Men's Basketball Release For The Week Of Feb. 26, 2001
Feb. 26, 2001
Utah State Aggies (22-5, 11-3) Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F # 5 Shawn Daniels 6-6 260 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. 12.3 6.7 1.7* F #22 Curtis Bobb 6-5 210 Sr. Aurora, Colo. 10.4 5.1 1.5 C #14 Dimitri Jorssen 7-0 245 Sr. Theux, Belgium 8.9 4.3 0.9* G #10 Bernard Rock 5-10 155 Sr. New York, N.Y. 10.4 3.0 4.2 G #31 Tony Brown 6-3 195 Jr. Hyrum, Utah 12.1 2.7 3.4 vs. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (13-12, 9-5) Probable Starters Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG APG F #30 Mark Hull 6-7 200 So. Glendale, Calif. 14.0 4.1 1.8 F #33 B. Fullove 6-4 210 Fr. Simi Valley, Calif. 12.0 5.0 3.3 C #40 Mike Vukovich 6-9 235 Jr. Huntington Beach 11.3 5.6 1.4* G # 5 Jacoby Atako 6-1 180 Fr. Santa Monica, Calif. 4.8 2.3 3.1 G #41 Nick Jones 6-4 185 Fr. Ventura, Calif. 10.2 4.3 1.1 *blocks per gameUp Next: Utah State will finish the regular season this weekend against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The Aggies will host the Gauchos on Thursday, Mar. 1, at 7:05 p.m., before playing the Mustangs on Saturday, Mar. 3, at 5:07 p.m. The game against Cal Poly is being televised by ESPN.
Scouting The Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara is 13-12 on the season and currently in third-place in the Big West Conference with a 9-5 record. The Gauchos have won eight of its last nine games with its only loss coming to Utah State in Santa Barbara by a final score of 71-48. UCSB has four players averaging double-figures in points on the season led by sophomore forward Mark Hull at 14.0. The Gauchos are 4-7 on the road thus far this year and are 4-2 on the road in league play. Head coach Bob Williams is in his third season at UCSB an has an overall record of 42-39. The Gauchos return two starters and seven letter winners from last year's team that went 14-14 on the season and finished in second-place in the Western Division of the Big West with a 10-6 league mark.
Aggies Welcome ESPN: Utah State has been unbeatable as of late when playing in front of a national audience on ESPN. The Aggies have won 10 of its last 11 games on ESPN, including a 76-60 win over Long Beach State earlier this season. Last year, USU was 2-0 on ESPN and ESPN2, defeating Idaho on the road and New Mexico State in the championship game of the Big West Tournament.
Statistical Comparison: The following is a statistical comparision between Utah State and UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Category Utah State UCSB Cal Poly Games 27 25 25 Points 71.1 70.2 82.0 Points Allowed 58.6 70.1 81.4 FG Pct. 49.2 44.0 44.4 FG Pct. Def. 39.5 41.5 45.8 3FG Pct. 38.9 33.2 35.7 3FG Pct. Def. 32.2 32.7 37.3 FT Pct. 66.3 72.0 68.3 Rebounds 35.0 36.8 40.8 Reb. Margin +5.0 +1.3 +4.7 Assists 15.3 14.4 12.3 Turnovers 14.9 16.0 15.2 TOs Forced 15.3 14.5 14.4 Blocks 3.9 2.4 3.6 Steals 6.1 6.0 6.6Winning 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 15-5 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 179-112 (.615)Success In The Big West: Utah State has won 30 of its last 33 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.
Third Most Wins In The Country: As of Feb. 26, 2001, Utah State is tied with 10 other teams for the third most wins in the country with 22. Stanford, Duke, and Georgia State have the most wins in the country with 25, followed by Iowa State (23), St. Joseph's (23), and Hofstra (23).
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. That 21-game winning streak at home is the fifth longest streak in the country. Michigan State leads the country with a 43 game winning streak at home, while Iowa State has won 34 in a row. Detroit is third with 31 wins, followed by Southern Utah with 22 and Utah State at 21.
20-Game Home Court Winning Streak In League: In league play, Utah State has won its last 20 home games and 39 of its last 40. Over the past two seasons, USU has won 13 of its 14 league games by at least 10 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 335-96 (.777) at home. Over the past five seasons, the Aggies have compiled an incredible 66-3 (.956) record at home.
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 40-3 (.930) at home.
Second-Best Start Ever In League: Utah State is having another great Big West Conference season as the Aggies are 11-3 on the year. The 1997-98 team was also 11-3 in league play before finishing with a 13-3 conference record. The 1999-2000 team holds the school record with a 16-0 league mark.
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.
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 195 3. Tony Brown 476 4. Justin Jones183 4. Justin Jones408 5. Troy Rolle 112 5. Troy Rolle 304Brown Scores 1,000 Points: Junior guard Tony Brown became the 28th player in Utah State history to score 1,000 points in a career on Feb. 17 at Long Beach State, and the first since Eric Franson accomplished the feat in 1995. Brown has 1,030 points in his career which ranks 25th all-time at USU. Brown also surpassed the 200 assist mark this year and is now 14th all-time at USU with 231 assists. He is only the eighth player ever at Utah State to score 1,000 points and record 200 assists in a career.
Brown Ties Career-High With Seven Three's: Junior guard Tony Brown tied his career-high with seven three-pointers Saturday night at Boise State, going seven-of-11 from behind the arc. Brown also made seven three's at New Mexico State last season. As a team, USU made 12 three's in the game which was just one shy of a school record and the most this season. Senior guard Bernard Rock also made a career-high five three-pointers in the contest.
Daniels Picking It Up: Senior forward Shawn Daniels has shifted into another gear over the past month increasing his scoring and rebounding over the past seven games. During that stretch, Daniels has averaged 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest and has scored in double-figures in six of those seven games. He has also recorded a double-double in each of his last two games.
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 105 career-blocks, trailing only Gilbert Pete (155) and Nate Wickizer (148). Daniels tied the USU single-season record with 58 blocks last season. His career-average of 1.72 is the best per game block average in school history.
Daniels Sixth In The Country: Senior forward Shawn Daniels is currently sixth in the country in field-goal percentage at 62.4 percent. That mark is the best in the Big West. He also leads the league in blocked shots at 1.74 a game.
Rock 12th All-Time In Assists: Senior guard Bernard Rock has moved into 12th place all-time at Utah State with 261 career-assists. He has averaged 4.3 assists in his career which is fifth-best all-time at USU.
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. 19, USU is third in the country in points allowed (57.8) and 10th in the country in field-goal percentage defense (39.2). Furthermore, the Aggies are 11th in the country in field-goal percentage (49.3), ninth in winning percentage (.846), 12th in scoring margin (+13.1), and 34th in three-point field-goal percentage (38.3).
Back-To-Back Losses: For the first time in two years, covering 61 games, Utah State has lost back-to-back contests as the Aggies lost its last two road games at Long Beach State 71-56 and at Boise State 78-77 in overtime. The last time USU lost two games in a row was at the end of the 1998-99 season when Utah State lost its last three games of the season.
Backcourt Streak Over: Utah State had been unbeatable over the past two seasons when the backcourt tandem of Bernard Rock and Tony Brown outscored its opponent's backcourt. The Aggies were a perfect 33-0 over the past two seasons when Rock and Brown outscored its opponent's backcourt before losing at Boise State in overtime Saturday night. Rock and Brown combined for 44 points in the game,while BSU's backcourt scored just 13 points.
Looking Ahead to the Conference Tournament: Utah State will be the second-place team at the 2001 Big West Tournament from Mar. 8-10 in Anaheim, Calif. and play the seventh-place team at 2:30 (PST) on Wednesday, Mar. 8. The Aggies will play either Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, or Idaho in its first-round matchup.
Where's The Defense: Utah State's defense has been shady at best over the past two games, and has resulted in back-to-back losses. Against Long Beach State, the 49ers shot 49.2 percent from the floor, and against Boise State, the Broncos shot 46.7 percent. Prior to that, USU had held its last four opponents to below 40 percent shooting from the field and five of its last six. This season, Utah State is 1-4 when its opponent shots better than 46 percent from the field with its lone with coming at home against Weber State. Last season, USU was 4-5 when its opponent shot better than 46 percent from the floor. Thus, nine of USU's 11 losses over the past two years have happened when its opponents shot over 46 percent from the floor.
A Look At Cal Poly: Cal Poly is 9-16 on the season and tied for eighth-place in the Big West Conference with a 3-11 league mark. The Mustangs have lost its last three games and four of its last five. Cal Poly is 3-7 on the road this season and 2-4 away from home in league play. Senior forward Chris Bjorklund is the league's second-leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, while the Mustangs are the conference's most explosive offensive team averaging 82.0 points per contest. Interim head coach Kevin Bromley is 4-9 this season since taking over on Jan. 13, 2001. The Mustangs return three starters and six letter winners from last year's team that went 10-18 overall and finished in fifth-place of the Western Division with a 5-11 record.
Versus The Mustangs: Utah State is a perfect 6-0 all-time against Cal Poly, including a 82-69 win earlier this season in San Luis Obispo. The Aggies are 3-0 all-time against the Mustangs at home.
Versus UC Santa Barbara: Utah State is 29-21 all-time against the Gauchos including a 16-6 record at home. UCSB was the last Big West team to win a game in Logan on Jan. 16, 1999 by a final score of 66-65 in overtime. The Aggies have won six of the last eight games versus UC Santa Barbara.
Morrill Versus This Week's Opponent's: Head coach Stew Morrill is 2-2 all-time against UC Santa Barbara, including a 0-1 mark at home. Morrill is 3-0 all-time against Cal Poly, including a 1-0 record at home.
All Or Noting: It has been all or nothing for Utah State in the Big West Conference this season as the Aggies have won all 11 of its league games by at least 10 points. No other team in school history won has many league games by double-digits.
Close Losses: Of Utah State's five losses on the season, four have come by a combined total of 12 points. Two of those losses were in overtime (Austin Peay and Boise State), one was by two points (BYU) and the other five points (UCI).
Recapping the Boise State Game: Utah State lost its second straight Big West game for the first time in two years by a final score of 78-77 in overtime at Boise State Saturday night. The Aggies struggled throughout the first-half committing 13 turnovers and scoring just 26 points. Fortunately for USU, its defense held BSU to just 42 percent shooting in the first-half and the Aggies went into the locker room tied with the Broncos. Boise recaptured the lead early in the second-half on a three-pointer by Abe Jackson, but the Aggies responded with a 28-11 run over the next nine-plus minutes to take a 14-point lead at 57-43. During that offensive explosion by Utah State, the Aggies made seven straight three-pointers (four by Tony Brown and three by Bernard Rock). As quickly as USU got the lead it was gone as the Broncos went on a 17-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 60-59 lead. The Broncos extended its lead to four points with just over two minutes remaining before the Aggies tied it on a layup by Rock with just under a minute remaining. After a Boise turnover, USU had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Rock's 15-footer went wide-right. In overtime, BSU opened a five-point lead with 1:30 remaining before USU got baskets from Shawn Daniels and Rock to cut the lead to one. After Boise missed two free-throws with 12 seconds remaining the Aggies had another shot to win the game but couldn't get a shot off as the buzzer sounded. USU shot 47.4 percent in the game, but allowed Boise State to shot 46.7 percent. Rock and Brown led USU with 22 points each, while Daniels recorded his second straight double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high five assists. Senior center Dimitri Jorssen added 14 points for Utah State.
Last Meeting With UC Santa Barbara: (See boxscore on page 23 of this release.) Utah State played perhaps its best basketball game of the season at UC Santa Barbara two weeks ago as the Aggies roared to a 71-48 win. Tony Brown led USU with 16 points, while Dion Bailey came off the bench to tie his career-high with 12 points. Bernard Rock just missed a double-double in the game with eight points and a season-high 10 assists. After the game was tied at 15, the Aggies closed the half with a 21-6 run to open a 15-point lead going into the locker room. The Gauchos opened the second-half with an 11-5 run to close the lead to nine points, but USU responded with a 13-2 run over the next six minutes to build a 20-point lead. Utah State shot 56 percent in the contest and held UCSB to just 36.6 percent. Mike Vukovich led the Gauchos with 10 points.
Last Meeting With Cal Poly: (See boxscore on page 20 of this release.) Utah State won its 20th league game in a row at the time by opening the conference season with a 82-69 win at Cal Poly. Senior forward Shawn Daniels led USU with 24 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Curtis Bobb had 19 points and six boards. Senior guard Bernard Rock had 12 points and eight assists, while junior guard Tony Brown added 14 points. The Aggies jumped on the Mustangs early, opening a 24-8 lead in the first nine minutes and took a 13-point lead into the half. The lead continued to shrink in the second-half as Cal Poly got within four points at 58-54 before USU went on a 12-2 run to open a 14-point advantage. Utah State shot 50 percent in the game and held Cal Poly to 44 percent. Senior forward Chris Bjorklund led Cal Poly with 19 points.
Aggies vs. UC Santa Barbara Name G FGM-FGA Reb-Avg. Pts.Avg Dion Bailey 2 6-8 (.750) 6-3.0 15-7.5 Curtis Bobb 2 7-16 (.438) 6-3.0 22-11.0 Tony Brown 4 18-45 (.400) 7-1.8 56-14.0 Shawn Daniels 2 9-16 (.562) 16-8.0 22-11.0 Dimitri Jorssen 3 7-13 (.538) 13-4.3 19-6.3 Brennan Ray 2 1-3 (.333) 2-1.0 2-1.0 Bernard Rock 2 6-11 (.545) 16-8.0* 15-7.5* Indicates assists instead of rebounds.
Aggies In The Clutch (Free Throw Shooting with less than three minutes remaining in the game.) Player FTM FTA PCT. Shawn Daniels 2 2 1.000 Toraino Johnson 2 2 1.000 Jeremy Vague 2 2 1.000 Tony Brown 15 17 .882 Bernard Rock 38 45 .844 Thomas Vincent 5 6 .833 Brennan Ray 3 4 .750 Curtis Bobb 8 12 .667 Dimitri Jorssen 5 9 .556 Dion Bailey 2 4 .500 Chad Evans 1 2 .500 Jason Napier 0 2 .000 Totals 83 107 .776