Utah State Set for Third In-State Clash, Hosting Weber State
Dec. 20, 2016

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• Utah State hosts Weber State on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., marking the third in-state clash for Utah State this season.

The Last Meeting
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November 13, 2015
Ogden, Utah
Free Throws and Second Half Run Seal Season-Opening Victory for Aggie Hoops
OGDEN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball redshirt junior guard Shane Rector hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play and the Aggie defense stood its ground to preserve a 73-70, season-opening victory at Weber State on Friday night.

• The game can be heard live on KVNU (AM 610) or online at 610kvnu.com. Fans can also watch the game via a free online video stream at www.utahstateaggies.com/videos.

• Utah State is 42-26 all-time against Weber State, including a 25-8 mark inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Things Of Note

• Senior wing Jalen Moore needs three more points to move to No. 17 on the all-time scoring list, tying Mike Santos (1975-78) with 1,287 career points. Next on the list is Preston Medlin (1999, 03-05) with 1,368 career points.

• Moore has scored in double figures in 23 consecutive games and needs eight more games in double figures to tie for No. 9 for the longest streak of double-digit outings.

• Senior guard Shane Rector has recorded at least two steals in each of the last four games. Rector is one game shy of tying his longest double-digit scoring streak, having scored in double figures in each of the last five games.


 

 

• Freshman guard Koby McEwen leads all freshmen in the Mountain West with 29.8 minutes per game. McEwen is also among the top-10 of the league in assist/turnover ratio (6th, 1.5) and assists (7th, 3.2 apg).

• Al Lewis, the Voice of the Aggies, will be calling his 1,000th game for USU radio when Utah State faces the Wildcats.

• Wednesday night’s game will feature a pair of head coaches who were both assistants under former Utah State head coach Stew Morrill. USU head coach Tim Duryea was an assistant to Morrill for 14 years and WSU head coach Randy Rahe was an assistant for five seasons.

Scouting Weber State

Weber State is 4-6 on the year and coming off of back-to-back victories over West Coast Baptist (107-51) and Utah Valley (93-85).

The Wildcats are averaging 77.8 points per game and shooting 48.0 percent (269-of-561) from the floor, 39.5 percent (88-of-223) from behind the 3-point line and 67.6 percent (150-of-22) from the free throw line. Senior guard Jeremy Senglin leads WSU with 18.7 points per game and is the only Wildcat averaging double-digit scoring. In addition to leading the team in points, Senglin also paces Weber State with 27 assists on the year, tying sophomore guard Cody John with 2.7 assists per game.

Defensively, teams are averaging 67.9 points per game against Weber State and shooting 43.5 percent (257-of-591) from the floor, 35.5 percent (61-of-172) from behind the 3-point line and 71.2 percent (104-of-146) from the free throw line. Junior guard Ryan Richardson leads the team with 11 steals and sophomore post Zach Braxton leads the Wildcats with 11 blocks.

Head coach Randy Rahe is in his 11th season and has compiled an overall mark of 212-119 over that span.  Two of Weber State’s assistants have ties to Utah State as associate head coach Eric Duft was on the staff at Hutchinson Junior College with USU head coach Tim Duryea, and assistant coach Dave Marek was the video coordinator for the Aggies the past two seasons.

USU Head Coach Tim Duryea on Weber State
"They're a typical Weber State team; they're physical, and can score it at the block. Their last game, they really shot the ball really well. It was by far their best offensive game of the year. (Jeremy) Senglin, (Dusty) Baker, (Ryan) Richardson, those guys can all shoot it. Zach (Braxton) is improving at the low block, much improved over last year when we played them in the first game of his career. He can operate down there one-on-one. They give you problems all over the floor defensively because they can make you decide how you're going to guard the post, and then they can shoot it from the three. We have to have our most solid defensive game since Cancun to compete. Offensively, we have to smooth it out a little bit, find a little more rhythm and turn the ball over less. One thing about Weber you can count on is they're not going to beat themselves. They're not going to turn the ball over with unforced errors, and you're going to have to play well. The last time they came in here, we went into the halftime locker room down 18 points and really got it taken to us. At the end of the game, I think we had won by 20, so it was a drastic change and a drastic sway in momentum and performance. We've had a lot of really wild games with them in the Spectrum, so don't expect anything different."

Series History against Weber State

Utah State leads the all-time series against Weber State 42-26, including a home record of 25-8. The Aggies have won each of the last four games, eight of the last nine and 14 of the last 16.

Utah State Against In-State Opponents

Utah State is 47-17 against in-state opponents since 2000, posting an overall mark of 15-3 against Weber State, 12-0 against Utah Valley, 6-0 against Southern Utah and a 7-4 mark against Utah. The Aggies only trail BYU, 10-7, since the turn of the millennium.

Last Time Against Weber State

OGDEN, Utah - Utah State men’s basketball junior guard Shane Rector hit a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play and the Aggie defense stood its ground to preserve a 73-70, season-opening victory at Weber State on Nov. 13, 2015.

The Aggies were led by a trio of double-digit scorers, in senior guard Chris Smith (19 points), redshirt junior forward Lew Evans (17 points) and Rector (15 points).

The Wildcats had a 58-54 lead with 8:38 to play when Utah State put together a back-breaking 15-2 run to take a 69-60 advantage, starting with a Rector jumper and ending with a layup by Evans. Weber State then made a late push, putting together a 10-2 run over the final three minutes to pull within one, 71-70, with 15 seconds to play. Rector was then fouled on the ensuing inbound and calmly converted both to put the Aggies back up three, 73-70. Weber State missed a final 3-point attempt and mishandled an offensive rebound as time expired, giving Utah State the victory.

Last Time Against Weber State at Home

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men’s basketball was down 18 going into the half, but held Weber State to just 14 points in the second to come back and post a 72-61 victory on Nov. 14, 2014.

Redshirt freshman forward David Collette poured in 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added six rebounds, and game highs of two blocks and five steals in his Aggie debut. Sophomore wing Jalen Moore was just behind with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding a career-high eight rebounds.

Weber State went scoreless for more than five minutes in the second half, allowing the Aggies to put together a 17-0 run to turn a 53-45 deficit into a 62-53 lead with just over seven minutes to play.

Coming Up

Utah State will open its Mountain West slate at home against Boise State on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play and Rod Tueller providing color. Fans can also watch the game on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687) with Drew Goodman providing play-by-play and Joe Cravens serving as the analyst.

Tim Duryea Coach’s Show

Utah State head coach Tim Duryea will join Al Lewis on most Mondays throughout the men’s basketball season from 6:05 to 7 p.m. The next show is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 26, at the Pizza Pie Cafe on 1400 North.

Basketball Coach’s Luncheon

Utah State men’s basketball will host seven coach’s luncheons this season, hosted by Aggies Unlimited. The next luncheon is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, on the third floor of the West Stadium Center in Maverik Stadium.

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