Game #6 UC Irvine (4-5) at Weber State (3-2)
Saturday, Dec. 8 • 7:00 p.m.
Ogden, UT • Dee Events Center (11,500)
Radio: AM-1280 “The Zone”
online video: bigskytv.org
Live stats: WeberStateSports.com
Series: Weber State leads 2-0
Streak: Weber State 2 wins
In Ogden: first meeting
Last meeting: 11/19/11 - Irvine - WSU 80, UCI 72
• After opening their three-game homestand with a win Wednesday night the Wildcats are back home for UC Irvine on Saturday night.
• Weber State comes into the game 3-2 on the season following an 89-56 victory over Utah Valley Wednesday.
• UC Irvine is 4-5 on the season and making its first ever trip to Ogden.
• Weber State has won 19 straight home games, the fourth longest streak in the country.
Saturday’s game will be heard live on AM-1280 “The Zone” with Carl Arky, the 2011 Utah Sportscaster of the Year, and Dutch Belnap calling the action. It can also be heard online at 1280thezone.com.
The game can be seen live online for free at bigskytv.org. Live stats are available at WeberStateSports.com.
WILDCATS ROLL TO WIN OVER UTAH VALLEY
Four players scored in double figures and Weber State rolled to an 89-56 win over Utah Valley Wednesday night. Utah Valley jumped out to an early 11-8 lead but the Wildcats responded with a 15-0 run over the next five minutes and never looked back. The Wolverines were never closer than seven points the rest of the way. WSU led 43-32 at halftime and held Utah Valley to just 26 percent shooting in the second half. Weber State led by as many as 53 in the second half. The ‘Cats finished the night shooting 54 percent from the field compared to 39 percent for the Wolverines.
Weber State outrebounded Utah Valley 36-29, had 17 assists and a season-low of seven turnovers. Weber State also shot 15-16 from the free throw line.
MORE SEASON HIGHS FOR KYLE TRESNAK
For the second-straight game WSU junior Kyle Tresnak had season-highs in points and rebounds. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in leading the Wildcats to the win Wednesday night. He finished the game 8-10 shooting from the field and also had three blocks. It marked just his second career game of 20 or more points.
On the season Tresnak is averaging 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He ranks third in the Big Sky in blocks at 2.2 per game.
SCOTT BAMFORTH WITH SEASON-HIGHS AGAIN
WSU senior guard Scott Bamforth also had a season-high in points for the second-straight game. The Albuquerque, N.M., native finished with 18 points and had three rebounds and two assists in the game. He was 6-8 from the field, including 4-5 from three-point land.
On the season Bamforth is now averaging 12.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game and shooting 40 percent from the field.
CAREER-HIGH FOR FRANK OTIS
WSU’s other senior Frank Otis had a career-high in Wednesday’s win over the Wolverines. Otis, a native of Oakland, Calif, finished with 14 points and had five rebounds in Wednesday’s win. He finished the night 6-10 from the field. Otis played in just 12 games last season due to knee injuries. In five games this season he is averaging 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and ranks fourth in the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 55.9 percent.
FOURTH LONGEST HOME WINNING STREAK IN NATION
Wednesday’s win over Utah Valley was the 19th straight home win for Weber State, which is now the fourth longest active home winning streak in the country. Only Syracuse, Kansas and South Dakota State have longer home winning streaks than Weber State. WSU finished a perfect 16-0 at home last season, the best home record in school history.
The WSU school record for consecutive home wins is an incredible 46 straight wins which Weber State had from February 1964 to February 1967 under head coach Dick Motta. The WSU record for consecutive home wins in the Dee Events Center is 30 from December 1997 to January 2000.
Weber State is 395-100 all-time at the Dee Events Center. Under Coach Randy Rahe the Wildcats are 77-11 at home and 44-4 in Big Sky games.
So far this season Weber State is 3-0 when outshooting its opponents and is 0-2 when trailing in field goal percentage. The Wildcats are also 3-0 when outrebounding their opponent and 0-2 when trailing in rebounding. They are also 3-0 when they have more assists and 0-2 when they have fewer.
WSU NOW FOURTH IN THE NATION IN 3-POINT PERCENTAGE
After shooting 4-8 from three-point land in Wednesday’s win Weber State now ranks second in the Big Sky and fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage. WSU is 34-77 from three-point range this season for 44.2 percent shooting, ranking behind San Francisco, Central Florida and Montana in the national rankings. The Wildcats are also holding their opponents to 24.6 percent shooting on three-pointers, the best in the Big Sky.
BIG SKY RANKINGS
After five games Weber State leads the Big Sky in eight statistical categories and ranks second in six others. WSU is first in scoring margin (+16.2), field goal percentage (.479), field goal percentage defense (.376), three-point field goal percentage defense (.246), rebounding offense (38.2) assists (17.6) and assist to turnover ratio (1.4). The Wildcats are second in the Big Sky scoring offense, scoring defense, rebounding defense and rebounding margin.
Individually, Davion Berry ranks 12th in the conference in scoring at 13.2 points per game. Freshman Joel Bolomboy is second in the league in rebounding at 8.0 per game. Junior Jordan Richardson leads the league in three-point field goal percentage and Scott Bamforth leads the conference in assist to turnover ratio.
FAN PROMOTION FOR sATURDAY’S GAME
Saturday’s game against UC Irvine will be Family Night. Check the Standard-Examiner for a 2 for 1 ticket offer. Also performing at halftime Saturday night will be the Utah Jazz Dunk Team.
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.
ABOUT UC IRVINE
UC Irvine enters Saturday’s game with a 4-5 record on the season and is coming off a 94-52 win over San Diego Christian on Tuesday. The Anteaters started the season with a 78-64 win over Nevada and then lost 80-79 in overtime at UCLA, who was ranked 14th in the nation at the time. Following wins over Pacifica and Liberty the Anteaters lost four straight before winning on Tuesday night. UC Irvine is 3-0 at home this season but 0-4 on the road.
On the season UC Irvine is averaging 75.3 points per game and allowing 64.4 a game. They are also shooting 45 percent from the field and holding opponents to 35 percent shooting. The Anteaters are averaging nearly 45 rebounds per game and have a rebounding margin of +7.6. They entered the week ranked seventh in the nation in assists, now at 19.0 per game.
Senior guard Damon Starring is leading the Anteaters with 13.3 points per game. He is also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. Chris McNealy is scoring 9.4 points a game and senior forward Adam Folker is averaging 7.3 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game.
UC Irvine posted a 13-19 record last season and were 6-10 in Big West Conference games, finishing seventh in the league standings. They had no seniors on last year’s squad and return all five starters and a total of 10 players off last year’s squad. The Anteaters were picked to finish third in the Big West this season, their highest preseason ranking in nine years.
HEAD COACH RUSSELL TURNER
The Anteaters are coached by Russell Turner who is in his third season as head coach at UC Irvine. He has a career record of 29-44 with the Anteaters entering Saturday’s game. Prior to becoming head coach at UC Irvine Turner spent six seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He also spent four seasons as an assistant at Stanford and six years as an assistant at Wake Forrest.
This will be just the third meeting ever between Weber State and UC Irvine and will be the first game in Ogden. Weber State holds a 2-0 all-time edge over UC Irvine. The two teams first met in December 1983 the with the Wildcats winning 83-65 in Salt Lake City. WSU then beat the Anteaters 80-72 last season.
LAST MEETING - 11/19/11 - IRVINE - WSU 80-72
The Wildcats defeated the Anteaters 80-72 last November in Irvine, California. UC Irvine held a two-point lead with under 6:00 to play but WSU responded with an 11-1 run over the next 3:00 and never looked back in route to the win. The Wildcats were led by Damian Lillard who scored 27 points and had four assists. Scott Bamforth added 18 and Kyle Tresnak finished with 10 points.
QUOTING WSU HEAD COACH RANDY RAHE
“I was pleased with our effort, especially in the second half on Wednesday. We came out really strong in the second half and played better defensively and rebounded the ball well.
“UC Irvine is a very talented and athletic team that can really cause problems. We will have our hands full and will have to be ready to play.”
After Saturday’s game the Wildcats will have a week off before hosting BYU next Saturday, Dec. 15. That game will be televised nationally on BYUtv. Following that game the Wildcats will open Big Sky Conference play Dec. 20 at Eastern Washington.