(University of Montana Media Release)
FARMINGTON, Utah -- After helping his team to a 2-0 start to begin Big Sky Conference play, Montana senior Sayeed Pridgett was named the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Ready Nutrition Player of the Week. The award is Pridgett's first of the season and fourth of his career after he won it three times during a six-week span in 2019.
Montana came from behind to beat both Northern Arizona and Sacramento State this week, with Pridgett leading the way with 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, in addition to a team-high five steals.
The senior had 27 points and 10 boards on Saturday vs. Northern Arizona, recording his fourth double-double of the season. With Montana trailing by eight in the second half, the Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to take control of the contest. Pridgett had seven of his team's points during that stint and 18 overall during the second half.
Two nights later, Montana pulled off a 52-50 win over Sacramento State, winning in the closing seconds. Pridgett tied for the team lead with 14 points and eight rebounds, in addition to a game-high four steals. He scored six of Montana's final 10 points as the Grizzlies rallied from a six-point deficit with under 10 minutes to play.
After earning first-team All-Big Sky honors a season ago, Pridgett entered 2019-20 as a player-of-the-year candidate. He has lived up to the billing early on, ranking second in the Big Sky for scoring (19.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.9) and leading the conference with 2.2 steals per contest. The versatile player also ranks 10th for assists (2.8 per game), 12th for blocked shots (0.8) and 15th for shooting (.500). He is the league's only player to rank in the top 15 for each statistical category.
Montana is one of three unbeaten teams through one week of conference play and will now take its 2-0 record on the road for six of the next eight games.