Game #22 - Weber State (14-7, 11-2) at
Idaho State (9-13, 6-7)
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
Pocatello, Idaho • Holt Arena (8,000)
Radio: KLO 1430 AM/103.1 FM
Online video: WatchBigSky.com | Watch Big Sky App
Live audio: WeberStateSports.com
Live stats: isubengals.com/WeberStateSports.com
Twitter: @weberstate, @weberstatembb
Series: Weber State leads 74-41
Streak: Weber State 3 wins
In Pocatello: Idaho State leads 27-25
This season: 01/20/14 - OGDEN - WSU 65, ISU 59
• The first place Wildcats continue their four-game road trip Monday night at Big Sky rival Idaho State.
• The Wildcats are 14-7 overall and 11-2 in Big Sky play following a 75-55 win at Southern Utah on Thursday. The Wildcats are in first place with a three-game lead in the conference standings with seven games remaining.
• Idaho State is 9-13 overall and 6-7 in Big Sky play, following a 75-65 win at Southern Utah Saturday night.
• Weber State holds a 74-41 all-time series lead over Idaho State and the Wildcats have won three straight and 10 of the last 11 games in the series.
Monday’s game with the Bengals will begin at 7 p.m. from Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho. The game will be broadcast live on KLO 1430 AM and 103.1 FM with Carl Arky and Dutch Belnap calling all the action. It can also be heard online at kloradio.com.
It can also be seen online for free at WatchBigSky.com and the Watch Big Sky app. Live stats will be available at WeberStateSports.com and isubengals.com.
WILDCATS WIN AT SOUTHERN UTAH
Weber State never trailed in route to a 75-5 win over Southern Utah Thursday night in Cedar City.
WSU started the game making seven of their first eight shots and jumped out to an early 22-10 lead and would never look back. They built a 17-point lead in the first half and shot 62 percent from the field.
Southern Utah started the second half on a 12-2 run and cut the lead to six points early in the second half. The ‘Cats led by nine points with 14:48 to play, when they responded with an 18-7 run to take a 20-point lead with 7:00 remaining. Davion Berry scored 12 points during that stretch for the Wildcats.
WSU shot 60 percent from the field, compared to 38 percent for the Thunderbirds. The ‘Cats were also 10 of 17 from 3-point range and outrebounded SUU 31-20.
Around THE BIG SKY
The Wildcats sit at 11-2 in Big Sky play with seven games remaining. WSU has a three-game lead in the conference standings with Northern Colorado in second place at 9-5. North Dakota and Northern Arizona are both tied for third at 8-6.
BIG SKY RANKINGS
Weber State continues to rank as the top defense team in the Big Sky as the Wildcats are first in the conference in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field percentage defense. The ‘Cats are also first in scoring margin and blocked shots and rank second in the league in rebounding and assists. The Wildcats are fourth in scoring offense and rank third in field goal percentage and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage.
FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
The Wildcats shot 60 percent from the field in Thursday’s win at Southern Utah, the second time this season they have shot 60 percent for better. WSU leads the Big Sky and ranks 29th in the nation in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent. The ‘Cats are shooting 48.6 percent in Big Sky games. This season Weber State is 13-1 when leading in field goal percentage and is 7-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
REBOUNDING IS KEY
Weber State outrebounded Southern Utah 31-20 in Thursday’s win and the ‘Cats improved to 11-0 this season when outrebounding their opponents. Weber State is averaging 35.14 rebounds per game and is third in the Big Sky in rebounding margin at +3.4. In the eight yeas under Randy Rahe, Weber State is 120-19 when outrebounding its opponents.
DAVION BERRY REACHES 20 POINT MARK AGAIN
WSU senior Davion Berry led the Wildcats with 23 points in Thursday’s win. He was 7 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range and also finished 6 of 8 from the free throw line, to go along with four rebounds and three assists. It marked the eighth time in the last night games Berry has reached 20 or more points for the Wildcats.
Berry is fourth in the Big Sky in scoring at 19.1 points per game and is averaging 20.5 points in Big Sky games, second best in the conference. He has led the ‘Cats in scoring in nine straight games and has done so 13 times this season.
He continues to lead Weber State in assists, free throw percentage, steals, 3-pointers per game and assist to turnover ratio.
KYLE TRESNAK REACHES DOUBLE FIGURES FOR 50TH TIME
WSU senior Kyle Tresnak scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and the 50th time in his career as he finished with 12 points in Thursday’s win at Southern Utah. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native was 6 of 7 from the field and added three rebounds and two blocked shots in the win.
Tresnak continues to lead the conference in blocks at 2.0 per game and is second in WSU history with 113. He is averaging 11 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season while shooting 57.4 percent from the field, fourth best in the Big Sky.
Tresnak has appeared in 121 career games at Weber State and has 1,090 career points, 19th best in school history. He needs just four more rebounds to reach 500 for his career. He will become the 27th player in WSU history to reach 500 rebounds and the 16th player to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. He will be the first player ever with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocked shots.
JORDAN RICHARDSON TO TIE FOR MOST GAMES PLAYED
With one more game played, WSU senior Jordan Richardson will tie former teammate Darin Mahoney for the most career games played in Weber State and Big Sky history. Richardson has played in 122 games in his four years at Weber State and will tie Mahoney (2008-12) with one more game. With two more games he will have played in more games than any player in Big Sky history. The Lewisville, Texas native has never missed a game in his career at Weber State and has started 69 times.
COACH RAHE MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE IN CONFERENCE WINS
Weber State head coach Randy Rahe is now second on the all-time list for Big Sky Conference wins. Rahe, in his eighth season as head coach of the Wildcats, has posted career record of 164-82 (.667) overall and is 103-26 (.798) in Big Sky regular season games. He is the third coach in conference history to reach 100 career Big Sky victories and is now second all-time. Former Montana State coach Mick Durham is the all-time leader with 123 Big Sky wins. Rahe’s Big Sky winning percentage also ranks third all-time behind Weber State’s Phil Johnson (.886) and Idaho’s Kermit Davis (.813). He is currently fifth in league history in overall wins.
Rahe 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 and current All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers. Rahe 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.
Returning with Rahe on the coaching staff this season 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.
Garrett Lever is the Director of Basketball Operations.
ABOUT IDAHO STATE
Idaho State enters Monday’s game with a 9-13 overall record and a 6-7 mark in Big Sky play, currently ninth in the league standings. They are coming off a 75-65 win at Southern Utah on Saturday.
ISU has won two of its last three games, including a 73-70 home win over Northern Colorado. The Bengals are 7-3 at home this season, including 5-2 at home in Big Sky games.
The Bengals are second in the conference in rebounding margin at +3.8 and are second in steals. They rank third in scoring margin, field goal percentage defense and rebounding. ISU is fourth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.6 percent.
Individually, ISU is led by junior Chris Hansen who is fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.9 points per game. Hansen had 22 points Saturday at Southern Utah and scored 27 against the Wildcats in January. He is also second in the BSC in 3-pointers made per game at 2.9. Junior Jeffrey Solarin is third in the league in rebounding at 8.0 per game and is fifth in field goal percentage. Senior Tomas Sanchez is second in assists at 4.4 per game.
ISU was 6-24 overall last year and 5-15 in Big Sky play, finishing in a tie for 10th in the league standings. The Bengals were picked 10th in the Big Sky preseason coaches’ poll.
HEAD COACH BILL EVANS
The Bengals are coached by Bill Evans who is in his second season at Idaho State and his 34th year in the coaching ranks. He has a career record of 15-37 at ISU and is 11-22 in Big Sky games. Prior to coming to Idaho State Evans spent four seasons as an assistant at Montana, helping the Grizzlies win two Big Sky titles. He also spent 15 seasons as head coach at Southern Utah, leading the Thunderbirds to 209 victories. Evans has a career record of 224-259 .
Weber State holds a 74-41 all-time series lead over Idaho State and the Wildcats have won three straight and 10 of the last 11 games in the series. The 115 games played against Idaho State is the second most for WSU against any opponent. In games played in Pocatello, Idaho State holds a 27-25 all-time lead but the Wildcats have won four of the last five games played.
LAST MEETING - 01/20/14 - OGDEN - WSU 65, ISU 59
Weber State knocked down 12 3-pointers in route to a 65-59 win over Idaho State Jan. 20 at the Dee Events Center.
Idaho State jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead and led again at 15-12 midway through the first half. Weber State then responded with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes and would never trail again. The ‘Cats led 26-22 at halftime.
The Wildcats took a 12-point lead at 53-41 with 6:26 to play but Idaho State rallied back and cut the lead to two points with 46 seconds remaining. The Wildcats made four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Both teams shot 40 percent from the field but the Wildcats were 12-25 from the three-point line, including 8-12 from beyond the arc in the second half. The ‘Cats also outrebounded ISU 38-27.
WEBER STATE TO PLAY IN 2014 PARADISE JAM
The Weber State men’s basketball team is one of eight teams that will participate in the 2014 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam this November. The Wildcats will join Clemson, Gardner-Webb, Illinois State, LSU, Nevada, Old Dominion and Seton Hall at the tournament, held on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Nov. 21-24, 2014.
The Wildcats will play three games during the four-day tournament, hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands the weekend before Thanksgiving. The tournament bracket and schedule will be announced later this year. This will be Weber State’s first preseason tournament in three years.
BIG SKY LAUNCHES WATCH BIG SKY APP
The Big Sky Conference’s Watch Big Sky App has been released and is available for free through the Apple Store, and on Google Play for Android.
The Watch Big Sky App will allow fans and alumni easier access to view live and archived Big Sky Conference events, and to view those events almost anywhere. Users can download the free App, and will not be required to register or download any other programs.
The Watch Big Sky App will allow viewers to see more than 500 streamed athletic events each year. Watch Big Sky was designed and created by America One Sports, the Big Sky Conference’s video streaming provider.
Watch Big Sky will still be available on personal computers at www.watchbigsky.com. Watch Big Sky, the league’s digital network, launched in 2006 as Big Sky TV. Conference schools video streams most football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as other events free of charge through the service.
After Monday, the Wildcats will continue their four-game road trip with games at Montana Thursday, and at Montana State on Saturday. They will return home for the final regular season home games next week hosting Sacramento State and Northern Arizona.