Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Feb. 5, 2001

Feb. 5, 2001

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Game #23
UC Irvine at Utah State
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)*Logan, Utah
Feb. 8, 2001*7:05 pm(MST)

Utah State Aggies (19-3, 8-1)

Probable Starters		Ht.	Wt. 	Cl.	Hometown		PPG	RPG	APG
F	# 5	Shawn Daniels	6-6	260	Sr.	Bakersfield, Calif.	12.0	6.3	1.7*
F	#22	Curtis Bobb	6-5	210	Sr.	Aurora, Colo.		10.8	5.1	1.5
C	#14	Dimitri Jorssen	7-0	245	Sr.	Theux, Belgium 	  	8.8	4.1	0.9*
G	#10	Bernard Rock	5-10	155	Sr.	New York, N.Y.		10.5	3.0	4.1
G	#31	Tony Brown	6-3	195	Jr.	Hyrum, Utah		11.9	2.8	3.7

UC Irvine (17-2, 9-0)

Probable Starters		Ht.	Wt. 	Cl.	Hometown		PPG	RPG	APG
F	#12	Stanislav Zuzak	6-9	220 	Fr.	Chodov, Czech Republic	 5.1	  3.1	0.9
F	#45	Ben Jones	6-7	220 	Sr.	La Habra, Calif.	11.4	  5.2	1.4
C	#55	Adam Parada	7-0	240 	Fr.	Alta Loma, Calif.	 8.0	  6.0	1.4*
G	# 5	Jerry Green	6-3	190 	Jr.	Pomona, Calif.		17.2	  4.4	3.3
G	#24	Sean Jackson	6-5	210 	Sr.	Seaside, Calif.	  	 8.2      2.9	1.4
*blocks per game

Up Next: Utah State will turn around and play UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton again this week at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Thursday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:05 p.m.

Scouting UC Irvine: UC Irvine is in first-place in the Big West with a 9-0 league record. The Anteaters are 17-2 overall on the year with its two losses coming at UCLA (65-60) and to San Diego (63-60). UCI has won its last 13 games, which is the second-longest winning streak in the country. Junior guard Jerry Green leads the team with 17.2 points per game, and is averaging 19.8 points in league play. Senior forward Ben Jones is the only other player who averages 10 or more points for the Anteaters as he is scoring 11.4 points a contest. As a team, UCI averages 68.7 points per game and allows 59.5 which is seventh best in the country. Irvine is shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, while its defense limits opponents to just 38.2 percent shooting. Head coach Pat Douglass is in his fourth season at UC Irvine and has an overall record of 46-54. In 19-plus years as a head coach, he is 422-172. Irvine returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 14-14 overall and 7-9 in the Big West.

Versus The Anteaters: Utah State is 23-23 all-time versus UC Irvine, with USU winning four of the last five meetings. The Aggies are 13-8 all-time against the Anteaters at home. The last time the two teams met was last week in Irvine with the Anteaters defeating the Aggies 56-51.

Statistical Comparison:  The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State and UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
Category	Utah State	UC Irvine	CS Fullerton
Games		22		19		19
Points		72.4		68.7		60.4
Points Allowed	58.5		59.5		72.9
FG Pct.		49.6		46.2		43.3
FG Pct. Def.	39.2		38.2		46.9
3FG Pct.	40.1		40.1		32.6
3FG Pct. Def.	33.0		31.7		37.2
FT Pct.		67.7		71.8		68.3
Rebounds	35.2		35.1		28.5
Reb. Margin	+5.2		+2.3		-5.8
Assists		15.5		13.2		11.5
Turnovers	15.1		14.8		18.1
TOs Forced	15.4		15.4		14.2
Blocks		4.1		2.8		2.3
Steals		6.0		6.2		5.2
.500 Or Better Versus Every Team In The Big West: Utah State is the only team in the Big West Conference that is .500 or better 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 29-15
Idaho				USU leads 13-10
Long Beach State		USU leads 24-20
Pacific				USU leads 38-17
UC Irvine			Tied 23-23
UC Santa Barbara		USU leads 28-21
Total				USU leads 176-110 (.615)
Success In The Big West: Despite having its 26-game winning streak in the Big West Conference snapped at UC Irvine last week, Utah State has still dominated the league over the past two years. USU has won 27 of its last 28 games in the league over the past two seasons. That 26-game winning streak in the Big West was the second-best all-time behind UNLV who won 40 games in a row from 1990-93.

Second Most Wins In The Country: As of Feb. 5, 2001, Utah State is tied for the second most wins in the country with 19. Only Stanford (20), Duke (20), and Georgia State (20) have won more games so far this year.

19-Game Home Court Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last 19 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 31 of its last 32 games at home. In league play, Utah State has won its last 18 home games and 35 of its last 36. That 19-game winning streak at home is tied for the sixth longest streak in the country with Southern Utah. Michigan State leads the country with a 41 game winning streak at home, while Iowa State and Alcorn State have won 32 in a row. Detroit is fourth with 27 wins, followed by Texas (25), and Utah State and Southern Utah at 19.

Dominating At Home In League: Utah State has been dominating at home in the Big West Conference over the past two seasons compiling a 13-0 record. During that stretch, USU has won 12 of those 13 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.

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 333-96 (.777) at home. Over the past three-plus seasons, the Aggies have compiled an incredible 54-3 (.947) record at home. USU has won 64 of its last 67 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to the 1996-97 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 38-3 (.927) at home.

Second-Best Start Ever: Despite losing at UC Irvine this past week to drop the Aggies to 19-3 on the season, it is still the second-best start to a season in school history. The 1959-60 team went 20-3 in its first 23 games, and the Aggies can tie that mark with a win Thursday night against the Anteaters.

Third-Best Start Ever In League: Utah State is having another great start to its Big West Conference season as the Aggies are 8-1 on the year. That mark is the third best start ever for USU, trailing only the 1997-98 team the opened its conference season with a 10-1 record, and the 1999-2000 team that went 16-0 in league play.

In Your Face: Utah State's defense has been simply outstanding as of late as the Aggies have held its last four opponents to less than 60 points. The last team to score more than 60 points against USU was Boise State who scored 64. The last time an Aggie team held four straight opponents to under 60 points was during the 1950-51 season. Furthermore, the Aggies have held eight of its last nine opponents to 60 or fewer points.

Consistent Pressure: With 22 games under its belt, Utah State has made a habit of holding its opponents to under 60 points. Thus far this season, USU has held 12 opponents to under 60 points, and over the past two seasons the Aggies have held 27 teams to under 60 points. The last team to hold its opponent to under 60 points more than 15 times in a single-season was the 1950-51 team that held 16 of its opponents to below 60 points.

In The 21st Century: Utah State has embrassed the new millennium with open arms, as the Aggies have been on a roll since the calender hit 2000. Since Jan. 1, 2000, Utah State has played 44 games and has compiled an overall record of 39-5. Of those five losses, the Aggies biggest defeat was a nine-point loss to BYU at home. In those five losses, the Aggies have lost by an average of just 5.6 points.

Making Up For A Loss: Utah State has seemed to refocus itself after a loss over the past two years. After the Aggies lost to BYU last season, it rattled off 19 games in a row before losing. This season, the Aggies responded with a four-game winning streak after losing to Austin Peay, and a 12-game winning streak after losing to BYU. USU is currently on a one-game winning streak after losing at UC Irvine last week.

Fifth In The Country: Utah State is among the elite teams in the country when it comes to team defense this season. As of Jan. 30, USU was fifth in the country in points allowed (58.5) and 17th in the country in field-goal percentage defense. Furthermore, the Aggies are 12th in the country in field-goal percentage (49.6), 11th in three-point percentage (40.1), and 18th in scoring margin (+13.9).

Daniels Sixth In The Country: Senior forward Shawn Daniels is currently sixth in the country in field-goal percentage at 61.3 percent. That mark is the best in the Big West. He also leads the league in blocked shots at 1.73 a game.

Last Meeting With UC Irvine: (See boxscore on page 22 of this release.) In its worst offensive performance in two years, Utah State saw its 26-game Big West Conference winning streak come to a stop at UC Irvine by a final score of 56-51. The Aggies shot just 34.7 percent in the game and just 14.3 percent from three-point range. Utah State also had a season-low six assists in the contest and were outrebounded by eight. Shawn Daniels was the only Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 15 points and four blocks. Jerry Green led all scorer's with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Anteaters as UCI shot 45.5 percent overall and 50 percent from three-point range.

Morrill Versus UC Irvine: Stew Morrill is 3-1 all-time against UC Irvine. He went 1-0 versus the Anteaters at Montana, and is currently 2-1 versus UCI while at Utah State.

Last Meeting With CS Fullerton: (See boxscore on page 22 of this release.) Utah State used another outstanding defense effort to down Cal State Fullerton this past Friday at Titan Gym. The Aggies held CSF to just 39 percent shooting in the game and 16.7 percent from three-point range. Offensively, Utah State shot 49.2 percent and 50 percent from three. Shawn Daniels paced USU with 15 points and five rebounds, while Tony Brown had 12 points. The Aggie bench was the difference in the game, outscoring the Titan bench 31-7 en route to the 76-52 victory. For the first time in four games, USU outrebounded its opponent 37-26 as the Aggies had 17 offensive rebounds in the game.

Morrill Versus Cal State Fullerton: Stew Morrill is 4-1 all-time against Cal State Fullerton. He went 1-0 versus the Titans while at Montana, and is currently 2-1 against CSF at Utah State.

Scouting The Titans: Cal State Fullerton is 3-16 on the season and 2-7 in the Big West. The Titans have defeated Idaho (64-53) and Cal Poly (85-77) on the road for its two league wins. CSF is 2-8 on the road this year and 2-3 in league play away from Titan Gym. Junior guard Kevin Richardson leads the team with 12.4 points per game. Head coach Donny Daniels is in his first-year as a head coach. The Titans return three starters and four letterwinners from last year's team that went 8-19 overall and 3-13 in league play.

Versus The Titans: Utah State is 29-15 all-time versus Fullerton. The Aggies have won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two schools. At home, the Aggies have an 19-2 record against the Titans. The last time CSF won in Logan was on Feb. 6, 1982 by a final score of 72-68. The Aggies have won the last 16 games against the Titans at home.

Versus The State Of California: Utah State has won 19 of its last 20 games against teams from the state of California, including an 8-1 record thus far this season. Last season, USU went 11-0 versus school's from the state of California. All-time, Utah State is 260-170 (.605) versus teams from California.

Recapping Last Week: For the first time in 23 months, Utah State's men's basketball team lost a game in the Big West Conference as the Aggies lost at UC Irvine by a final score of 56-51.? Utah State had won 26 games in a row in the Big West, including 12 in a row on the season before the loss.? Utah State asserted itself early in the game, jumping out to an 11-3 lead behind some outstanding defense and three early blocks from Shawn Daniels.? UC Irvine responded with seven straight points to close the Aggie lead to one-point.? The remainder of first-half was back-and-forth as neither team to build a substantial lead.? The Aggies survived early foul trouble in the first-half as Daniels, Dimitri Jorssen, and Jeremy Vague all picked up three fouls in the opening period and went into the locker room down two at 28-26. After Irvine scored the first two points of the second-half to go up four, Utah State took control of the game with a 9-0 run to take a five-point lead.? The Anteaters continued to fight back and eventually tied the game at 46 with just over eight minutes remaining.? USU then regained the lead for the next five minutes before its cold shooting final caught up with the Aggies.? Over the final 13 minutes of the game, the Aggies shot just four-of-16 from the field and Irvine capitilized by scoring the final seven points of the game as USU went scoreless over the final 3:29. Daniels led Utah State with 15 points and four blocks to go along with five rebounds.? Jerry Green paced UC Irvine with 22 points and 10 rebounds.? Utah State shot a season-low 34.7 percent from the field in the game, including 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from three-point range. Utah State rebounded from its first conference loss in almost two years by rolling past Cal State Fullerton by a final score of 76-62 to improve to 19-3 on the season and 8-1 in the Big West Conference.? The Titans dropped to 3-16 on the year and 2-7 in league play with the loss.? It was the Aggies most lopsided road win since USU won at Nevada 84-61 on Jan. 3, 1993. It took Utah State nearly 10 minutes in the first-half before some enthusiasm surfaced as the Aggies turned a 20-20 tie into a 35-24 lead at half-time behind a circus three-point shot from senior guard Bernard Rock at the buzzer. The Aggies continued to apply the pressure in the second-half as they opened the half with a 12-3 run to increase the lead to 20 points with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game.?? Cal State Fullerton never got closer than 18 points after that point as USU extended its lead to 28 with just under a minute remaining. Shawn Daniels led Utah State with 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks, while junior Tony Brown scored 12 points.? Freshman guard Thomas Vincent had a solid game off the bench for USU, tying his career-high with eight points to go along with three assists.? As a whole, the Aggies bench outscored the Titan bench 31-7. As a team, Utah State shot 49.2 percent in the game, including 50 percent from three-point range, while Cal State Fullerton shot just 39 percent and 16.7 percent from three.? For the first time in five games, the Aggies out rebounded its opponent as USU grabbed 37 boards in the game to just 26 for CSF.

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 36-1 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 Irvine last week in Irvine, Calif.

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 17-0 on the season when Bernard Rock and Tony Brown score more points than its opponents. In fact, USU has won its last 32 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.

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	436
4.  Tony Brown	178	4.  Justin Jones408
5.  Troy Rolle	112	5.  Troy Rolle	304

Keep It Under 60: Utah State has been nearly unbeatable as of late when its opponents score less than 60 points in a game. Thus far this year, USU is 11-1 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 56-51 loss at UC Irvine. Utah State is 27-2 in two plus years under head coach Stew Morrill when USU holds its opponents to under 60 points.

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 56-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 58 games, and is 14-1 this season when leading at the half.

Aggies Trounce Fullerton On The Road: Utah State recorded its biggest road win in over eight years this past Friday at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif., against Cal State Fullerton as the Aggies posted a 24-point victory (76-52). That win was the largest win on the road for an Aggie team since USU defeated Nevada on the road by 23-points (84-61) on Jan. 3, 1993.

Brown Closing In On 1,000 Points: Junior guard Tony Brown is rapidly approach 1,000 points in his college career in this his junior season at Utah State. As of Feb. 5, 2001, Brown has scored 963 points. Brown will become the 28th player in Utah State history to score 1,000 points in a career, and the first since Eric Franson accomplished the feat in 1995. Brown also surpassed the 200 assist mark this year and is now 15th all-time at USU with 219 assists. When Brown gets to 1,000 points, he will become only the eighth Aggie ever to score 1,000 points and record 200 assists in a career.

Daniels Third All-Time In Blocks: Senior forward Shawn Daniels is third all-time at Utah State with 96 career-blocks, trailing only Gilbert Pete (155) and Nate Wickizer (148). Daniels tied the USU single-season record with 58 blocks last season.

Aggies Going For Number 20 Again: Utah State will look to win its 20th game of the season Thursday night against UC Irvine, which would mark back-to-back 20 win seasons. USU also had back-to-back 20 win seasons during the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. When Utah State records its 20th win, it will mark the 16th time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season. It will also mark only the fourth time ever that Utah State has had back-to-back 20 win seasons. The other two teams to do it were the 1970 and `71 teams, and the 1962-64 teams won 20 or more games for three straight seasons.

11-Points Away From A Perfect Season: In Utah State's three losses this season, the Aggies have lost by four points, two points, and five points. The last time a Utah State team did not lose a game by at least 10 points all season was the 1977-78 team.



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