Basketball Holds Second Scrimmage Of The Season During Hoops Fest 2000

Oct. 27, 2000

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's basketball team held its second scrimmage of the season tonight at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as part of Hoops Fest 2000 in front of a approximately 3,000 enthusiastic Aggie fans. USU ran four 10-minute scrimmages throughout the evening highlighted by a three-point shoot-out and slam dunk contest. Junior guard Tony Brown (Hyrum, Utah) won the shoot-out, while senior guard Dion Bailey took top honors in the dunk competition.

"I thought it was real positive to play in front of some people and see how we reacted," commented USU head coach Stew Morrill. "Even though we have a lot of veterans on this basketball team we still have not been in a game type atmosphere for a long time. I thought we played hard but we have to get a lot better if we are going to try and be the type of team that everybody thinks we are going to be. We are a long ways a way from doing that and maybe that is to be expected a little bit. My initial impression is that we are playing hard but we aren't very productive right now and we are a little bit out of shape and not executing anywhere near like we need to."

Senior forward Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.) led all Aggies in the scrimmage with 14 points on seven-of-nine shooting to go along with seven rebounds, while senior center Dimitri Jorssen (Theux, Belgium) added 13 points and seven rebounds. Junior center Jeremy Vague (San Marcos, Calif.) had 12 points on the evening, while Brown added 11 and senior guard Bernard Rock (New York, N.Y.) had 10 to round out the double-digit scorers. Overall, USU shoot .474 (45-95) as a team and had 32 assists with 21 turnovers.

Utah State will have one more week of practice before its first game of the season in an exhibition tilt against Global Sports on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 3:05 p.m. USU returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's Big West Championship team that set a school record with 28 wins, including a perfect 19-0 league mark.



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