Basketball Game Notes Versus Weber State
Dec. 21, 2000
Up Next: Utah State will host Weber State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Sat., Dec. 23, at 7:05 p.m. The Wildcats are 5-3 on the season and winners of its last two games over No. 22 Utah, 79-77, and Boise State in overtime 88-80.
Scouting The Wildcats: Weber State is 5-3 on the season after defeating Boise State 88-80 in overtime this past weekend in Ogden. The Wildcats also defeated Utah 79-77 in Salt Lake City, snapping the Utes 54-game homecourt winning streak. WSU split its two games with UC Riverside, winning at home and losing on the road. The Wildcats are 1-2 on the road this year and 3-0 at home. Sophomore guard Jermaine Boyette is averaging 20.3 points per game, while sophomore center Stephan Bachmann is scoring 13.8 points per game. Weber State returns two starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 18-10 overall and 10-6 in the Big Sky Conference.
Next Week: Utah State will be hosting the seventh annual Gossner Foods Classic next weekend, Dec. 29-30 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The first day of the tournament will see Air Force playing Cornell at 5:30 pm, followed by USU versus Albany at 8:05 pm The consolation game will be at 5:30 pm on Dec. 30, with the championship game taking place at 8:05 pm. USU is 12-0 all-time in the tournament.
Series History: This will be the 51st meeting between Utah State and Weber State, with the Aggies holding a 27-23 advantage. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 86-73 win in Ogden last year. The last time USU defeated WSU was on Dec. 27, 1997 in Logan by a final score of 71-65. The Aggies are 16-8 all-time against WSU in Logan.
Coach Morrill Versus The Competition: Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 7-6 all-time versus Weber State University. He was 7-3 against the Wildcats while at Montana, and was 0-1 at Colorado State. Since becoming USU's head coach, Morrill is 0-2 versus the Wildcats.
Versus The Big Sky Conference: Utah State is 168-94 (.641) all-time versus the Big Sky Conference, including a 59-55 win at Idaho State earlier this year. USU is 26-13 versus the Bengals, 28-14 versus Montana, 74-39 versus Montana State, 27-23 versus Weber State, 3-1 versus Portland State, 2-1 versus both Northern Arizona and Sacramento State, 4-0 versus Cal State Northridge, and 2-2 versus Eastern Washington.
Aggies Own California: Over the past two seasons, the Utah State basketball team has had its way with teams from the state of California. In fact, USU has won its last 13 games played against teams from the Golden State. The Aggies are 2-0 thus far this year with wins over Santa Clara and UC Riverside. Last year, USU went 11-0 against teams from the Golden State. All-time, USU is 252-169 (.599) versus teams from the state of California.
One And Done: Utah State continued its string of not losing more than one game in a row in tack with a 76-62 win at UC Riverside this past week, after losing at BYU last Saturday 69-67. The last time USU lost two games in a row was at the end of the 1998-99 season, a span of 43 games. The Aggies lost its last three games to end the year that season.
On The Road Again: After snapping a 10-game road winning streak at BYU last weekend, Utah State waisted little time in starting a new road streak with a 76-62 win at UC Riverside. USU has won 11 of its last 12 road games over the past two seasons. 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.
Aggies Love Hump Day: Wednesday games have been very kind to Utah State over the past two years, as USU is 5-0 on Hump Day's over the past two seasons. USU will play on Wednesday once more this season at UC Irvine, Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Losing Against BYU A Good Thing?: Despite losing to its in-state rival for the third straight year, maybe losing to the Cougars is a good thing for Utah State. After losing to BYU last year at home, USU went on to win 19 straight games before losing to Conneticut in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies also won 18 straight regular season games after losing to BYU last year.
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 in the championship game of the Top of the World Classic on Nov. 19, 2000. USU has however compiled a 47-2 mark when leading at halftime over its last 49 games, and is 5-1 this season when leading at the half.
Not Themselves: Unlike last year when Utah State won every game in which it had the lead with five minutes remaining in the game, this year has not been as kind to the Aggies down the stretch. Nine games into the season, the Aggies have already lost two games in which they lead with five minutes remaining. In fact, USU had the lead in both of those games with one minute remaining. Furthermore, against Austin Peay, the Governors never led in the game and tied it with four seconds remaining before winning in overtime. Against BYU, USU held the lead for over 19 minutes in the second half before BYU hit two free-throws with seven seconds left to get the win.
Keep It Under 60: Utah State has been unbeatable as of late when its opponents score less than 60 points in a game. Thus far this year, USU is 3-0 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 55-52 loss at New Mexico State on Feb. 25, 1999. Utah State is 15-0 since that game when allowing fewer than 60 points and 19-1 in two plus years under head coach Stew Morrill.
The Giant Is Alive: Senior center Dimitri Jorssen has done something over the past three games for Utah State that he has never done before at USU. For the first time in his career, a span of 66 games, Jorssen has scored in double-digits in three straight games for the Aggies. The Belguim native began his streak with 14 points against Montana Tech and followed that up with 15 points at BYU this past weekend. At UC Riverside on Wednesday night, Jorssen added to his string of double-digit games with 12 points. Jorssen has scored in double-figures five times this season, which ties for the team lead with Bernard Rock. Prior to this year, Jorssen scored in double-figures a total of 11 times, giving him 16 in his career.
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. Justin Jones183 3. Justin Jones408 4. Tony Brown 146 4. Tony Brown 364 5. Troy Rolle 112 5. Troy Rolle 304
11-Game Home Court Winning Streak: Utah State has won its last 11 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 24 of its last 25 games at home.
Morrill Wins Number 50 At USU: Utah State head coach Stew Morrill recorded his 50th win at Utah State this Wednesday at UC Riverside with a 76-62 Aggie win. He became the seventh coach in the history of Utah State basketball to record at least 50 wins.
Balance Scoring: As was the case last year, Utah State is once again getting balanced scoring out of its five starters. Last season, USU had four starters average double-figures in scoring, with the fifth starter averaging almost nine points per game. This year, USU once again has four starters averaging double-figures in scoring, and the fifth starter is averaging 9.4 points per contest.
Putting The Clamps On: When the season started for Utah State its defense in the second half was horrible as USU allowed three of its first four opponents to shoot over 50 percent from the field in the second half. Those first four opponents were also averaging 37 points in the second half. Well, in the past five games for USU that percentage has gone way down. Since allowing Colorado-Colorado Springs to shoot over 50 percent from the floor in the second half, USU has held its last four opponents to a combined 29 percent from the floor (37-126) and only 24.8 points in the second period.
Inside The Numbers: Nine games into the season, Utah State has established itself as one of the best shooting teams in the history of Aggie basketball. The Aggies are currently shooting 50.8 percent from the floor on the season. Only seven other teams have shot over 50 percent from the floor since the 1957-58 season. USU is also shooting 40 percent from three-point range thus far. The only other Utah State team to shoot over 40 percent from behind the arc was the 1997-98 team that shot 42.9 percent from three-point range.
Aggies Go When Brown And Daniels Go: It is becoming more and more apparent than the key to Utah State's success is related to Tony Brown and Shawn Daniels having good offensive nights. The Aggies have won 13 of its last 14 games when Brown scores in double-figures, and is 25-6 over the past two seasons when Daniels scores 10 or more points. Furthermore, Utah State is 9-0 when Daniels has a double-double and 6-0 when Brown scores 20 or more points in a single game.
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 325-96 (.772) at home. Over the past three seasons, the Aggies have compiled an incredible 46-3 (.939) record at home. USU has won 56 of its last 59 games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum dating back to the 1996-97 season.
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 31-3 (.912) at home. The only other Aggie coach to have similiar success at the Spectrum was Dutch Belnap who went 31-1 in his first 32 games at home.
Sellout At The Spectrum: Utah State had its 20th sellout at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum this past Wednesday against Utah. The largest crowd ever to see a game at the Spectrum was on Jan. 20, 1973 when 11,114 fans packed the house to see the Aggies face BYU.
Close Losses: Utah State has struggled a bit thus far in close games as the Aggies are 5-2 in games decided by nine points or less and 3-2 in games decided by four points or less. Last year, USU was 12-2 in games decided by nine points or less.