Shawn Daniels Leads Aggies To Victory Over CU-Colorado Springs
Nov. 25, 2000
LOGAN, Utah -- - Behind senior forward Shawn Daniels' career-high 28 points, the Utah State basketball team slipped past Division II Colorado-Colorado Springs, 68-61, Saturday night at the Spectrum. The win snapped a one-game losing streak for the Aggies, who improved to 3-1 on the year. The Mountain Lions fell to 0-3.
"That big boy, Shawn Daniels," said Colorado Springs head coach Ed Pipes, " that young man was unbelievable. "
Daniels, a 6-foot-6 native of Bakersfield, Calif., took control of the game early as he connected on his first four shots from the field to pace the Aggies to a 12-2 lead just four minutes into the game. Daniels stayed hot throughout the first half as he hit on all eight of his shots from the field. USU took a 30-21 lead over the Mountain Lions into the break.
The Aggies started the second half slowly is it took them nearly four minutes to get on the board. But behind 10 points from Daniels, Utah State opened up a 50-35 lead with 9:21 left. The Aggies eventually pushed it out to 17 points, 63-46, on a layup by senior forward Curtis Bobb (Aurora, Colo.) with 3:05 to go.
Colorado Springs made it interesting by connecting on several long range three-pointers to come within single digits of USU with under 30 seconds to go. Guard Wayne Rhymes led the Mountain Lions with five three-pointers and 21 points.
"We did a really good job in the second half," said Daniels, who added a team-high seven rebounds. "They played us well throughout the whole game. We didn't know what to expect. They came out and played us really hard."
Senior center Dimitri Jorssen (Theux, Belgium) was the only other Aggie to join Daniels in double figures as he added 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the floor, 1 of 3 from the free-throw line.
As a team, USU shot 56 percent from the field, but just 20 percent from behind the three-point line. The Mountain Lions shot 46 percent overall and 38.1 percent from three-point range.
Utah State will be in action this Wednesday, Nov. 29, when the Aggies travel to Pocatello, Idaho, for a game against Idaho State at Holt Arena, beginning at 7:05 p.m.