Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Feb. 19
Feb. 19, 2001
Utah State Aggies (22-4, 11-2) Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F # 5 Shawn Daniels 6-6 260 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. 12.4 6.6 1.8* F #22 Curtis Bobb 6-5 210 Sr. Aurora, Colo. 10.6 5.2 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. 10.0 2.9 4.2 G #31 Tony Brown 6-3 195 Jr. Hyrum, Utah 11.8 2.7 3.5 vs. Boise State Broncos (13-12, 5-7) Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F #13 KeJuan Woods 6-6 205 Sr. Inglewood, Calif. 13.6 3.4 0.9 F #32 Abe Jackson 6-7 225 Jr. Boise, Idaho 16.9 5.8 1.6 C #35 Richard Morgan 6-8 240 Jr. Port Coquitlam, BC 8.1 3.8 0.5* G # 4 Joe Skiffer 6-2 195 So. San Francisco, Calif. 3.6 2.5 3.5 G #30 Delvin Armstrong6-4 200 Sr. Vallejo, Calif. 10.4 3.2 1.5 *blocks per gameUp Next: Utah State will play just one game this week as it travels to Boise State in the final road game of the year on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The Aggies will then return home to finish the regular season against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The game with the Mustangs will be televised by ESPN.
Scouting The Broncos: Boise State is 13-12 on the season and in sixth-place in the Big West Conference with a 5-7 league mark. The Broncos have lost its last three games and are 4-6 in its last 10 games. BSU plays at Pacific on Thursday, Feb. 22, before hosting Utah State on Feb. 24. Junior forward Abe Jackson leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game, while senior forward KeJuan Woods is averaging 13.6 points per contest. The Broncos average 72.6 points per game but allow 73.0. Head coach Rod Jensen is in his sixth year at Boise State and has an overall record of 92-74. The Broncos return four starters and eight letter winners from last year's team that went 12-15 overall and 6-10 in league play. Coach Jensen is 1-7 all-time versus Utah State.
Versus Boise State: Utah State is 15-4 versus the Broncos all-time, including a 4-4 record in Boise. The Aggies have won the last five meetings between the two schools and is 8-1 versus the Broncos since BSU joined the Big West Conference. USU has won its last two games in Boise. Utah State won the last meeting between the two teams earlier this year in Logan by a final score of 82-64.
Statistical Comparison: The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State and Boise State.
Category Utah State Boise State Games 26 25 Points 70.9 72.6 Points Allowed 57.8 73.0 FG Pct. 49.3 45.9 FG Pct. Def. 39.2 46.0 3FG Pct. 38.4 34.1 3FG Pct. Def. 32.0 35.8 FT Pct. 67.1 67.0 Rebounds 34.9 32.5 Reb. Margin +5.0 -2.7 Assists 15.3 14.1 Turnovers 14.8 15.1 TOs Forced 15.3 17.7 Blocks 4.0 3.0 Steals 6.1 7.0Winning 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 24-21 Pacific USU leads 38-17 UC Irvine USU leads 24-23 UC Santa Barbara USU leads 29-21 Total USU leads 179-111 (.617)
Success In The Big West: Utah State has won 30 of its last 32 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. 19, 2001, Utah State is tied for the second most wins in the country with 22. Only Stanford (23), Duke (23), and Georgia State (23) have more wins than the Aggies this year. Other teams with 22 wins are Iowa State and Hofstra.
One And Done: Utah State has been very resilient over the past two seasons when losing a game and bouncing back to wins its next contest. In fact, over the past 60 games, USU has not lost back-to-back games. The last time Utah State lost two games in a row was at the end of the 1998-99 season when the Aggies lost it last three games of the season.
On The Road Again: Utah State has won 16 of its last 19 road games, including a 14-2 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 7-3 on the road.
Second-Best Start Ever In League: Utah State is having another great start to its Big West Conference season as the Aggies are 11-2 on the year. The 1997-98 team was also 11-2 in league play before losing its 14th game. 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 13 of its last 16 opponents to 60 or fewer points. The Aggies had a stretch this season in which it held seven straight opponents to fewer than 60 points before Long Beach State scored 71 against USU. On the season, Utah State has held 16 of its opponents to 60 or less 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.
Fourth-Most Wins Ever: With its 22 wins on the season, the 2000-01 team now has the fourth-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, 1969-70, and 2000-01 teams that won 22 games. 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. USU has won at least 20 games in four of the last five seasons.
Versus The State Of Idaho: Utah State has won its last 10 games versus teams from the state of Idaho, including wins over Idaho State, Idaho twice, 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.
Fabulous February's: With all of the success that Utah State has had under head coach Stew Morrill, the Aggies have the most success in the month of February. Over the past two seasons, USU is 12-1 in the month of February and 16-5 in Morrill's three seasons at Utah State.
Recapping Last Week: In perhaps its best road game in the Stew Morrill era, Utah State cruised past UC Santa Barbara by a final score of 71-48. Santa Barbara played toe-to-toe with Utah State for the first seven minutes of the contest as the score was tied at 15. However, from that point on it was all USU as the Aggies went on a 21-6 run to end the half to take a 15-point advantage into the locker room. The Gauchos made an attempt to get back into the contest early in the second-half by opening the period with an 11-5 run in the first three minutes to cut the Aggie lead to nine at 41-32. Once again, USU responded with solid defense and consistent shooting to extend its lead to 20-points at 54-34 with just over 11 minutes remaining as the Aggies went on a 14-2 run. Utah State continued its defensive pressure for the duration of the game and held a 26-point lead at 71-45 before UCSB hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Aggie lead to 23 at 71-48. Utah State shot 56 percent from the field and went a perfect seven-of-seven from the free-throw line. Junior guard Tony Brown led all scorers with 16 points on six-of-11 shooting. Senior guard Dion Bailey tied his career-high with 12 points off the bench, and senior guard Bernard Rock just missed his first double-double of the season with eight points and a season-high 10 assists. Two nights later, Utah State played perhaps its worst game of the season losing at Long Beach State 71-56. Utah State opened the game with an 18-13 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game. However, after that, Long Beach State turned up the intensity on both sides of the ball and outscored the Aggies 15-2 over the next four minutes to take an eight-point advantage with just over five minutes remaining. USU regrouped and went on a 11-3 run to tie the game at 31 over the next two minutes, but the 49ers closed the half with 9-4 run to take a five-point advantage into the locker room. Senior forward Shawn Daniels had a monster first-half for Utah State with 12 points and 10 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season and 10th of his career. Utah State made one last run at Long Beach State early in the second-half by outscoring the 49ers 14-8 to close the game to 51-50 with just under 11 minutes remaining. But once again, LBSU answered the Aggie charge and went on a 19-5 run over the final 11 minutes to blow the Aggies out. Utah State finished the game by shooting just 40.7 percent from the field, but it was its lack of defense that was the difference as Long Beach State shot 49.2 percent. It was the first time in the last five games that the Aggies have allowed its opponent to shot better than 40 percent from the field and the best shooting performance against USU since Weber State shot 50 percent on Dec. 23, 2000. Daniels finished with a game-high 17 points and 13 rebounds, while junior guard Tony Brown became the 28th Aggie in school history to score 1,000 points with 13 on the night to give him 1,008 in his career. Senior center Dimitri Jorssen finished with 10 points. Junior center Travis Reed led Long Beach State with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
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 ninth 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 11th in scoring margin (+13.8).
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 fifth-best winning percentage in the country at 42-6 (.875). The following is a list of the top-five teams in the country since Jan. 1, 2000.
1. Stanford 39-5 (.886) 2. Duke 44-6 (.880) 3. Iowa State 43-6 (.878) 3. Michigan State 43-6 (.878) 5. Utah 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. Tony Brown 188 3. Tony Brown 465 4. Justin Jones183 4. Justin Jones408 5. Troy Rolle 112 5. Troy Rolle 304
Brown Scores 1,000 Points: Junior guard Tony Brown became the 28th player in Utah State history to score 1,000 points in a career this past Saturday at Long Beach State, and the first since Eric Franson accomplished the feat in 1995. Brown has 1,008 points in his career which ranks 26th all-time at USU. Brown also surpassed the 200 assist mark this year and is now tied for 14th all-time at USU with 228 assists. He is only the eighth player ever at Utah State to score 1,000 points and record 200 assists in a career.
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 14-1 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 30-2 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 59-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 60 games, and is 18-1 this season when leading at the half.
Daniels Third All-Time In Blocks: Senior forward Shawn Daniels is third all-time at Utah State with 104 career-blocks, trailing only Gilbert Pete (155) and Nate Wickizer (148). Daniels tied the USU single-season record with 58 blocks last season.
Daniels Fourth In The Country: Senior forward Shawn Daniels is currently fourth 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 1.77 a game.
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 18-0 on the season when Bernard Rock and Tony Brown score more points than its opponents. In fact, USU has won its last 33 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 Boise State: (See boxscore on page 20 of this release.) Utah State turned a two-point half-time advantage into an 18-point win over Boise State earlier this year in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Junior guard Tony Brown had a game-high 17 points for USU, while Bernard Rock continued his assault against the Broncos with 16 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Rock scored all 16 of his points in the second-half for the Aggies. Senior center Dimitri Jorssen had 15 points and senior forward Shawn Daniels added 12 points and seven rebounds. USU shot 59.6 percent in the game and held Boise State to just 40.7 percent. Abe Jackson led the Broncos with 21 points, while Delvin Armstrong had 20.
Morrill Versus Boise State: Head coach Stew Morrill is 11-6 all-time versus Boise State, including a 5-0 record at Utah State. Morrill was also 2-0 versus the Broncos at Colorado State and 4-6 versus BSU while at Montana.