Weber State Men's Basketball Concludes 2009-10 Regular Season With Two Road Games In Big Sky Conference Play.
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Release: Thursday 02/24/2010
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GETTING STARTED ... Weber State men's basketball wraps up its 2009-10 regular season schedule with a pair of road game in Big Sky Conference play. ... The Wildcats face Eastern Washington on Friday, February 26 in a 7:05 p.m. (PST) tip-off at Reese Court in Cheney Washington, then face Portland State on Sunday, February 28 at 1:05 p.m. (PST) in the Altitude TV Game of the Week.

 For Release on  WEDNESDAY,  FEBRUARY 24, 2010

OVERALL RECORD: 18 - 8                                     HOME:   12 - 1      ROAD:   4 - 7    NEUTRAL:    2 - 0
BIG  SKY  CONFERENCE  GAMES:      12 - 2                       Home:   8- 0        Road:  4 - 2

GAME  #27  vs. @Eastern Washington University
WHEN:    Friday,  February 26, 2010       
SITE:    Reese Court (5,000) 
WHERE:     Cheney, Washington
TIME:    7:05 p.m. (PST)  /  8:05 p.m. (MST)

GAME  #28  vs. @Portland State University
WHEN:    Sunday, February 28, 2010       
SITE:    Stott Center (1,500) 
WHERE :    Portland, Oregon
                                                               TIME:    1:05 p.m. (PST)  /  2:05 p.m. (MST)

TEAM                                                         EWU                       WSU                PSU
Record                                                 8-20  /  4-10  BSC      18-8 / 12-2 BSC    10-17  /  5-9  BSC
Points Scored                                             68.89                     76.96               78.00
Points Allowed                                             76.14                     71.50               80.26
Scoring Margin                                             -7.25                     +5.46                -2.26

Field Goal %                                                .419                      .452                 .477
 Field Goal % Def                                         .469                      .443                 .494
3-PT Field Goal %                                        .357                      .350                   .372
3-PT Field Goal % Def.                                 .391                      .372                 .403
Free Throw %                                              .708                      .735                 .721
Opps FT %                                                 .710                      .734                 .732

Offensive Rebs.                                          10.18                    11.46                11.29
Total Rebounds                                          34.14                    35.54                32.04
Rebound Margin                                          -1.86                    +2.62                 -1.77

Assists                                                     13.57                    13.04                13.48
Turnovers                                                  15.07                    12.00                16.55
Blocked Shots                                            2.39                      3.15                  3.63
Steals                                                        6.04                      6.08                  5.63
Personal Fouls Per Game                           21.11                     19.80                18.67


    Former Weber State assistant coach, KIRK EARLYWINE, is in his 3rd season as head coach of the Eagles. ... Coming into Friday’s game vs. Weber State, Earlywine is 31-57 (.352) overall and 16-30 (.347) in Big Sky Conference regular season games. ... Earlywine is 1-4 vs. WSU. His only win over the Wildcats was a 69-57 victory back in 2007-08 in Cheney. ... Earlywine spent seven seasons as an assistant to Joe Cravens at Weber State. He was part of the 2002-03 WSU team which posted a perfect 14-0 record in Big Sky play and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

    Weber State leads the overall series, 36-19. ... WSU is 31-18 vs. the Eagles since they joined the Big Sky Conference in 1987-88. ... The Wildcats are 11-14 vs. EWU when playing at Reese Court in Cheney, Washington.  ...  There have been four games in the series spill into overtime.  Each team has won two. ... The most memorable OT game came back in 1998-99 in Cheney with Weber State pulling out a 101-100 win in FOUR overtimes. ... The last OT game was in Ogden during the 2003-04 season. WSU won that one, 81-78 on a three-pointer from John Hamilton at the buzzer.  ...  Weber State has  a current three-game win streak against the Eagles.

LAST YEAR IN CHENEY - Jan. 11, 2009
    The Wildcats won it at the free throw line, hitting 29-37 (.784) for the game and 18-21 (.857) in the second half taking a 77-69 win.  KELLEN McCOY scored 21 points, had nine rebounds and was 9-12 from the line. He was 4-4 from the stripe in the final 21 seconds.  ... NICK HANSEN had a big game, scoring a then career high 19 points, and STEVE PANOS added 17. ... BENNY VALENTINE came off the bench to score 20 for the Eagles. MARK DUNN and ADRIS DeLEON each had 14.  ...  HANSEN score 12 of his 19 points in the first half, as the Wildcats raced to a 38-33 lead. ... The Eagles closed to within three (40-37) at the 17:57 mark only to see the Wildcats go on a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 10-point lead. ... A lay up by VALENTINE with 10:33 left brought the Eagles back to within nine at 55-46, but a three-pointer from McCOY, followed by a two hoop and a three-point hoop from HANSEN, pushed WSU’s lead to 63-46 with 8:50 left.   ...   The Eagles, however, put the pedal to the metal going on a 19-3 scoring run to make it 68-65 with 2:32 left.  ... A free throw by McCOY and a steal and dunk from DAVIIN DAVIS, gave the Wildcats some breathing room at 71-65 with 1:33 left.  WSU’s last six points came on two free throws by PANOS and the final four by McCOY.

    DAMIAN LILLARD scored a career high 36 points, 25 of them coming in the first half, leading the Wildcats to an 89-67 win. ... LILLARD hit 7-8 first half shots, 4-5 from the three-point line, and was 7-7 at the line, giving WSU a 50-34 lead at half. ... LILLARD ended the game near perfect, hitting 10-11 from the field and 10-11 from the line.  ... STEVE PANOS added 19 points. LINDSEY HUGHEY and TREVOR MORRIS each came off the bench to score 10.  ... EWU was lead by freshman guard GLEN DEAN who scored 16. LARON GRIFFIN had 11 and JEFFREY FORBES, another freshman guard, added 10.

    Eastern Washington comes into Friday’s game 8-20 overall and 4-10 in Big Sky Conference play. The Eagles have a shot of getting the final spot in the Big Sky Conference Tournament, but they need to win both games (Weber State/Idaho State) and have Portland State lose both games (Idaho State/Weber State).  ...  The Eagles are 6-4 at Reese Court this season, 3-3 in Big Sky play.  ...   The Eagles are led by guard GLEN DEAN (5-10, 170 Fr.) who will most likely be named “Freshman of the Year” in the Big Sky for the 2009-10 season. Dean has started all 28 games and is averaging 12.3 points per game, overall, and 14.9 in Big Sky Conference play.  He is 47-107 (.439) from the three-point arc. He is also second in the league in Assists per game at 4.5.  ...  If Dean weren’t playing at the level he is at the present time, freshman guard JEFFREY FORBES (5-10, 170) would probably be the league’s top rookie. He is second to Dean in scoring at 11.0 per game and is at 13.5 in Big Sky play.  ... MARK DUNN (6-8, 260 Sr. Forward) is averaging 10.7 points a game.  ... BRANDON MOORE (6-9, 250 Sr.) is the second leading rebounder in the Big Sky this season at 7.4 per game.

P/#    NAME                 HT    WT    CL.    HOMETOWN    PPG    RPG    APG
F-42    Mark Dunn    6-8    260    Sr.    Trafalgar, IN    10.7    4.8    0.7
C-45    Brandon Moore    6-9    250    Sr.    Graham, WA    8.7    7.4    0.6
G-23    Kevin Winford    5-11    170    Fr.    Anchorage, AK    7.1    1.2    0.8
G-1    Glen Dean    5-10    170    Fr.    Seattle, WA    12.3    2.6    4.5
G-2    Jeffrey Forbes    5-10    170    Fr.    Federal Way, WA11.0    2.6    2.1

G-5    Benny Valentine    5-7    175    Sr.    Omaha, NE    8.4    1.6    2.8
F-15    Laron Griffin    6-8    220    So.    Los Angeles, CA    4.9    3.8    0.3


    TYLER GEVING is in his first season as head coach at Portland State. Geving took over when Ken Bone accepted the head coaching position at Washington State. Geving served as an assistant at PSU under Bone.  ... He is 10-17 (.370) at PSU and 5-9 (.357) in Big Sky Conference games. ... Geving is 0-1 vs. Weber State.

    Weber State leads the overall series, 25-9, and 21-9 since the Vikings joined the Big Sky Conference in 1996. ...  The Wildcats are 8-8 vs. PSU when playing in Portland, 6-8 since 1996-97. ... The Wildcats have a current three-game win streak intact vs. the Vikings. ...  There has never been an OVERTIME GAME played in the series.

   KYLE BULLINGER scored a career high 22 points, made 5-5 from the three-point line, and grabbed eight rebounds, leading the Wildcats to an 80-66 win over the Vikings before 1,216 at the Stott Center.   ...  The Wildcats led 31-30 at half time but BULLINGER went to work in the second half scoring 17 of his 22 points and hitting 4-4 from the three-point line.  ... The Vikings took their last lead of the game on jumper from JEREMIAH DOMINGUEZ with 12:00 left making it a 52-50 game.  .. WSU them went on a 9-0 scoring run to take a 59-52 lead at 9:38. ... PSU’s ANDRE MURRAY scored on a lay up with 9:10 left and was fouled by STEVE PANOS.  The Wildcat bench was assessed a technical foul and MURRAY made all three free throws to make it 59-57. ... The technical sparked the Wildcats who then went on a 6-0 run to take a 65-57 lead with 6:45 left.  ... PSU countered with four straight points, closing to within four at 65-61 at the 4:36 mark.  ... The Wildcats then broke the game open on a basket from DAMIAN LILLARD and two baskets from TREVOR MORRIS to take a 71-61 leads with 2: 22 left.  ... The Vikings then missed several shots, the final one a three by DOMINGUEZ WITH 1:33 left. BULLINGER got the rebound, threw the outlet to KELLEN McCOY who was then fouled by ANDRE MURRAY.  ... This time PSU’s bench was tagged with a technical. McCOY made both shots and WSU got the ball back. PHIL NELSON fouled DAVIIN DAVIS. He made both free throws to make it 75-61. ... WSU made 5-6 free throws in the final 1:11 of the game to seal the win. ... DAMIAN LILLARD scored 14, DAVIIN DAVIS had 11 and KELLEN McCOY added 10.   ..  ANDRE MURRAY and DOMINIC WATERS each scored 16 for the Vikings.

    The Wildcats with stood a furious late second rally by the Vikings, hanging on for an 83-80 win. ... The Wildcats appeared to have the game in hand with 3:21 left on a lay up from FRANKLIN SESSION to make it 74-63. ... PSU then put together a 13-4 scoring run to make it 78-76 with 1:00 left on a three-pointer from MELVIN JONES.  ...SESSION was fouled with 55 seconds left and made one of two free throws. ... PSU’s JAMIE JONES missed a lay up, TREVOR MORRIS got the rebound and was fouled. MORRIS made both free throws, making it 81-76.  ... PHIL NELSON’s lay up cut the lead to three with 44 seconds left. ... DAMIAN LILLARD’s two free throws put the ‘Cats back up by five with 40 seconds left but DOMINIC WATERS hit a long three just two seconds later cutting Wildcat lead to two. ... LINDSEY HUGHEY made two free throws with nine seconds left giving the Wildcats an 86-83 lead. ... The Vikings had two chances to tie the game but WATERS and JONES each missed three-pointers in the final eight seconds. ... FRANKLIN SESSION scored a career high 24 points on 9-11 shooting and added six assists. DAMIAN LILLARD scored 15, LINDSEY HUGHEY had 13 and STEVE PANOS, 10. ... PSU was led by 21 points from DOMINIC WATERS. ... PHIL NELSON and JULIUS THOMAS each scored 15 and JAMIE JONES had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

    Portland State comes into this weekend’s games against Idaho State and Weber State with an overall record of 10-17 and a 5-9 mark in Big Sky play. ... The Vikings can clinch the #6 seed in the Conference tournament with a win in either game.  ... The Vikings are led by senior guard DOMINIC WATERS (6-1, 180) who is averaging 18.7 points per game and is currently the third leading scorer in the Big Sky this season. WATERS is the top free throw shooter in the Big Sky this season having made 123-138 (.891) from the stripe. ... JAMIE JONES (6-7, 200 Sr. Forward) is averaging 14.1 points per game and is the Big Sky ‘s REBOUNDING (8.0) and BLOCKED SHOT (2.1) leader this season.  ... MELVIN JONES (5-10, 165 Jr. Guard) averages 11.3 points per game.     . . .     Portland State is the Big Sky SCORING OFFENSE leader averaging 78.0 ppg. just head of WEBER STATE (77.0). ... They are, however, last (9th) in SCORING DEFENSE allowing 80.3 ppg.  ... The Vikings lead the Big Sky in Blocked Shots per game (3.6) and Three-Point Shots made per game (8.1).

P/#    NAME                 HT    WT    CL.    HOMETOWN    PPG    RPG    APG
F-12    Paul Guede    6-5    205    Jr.    London, ENG    5.0    3.1    0.7
F-1    Julius Thomas    6-5    225    Sr.    Stockton, CA    10.3    5.5    1.8
F-44    Jamie Jones    6-7    220    Sr.    El Segundo, CA    14.1    8.0    1.0
G-11    Dominic Waters    6-1    180    Sr.    Portland, OR    18.7    2.3    4.9
G-4    Melvin Jones    5-10    165    Jr.    Seattle, WA    11.3    2.4    1.7
G-23    Chris Harriel    6-4    185    Fr.    Moreno Valley, CA3.3    2.3    0.5
G-14    Alonzo Brandon    6-1    180    Jr.    Las Vegas, NV    3.0    1.5    0.2
G-15    Dane Johnson    6-1    180    So.    Columbus, OH    1.8    0.8    1.6


    Weber State’s RANDY RAHE is in his 4th season at the Wildcat helm.  ... In his three short seasons, Rahe’s teams have captured two Big Sky Conference regular season championships (06-07, 08-09), the Big Sky Post-Season Tournament championship (06-07), and an NCAA post-season berth in 2006-07. ... Rahe was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in both 06-07 and 08-09.  ...  Rahe is 75-44 (.630) overall in his three seasons as Weber State, and 48-14 (.7741) in Big Sky Conference games.  ... Rahe’s teams have posted a HOME COURT record of 46-8 (.852) during his tenure, overall. He is 32-4 (.889) at home in Big Sky Conference games. .... Rahe is 5-2 vs. Eastern Washington  (1-2 vs. EWU in Cheney) and 7-1 vs. Portland State (2-1 vs. PSU in Portland)
2006-07                          20-12 overall    11-5 Big Sky
2007-08                 16-14 overall    10-6 Big Sky
2008-09                            21-10 overall    15-1 Big Sky
2009-10                              18-8 overall    12-2 Big Sky

    The Wildcats clinched their 19th REGULAR SEASON Big Sky Conference championship. They can win it out right with a win in either of their last two games.  ... The last time WSU won back-to-back titles came in 1993-94 and 1994-95.  In 1994, WSU won the title, but Boise State made a higher “bid” for the Tournament and got it. BSU, which was 7-7 in league play, ended up winning the post-season tournament on its home floor.  .... Weber State has won EIGHT Big Sky Conference Post-Season Tournaments. In 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007, the Wildcats won both regular season title and post-season conference crown.  ... The Wildcats have made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT.

    The Wildcats come into the last week of league play with an overall record of 18-8 and a 12-2 mark in Big Sky play. ...  With two more victories, the Wildcats would have their 24th TWENTY-WIN season out of 48 seasons as a Division I member. ... It would also be Coach Randy Rahe’s third 20 win season in four tries.  Here is a break down of WSU coaches who have won 20 or games: Neil McCarthy (7), Ron Abegglen (5), Dick Motta (4), Phil Johnson (3), RANDY RAHE (2), Joe Cravens (1), Gene Visscher (1),

   Weber State leads the Big Sky in REBOUNDING OFFENSE averaging 35.5 boards per game. The ‘Cats also lead in REBOUND MARGIN with a +2.6 advantage per game over their opponents.  WSU also leads in ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO (1.1). The Wildcats average 13.0 assists per game and just 12 turnovers.    . . .     Individually, DAMIAN LILLARD is the Big Sky’s overall scoring leader at 19.7 and in league-play only at 20.9. LILLARD also leads the league in overall Three-Point Shots Made Per Game at 2.6, tied with Northern Colorado’s Devon Beitzel.    . . . In Big Sky games-only, the Wildcats are the top offensive team at 79.6 ppg. and tops in scoring margin (+9.4).  They lead in rebounding offense (35.8), rebound margin (+3.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).

    Friday’s game at Eastern Washington could turn into some shooting fireworks. Both teams are tied for Three-Point Shots Made Per Game at 8.4 in 14 Big Sky games.  ... In OVERALL games this season, Portland State ranks first at 8.1 per contest while Weber State is second at 8.0. ... Turns out all three teams are ranked at the bottom of 3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense. ... WSU is 7th (.372), Eastern Washington is 8th (.391) and Portland State is 9th (.403).

   Weber State and Eastern Washington are two of the better REBOUNDING teams in the Big Sky. ... WSU is first in REBOUND OFFENSE at 35.5 per game while Eastern Washington is second at 34.1.   The Eagles rank first in DEFENSIVE REBOUND PERCENTAGE at .720, the Wildcats are third in OFFENSIVE REBOUND PERCENTAGE at .330.

INDIVIDUAL REBOUND BATTLES     The Wildcats will be facing the Big Sky’s top two rebounders. On Friday, they face EWU’s BRANDON MOORE (6-9, 250) who is 2nd in the league at 7.4 rebounds per game and is the league’s best board man on the DEFENSIVE END where he averages 5.7 per game. ...  Sunday vs. Portland State, the ‘Cats will face the top rebounder in the league in JAMIE JONES (6-7, 220).  Jones is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game and is the Big Sky’s top board man on the OFFENSIVE END averaging 3.4 per contest.    ...   Weber State’s FRANKLIN SESSION (2.7) and STEVE PANOS (2.1) are 3rd and 4th, respectively, in Offensive Rebounds per game.

    The Wildcats are 4-2 on the road in Big Sky play and 4-7 overall.  The two Big Sky losses came @Northern Colorado (84-75) and @Montana (75-61).   ...   The Wildcats have averaged 78.8 points per game in Big Sky ROAD games and given up an average of 75.0 ppg.  ...  WSU is shooting just .432 from the field and .291 (41-141) from the three-point line on the road in Big Sky play, but are shooting .748 (110-147) from the line compared to opponents (126-180 .700). ... WSU is out rebounding Big Sky opponents on the road, 37.0 to 35.3.  ... DAMIAN LILLARD is averaging 22.5 points per game on the road and is 36-39 (.923) from the free throw line.  FRANKLIN SESSION is averaging 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and is 33-64 (.516) from the field.

    Weber State has an overall record in 47 seasons of 870-502 (.634). ... In those 47 seasons, the Wildcats have had just EIGHT LOSING campaigns!  ...  The Wildcats have won 20 OR MORE games in 22 of those 47 seasons.  ... In BIG SKY CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY, the Wildcats are 442-229 (.659).

    The 2009-10 season marks the 31st season of Wildcat basketball inside the 12,000 seat Dee Events Center which opened on  Nov. 1, 1977. ... WSU defeated Long Beach State, 99-96 OT in the first game ever played under the dome.  ...  The Wildcats are 364-97 (.790) playing in the Dee Events Center.       . . .      Weber State’s overall home court record, counting the 15 seasons in the old Swenson Gym is a solid 543-114 (.826)!

    ...The Wildcats are 34-73 (.466) from the three-point arc in their last three games.     . . .     The Wildcats are 0-1 on SUNDAY this season, dropping a 91-87 decision at Seattle U. back on Nov. 22.  The ‘Cats are 3-3 on Fridays this season.     . . .    The Wildcats are 11-0 this season when LEADING AT HALF TIME.     . . .     WSU is 14-2 when out rebounding opponents and 11-1 when opponents shoot LESS than 45 percent from the field.     . . .     The Wildcats lost just one game in January and have lost just one game in February.     . . .     WSU is 10-2 when opponents score LESS than 70 points.     

    After Sunday’s game at Portland State, the Wildcats return home to await the results of the Saturday, March 6th quarterfinal games. WSU will face the LOWEST REMAINING seed from those games on Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. 

P/#    NAME                HT    WT    CL.    HOMETOWN    PPG    RPG    APG
F-23    Franklin Session    6-3    175    Jr.    Los Angeles, CA    10.6    6.2    3.0
F-3    Kyle Bullinger    6-6    215    So.    Mountain View, WY9.1    3.9    1.0
C-45    Steve Panos    6-8    245    Sr.    Salt Lake City, UT11.7    5.5    0.6
G-1    Damian Lillard    6-2    185    So.    Oakland, CA    19.7    4.0    3.7
G-12    Nick Hansen    6-4    205    Sr.    Pocatello, ID    9.0    3.2    1.9

G-15    Lindsey Hughey    6-3    200    Jr.    Grand Prairie, TX7.5    2.3    1.9
C-55    Trevor Morris    6-9    240    Jr.    Nampa, ID    4.3    3.1    0.4
F-30    Darin Mahoney    6-8    225    So.    Heber City, UT    2,9    3.4    0.2
F-33    Matt Washington6-7    220    Jr.    New Orleans, LA    2.3    1.7    0.1
G-21    Josh Noble    6-2    195    Jr.    Brooklyn, NY    0.9    0.6    0.6

ON EASTERN WASHINGTON:  “They have three tremendous freshman guards who are playing like seniors. They are battling to get the sixth seed into the Tournament, so I fully expect that we will see a very fired up and emotional team on Friday night.”
ON PORTLAND STATE:  “Like Eastern Washington, they are battling to get that sixth seed, so they too will be ready and waiting. It will be their “senior day” as well, so that will add to their excitement of the game along with it being on television. They can really shoot the ball and if you aren’t prepare on the defensive end, they can make it a long game for you.”

ON WEBER STATE:  “We need to guard against complacency and that will up to me and our staff to get them ready to play and to keep our positive momentum going. We know both games are going to be hard fought battles and that we will be getting both teams’ best shot this weekend, so we need to be ready to play on both ends and ready to battle on the boards. Rebounding will be the key in both games.”

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