Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Jan. 15, 2001



Jan. 15, 2001

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Game #17
UC Riverside at Utah State
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)*Logan, Utah
Jan. 16, 2001*7:05 pm(MST)
Utah State Aggies (14-2, 4-0)
Probable Starters		Ht.	Wt. 	Cl.	Hometown		PPG	RPG	APG
F	#  5	Shawn Daniels	6-6	260	Sr.	Bakersfield, Calif.	11.9	6.8	1.4*
F	#22	Curtis Bobb	6-5	210	Sr.	Aurora, Colo.		11.3	5.1	1.8
C	#14	Dimitri Jorssen	7-0	245	Sr.	Theux, Belgium 	  	9.5	4.3	0.9*
G	#10	Bernard Rock	5-10	155	Sr.	New York, N.Y.		10.3	3.0	4.0
G	#31	Tony Brown	6-3	195	Jr.	Hyrum, Utah		12.5	2.8	3.7
UC Riverside Highlanders (6-10)

Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F #22 Steve Clayton 6-8 215 Sr. Baltimore, Md. 2.1 3.1 1.1 F #45 Jason Perkins 6-3 190 Jr. Carson, Calif. 3.3 1.8 0.4 C #44 Viliamu Morton 6-8 225 Fr. Palm Desert, Calif. 7.9 6.8 1.6* G #12 Kevin Butler 6-2 180 Fr. San Lorenzo, Calif. 5.6 1.8 1.6 G #21 Ted Bell 6-3 195 Fr. San Francisco, Calif. 6.3 0.9 0.8 *blocks per game

Up Next: Utah State will play two more games this week at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as the Aggies host UC Riverside on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and then Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 20. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m.

A Look At UC Riverside: UC Riverside is 6-10 on the season after dropping a 104-66 decision to Cal Poly on Saturday night. The Highlanders are currently 2-4 against the Big West Conference with home wins over Cal State Fullerton (59-52) and UC Santa Barbara (63-59). UCR is 1-5 on the road this season, winning at Oregon State 67-63. Sophomore forward Mark Miller leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. Head coach John Masi is in his 22nd year at UC Riverside and has an overall record of 426-190. The Highlanders return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-12 overall. UC Riverside, who is in its first season at the Division I level, will be joining the Big West Conference in the 2001-02 season.

Series History: Utah State is 1-0 all-time against UC Riverside, defeating the Highlanders 76-62 earlier this year in Riverside, Calif.

Next Week: Utah State will hit the road next week for a game on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Pacific. Tip-off will be 8:00 p.m. (MST). USU will then return home to host Idaho at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:05 p.m.

Statistical Comparison: The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State and this week's opponents in UC Riverside and Boise State.

Category		Utah State		UC Riverside	Boise State
Games			16			16			17
Points			73.4			64.5			72.0
Points Allowed		60.1			71.5			72.8
FG Pct.			50.5			39.5			44.8
FG Pct. Def.		39.5			44.1			46.0
3FG Pct.		40.4			32.4			33.7
3FG Pct. Def.		33.7			34.1			35.6
FT Pct.			67.4			73.0			69.1
Rebounds		36.3			33.9			32.9
Reb. Margin		+7.2			-2.8			-3.2
Assists			15.9			12.6			13.7
Turnovers		15.7			16.0			15.4
TOs Forced		15.0			15.0			18.3
Blocks			3.8			2.9			3.1
Steals			5.5			7.9			7.1
Winning Record Versus Every Team In The Big West: Utah State is the only team in the Big West Conference that has a winning record versus every team in the league. The following is a list of USU's record versus each team in the Big West Conference.
USU's Record Versus Current BWC Members:
Boise State			USU leads 14-4
Cal Poly			USU leads 6-0
Cal State Fullerton		USU leads 28-15
Idaho				USU leads 12-10
Long Beach State		USU leads 24-20
Pacific				USU leads 37-17
UC Irvine			USU leads 23-22
UC Santa Barbara		USU leads 28-21
Total				USU leads 172-109 (.612)
23 And Counting: Utah State has won its last 23 games versus Big West competition as the Aggies went a perfect 16-0 in league play last year and then won three games in the conference tournament. Utah State has also won its first four league games of the 2001 season. That 23-game winning streak in the Big West is the second-best all-time behind UNLV who won 40 games in a row from 1990-93.

16-Game Home Court Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last 16 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to Jan. 8, 2000. USU's last loss at home was a 82-73 decision to BYU. USU has won 28 of its last 29 games at home. In league play, Utah State has won its last 16 home games and 33 of its last 34.

Home Sweet Home: Utah State has had tremendous success at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since the building was opened for the 1970-71 season. In its first 30 years, USU has had only one losing season at home, with a 3-8 record during the 1981-82 year. All-time, Utah State is 330-96 (.775) at home. Over the past three-plus seasons, the Aggies have compiled an incredible 51-3 (.944) record at home. USU has won 61 of its last 64 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to the 1996-97 season.

Third-Best Start Ever: With Utah State's 14-2 record thus far this year, the Aggies have the third-best start in school history. The 1959-60 team opened its season with an 18-2 record, while the 1970-71 team started the year with a 16-2 record.

Dominating At Home In League: Utah State has been dominating at home in the Big West Conference over the past two seasons compiling a 11-0 record. During that stretch, USU has won 10 of those 11 games by 10 or more points. The only time USU did not defeat a league opponent at home by 10 or more points over the last two seasons was when the Aggies beat Pacific by nine in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Feb. 17, 2000.

Double-Digit Wins: Since joining the Big West Conference prior to the 1978-79 season, no Aggie team has opened up league play by defeating its first four opponents by 10-plus points, until this year. In its first four league games, USU has defeated its opponents by 13, 22, 16, and 14 points respectively, for an average margin of victory of 16.2 points.

Fast Starts: Just like last season, Utah State is off to another fast start in the Big West Conference, with its 4-0 league mark. It is the seventh time that USU has opened league play with a 4-0 record. The other teams to accomplish the feat were the 1980, `88, `95, `97, `98, and 2000 teams.

Versus The State Of California: Utah State will be looking to keep its streak of beating teams from the state of California alive this Tuesday when the Aggies host UC Riverside. USU has won its last 16 games versus teams from the Golden State, including wins over Santa Clara (76-67), UC Riverside (76-62), Cal Poly (82-69), Long Beach State (76-60), and Pacific (73-59) this season. Last season, USU went 11-0 versus school's from the state of California. The last time the Aggies lost to a team from California was in the first round of the 1999 Big West Tournament to UC Santa Barbara 75-74. All-time, Utah State is 254-169 (.600) versus teams from California.

Last Meeting With UC Riverside: (See boxscore on page 19 of this release.) After going into the locker room with just a three-point lead at 36-33, Utah State over-powered UC Riverside in the second half to record a 76-62 win. The Aggies had four players score in double-figures in the game led by Tony Brown's 14 points. Curtis Bobb had 13 points and seven rebounds in the game, while Shawn Daniels and Dimitri Jorssen each scored 12. Utah State shot 55.8 percent in the game and held the Highlanders to just 36.8 percent shooting. Mark Miller led UC Riverside with 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three-point range.

Last Meeting With Boise State: Utah State was looking to go 16-0 in league play the last time USU and Boise State met, on Mar, 4, 2000 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. BSU held a 34-30 half-time advantage before the Aggies roared to a 12-point win by outscoring the Broncos 44-28 in the second-half. Bernard Rock had a career-high 24 points in the game, while Troy Rolle added 16. Former Aggie Andre Mahorn provided the spark USU needed off the bench with 10 points, all of which came in the second half.

Morrill Versus This Week's Opponents: Stew Morrill is 1-0 all-time versus UC Riverside and 10-6 all-time versus Boise State. Morrill is 4-0 against the Broncos while at USU, and was 4-6 versus BSU at Montana, and 2-0 while at Colorado State.

Scouting Boise State: Boise State is 10-7 on the season after defeating Long Beach State in overtime 79-77. The Broncos are 2-2 in the Big West Conference defeating Cal Poly on the road for its other win. Boise State is 5-4 on the road this year and 1-1 on the road in conference games. Junior forward Abe Jackson leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game, while senior forward Kejuan Woods is averaging 17.5 points in league games thus far. The Broncos average 72.0 points per game but give up 72.8. Head coach Rod Jensen is in his sixth year at BSU and has an overall record of 89-69. The Broncos return four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 12-15 overall and 6-10 in the Big West Conference.

Versus The Broncos: Utah State is 14-4 all-time against Boise State, including a perfect 10-0 mark at home. The Aggies have won the last four games played between the two schools, and the last time BSU won was on Feb. 21, 1998 in Boise by a final score of 57-49.

Versus The State Of Idaho: Utah State has won its last eight games versus teams from the state of Idaho, including wins over Idaho State and Idaho this year. The last time USU lost to a team from the state of Idaho was at Idaho on Jan. 23, 1999 by a final score of 77-58.

Recapping The Pacific Game: Behind 18 points and seven rebounds from senior forward Curtis Bobb (Aurora, Colo.) Utah State improved to 4-0 in the Big West Conference with a 73-59 win over Pacific. The Aggies are now 14-2 on the season with the win, while Pacific dropped to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in league play with the loss. USU has won its last eight games and 12 of its last 13. Pacific jumped out to an early 16-10 advantage over Utah State with physical play before the Aggies settled down defensively. USU responded with a 12-2 run midway through the first-half to open a four-point advantage and built its lead to seven before going into the locker room up three at the half at 32-29. After Pacific tied the game at 34 early in the second half, Utah State went on a 12-1 run to open up an 11-point advantage. The lead grew to 14-points with just over four minutes remaining in the game after UOP closed the gap to five points as Utah State hit the Tigers with a 9-0 spurt to put the game away. Along with Bobb's 18 points, guard Bernard Rock (New York, N.Y.) had 12 points, and forward reserve Dion Bailey (West Covina, Calif.) added 10 points off the bench. Senior forward Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.) only had three points in the game, but did tie a USU school record with seven blocks in the contest. Daniels also had six rebounds and four assists to lead the team. Utah State shot just 44.2 percent from the floor, but connected on 80 percent of its free-throws, going 24-of-30 from the line. The Aggie defense was solid once again as Pacific shot just 39 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three-point range. As a team, Utah State had 12 blocks, setting a new single-game record, breaking the old mark of 10 set during the 1980 season against San Jose State.

Daniels Held A Block Party: Senior forward Shawn Daniels held a block party this past Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and almost every player on the Pacific roster was invited. Against the Tigers, the 6-6 forward tied a single-game record with seven blocked shots and set a new career-high in the process. Former Aggie Gilbert Pete blocked seven shots against Long Beach State in 1987. Daniels' previous single-game high for blocked shots was five against Cal Poly last year. Along with his seven blocks, Daniels also had six rebounds and four assists against UOP. Those seven blocks were just one shy of tying the single-game record in the Big West Conference.

Aggies Break Record: Utah State set a new single-game record with 12 blocked shots against Pacific this past Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, breaking the old school record of 10 set against San Jose State during the 1980 season. Daniels led USU with seven of those 12 blocks, while centers Dimitri Jorssen and Jeremy Vague added two blocks each. Junior Brennan Ray also got into the act with one block in the game.

Over-Under: One of Utah State's goals for every game this year is to shoot over 50 percent from the floor and hold its opponents to under 43 percent shooting. Well, 16 games into the season, Utah State has shot over 50 percent from the field in 10 of those games and is shooting 50.5 percent overall. Defensively, the Aggies have held 10 of its 16 opponents below 43 percent shooting from the field, and in five games USU has shot over 50 percent and held its opponent below 43 percent in the same game.

Deadly Combination: Utah State is on pace to become the only team in school history to shoot over 50 percent from the floor and hold its opponents below 40 percent. Half-way through the 2001 season, USU is shooting 50.5 percent and hold its opponents to 39.5 percent.

Keep It Under 60: Utah State has been unbeatable as of late when its opponents score less than 60 points in a game. Thus far this year, USU is 7-0 when its opponents score less than 60 points, and the Aggies were 12-0 last season when its opponents didn't hit 60. The last time USU lost a game when its opponent didn't score 60 points was a 55-52 loss at New Mexico State on Feb. 25, 1999. Utah State is 19-0 since that game when allowing fewer than 60 points and 23-1 in two plus years under head coach Stew Morrill.

League Road Streak Still Going: Utah State continued its winning ways on the road against Big West competition last week with wins over Cal Poly and Idaho. The Aggies have won its last 11 games on the road in league play.

On The Road Again: Utah State has won 13 of its last 14 road games over the past two seasons, with its only loss being a two-point defeat at BYU on Dec. 16, 2000. The Aggies won ten games in a row on the road before losing at BYU. That 10-game road winning streak by the Aggies is a school record, breaking the old mark of six set during the 1961-62 season.

Morrill Comfortable At Home: Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is very comfortable at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, and his record would confirm that fact. Since becoming USU's head coach prior to the 1998-99 season, Coach Morrill is 36-3 (.923) at home.

Long Range Bomber: Junior Tony Brown is on pace to become Utah State's all-time three-point shooter before his career is over. Brown is currently fourth all-time at USU in three-pointers made and attempted. The following is a breakdown of where Brown stands as of date on the USU career charts.

3-Pt. FG's Made		3-Pt. FG's Attemtped
1.  Reid Newey	237	1.  Jay Goodman	580
2.  Jay Goodman	209	2.  Reid Newey	572
3.  Justin Jones183	3.  Justin Jones408
4.  Tony Brown	164	4.  Tony Brown	401
5.  Troy Rolle	112	5.  Troy Rolle	304
Among The Elite: Utah State is right at the top of the list among total wins in the country thus far this year. The following is a list of who has won at least 14 games thus far this year.
Tennessee - 16				Utah State - 14
Duke - 15				Michigan State - 14
Syracuse - 15				Iowa - 14
Fresno State - 15			Mississippi - 14
Georgetown - 15				Georgia State - 14
Losing Against BYU A Good Thing?: Despite losing to its in-state rival for the third straight year, maybe losing to the Cougars is a good thing for Utah State. After losing to BYU last year at home, USU went on to win 19 straight games before losing to Conneticut in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies also won 18 straight regular season games after losing to BYU last year. Thus far this year, Utah State has won its last eight games after losing to BYU.

Bobb's Away: Senior forward Curtis Bobb has more than filled in for the graduated Troy Rolle from last year's team. Bobb is currently third on the team with an average of 11.3 points per game and is second with 5.1 rebounds per game. In conference games, Bobb is the team's leading scorer and rebounder at 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. He is also shooting over 50 percent from the field in league games, and right at 50 percent from three-point range in conference games.

Aggies Go When Brown And Daniels Go: It is becoming more and more apparent than the key to Utah State's success is related to Tony Brown and Shawn Daniels having good offensive nights. The Aggies have won 17 of its last 18 games when Brown scores in double-figures, and is 29-6 over the past two seasons when Daniels scores 10 or more points. Furthermore, Utah State is 10-0 when Daniels has a double-double and 7-0 when Brown scores 20 or more points in a single game.

Over At The Half: Utah State had made a habit of winning games on a regular basis when leading at half-time over recent years. In fact, USU had won 39 games in a row when leading at the half before letting a 10-point halftime advantage slip away against Austin Peay State on Nov. 19, 2000. USU has however compiled a 53-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 55 games, and is 11-1 this season when leading at the half.

Eight In A Row: Utah State is on an eight-game winning streak since losing at BYU in December. That eight-game streak is tied for the 12th longest in school history. The following is a list of the longest winning streaks in USU history.

19 - 2000-01							9 - 1994-95
13 - 1974-75							9 - 1961-62
12 - 1959-60							9 - 1938-39
11 - 1970-71							9- 1917-18
11 - 1966-67							8 - 2000-01
10 - 1963-64							8 - 1979-80
10 - 1962-63



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