Notes and Quotes
Nov. 25, 2000
GAME NOTES and QUOTES
Utah State vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs Nov. 25, 2000 (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
* With the win, Utah State has now won 45 of its last 47 games when leading at halftime. * Shawn Daniels scored a career-high 28 points tonight, breaking his old mark of 17 points, which he did six times last season. It is also the 28th time in his career that he has scored in double-figures. It is the most points scored by an Aggie since Marcus Saxon scored 31 in the second round of the Big West Tournament versus Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 7, 1998. * Utah State has won its last nine games at home dating back to Jan. 8, 2000 and 54 of its last 57 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. * The 21 points allowed by Utah State in the first-half is a season-low and the fewest allowed since Pacific scored 18 in the first-half during the first game of the 2000 Big West Tournament in Reno, Nev. * Utah State has scored at least 30 points in the first-half in all four games played thus far in the season. * Head coach Stew Morrill is now 29-3 (.906) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as head coach of USU. * Utah State has now won its last seven home openers dating back to 1993 when USU lost to Weber State 87-86. * Utah State improved to 2-0 all-time versus Colorado-Colorado Springs with the win. * Curtis Bobb had a career-high six rebounds versus Colorado-Colorado Springs. * Colorado-Colorado Springs' 22 turnovers is an opponent season high for USU this year. * USU made just one three-pointer for its fewest treys in a game since going one-of-eight against New Mexico State back in the 1999 season (48 games ago). * USU entered tonight's game with three blocks on the season and Dimitri Jorssen had three himself tonight. * Shawn Daniels' seven rebounds were the most by an Aggie this year. * USU's 20 turnovers were a season high and the most in USU's last 20 games (had 20 vs. Cal Poly last year).
Utah State Quotes vs. UC-Colorado Springs Nov. 25, 2000
COLORADO SPRINGS HEAD COACH ED PIPES "We played against a tremendous team, a tremendous well-coached team. I was impressed with Utah State. We've got some players - they came and played hard. I just appreciate that Coach Morrill gave us the opportunity to come up here and play. I appreciate that a lot.
On the game plan "We had no film and no scouting report on Utah State. My thinking - I'm from the old school - we're not so much worried about what the other team does as what we do. If we believe in each other and play hard, good things will happen. I've seen no film on the guys except the stats. I knew who their three-point shooters were. I knew who their penetrators and free throw shooters were, so that was all we went off."
On stopping Tony Brown "We knew he was their leading scorer. We knew Rock was going to penetrate and shoot the free throws. We were trying to take away his penetration and try to make Tony Brown shoot on the run. We knew he could stand there and shoot it, but we weren't sure if he could shoot it on the run. We did a pretty decent job. But that big boy, Shawn Daniels, that young man was unbelievable! But hey, this was a fun game for us - we fly out tomorrow and we've got to play Murray State tomorrow."
On his team's injuries "This was Joe Hutchins' first game back and we have Lawren Ramos out. As soon as we come together as a full unit in our conference -- Division II -- we're going to be pretty tough."
On Wayne Rhymes "Wayne is an excellent shooter - we try to get him running off screens. We know he's a good spot-up shooter, has a quick release. We tried to run him off screens to get him some open looks. He's a Division I-AA transfer, so he's been in this atmosphere before. He wasn't nervous and the same thing for (Quincey) Simpson. Joe Hutchins is our floor leader - this was his first time back in over a year as he sat out last year, and missed the first two games of this year. He's going to be our floor leader, and is going to be an excellent player."
Final Thoughts "I can't say enough about Randy Rahe, Don Verlin and Coach Morrill - giving us the opportunity to play in front of this crowd. I respect what their doing, I respect them. I just appreciate it."
UTAH STATE FORWARD SHAWN DANIELS "We did a really good job in the second half. They played us well throughout the whole game. We didn't know what to expect. They came out and played us really hard. They changed the defenses a lot on us, and we ended up turning the ball over three to four times in a row, and Coach told us that we just need shots. Coach has been on us about playing defense and staying focused on the game."
"We did a good job rotating the ball, and Coach got on me a couple of times for not shooting the ball. I shot a couple times a little too quick, and they heckled me at the half after having 16 points."
UTAH STATE COACH STEW MORRILL
"Bottom line is we have a long way to go as a basketball team. It's a little obvious that we're deficient in some areas. The thing that's a little disturbing is the areas that we talked about and harped about all last week after Alaska are still the areas that are causing problems."
"Second half defense was atrocious, and the last three games we've given well over 50 percent in the second half. It's like we can't guard anyone in the second half. And then we can't take care of the ball right now. I didn't expect that - that was a veteran team. We shooting a high percentage in our games, which is great, but we don't get enough attempts because we keep turning the ball over."
"On the bench, it's a little bit of a concern that we don't have a lot of rah-rah guys. They're not doing a good enough job on the emotion of the team.
On Shawn Daniels
"Shawn wasn't pleased with his play in Alaska and has been watching film and concentrating on rebounding. He carried us tonight."