Game #3 Weber State (1-1)
at Utah State (2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 24 • 7:00 p.m.
Logan, UT • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: FM-106.9 “The Zone”
TV: KMYU & ESPN 3
Live stats: utahstateaggies.com
Series: Utah State leads 38-26
Streak: Weber State 1 win
In Logan: Utah State leads 22-8
Last meeting: 11/15/11 - Ogden - WSU 73, USU 63
• After more than a week off the Weber State men’s basketball team will be back in action this weekend as the Wildcats head to Logan to take on in-state rival Utah State.
• The Wildcats and Aggies will square off at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
• This will be the 65th meeting between the two teams. WSU is 8-22 all-time in Logan and has lost eight straight to the Aggies in Logan.
• Weber State is 1-1 on the season following a 68-67 overtime loss at San Jose State last Thursday.• Northern Colorado is 9-17 overall and 5-9 in Big Sky play and fighting for one of the final three spots in the Big Sky Tournament.
• The Aggies enter the game 2-1 on the season.
• Saturday’s game will be televised on KMYU and ESPN 3.
Saturday’s game will be heard live on FM-106.9 “The Zone” with Carl Arky, the 2011 Utah Sportscaster of the Year, calling the action.
The game will also be televised locally in Utah on KMYU-TV with Mychal Clanton and Brooks Hansen calling the action. KMYU is available in Utah on Comcast Channel 22 and DirecTV and Dish Network channel 12. In addition, the game will be shown online on ESPN 3. Live stats will be available at utahstateaggies.com.
WILDCATS DROP FIRST ROAD GAME
Weber State is coming off a 68-67 overtime loss at San Jose State last Thursday in WSU’s second game of the season. The Wildcats trailed by 14 points early in the second half but battled back to force overtime. The ‘Cats held a lead late in overtime but four straight free throws by the Spartans sealed the victory in overtime. Weber State shot 39 percent from the field for the game and committed 16 turnovers.
DAVION BERRY leads wildcats ONCE AGAIN
For the second-straight game the Wildcats were led in scoring by junior Davion Berry who posted a career-high 21 points in Thursday’s game at San Jose State. Berry, finished the day 8-17 from the field and added three rebounds and three assists on the night. He scored 17 points in WSU’s season opening win over Arizona Christian. After two games Berry is tied for first in the Big Sky in scoring at 19 points per game.
The Oakland, Calif. native was a Division II All-American at Cal State Monterey Bay before transferring to Weber State. He sat out last season with the Wildcats as a transfer.
ANOTHER DOUBLE DIGIT REBOUNDING GAME FOR BOLOMBOY
Weber State freshman Joel Bolomboy has played in two games in his career and has two games with double digits in rebounding. Bolomboy pulled down 11 rebounds in Thursday’s game at San Jose State. The Fort Worth, Texas native scored five points off the bench against the Spartans. He had 16 points and 10 rebounds in Friday’s victory over Arizona Christian.
After two games Bolomboy leads the Big Sky in rebounding at 10.5 per game.
GELAUN WHEELWRIGHT POSTS SEASON-HIGH
The other Wildcat to score in double figures in Thursday’s game was sophomore guard Gelaun Wheelwright who added 10 points along with two rebounds, to assists and two steals. Wheelwright finished the night 4-7 shooting off the bench for the Wildcats. He scored nine points in WSU’s season-opening win over Arizona Christian.
WSU junior forward Byron Fulton has missed both games so far this season after having his right knee scoped. He is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game at Utah State.
BIG SKY RANKINGS
After two games Weber State leads the Big Sky in scoring margin, rebounding offense (44.5), three-point field goal percentage (.487) and rebounding margin (+13.0). WSU is also second in the league in scoring offense, scoring defense, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point defense, blocks and assists.
Wildcats picked second in Big Sky preseason polls
The University of Montana was picked to repeat as Big Sky men’s basketball champions according to a preseason coaches and media polls. Weber State was picked second in both polls, marking the first time in five seasons that the Wildcats were not picked to win the conference title in the preseason polls.
Montana, who posted a 15-1 conference record last season and won the conference tournament, garnered eight first place votes and 98 total points in the coaches polls. They had 24 first-place votes in the media poll and totaled 344 points.
Weber State was second with 92 points in the coaches poll and had three first-place votes. The Wildcats also had eight first-place votes in the media poll and totaled 318 points. Northern Colorado came in third in the coaches poll and fourth in the media poll. Eastern Washington was third in the media poll and finished sixth in the coaches poll. New conference member North Dakota came in fourth.
A look back at the Weber State 2011-12 season
Weber State is coming off one of the best seasons in schools history as the Wildcats finished with a 25-7 overall record and advanced to their fourth straight post-season tournament appearance. WSU finished second in the Big Sky regular season with a 14-2 record and advanced to the finals of the conference tournament. WSU advanced to the collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament where they won a first round game. Weber State has won 10 or more conference games for six straight seasons.
The Wildcats lost three players off last year’s squad including Big Sky MVP and All-American Damian Lillard, who finished his career as one of the top players in Weber State and Big Sky history. Lillard finished second in the nation in scoring last season and became the first player in Big Sky history to be named to an All-American team. He leaves as Weber State’s career leader in three-pointers and free throws made and is second in school history in career scoring and assists. Lillard was selected as the sixth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Also gone off last year’s team are Kyle Bullinger and Darin Mahoney. The three Wildcats combined to play in 343 career games with the Wildcats.
ABOUT UTAH STATE
The Aggies of Utah State enter Saturday’s game with a 2-1 overall record and will conclude a four-game homestand on Saturday. The Aggies defeated Big Sky member Idaho State 56-48 in the home opener then lost 67-58 to Saint Mary’s last Thursday. They are coming off a 77-68 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi last week.
Utah State is averaging 63.7 points per game so far this season and is outrebounding their opponents by 14 per game. They are shooting 44 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range. Individually Jarred Shaw leads the team averaging 14 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. Preston Medlin and Kyisean Reed are both averaging 12.7 points per game.
The Aggies have won 26 straight home games against in-state opponents and is 28-1 at home against teams from the state of Utah under Coach Stew Morrill. The only in-state team to defeat Utah State at home under Morrill was BYU in 2000.
HEAD COACH STEW MORRILL
The Aggies are coached by Stew Morrill who is in his 27th season as a collegiate head coach and his 15th season as the head coach at Utah State. Morrill enters this week with a 347-120 (.743) overall record at Utah State and is 175-55 in conference games. He is the winningest coach in USU history and has guided the Aggies to 13 straight 21-win seasons and 13 straight postseason appearances. Utah State has won 91.8 percent of its home games under Morrill including a 106-9 record in non-conference games. Morrill is 11-6 in his career against Weber State.
WSU head coach Randy Rahe spent 13 seasons as an assistant for Coach Morrill at Colorado State and Utah State. Rahe is 2-6 in his career as head coach against Utah State.
Utah State holds a 38-26 all-time series advantage over Weber State and the Aggies have won four of the last five games and 10 of the last 12 over Weber State. In games played in Logan the Aggies lead 23-8 all-time over the Wildcats and have won eight straight and 14 of the last 15. WSU’s last win in Logan came on Dec. 7, 1993 when the ‘Cats won 87-86. Weber State trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half before battling back to win. Jimmy Degraffenried made a 40-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to seal the win.
LAST MEETING - 11/15/11 - OGDEN - WSU 73-63
Weber State defeated the Aggies 73-63 last November at the Dee Events Center, snapping a four-game Utah State winning streak in the series. The Aggies outshot the Wildcats 45 percent to 37 percent but Weber State was 12-23 from three-point land and recorded 10 steals on the night. Scott Bamforth led the way with a career-high 28 points on 7-12 shooting, including 7-9 from three-point land. Damian Lillard added 17 points. Morgan Grim led the Aggies with 19 points.
LAST MEETING IN LOGAN - 11/13/10 - USU 77-65
In the season opener for both teams Utah State defeated Weber State 77-65 two years ago in Logan. Utah State outrebounded the Wildcats 41-31 and shot 45 percent from the field, despite shooting 1-12 from three-point land. Brokeith Pane led the Aggies with 23 points and Tai Wesley added 19 points and nine rebounds. Damian Lillard had 28 points to lead Weber State.
QUOTING WSU HEAD COACH RANDY RAHE
“Despite the loss I think we learned a lot about our team at San Jose State. We came out a little nervous in the first half but we fought back hard in the second half and showed some toughness. I was proud of their effort and how they kept playing hard.
“Obviously Utah State is a very good basketball team and it’s an extremely tough place to play. This will be a good test for our team to be put in a tough situation and see what we can do.”
After Saturday’s game Weber State will conclude its three-game road trip playing at the University of Dayton next Wednesday, Nov. 28. WSU will open a three-game homestand beginning Dec. 5 against Utah Valley.