The Griz host Montana State on Saturday in their lone game of the week.
Just the stats
22 games/7 starts; 504 minutes/22.9 per game; 82-210 FG (39%); 18-73 3-PT (24.7%); 62-70 FT (88.6%); 42 rebounds/1.9 per game; 45 personal fouls/no disqualifications; 70 assists; 49 turnovers; 1 block; 10 steals; 244 points/11.1 per game

Heron (Auburn athletics)

Mustapha Heron, Auburn freshman
Heron has scored in double figures in 21 straight games to begin his career, adding to his program record. He still leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game.
Auburn was hammered on the road by South Carolina on Tuesday before claiming a win at Texas Christian University on Saturday.
What happened last week
South Carolina: Heron had a tough night shooting in the 98-69 loss and finished with 10 points.
Heron was 2-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-5 from the three-point line. He did connect on five of six free throws. Heron also had five rebounds, three assists, one turnover, two blocks and two steals in 27 minutes. 
TCU: Heron was a much more efficient 7-for-11 from the floor in the 88-80 win.
He finished with 17 points, six rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 26 minutes. Heron did foul out for the first time this season. He made his lone three-point attempt and both of his free throws.
The week ahead
Auburn hosts Tennessee on Tuesday night before playing rival Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Just the stats
21 games/21 starts; 581 minutes/27.7 per game; 99-230 FG (43%); 31-72 3-PT (43.1%); 95-125 (76%); 128 rebounds/6.1 per game; 55 personal fouls/1 disqualification; 26 assists; 53 turnovers; 6 blocks; 18 steals; 324 points/15.4 per game

Flowers (UMass athletics)

Tyrn Flowers, UMass freshman
Flowers played just six minutes and fouled out in a loss to Saint Louis on Wednesday, but had a good effort in 16 minutes in a loss to George Mason on Saturday.
What happened last week
Saint Louis: The Minutemen traveled to St. Louis and came back home with a disappointing 74-70 loss. Flowers fouled out with three points and three rebounds. He shot 1-for-3, all three-point attempts.
George Mason: Another close loss for UMass, 76-74 to the Patriots. Flowers played just 16 minutes, but he shot the ball well and tallied 11 points. He was 4-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-7 behind the three-point line. Flowers also had three rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two personal fouls in by far his best game recently.
UMass made a run at George Mason after being down double digits in the first half, and Flowers was in the middle of it. A 3-pointer cut the Patriot lead to 61-58 with nine minutes left in regulation. Flowers then converted a dunk to put the Minutemen down 63-60. With 6:22 to go, Flowers cashed in another 3 to cut the deficit to 65-63. At 3:15, Flowers made his third trey of the half, putting UMass down just 70-68.
Flowers missed a 3 for the lead at the 2:39 mark. He did come back with a big block when UMass trailed 74-71 with just over a minute remaining.
The week ahead
UMass has one game this week, at LaSalle on Wednesday.
Just the stats
22 games/0 starts; 287 minutes/13 per game; 38-101 FG (37.6%); 27-77 3-PT (35.1); 4-6 FT (66.7%); 56 rebounds/2.5 per game; 35 personal fouls/1 disqualification; 10 assists; 12 turnovers; 9 blocks; 5 steals; 107 points/4.9 per game

Brooks (Marshall athletics)

Khadaijia Brooks, Marshall sophomore
The Herd split their Lone Star State road games, knocking off the University of Texas at San Antonio before falling to the University of Texas at El Paso. Brooks played 56 minutes combined and ended the week with 17 points.
What happened last week
UTSA: Marshall hit 11 3-pointers and rallied for an 88-81 victory Thursday.
Brooks knocked down three of her four three-point attempts and finished with nine points in 33 minutes of play. She had three rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and a personal foul.
Brooks made all three of her treys in the third quarter. Her first one pulled Marshall within 44-40. The second 3-pointer gave the Herd a 50-49 lead. Brooks’ third and final three-point shot, at the 5:32 mark, tied the game at 53.
UTEP: Brooks had eight points in 23 minutes in the 84-74 loss Saturday.
Brooks knocked down three of her four shots, including a perfect 2-for-2 from the three-point line. She also had three rebounds, two turnovers, one steal and three personal fouls.
The week ahead
Marshall returns home for games against Southern Miss on Thursday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Just the stats
20 games/20 starts; 595 minutes/29.8 per game; 62-128 FG (48.4%); 19-55 3-PT (19-55); 19-26 FT (73.1%); 132 rebounds/6.6 per game; 36 personal fouls/0 disqualifications; 28 assists; 22 turnovers; 14 blocks; 17 steals; 162 points/8.1 per game.