Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Jan. 23, 2001
Jan. 23, 2001
Game #19 Utah State at Pacific Spanos Center (6,150)*Stockton, Calif. Jan. 25, 2001*8:00 pm(MST)
Utah State Aggies (16-2, 5-0) Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F # 5 Shawn Daniels 6-6 260 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. 11.8 6.6 1.4* F #22 Curtis Bobb 6-5 210 Sr. Aurora, Colo. 11.1 5.2 1.8 C #14 Dimitri Jorssen 7-0 245 Sr. Theux, Belgium 9.6 4.2 1.0* G #10 Bernard Rock 5-10 155 Sr. New York, N.Y. 10.2 3.0 4.5 G #31 Tony Brown 6-3 195 Jr. Hyrum, Utah 12.5 2.7 3.7 vs. Pacific Tigers (12-5, 4-2) Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F #15 Tom Cockle 6-5 190 So. Raymond, Neb. 8.4 3.6 1.6 F #45 Mike Hahn 6-7 225 Jr. Lincoln, Neb. 11.1 4.5 0.8 C #42 Tim Johnson 6-10 260 So. Hillsboro, Ore. 4.9 3.8 0.8* G # 2 M. McLemore 6-2 195 Jr. Suisun City, Calif. 8.4 4.3 3.4 G #21 Peter Heizer 6-4 190 Sr. Lafayette, Calif. 12.0 3.1 1.8 *blocks per gameUp Next: Utah State will hit the road this week for a conference game at Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. (MST). USU will then return home to face Idaho at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:05 p.m.
Scouting Pacific: Pacific is 12-5 on the season and 4-2 in the Big West Conference following its 62-61 win at Idaho on Monday night. The Tigers are 8-1 at home this season with its only loss coming to UC Irvine. Senior guard Peter Heizer leads the club with 12.0 points per game, while junior forward Mike Hahn averages 11.1 points per game. The Tigers are averaging 72.9 points per game and is allowing 64.2 points per contest. Head Coach Bob Thomason is in his 13th year at Pacific and has a record of 197-167. It is his 20th year as a head coach with an overall record of 324-243. The Tigers return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 11-18 overall and 6-10 in the Big West Conference, losing to Utah State in the first-round of the Big West Tournament. Coach Thomason is 10-15 all-time against Utah State.
Versus The Tigers: Utah State is 37-17 all-time against Pacific, including a 8-13 mark in Stockton. The Aggies have won the last three games played between the two teams, including a 73-59 win in Logan earlier this year. USU has also won five of the last six meetings between the two teams. The last time Utah State won in Stockton was on Jan. 7, 1995 by a final score of 58-57. The Aggies have lost its last three games against Pacific on the road.
Statistical Comparison: The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State and Boise State.
Category Utah State Pacific Idaho Games 18 17 17 Points 74.0 72.9 59.2 Points Allowed 59.5 64.2 74.0 FG Pct. 50.7 46.9 36.4 FG Pct. Def. 38.9 40.2 48.2 3FG Pct. 40.5 36.1 31.4 3FG Pct. Def. 33.9 33.8 38.2 FT Pct. 67.9 66.6 62.8 Rebounds 36.2 38.1 32.5 Reb. Margin +6.8 +7.0 -5.8 Assists 16.2 14.6 10.6 Turnovers 15.8 15.6 15.4 TOs Forced 15.2 14.6 15.2 Blocks 3.8 1.9 2.1 Steals 5.6 5.9 6.8Winning 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 15-4 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 173-109 (.613)24 And Counting: Utah State has won its last 24 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 five league games of the 2001 season. That 24-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.
League Road Streak Still Going: Utah State will be looking to continue its winning ways on the road against Big West competition this Thursday at Pacific. 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.
Ten In A Row: Utah State is on a 10-game winning streak since losing at BYU in December. That 10-game streak is tied for the fifth-longest in school history. The following is a list of the longest winning streaks in USU history:
1999-00 ... 19 1966-67 ... 11 1974-75 ... 13 2000-01 ... 10 1959-60 ... 12 1963-64 ... 10 1970-71 ... 11 1962-63 ... 10Utah State also has the fourth-longest winning streak in the country right now, trailing Stanford (17), Fresno State (12), and North Carolina (12).
Second-Best Start Ever: With Utah State's 16-2 record thus far this year, the Aggies have tied the 1970-71 team for the second-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.
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 five opponents by 10-plus points, until this year. In its first five league games, USU has defeated its opponents by 13, 22, 16, 14, and 18 points respectively, for an average margin of victory of 16.6 points.
Fast Starts In League: Just like last season, Utah State is off to another fast start in the Big West Conference, with its 5-0 league mark. It is the sixth time that USU has opened league play with a 5-0 record. The other teams to accomplish the feat were the 1980, `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 Thursday when the Aggies travel to Pacific. USU has won its last 17 games versus teams from the Golden State, including wins over Santa Clara (76-67), UC Riverside (76-62 and 75-45), 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 255-169 (.601) versus teams from California.
Last Meeting With Pacific: (See boxscore on page 20 of this release.) In a defensive battle, Utah State extended a three-point half-time lead into a 73-59 win over Pacific in the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 13 in Logan. Curtis Bobb led Utah State with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Bernard Rock had 12 points and five rebounds. Dion Bailey provided a huge spark off the bench for the Aggies with 10 points. Shawn Daniels only scored three points in the contest, but had a career-high seven blocks to go along with four assists and six rebounds. Utah State shot just 44.2 percent in the game, but held UOP to just 39 percent shooting. The Aggies did shoot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half after shooting just 37.9 percent in the opening half. The Tigers had two players score in double-figures, led by Mike Hahn's 12 points. USU's 44.2 percent field-goal percentage against the Tigers was the fourth-lowest total of the season.
Morrill Versus Pacific: Stew Morrill is 5-2 all-time versus Pacific. Morrill is 3-1 against the Tigers at Utah State, and was 2-1 versus UOP as the head coach at Montana. Morrill has won his last three games against the Tigers.
Scouting Idaho: Idaho is 4-13 on the year and 1-5 in the Big West Conference following a 62-61 loss to Pacific in Moscow on Monday night. Its lone win in league play came against UC Santa Barbara at home by a final score of 68-67. The Vandals return zero starters and five letterwinners from last year's team that went 12-17 overall and 6-10 in the Big West Conference, finishing in fourth-place in the Eastern Division. Idaho lost to Long Beach State in the first-round of the Big West Tournament. Head Coach David Farrar is in his fourth year at Idaho and has an overall record of 47-53. It is his ninth year as a collegiate head coach and he has compilied a record of 108-126.
Last Meeting With Idaho: (See boxscore on page 20 of this release.) It was a tale of two half's for Utah State in the first meeting of the year between Utah State and Idaho in Moscow on Jan. 6. The Aggies shot 38.1 percent in the first-half and committed 15 turnovers as Idaho took a 33-27 lead into the locker room. In the second-half, the Aggies torched the Vandals for 53 points, shooting 77.3 percent from the field in running away with a 80-58 win. All five starters scored in double-figures for USU led by Tony Brown who had a great game for the Aggies with 23 points and four assists. Bernard Rock added 12 points, while Dimitri Jorssen recorded his first double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shawn Daniels and Curtis Bobb also scored 10 points each for the Aggies. For the game, Utah State shot 58.1 percent from the field and held Idaho to 36.7 percent shooting.
Morrill Versus Idaho: Stew Morrill is 7-11 all-time against the University of Idaho. He is 4-1 versus the Vandals at Utah State, and went 3-10 versus Idaho while at Montana. Morrill has won his last three games against the Vandals.
Versus The Vandals: Utah State is 12-10 all-time against Idaho, winning its last three meetings against the Vandals. Since Idaho joined the Big West Conference in 1996, Utah State is 8-1 versus the Vandals. The Aggies are 5-0 all-time against Idaho at home.
Versus The State Of Idaho: Utah State has won its last nine games versus teams from the state of Idaho, including wins over Idaho State, Idaho, and Boise State 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 Boise State Game: Behind 16 second-half points from senior guard Bernard Rock, Utah State improved to 5-0 in the Big West Conference with an impressive 82-64 win over Boise State on Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Rock had zero points at the half before exploding for 16 in the second-half as the Aggies went from up two at the break to up 18 by the end of the game. Rock also had eight assists and four rebounds in the game. Junior guard Tony Brown also had a solid night with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Senior forward Shawn Daniels added 12 points and seven rebounds, while senior center Dimitri Jorssen had 15 points and four boards. The Aggies shot 59.6 percent from the floor in the game, including a blistering 61.9 percent in the second-half. USU once again played a great game defensively, holding the Broncos to just 40.7 percent shooting, including a 35.7 mark in the second-half. Utah State had 20 assists in the game as compared to just 10 for Boise State.
Just Block It: Utah State has had tremendous success over the past two seasons when it blocks more shots than its opponents. Over the past two seasons, USU is a perfect 34-0 when it records more blocks than its opponent. Thus far this year, only three teams have blocked more shots than the Aggies in a game, while two teams have blocked as many shots as USU in the same game. The last time the Aggies lost a game when it blocked more shots than its opponent was agaisnt UC Santa Barbara in the first-round of the 1999 Big West Conference Tournament.
Backcourt Tandem: Utah State has quite possibly the best backcourt in the Big West Conference, and the numbers back that up. Utah State is a perfect 14-0 on the season when Bernard Rock and Tony Brown score more points than its opponents. In fact, USU has won its last 29 games when Rock and Brown outscore their counter parts in a game. The last time USU lost a game when its backcourt scored more points than the opponent's backcourt was against Weber State on Dec. 21, 1999.
Balanced Scoring: Utah State has never been a team that is going to beat an opponent with one person, and thus is the case this year. Through 18 games, USU has had four players score in double-figures in a single game nine times, with the Aggies posting a 7-2 record. USU is 1-0 this year when it has five players score in double-figures. Conversley, only once this year as a USU opponent had four players score in double-figures, as Austin Peay did it in the third game of the year. Last season, Utah State had four players score 10-plus points in a game 12 times, with the Aggies going 10-2 in those games. The Aggies had five players score in double-figures twice last season, with USU winning both of those games. Over the last two years, USU has had four players score in double-figures in a game 21 times, going 17-4, while its opponents accomplished the feat just five times, with the Aggies having a 2-3 record in those games.
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 50.7 percent and hold its opponents to 38.9 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 8-0 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 20-0 since that game when allowing fewer than 60 points and 24-1 in two plus years under head coach Stew Morrill.
18-Game Home Court Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last 18 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 30 of its last 31 games at home. In league play, Utah State has won its last 17 home games and 34 of its last 35. That 18-game winning streak at home is tied for the seventh longest streak in the country with Southern Utah. Michigan State leads the country with a 40 game winning streak at home, while Iowa State has won 30 in a row, Alcorn State 28 in a row, Detroit and Texas 24 in a row, and Indiana State 20 in a row.
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 332-96 (.776) at home. Over the past three-plus seasons, the Aggies have compiled an incredible 53-3 (.946) record at home. USU has won 63 of its last 66 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to the 1996-97 season.
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. Tony Brown 418 4. Tony Brown 170 4. Justin Jones408 5. Troy Rolle 112 5. Troy Rolle 304
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 10 games after losing to BYU.
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 18 of its last 19 games when Brown scores in double-figures, and is 31-6 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 55-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 57 games, and is 13-1 this season when leading at the half.
Dominating At Home In League: Utah State has been dominating at home in the Big West Conference over the past two seasons compiling a 12-0 record. During that stretch, USU has won 11 of those 12 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.
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 37-3 (.925) at home.
Shifting Gears: When Utah State was going undefeated in the Big West Conference last season, the Aggies always seemed to get off to a quick start, build a big half-time lead, then watch that lead shrink before closing the game out in the final five minutes. Well this season as been a complete opposite in that the Aggies have not gotten off to quick starts, but rather ran away from teams in the second-half. That trend maybe in large part to the depth that USU has on its bench this year and its ability to wear teams down. Over the past five games, Utah State has outscored its opponents by an average of 45.2 to 28.8 in the second-half. The following is a breakdown of what USU had done in the second-half as of late.
Opponent 2nd Half Score FGs FG Pct. Opp. FG Opp. FG Pct. Idaho 53-25 17-22 .773 10-25 .400 Long Beach State 41-31 15-27 .556 10-26 .385 Pacific 41-30 12-23 .522 12-29 .414 UC Riverside 46-29 13-24 .542 10-30 .333 Boise State 45-29 13-21 .619 10-28 .357 Totals 226-144 70-117 .598 52-138 .377