Game #2 - Weber State (0-1) at Colorado State (1-1)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 • 3:05 p.m.
Fort Collins, Colo. • Moby Arena (8,745)
Radio: KLO 1430 AM/103.1 FM
Online video: csurams.com/video
Live audio: WeberStateSports.com
Live stats: csurams.com
Twitter: @weberstate, @weberstatembb
Series: Weber State leads 5-1
Streak: Weber State 3 wins
In Ft. Collins: Weber State leads 2-1
Last Meeting: 11/25/01 - Hilo, HI - WSU 72, CSU 69
• The Weber State men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday as the Wildcats head to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on Colorado State.
• Weber State is coming off an 81-72 season opening loss at BYU last Friday.
• The Wildcats were picked first in the Big Sky preseason media and coaches polls for the fifth time in the last six years.
• Colorado State is 1-1 on the season, coming off a 93-61 loss at #15 Gonzaga.
• The Rams were picked sixth in the Mountain West preseason poll.
• Weber State’s next three opponents are all from the Mountain West Conference.
• WSU holds a 5-1 all-time series lead over Colorado State but this is the first meeting since 2001.
Saturday’s game with the Rams will tipoff at 3 p.m. from Moby Arena in Fort Collins. The game will be heard live on KLO 1430 AM and 103.1 FM with Steve Klauke calling all the action. It can also be heard online at kloradio.com and WeberStateSports.com.
The game can be seen online for free at CSURams.com/videos. Live stats will be available at csurams.com and WeberStateSports.com.
WILDCATS DROP SEASON OPENER AT BYU
After a slow start Weber State’s comeback wasn’t enough as the Wildcats lost 81-72 to BYU Friday night in the Marriott Center in the season opener of the 2013-14 season. BYU got off to a hot start while the Wildcats struggled early. The Cougars jumped out to a 17-3 lead with seven minutes into the game as WSU shot just 1-13 from the field to start the game.
The Wildcats came back and cut the lead to six points early in the second half but the Cougars posted more runs and were able to hold on for the victory. BYU shot 44 percent from the field, compared to 39 percent shooting for the Wildcats. WSU was 6-18 from three-point range. The Cougars also outrebounded Weber State 46-40 and the Wildcats committed 10 turnovers.
KYLE TRESNAK WITH CAREER-HIGH
Weber State senior center Kyle Tresnak had a career night in the season opener. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native finished with a career-high 24 points on 10-16 shooting. He also pulled down six rebounds and had one blocked shot in 33 minutes of action.
Tresnak is in his fourth season at Weber State. Last year he was named to the Big Sky All-Conference second team after a terrific year for the Wildcats. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native played in 36 of 37 games this season and averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. He finished the season fourth in the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 57 percent.
He has now played in 101 career games and has started in 69 games. He has 882 points for his career, leaving him just 118 points away from becoming the 28th player in WSU history to reach 1,000 career points.
DAVION BERRY POSTS STRONG SEASON OPENER
Another WSU senior also had a big game Friday at BYU as Davion Berry finished with 23 points on 8-16 shooting against the Cougars. Berry had just six points at halftime but guided Weber State’s comeback in the second half with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored eight straight WSU points. Berry also added five rebounds and two assists on the night.
He earned All-District First Team honors as well as Big Sky All-Conference First team honors last year and was named the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year. The Oakland, Calif., native led the Wildcats in scoring, assists, steals and assist to turnover ratio. He finished the year fifth in the Big Sky in scoring at 15.2 points per game. He was also fifth in assist to turnover ratio, sixth in the conference in assists and eighth in three-point field goal percentage. Berry scored in double figures 27 times in 37 games last season.
JOEL BOLOMBOY WITH DOUBLE-DOUBLE
WSU’s only sophomore, Joel Bolomboy, had a double-double in the season opener, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Bolomboy was 4-12 from the field and added two blocks in the game against BYU. It marked his fifth career double-double.
Bolomboy, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, returns for his sophomore season after a breakout freshman campaign. He played in all 37 games for the Wildcats and finished the season averaging 7.0 points and 7.1 rebounds a game, finishing third in the Big Sky in rebounding. He scored in double figures in 11 games this season and had double figures in rebounding nine times. Bolomboy also recorded 62 blocks on the year, finishing third in the conference in blocks at 1.7 per game. The 62 blocks ranks as the third most in a season in Weber State single-season history. He shot 50 percent from the field on the year.
JEREMY SENGLIN STARTS SEASON OPENER AS TRUE FRESHMAN
WSU true freshman Jeremy Senglin made a splash in his first collegiate game Friday at BYU. The Arlington, Texas native finished with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, to go along with two assists. He also knocked down three three-pointers on the night.
Senglin started the game at the point guard spot for the Wildcats and made history in doing so. He became the first true freshman to start the season opener at Weber State since 1976 when Bruce Collins and Mark Mattos started. The first game in 1976 was also against BYU. Collins and Mattos are two of WSU’s best players ever and were both named to the Weber State 50th Anniversary Team last year. Collins is WSU’s career leader in scoring and Mattos is the career leader in assists.
JUST FOUR WILDCATS SCORE POINTS
Tresnak, Berry, Bolomboy and Senglin were the only Wildcats to score points in the season opener. WSU played eight players in the game with Jordan Richardson, Richaud Gittens, Royce Williams and Kyndahl Hill all seeing action but those four players combined to shoot 0-11 from the field and did not score. The ‘Cats did not get any points off the bench in the game.
Weber State head coach Randy Rahe returns for his eighth season as head coach of the Wildcats. In seven years he has led WSU to three Big Sky Championships and six post-season tournament appearances. He has also been named Big Sky Coach of the Year three times and has coached four Big Sky MVP’s, including All-American Damian Lillard, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Rahe has a career record of 150-76 (.667) overall at Weber State and is 92-24 (.793) in Big Sky Conference games. He has led the Wildcats to 20 or more wins in five of seven seasons with the team and has won 25 or more games in each of the past two seasons, including a Big Sky record 30 wins in 2012-13. He is currently fifth in Big Sky history for career conference coaching wins and needs just three more wins to move into fourth place.
Returning with Rahe on the coaching staff are Associate Head Coach Eric Duft, and assistant coach Phil Beckner. New to the staff this season is assistant coach Kellen McCoy. McCoy is a former standout player at Weber State and was named the 2009 Big Sky MVP. He was also named to the Weber State 50th Anniversary Team.
Garrett Lever was elevated as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending last season as video coordinator.
RAHE RETURNS TO COLORADO STATE
Saturday’s game at Colorado State will be a return home for WSU head coach Randy Rahe who spent seven years as an assistant coach at Colorado State. Rahe coached from 1991-92 to 1997-98 as an assistant with the Rams under head coach Stew Morrill. During Rahe’s time at CSU the Rams posted a 121-86 record. They had winning seasons in six of the seven years and won 20 games twice. Rahe then followed Morrill to Utah State and spent six years as an assistant coach in Logan.
WSU junior center James Hajek suffered a dislocated knee during summer practice and is expected to be out of action until mid-to late December.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE
The Colorado State Rams come into Saturday’s game with a 1-1 record. They opened the season with a 99-70 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs, then lost 93-61 at #15 Gonzaga Monday night.
Colorado State finished 26-9 last season and was 11-5 in the Mountain West, finishing second in the league standings. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament and defeated Missouri in the Second Round. The Rams return four letterwinners but lost all five starters off last year’s squad. CSU was picked sixth in the Mountain West preseason media poll.
This year the Rams have just two seniors on the roster. After two games CSU is averaging 80 points per game but giving up 81.5 a game. The Rams are shooting 46 percent from the field but allowing opponents to shoot 47.6 percent. They are outrebounding opponents 39.5 to 34. They have been led by junior guard Jon Octeus who is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. He is also shooting 50 percent from the field. Junior Daniel Bejarano is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds a game.
HEAD COACH LARRY EUSTACHY
The Rams are coached by veteran coach Larry Eustachy who is in his second year at Colorado State. He is entering his 23rd season as a head coach and comes into Saturday’s game with a 429-268 career record. He is 27-10 overall at Colorado State after guiding the Rams to a 26-9 record last season.
Eustachy has strong ties to the Big Sky and the state of Utah. After spending time as an assistant coach at Utah from 1987-89 he began his head coaching career at the University of Idaho from 1990-93 when the Vandals were members of the Big Sky. He guided Idaho to the 1993 Big Sky title. Hen then spent five seasons (1993-98) as head coach at Utah State, leading the Aggies to three Big West titles. Eustachy also spent five seasons as head coach at Iowa State and eight seasons at Southern Mississippi. He has led his teams to the NCAA Tournament five times.
Weber State holds a 5-1 all-time series lead over Colorado State but the two teams have not met since 2001 when the ‘Cats beat the Rams in a tournament in Hawaii. Prior to that the teams last met in December 1995. The first meeting was in December 1967 and the teams also played in 1968, 1973 and 1974. In games played in Fort Collins the ‘Cats lead the all-time series 2-1 but the last meeting was in 1995. Colorado State’s only win in the series was in 1973 in Fort Collins.
LAST MEETING - 11/25/01- HILO, HI - WSU 72, CSU 69
Weber State defeated Colorado State 72-69 on Nov. 25, 2001 in Hilo, Hawaii in the last meeting between the two schools. The game was the championship game of the Big Island Invitational after Weber State defeated LSU and Wisconsin. Jermaine Boyette led the Wildcats with 22 points against the Rams and John Hamilton added 15.
THREE STRAIGHT GAMES AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS
Weber State’s next three games will all be against teams from the Mountain West Conference. After Colorado State the Wildcats will host Utah State and San Jose State, both new members to the Mountain West this season. Weber State is 108-104 all-time against teams currently in the Mountain West.
WILDCATS PICKED FIRST IN BIG SKY PRESEASON POLLS
The Weber State men’s basketball team is a heavy favorite to win the 2013-14 Big Sky Conference title, according to the preseason media and coaches polls. It is the fifth time in the last six years the Wildcats have been selected as the conference preseason favorite.
Head coach Randy Rahe’s Wildcats were a unanimous selection in the coaches poll, picking up 10 first place votes and totaling 100 total points. North Dakota was picked second with 86 points and Montana was third with one first place vote and 84 points. The Grizzlies have won the Big Sky title in each of the past two seasons.
The Wildcats were also first in the media poll, receiving 31 of the 34 first place votes and totaling 370 points. Montana had three first place votes and came in second in the media poll with 322 points. North Dakota was third at 308 points, followed by Northern Colorado, Montana State and Eastern Washington.
ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON FOR THE WILDCATS
For the fifth time in the last seven years Weber State won 20 or more wins in a season last year. The Wildcats have now won 20 or more games in 26 of 51 seasons as a Division I school. WSU has had just eight losing seasons in 51 years of basketball.
After Saturday’s game the Wildcats will have 10 days off until their next game, which will also be their home opener. WSU will host in-state rival Utah State on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.