Game #22 -- Idaho State (4-18, 3-10) at
Weber State (16-5, 11-2)
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
Ogden, Utah • Dee Events Center (11,500)
TV: Altitude 2
Radio: AM-1280 “The Zone”
Online video: bigskytv.org
Live stats: WeberStateSports.com
Series: Weber State leads 72-41
Streak: Weber State 1 win
In Ogden: Weber State leads 43-11
Last meeting: 01/14/13 - Pocatello - WSU 70, ISU 54
• After a home win Saturday night the Weber State men’s basketball team has a quick turnaround to face Big Sky rival Idaho State Monday night.
• The Wildcats are 16-5 overall and 11-2 in Big Sky play following Saturday’s 75-58 win over Southern Utah.
• Weber State has reached 10 Big Sky wins in seven straight seasons.
• Idaho State comes into the game 4-17 overall and 3-10 in Big Sky play and has lost six straight games.
• The Wildcats defeated the Bengals 70-54 Jan. 14 in Pocatello.
• This will be the 114th meeting between the two long rivals with Weber State holding a 72-41 all-time lead.
• The Wildcats have won five straight against the Bengals in Ogden.
• Monday’s game will be televised nationally on Altitude 2 and is the second of four straight home games for Weber State.
Monday’s game will be televised live nationally on Altitude 2. It will tape delayed at 10:00 p.m. on Altitude but shown live on Altitude 2. Altitude 2 is available in Utah on Comcast channel 6 and on DirecTV channel 682 and Dish Network channel 447. Todd Romero will call all the action with Marty Fletcher on color.
The game will also 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.
It can be seen live online for free at bigskytv.org. Live stats are available at WeberStateSports.com.
FAN PROMOTIONS FOR MONDAY’S GAME
There will be lots of fan promotions for Monday’s game with the Bengals. It’s the annual Whiteout game where the first 4,000 fans will receive a free white T-shirt, courtesy of America First Credit Union. It’s also America First Credit Union Night where credit union customers can show their card and get up to four free tickets. Those with a Hill Air Force Base ID can also get four free tickets. Plus, it’s Utah Jazz Bear Night as Bear will be on hand to entertain the Wildcat fans.
WILDCATS BEAT SOUTHERN UTAH FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
Weber State returned home for a 75-58 win over in-state rival and new Big Sky member Southern Utah Saturday night at the Dee Events Center. The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field and held the Thunderbirds to just 29 percent shooting.
SUU held a 5-4 lead when Weber State scored five straight points and never trailed again. The ‘Cats shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as 13 points. Weber State continued its strong play in the second half and the Thunderbirds never got closer than nine points.
For the game Weber State was 25-47 from the field and was 11-20 from three-point land. SUU was 16-55 from the field for a season-low 29 percent shooting and was just 3-11 from three-point range. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Thunderbirds 39-33.
DAVION BERRY POSTS 21 POINTS IN WIN
WSU junior Davion Berry posted a team-high 21 points in Saturday’s win over the Thunderbirds. He scored 13 of his points in the first half and scored 20 points for the sixth time this season. Berry was 7-13 from the field and knocked down 4-7 three-point attempts. He also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals in the win.
Berry is now sixth in the Big Sky in scoring at 14.6 points per game and ranks seventh in the league in assists and 10th in field goal percentage and steals. He has scored in double figures in 14 of the 21 games this season.
ANOTHER DOUBLE DIGIT NIGHT FOR SCOTT BAMFORTH
Weber State senior and team captain Scott Bamforth had another strong game for the Wildcats, finishing with 15 points on 5-9 shooting. He knocked down four three-pointers in the game and tied his season-high with seven rebounds, to go along with four assists.
On the season the Albuquerque, N.M., native is averaging 13.6 points per game, ninth in the Big Sky. He is averaging 14.8 points a game in Big Sky games. He currently ranks first in the conference and sixth in the country in free throw percentage at 90.3 percent.
Saturday night Bamforth became the 17th player in Weber State history to reach 1,100 career points. He needs just needs just five more points to move into 15th in Weber State history in career scoring.
JORDAN RICHARDSON TIES SEASON-HIGH
Weber State junior Jordan Richardson tied his season-high with 15 points in Saturday’s victory. He was 5-8 from the field, including 2-5 from three-point range and was 3-4 from the free throw line.
The Lewisville, Texas native has started all 21 games for the Wildcats this season and is averaging 7.9 points a game. He leads the Big Sky in assist to turnover ratio at 2.6 and is third in the league in three-point field goal percentage at .457.
HOME SWEET HOME
Weber State played its first of four straight home games at the Dee Events Center Saturday and continued its strong play at home. The Wildcats have won six straight home games, 26 of the last 27, and 33 of the last 35 games. WSU also has a 14-game home winning streak in Big Sky games. Over the last three seasons the Wildcats are 36-3 at the Dee Events Center. In the seven seasons under Coach Randy Rahe the Wildcats are 84-12 in home games, including a 49-4 home record in Big Sky regular season games.
‘CATS WINNING BLOWOUT GAMES
With Saturday’s win the Wildcats improved to 12-0 in games this season decided by 11 or more points. On the other hand the ‘Cats are 4-5 on the year in games decided by 10 points or less, including 2-3 in games of five points or less. Weber State leads the Big Sky and is 11th in the nation in scoring margin at +15.4 per game.
The Wildcats had one of their best defensive nights of the season Saturday night, holding Southern Utah to a season-low 29 percent field goal shooting. It was lowest field goal percentage shot by a Division I team against Weber State this season. The Wildcats also held SUU to 3-11 shooting from three-point range and continue to rank fifth in the country in three-point field goal percentage defense.
Weber State improved to 10-0 this season when holding opponents under 60 points. The ‘Cats are also 15-2 when leading in field goal percentage. WSU is also 14-2 when leading in assists and 13-2 when leading in blocked shots. The ‘Cats are 15-0 when leading with 5:00 to play in regulation.
WILDCATS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Weber State ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 50.6 percent. They are also fourth in the country in three-point field goal percentage (42.5) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense at 26.8 percent. WSU also ranks, 11th in scoring margin (+15.4) and the Wildcats are 20th in scoring offense at 77.1 points per game. Individually, Frank Otis ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 68.1 percent and Scott Bamforth is sixth in free throw percentage (.903). Jordan Richardson is 18th in the nation in assist to turnover ratio (2.6) and Joel Bolomboy is 84th in blocked shots at 1.8 per game.
ABOUT IDAHO STATE
Idaho State comes into Monday’s game with a 4-18 overall record and a 3-10 mark in Big Sky play. The Bengals have lost six straight games after Thursday’s 81-79 overtime loss to Southern Utah. ISU started the season losing 11 of the first 12 games, then won three out of four, before the current six game losing streak.
Idaho State ranks second in the conference in scoring defense at 64.0 points per game. They are also third in the league in turnover margin, fourth in steals and fifth in blocks. The Bengals rank last in the league and fourth worst in the nation in scoring offense at just 54.8 points per game. They are also last in the Big Sky in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebounding, rebounding margin, assists and scoring margin.
Individually, Melvin Morgan leads the Bengals in scoring at 11.8 points per game. Thomas Sanchez is averaging 10.5 points and ranks sixth in the league in and assists. He scored 19 points against Southern Utah on Thursday.
Idaho State was 9-21 overall and 7-9 in the Big Sky last season, finishing tied for fifth in the league. They were picked to finish ninth in the preseason polls this season.
HEAD COACH BILL EVANS
Idaho State is coached by Bill Evans who is in his first season with the Bengals. Prior to coming to Idaho State Evans spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Montana. He was the head coach at his alma mater Southern Utah from 1992-2007 where he compiled a 209-223 record, leading the Thunderbirds to the NCAA Tournament in 2001. He has a career record of 213-241.
This will be the 114th meeting ever between the two longtime rivals. Weber State holds a 72-41 all-time lead over Idaho State and the Wildcats have won eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 12 meetings. In games played in Ogden, Weber State leads 43-11 all-time but the Wildcats have won five straight and seven of the last eight. WSU head coach Randy Rahe is 10-3 in his career against the Bengals.
JAN. 14, 2013 - POCATELLO - WSU 70, ISU 54
Weber State won 70-54 over Idaho State Jan. 14 in Pocatello. WSU jumped out to a 12-5 lead early in the first half but Idaho State responded with an 11-5 run over the next four minutes and took a 17-16 lead with 9:36 to play. There were six lead changes in the first half and the ‘Cats held a 28-26 lead at the break.
After an ISU bucket to start the half tied the game at 28-28, WSU went on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 42-30 lead with 14:54 to play. Scott Bamforth had eight points in that stretch. Idaho State cut the lead to seven but Weber State quickly built the lead back up to 15 points at 52-37 with 10:38 to play. Idaho State didn’t get closer than 10 points the rest of the way and the Wildcats led by as many as 16 in the second half.
Weber State shot 55.8 percent from the field and held Idaho State to 39 percent shooting. The Wildcats also outrebounded Idaho State 33-20. WSU was 10-20 from three-point land, while ISU was 2-10 from beyond the arc. WSU was also 12-15 from the free throw line. The Wildcats did commit 15 turnovers on the night.
AROUND THE BIG SKY
Montana won its 14th straight game and improved to 14-0 in Big Sky play win a win over North Dakota Saturday. In the process the Grizzlies set a new Big Sky record with their 25th straight conference victory. Their last loss was in Jan. 2012 at Weber State, and the Grizzlies visit the Dee Events Center Thursday night. Weber State remains in second in the league standings at 11-2. Two wins this week and Weber State will clinch a berth in the Big Sky Tournament. Despite the loss Southern Utah is still in third place with an 8-6 record.
BIG SKY RANKINGS
The Wildcats lead the Big Sky in 10 statistical categories. WSU is first in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, and defensive rebounds.
Individually, Davion Berry ranks sixth in the league in scoring at 14.6 per game with Scott Bamforth ninth at 13.6. Freshman Joel Bolomboy is now third in rebounding at 8.2. Frank Otis leads the Big Sky in field goal percentage at .680. Bamforth leads the conference in free throw percentage at 90.3 percent. Jordan Richardson is first in assist to turnover ratio and is third in 3-point field goal percentage.
Weber State will face a must-win Big Sky showdown Thursday night when the Wildcats host Montana at the Dee Events Center. WSU will also host Montana State on Saturday.