Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Feb. 12, 2001

Feb. 12, 2001

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Game #25
Utah State at UC Santa Barbara
The Thunderdome (6,000)*Santa Barbara, Calif.
Feb. 15, 2001*8:05 pm(MST)

Utah State Aggies (21-3, 10-1)

Probable Starters		Ht.	Wt. 	Cl.	Hometown		PPG	RPG	APG
F	# 5	Shawn Daniels	6-6	260	Sr.	Bakersfield, Calif.	12.4	6.3	1.8*
F	#22	Curtis Bobb	6-5	210	Sr.	Aurora, Colo.		10.8	5.3	1.5
C	#14	Dimitri Jorssen	7-0	245	Sr.	Theux, Belgium 	  	8.7	4.3	0.9*
G	#10	Bernard Rock	5-10	155	Sr.	New York, N.Y.		10.4	3.1	4.0
G	#31	Tony Brown	6-3	195	Jr.	Hyrum, Utah		11.5	2.8	3.6

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (10-11, 7-4)

Probable Starters		Ht.	Wt. 	Cl.	Hometown		PPG	  RPG	APG
F	#30	Mark Hull	6-7	200 	So.	Glendale, Calif.	14.3	  3.9	1.6
F	#33	B. Fullove	6-4	210 	Fr.	Simi Valley, Calif.	11.8	  5.1	3.4
C	#40	Mike Vukovich	6-9	235 	Jr.	Huntington Beach, Calif.11.6	  5.6	1.5*
G	# 5	Jacoby Atako	6-1	180 	Fr.	Santa Monica, Calif.	4.5	  2.3	3.3
G	#41	Nick Jones	6-4	185 	Fr.	Ventura, Calif.	  	9.5       3.8	1.0
*blocks per game
Up Next: Utah State will hit the road this week for a pair of league games at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. (MST), and at Long Beach State on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. (MST). The game versus the 49ers will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net2.

Scouting The Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara is currently in third-place in the Big West Conference with a 7-4 league record after winning its last five conference games. Overall, the Gauchos are 10-11 on the season. UCSB is 7-4 at home on the year and 4-2 at home in league play, losing to UC Irvine and Long Beach State. Sophomore forward Mark Hull is the team's leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points per game. Head coach Bob Williams is in his third season at UCSB, compiling a 39-38 record. It is his 12th year as a collegiate head coach and he has an overall record of 228-128. The Gauchos return two starters and seven letter-winners from last year's team that went 14-14 overall and 10-6 in league play.

Versus UC Santa Barbara: Utah State is 28-21 all-time versus UC Santa Barbara, including a 10-12 mark on the road. The Aggies won the last meeting between the two teams in Santa Barbara last season by a final score of 61-57. USU has won seven of the last 10 meeting between the two schools and has won its last two games on the road against UCSB.

Statistical Comparison: The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State, UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State.

Category	Utah State	UCSB		LBSU
Games		24		21		24
Points		71.5		71.0		74.9
Points Allowed	57.7		71.1		76.0
FG Pct.		49.4		44.0		44.8
FG Pct. Def.	38.8		41.6		47.2
3FG Pct.	39.0		33.9		34.1
3FG Pct. Def.	32.5		32.6		39.0
FT Pct.		66.7		70.6		62.4
Rebounds	35.4		37.1		36.0
Reb. Margin	+5.6		+0.9		-0.7
Assists		15.3		14.7		13.5
Turnovers	14.9		16.3		15.2
TOs Forced	15.3		15.1		16.8
Blocks		4.0		2.5		2.6
Steals		6.0		6.3		8.7
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 15-4
Cal Poly			USU leads 6-0
Cal State Fullerton		USU leads 30-15
Idaho				USU leads 13-10
Long Beach State		USU leads 24-20
Pacific				USU leads 38-17
UC Irvine			USU leads 24-23
UC Santa Barbara		USU leads 28-21
Total				USU leads 178-110 (.618)
Success In The Big West: Utah State has won 29 of its last 30 games in the Big West Conference over the past two seasons. Before losing at UC Irvine on Jan. 31, 2001, USU had a 26-game winning streak in the Big West which was the second-longest winning streak all-time behind UNLV who won 40 games in a row from 1990-93.

Second Most Wins In The Country: As of Feb. 12, 2001, Utah State is tied for the second most wins in the country with 21. Only Stanford (22) and Duke (22) have more wins than the Aggies this year. Other teams with 21 wins are North Carolina, Iowa State, and Georgia State.

On The Road Again: Utah State has won 15 of its last 17 road games, including a 13-1 record on the road against the Big West over the past two years. 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. USU also won 12 games in a row in league before losing at UC Irvine. Thus far this year, USU is 6-2 on the road.

Best Start Ever: With its two wins this past week, Utah State now has the best start in school history with its 21-3 record. The 1959-60 held the previous best start in school history with a 20-3 record before losing its 24th game.

Second-Best Start Ever In League: Utah State is having another great start to its Big West Conference season as the Aggies are 10-1 on the year. That mark is tied for the second-best start ever for USU, as the 1997-98 team opened its conference season with a 10-1 record. The 1999-2000 team holds the school record with a 16-0 league mark.

In Your Face: Utah State's defense has been simply outstanding as of late as the Aggies have held its last six opponents to less than 60 points. The last team to score more than 60 points against USU was Boise State who scored 64 on Jan. 20. The last time an Aggie team held six straight opponents to under 60 points was during the 1949-50 season. Furthermore, the Aggies have held 10 of its last 11 opponents to 60 or fewer points.

Quickest Ever To 20 Wins: With its win over UC Irvine on Feb. 8, the 2000-01 Utah State team became the quickest team ever in USU history to notch 20 wins. The previous record was held by last year's team who won its 20th game on Feb. 17.

Sixth-Most Wins Ever: With its 21 wins on the season, the 2000-01 team now has the sixth most wins in school history. The school record was set last season with 28 wins, followed by the 1997-98 team that won 25 games. Next is the 1959-60 team that won 24 games, followed by the 1961-62 and 1969-70 teams that won 22 games. Six other teams have won 21 games in a season. Overall, it is the 16th time in school history that USU has won 20 games in a season, and only the fourth time that USU has had back-to-back 20 win seasons.

Daniels Named Big West Player Of The Week: Senior forward Shawn Daniels was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 12, after leading the Aggies to a pair of home wins over UC Irvine (67-52) and Cal State Fullerton (58-46). Against the Anteaters, Daniels had a game-high 18 points on nine-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, one block and one steal. Two nights later against the Titans, Daniels once again led USU with 16 points on six-of-seven shooting to go along with six rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Daniels averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and two steals during the week and shoot a blistering 88 percent (15-of-17) from the field. He has lead Utah State in scoring in each of the last four games. It is the first time this season and the second time in his career that Daniels has been named the league's player of the week. For Utah State, it is the third time this season that the Aggies have had a player of the week as Tony Brown won it on Nov. 20 and Curtis Bobb won it on Jan. 15.

Recapping Last Week: Utah State evened the score with UC Irvine Thursday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as the Aggies posted a 67-52 win. It was the first loss of the season for the Anteaters in league play. After Irvine started the game with a 6-2 lead, USU went on a 9-2 run to take an 11-8 advantage and never looked back. The Aggies slowly built its margin to double-digits and went into the locker room up 11 at 35-24. Utah State put the game away early in the second-half, building a 23 point lead midway through the second-half as seniors Shawn Daniels and Curtis Bobb scored 18 of USU's 19 points during one stretch. Daniels finished with a game-high 18 points on nine-of-10 shooting, while Bobb notched his first-ever double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Aggies outrebounded Irvine by 19 (41-22) and held the Anteaters to just 38.6 percent shooting from the field. Two nights later against Cal State Fullerton, the Aggies defense was again outstanding as it held the Titans to just 31.4 percent shooting and just 46 points to record a 58-46 win. Utah State was sluggish throughout much of the game and trailed by four at 22-18 with 7:00 minutes remaining before going on an 18-4 run to close the half and take a 10-point lead into the locker room. The Titans closed the margin to five points early in the second-half, but USU extended its lead to 16 points by outscoring CSF 15-4 over the next 11 minutes. Daniels had another outstanding game for USU with 16 points on six-of-seven shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds, three blocks, and three steals. Bernard Rock also had a solid game with 10 points, while Dimitri Jorssen just missed his second double-double of the year with 10 rebounds and nine points.

Consistent Pressure: With 24 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 14 opponents to under 60 points, and over the past two seasons the Aggies have held 29 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.

Third In The Country In Points Allowed: Utah State is among the elite teams in the country when it comes to team defense this season. As of Feb. 12, USU is third in the country in points allowed (57.7) and 17th in the country in field-goal percentage defense (38.8). Furthermore, the Aggies are 11th in the country in field-goal percentage (49.4), fifth in winning percentage (.875), and 12th in scoring margin (+13.8).

Daniels 13th In The Country: Senior forward Shawn Daniels is currently 13th in the country in field-goal percentage at 63.6 percent. That mark is the best in the Big West. He also leads the league in blocked shots at 1.75 a game.

Versus The State Of California: Utah State has won 21 of its last 22 games against teams from the state of California, including a 10-1 record thus far this season. Last season, USU went 11-0 versus school's from the state of California. All-time, Utah State is 262-170 (.606) versus teams from California.

In The 21st Century: Utah State has embraced 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 the second best record in the country at 41-5. The following is a list of the top-five teams in the country record wise since Jan. 1, 2000.

1.  Duke 		43-5 (.896)
2.  Utah State		41-5 (.891)
3.  Stanford		38-5 (.884)
4.  Iowa State		42-6 (.875)
4.  Michigan State	42-6 (.875)
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	450
4.  Tony Brown	181	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 13-1 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 29-2 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 58-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 60 games, and is 16-1 this season when leading at the half.

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. 9, 2001, Brown has scored 979 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 222 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 100 career-blocks, trailing only Gilbert Pete (155) and Nate Wickizer (148). Daniels tied the USU single-season record with 58 blocks last season.

Aggies Get Number 20 Again: Utah State won its 20th game of the season Thursday night against UC Irvine, marking the 16th time in school history that USU has won 20 games in a single-season. It is only the fourth time ever that Utah State has had back-to-back 20 win seasons. The other three times it happened was during the 1970 and `71 seasons, the 1962-64 teams who won 20 or more games for three straight seasons, and during the 1997-98 seasons. Utah State has now won at least 20 games in four of its last five seasons.

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 37-1 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.

Last Meeting With UC Santa Barbara: Utah State held on after being up by 12 points at half-time and 16 mid-way through the second-half to beat UC Santa Barbara last year on the road by four. The Aggies scored the final 10 points of that game to notch the win as Shawn Daniels had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tony Brown also had 14. Dimitri Jorssen and former Aggie Troy Rolle added 10 points each for USU. The Aggies shot just 41.5 percent from the floor in that contest, but held the Gauchos to just 36 percent shooting. USU got out rebounded in the game by eight.

Scouting Long Beach State: The 49ers are currently in fourth-place in the Big West Conference with a 6-5 league mark to go with its 13-11 overall record. LBSU has lost three of its last four games. The 49ers are 6-4 at home on the season and just 3-2 at home in league play, losing to UC Irvine (58-57) and UC Santa Barbara (78-71). Senior forward Ramel Lloyd is the second-leading scorer in the Big West Conference, averaging 18.5 points per game, while sophomore center Travis Reed averages 14.5 points and junior forward Lemi Williams averages 12.3 points per game. LBSU averages 74.9 points per game, but allows 76.0 points per contest and opponents are shooting 47.2 percent from the field against the 49ers. Head coach Wayne Morgan is in his fifth year at Long Beach State and has an overall record of 73-65. The 49ers return three starters and seven letter winners from last year's team that went 24-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big West Conference.

Versus The 49ers: Utah State is 24-20 all-time against Long Beach State, including a 76-60 win in Logan earlier this year. The Aggies are 8-13 all-time against LBSU in Long Beach, and the Aggies win last year on the road was its first in Long Beach since the 1987-88 season. That win was also the 49ers only home loss of the season last year. USU is just 1-9 on the road versus the 49ers in its last 10 games. Utah State has won three of the last four meetings between the two schools.

Morrill Versus Long Beach State: Head coach Stew Morrill is 2-1 all-time against Long Beach State, with all three of those meetings coming at USU. Morrill is 1-1 versus the 49ers on the road in his career.

Last Meeting With LBSU: (See boxscore on page 20 of this release.) In a game that was nationally televised on ESPN, Utah State rolled over Long Beach State by a final score of 76-60. The Aggies held just a six-point lead at the break, but opend the second-half with a 9-0 run to push its lead to 15 points in the first two minutes. The Aggies extended its lead to 23-points with just over four minutes remaining in the game and notched a 16-point win. Curtis Bobb led USU with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Jeremy Vague came off the bench to score 12 points and grab six rebounds. Dion Bailey also had a great game off the bench with 10 points, while Shawn Daniels also had 10 points to go along with eight boards. Utah State shot 52.8 percent for the game and held LBSU to just 39.7 percent. Travis Reed led the 49ers with 14 points, as the Aggies held Ramel Lloyd to just six points in the game.

21-Game Home Court Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last 21 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 33 of its last 34 games at home. In league play, Utah State has won its last 20 home games and 37 of its last 37. That 21-game winning streak at home is the fourth longest streak in the country. Michigan State leads the country with a 41 game winning streak at home, while Iowa State has won 33 in a row. Detroit is third with 29 wins, followed by Utah State at 21 games in a row.

Dominating In League: Utah State has been dominating its opponents in the Big West Conference this season, winning all 10 of its games by at least 10 points. No other Aggie team has won that many games in league by double-digits, let alone in a row. USU is averaging 70.7 points per game in the Big West thus far and allowing just 56.7 for an average margin of victory of 14 points per game. In Utah State's four road wins in league, the Aggies have won by 13, 22, 11, and 24 for an average of 17.5 points.



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