Jan. 28, 1998
Michael Doleac makes an attempt at a rebound earlier this season.
QUICKLY: The 3rd ranked Utes (17-0, WAC:5-0) continue Western Athletic Conference play with a home game against UTEP on Thursday, Jan. 29 and a road game on Sunday, Feb. 1 at New Mexico ... the UTEP game will be televised live on KJZZ-TV while the New Mexico game will be carried live by ABC ... both games will also be broadcast live on KALL radio and the Utah Sports Network .... the Utes are ranked 3rd this week in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 3rd in the Associated Press poll.
RADIO: Both the UTEP and New Mexico games will be broadcast live on KALL RADIO (910) AM. BILL MARCROFT will call the play-by-play with JEFF JONAS doing color. BRAD STONE handles pre and post-game show duties. Stations on the network are KOAL (Price), KSGI AM (St. George), KZEZ FM (St. George) and KVEL (Vernal). Pre-game show starts 90 minutes before tipoff.
TV: The UTEP game will be televised live on KJZZ-TV. STEVE BROWN will call the play-by-play with FRANK LAYDEN doing color commentary. The New Mexico game will be televised live by ABC. MARK JONES will call the action with TERRY GANNON handling color commentary. (384-224) and JACK GARDNER (339-154) are the other two. (For a complete Majerus bio see later in the release).
SERIES RECORD VS. UTEP: The Miners lead in the series with the Utes 31-29 ... Utah won both games last year, 74-51 in El Paso and 68-55 in Salt Lake ... Utes have won four in a row ... last Miner win was a 65-61 victory in 1995 in El Paso ... Utes have won seven in a row in the Huntsman Center.
PROBABLE UTE STARTERS
F-50 Alex Jensen (6-7, 225, So.) 7.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
F-13 Hanno Mottola (6-10, 230, So.) 13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
C-51 Michael Doleac (6-11, 265, Sr.) 15.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg
G-34 Drew Hansen (6-5, 195, Sr.) 5.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G-24 Andre Miller (6-2, 200, Jr.) 14.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.7 apg
OFF THE BENCH
G-3 David Jackson (6-3, 205, So.) 4.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg
G-11 Jordie McTavish (6-0, 169, So.) 3.2 ppg, 1.0 apg
G-21 Trace Caton (6-4, 215, Fr.) 4.8 ppg, 1.0 apg
F-31 Britton Johnsen (6-9, 200, Fr.) 1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg
F-40 Jon Carlisle (6-9, 223, Fr.) 2.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg
F-45 Greg Barratt (6-8, 223, Fr.) 2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
C-52 Nate Althoff (6-11, 245, Fr.) 2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg
PROBABLE MINER STARTERS:
F-5 Sharif Fajardo (6-8, 225, Jr.) 16.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
F-42 B.J. Wade (6-7, 220, Sr.) 10.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg
C-33 Jon Bomba (6-11, 230, Jr.) 1.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg
G-4 Alton Sanders (5-10, 185, Jr.) 6.9 ppg, 3.1 apg
G-31 William Smith (6-3, 195, So.) 12.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
A LOOK AT THE MINERS: UTEP is 11-6 on the season and 2-3 in WAC play ... they are coming off a 76-69 loss at home to New Mexico ... Miners are coached by Hall of Fame coach DON HASKINS who has compiled a 702-337 record in 37 years as the Miners head coach.
SERIES RECORD VS. NEW MEXICO: Utah leads in the series 62-34 ... last year the two teams split during the regular season with the Lobos winning 87-71 in "The Pit" and the Utes taking a 78-58 victory in the Huntsman Center ... the two teams also met in the WAC Tournament semifinals last year with Utah squeaking out a 72-70 victory on KEITH VAN HORN'S last second shot ... last Utah win in Albuquerque was an 82-64 victory in 1996.
PROBABLE LOBO STARTERS:
F-22 Clayton Shields (6-8, 210, Sr.) 16.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg
F-32 David Gibson (6-2, 165, Sr.) 4.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
C-4 Kenny Thomas (6-8, 255, Jr.) 17.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg
G-3 Lamont Long (6-4, 170, So.) 13.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg
G-30 Royce Olney (6-2, 180, Sr.) 14.6 ppg, 4.2 apg
Keith Van Horn will have his number retired.(file photo)
A LOOK AT THE LOBOS: New Mexico is 14-3 on the season and 4-1 in WAC play ...Lobos are ranked 13th in this weeks USA Today/ESPN poll and 14th in the Associated Press poll ... Lobos one WAC loss was at Wyoming ... UNM
VAN HORN'S #44 TO BE RETIRED: Ute All-American KEITH VAN HORN will receive the ultimate honor from the University of Utah when his number "44"jersey will be retired this Thursday (Jan. 29) when the Utes play UTEP in the Huntsman Center. The ceremony honoring Van Horn will take place before the game with Ute coach RICK MAJERUS participating. At halftime, Keith, along with the four other former Utes who have had their numbers retired, will be honored. Van Horn, who was a consensus All-America selection last year and is the all-time leading scorer in Utah and Western Athletic Conference history, is now playing for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. His number is the fifth retired in school history.
RUNNIN' UTE RETIRED BASKETBALL NUMBERS
#12 Billy McGill (1959-62)
#22 Arnie Ferrin (1944-48)
#23 Danny Vranes (1978-81)
#33 Vern Gardner (1946-49)
11 UTES MAKE HONOR ROLL: Not only are the Utes having an outstanding year on the basketball court, they are also having an excellent year in the classroom. 11 Ute players were named to the honor roll for their performance in the classroom fall quarter. Five of those players also made the Dean's List. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required to make the honor roll while a 3.5 GPA or better is required for Dean's List honors. Named to the Dean's List were GREG BARRATT, DREW HANSEN and walk-ons BRETT ALLEN, DOUG GOOCH and BRANDON SLUGA. Joining them on the honor roll were TRACE CATON, JON CARLISLE, MICHAEL DOLEAC, ALEX JENSEN, JORDIE MCTAVISH and ADAM SHARP. Eight of the 13 scholarship players made the coveted list. During RICK MAJERUS' tenure as head coach at Utah 68 players have made the honor roll. As a team the Utes posted a combined GPA of 3.04 for fall quarter.
UTES IN TOP 25: Utah continues to be ranked in the top 25 this week as they have all season. They are ranked third this week, tieing their highest ranking of the season. Their highest ranking of all time is second where, they finished in last season's Associated Press poll.
UTES SWEEP TOUGH ROAD TRIP: The Utes kept their perfect record intact with two wins last week. Thursday, Utah downed Air Force 57-46 in Colorado Springs as ALEX JENSEN tied his career-high with 17 points. ANDRE MILLER had 12 points, 7 boards and 4 steals. The Utes only shot .410 percent from the floor but hit .846 from the free throw line. The Utes had a great day at UNLV on Saturday as they dumped the Rebels 67-54 in front of a CBS national television audience. Not only did the Utes shoot the ball well, hitting .533 from the field, but they also played excellent defense holding UNLV to .380 shooting from the floor.
HANNO MOTTOLA and MICHAEL DOLEAC both scored 19 points while ANDRE MILLER played another excellent game. Miller scored 10 points, was the top Ute rebounder with 7 boards, passed for 6 assists, had 4 steals and 1 block and committed no turnovers.
UTES OFF TO BEST START EVER: The Utes 17-0 record to open the season is the best start ever for a Utah Basketball team. The Utes surpassed the 16-0 start of the 1912-13 team with their win over UNLV Saturday in Las Vegas. The Utes' 17 wins has now tied the school record for consecutive games won at any point in the season. That record was set by the 1990-91 team. That streak went from Dec. 4 1990 when they beat Utah State 84-76 to Jan. 3, 1991 when they won at UTEP 78-68 to push their season record to 20-1. The streak was broken two days later in a 68-62 loss at New Mexico.
UTES ON A ROLL: The Utes have been on a roll the last couple of years.
They are off to a 17-0 start in the current season but dating back to last year Utah has won 31 of it's last 32 games. The only blemish was the 72-59 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Finals in San Jose. The last regular season loss for the Utes was an 87-71 defeat at New Mexico on Feb. 1, 1997.
DOLEAC DOIN' IT: MICHAEL DOLEAC is playing well for the Utes. The 6-11 senior is leading the Utes in scoring and rebounding for the season averaging 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He is also shooting .837 from the free throw line. He leads the team in blocks with 21. Doleac is in 15th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,232 career points. He needs 60 points to pass KEN GARDNER (1968-71, 1291 points) to move into 14th place on the list. Doleac is also in 8th place on the career rebound chart with 765 rebounds. He needs 112 boards to pass TOM CHAMBERS (1978-81, 876 rebounds) to move into 7th place on the list.
MILLER TIME: ANDRE MILLER continues to play well from the point guard position. He is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.0 points per game. He also leads in assists averaging 4.7 per game and steals with 42 on the year. He is averaging 2.5 steals per game. In the last four games (Colorado State, Wyoming, Air Force and UNLV) Miller has passed for 22 assists and committed just two turnovers. His assist to turnover ratio for the season is 4.7 assists to 2.0 turnovers per game. In WAC games he has a 5.8 assist to 1.0 turnover ratio per game. He is also shooting .561 percent from the floor this season, an improvement over the .486 he shot from the field last year. Andre is in 4th place on the Ute career assist list with 438 assists. He needs 99 more to pass PACE MANNION (1980-83, 535 assists) and move into 3rd place on the list.
UTES ONE OF TWO UNBEATEN TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY: The Utes are one of just two unbeaten men's Division I basketball teams left in the country. The
UP NEXT: The Utes return home to host BYU on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:35 p.m. in the Huntsman Center. They then travel to Rice for a Saturday, Feb. 7 game. Both games will be televised on KJZZ-TV.MICHAEL DOLEAC is currently in 15th place on the Ute career scoring list with 1, 232 points. He needs 60 points to pass KEN GARDNER (1968-71, 1291 points) to move into the 14th spot on the list.
UTES AMONG TOP TEAMS IN THE 90s: Going into the season the Utes were ranked 10th in the country for most victories and highest winning percentage in the decade of the 1990s. Utah has posted a 209-67 record during that time for a .757 winning percentage.
UTES IN 1,000 VICTORY CLUB: The Utes are one of the teams in the country with over 1,000 basketball wins in their history. In the 89 years of Utah basketball, Utah hoop teams have won 1,363 games and have lost just 728. That works out to a .652 winning percentage. Utah first started playing basketball in 1908. Dir. Athletic Media Relations: (Basketball SID): Bruce Woodbury: O-801-581-3510 Sports Information Director: Liz Abel: O-801-581-3511 Asst. SID: Mike Lageschulte: 801-581-3771 SID Secretary: Michele Graves: O-801-581-3510/11 UTES IN WAC STATS THIS WEEK: UTAH'S RANKINGS IN THIS WEEK'S WAC TEAM STATS: SCORING: 7TH
TALL TIMBER: The Utes are one of the tallest college basketball teams in the country this season. As a team Utah averages a little over 6-5 per man. The Ute front line is even taller averaging 6-7 3/4 per front line player.
UTES IN NCAA STATS: NCAA Basketball stats are released every Wednesday. In the latest national stats the Utes are ranked in the following categories: REBOUNDING MARGIN 1ST, WON-LOST PERCENTAGE, T-1st, SCORING DEFENSE, 4th, FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE, 5th, SCORING MARGIN, 10th.
MAJERUS' MARK: Ute coach RICK MAJERUS went into the season as the 14th winningest active coach in the country ... has posted a 197-55 (.782) record in his ninth season at Utah ... is in his 14th year as a major college head coach and has a career record of 296-107 (.734) ... is the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern times. With four more wins Majerus will become only the third coach in Ute history to win 300 games in his career.
ON RETIRING KEITH VAN HORN'S JERSEY: "The UTEP game is probably going to be overshadowed by the retirement of Keith's jersey and well it should. Keith Van Horn is the personification and the culmination of what everyone would like their student athlete experience to be. The game is certainly an important game but I think our fans will be treated to a special night of seeing two basketball Hall of Famers. I think Keith barring injury and with purpose in his performance is perhaps on his way to the Hall of Fame. I didn't realize he was that good and what they are going to say about me in another year or two, is the same thing they say about Dean Smith. Who is the last guy to hold Keith Van Horn to single figures and it's going to be me. You will also get to see Don Haskins, a living legend and one of the greatest coaches in the game."
ON UTEP: " UTEP is a tough team. They have had some excellent wins. They beat UNLV and they have had some good road wins and I think this is coach Haskins' best team in a number of years. Any Don Haskins team will be very well coached and play outstanding defense with great shot selection."
ON NEW MEXICO: "At the start of the season I said I thought New Mexico was a "Final Four" team. They return four starters from a terrific club last year. They are a very, very determined team. Kenny Thomas has what Keith Van Horn didn't have in his junior year, a big-time insurance policy. I love (Clayton) Shields. The NBA guys have told me they will be out in droves that day and certainly Shields, along with Thomas are attracting them. Anytime you play New Mexico you can expect a solid defensive team, an uptempo game, a team with tremendous scoring power and a veteran team with good size."
ON THE UTES: "I'm very pleased with the way we are playing right now. I really like the fact that our bench is starting to come. For a mostly freshmen bench I think the guys are doing an exceptional job and I like the direction Carlisle and Caton are progressing as players."
RICK MAJERUS: HEAD COACH, 9TH YEAR
Eight years under Head Coach Rick Majerus has entrenched the University of Utah in the nation's basketball power structure. Majerus, the winningest Utah basketball coach in modern times (197-55) (.782), has led the Utes to unprecedented success. In the 89-year history of Utah basketball, the Utes have never enjoyed an eight-year stretch like the Majerus tenure. Despite the fact Majerus coached just six games in his first season, due to heart surgery his clubs have averaged 22 wins per year during that time. His six postseason appearances (five NCAA) is a school coaching benchmark. Never before has a Ute team advanced to the Sweet 16 three times in a six-year span. Majerus' teams own five Western Athletic Conference championships in the decade of the 1990s, including the last three--a feat never before achieved at Utah. His Utes captured both the Mountain Division crown last year, with a near-perfect 15-1 record, and the WAC Tournament title. Majerus' success goes beyond the conference level. The 1996-97 Utes were mainstays in the nation's Top-10, going into the NCAA Tournament with a best-ever No. 2 ranking and a No. 2 seed in the tourney. The team advanced to the West Regional championship game (the Elite Eight), becoming the first Ute team to make it that far since the 1966 squad played in the "Final Four." Last Season was Utah's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under Majerus, and its third trip to the Sweet 16. The 1990-91 Utes produced a school-record 30-4 record and made it to the Sweet 16, where they lost to defending NCAA champion UNLV. The 1995-96 Utes also made the regional tourney--running into eventual NCAA champion Kentucky in the first game. All five of Majerus' Utah NCAA teams have won at least a first-round game, with the 1993 and 1995 teams falling in the second round. Majerus also has one NIT "Final Four" to his credit while at Utah. His 1991-92 club made the trip to the Big Apple and the NIT finals, where the Utes took third. Majerus' feats have earned him national recognition and respect. The three-time WAC Coach of the Year (1991, '93, '95), was tapped for national honors in 1991 (Basketball Times' and UPI Coach of the Year) and 1992 (Playboy Coach of the Year). He is also a four-time District Coach of the Year. In a previous two-year stint with Ball State, Majerus received The Hoop Scoop Coach of the Year honors in 1988-89. Most recently, the WAC media voted him Mountain Division Coach of the Year in 1996-97. Success has followed Majerus at all of his stops. His head coaching career began at Marquette, where he compiled a 56-35 record from 1983-86 and took his teams to three NIT Tournaments. He preceded his Utah tenure with a successful two-year stint at Ball State, where he logged a 43-17 mark, including a 29-3 record and an NCAA second round berth in 1988-89. He was an accomplished assistant coach before making the jump to the top seat. In 12 years as an assistant at Marquette (1972-83), Majerus was part of 11 NCAA Tournament teams. Marquette won the NCAA Championship in 1976-77. The veteran coach also spent a year in the National Basketball Association as an assistant to Don Nelson. The Milwaukee Bucks posted a 50-32 record and made the NBA playoffs during Majerus' year on the bench (1986-87). Majerus has an international resume, as well. He served last summer as the head coach of the USA Basketball Men's 22 and under team that competed in the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. He spent the summer of 1994 as an assistant coach to Don Nelson for the USA "Dream Team 2," which featured the top NBA players in the Men's World Basketball Championships in Toronto. Majerus' reach extends into the classroom. In his time at Utah, 57 players have made the honor roll, including 12 this past spring quarter. Michael Doleac and Drew Hansen were named to the GTE Academic All-America District Team. Hansen was also chosen as the winner of the 1997 Playboy Magazine Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete Award for basketball. The 1995-96 Ute hoop team's cumulative grade point average was an impressive 2.91, while 1996-97 bunch put together a team GPA of 3.08. Born on Feb. 17, 1948, the 49-year-old Majerus is a Sheboygan, Wis., native. He graduated from Marquette in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in history. He received a master's, also from Marquette, in 1979 in guidance and counseling.
RICK'S RECORD YEAR TEAM RECORD FINISH POST SEASON 1997-98 Utah 17-0 1996-97 Utah 29-4 1st NCAA "Elite 8" 1995-96 Utah 27-7 1st NCAA "Sweet 16" 1994-95 Utah 28-6 1st NCAA 2nd Round 1993-94 Utah 14-14 5th (tie) 1992-93 Utah 24-7 1st NCAA 2nd Round 1991-92 Utah 24-11 4th NIT "Final Four" 1990-91 Utah 30-4 1st NCAA "Sweet 16" 1989-90 Utah 4-2 6th (tie) 1988-89 Ball State 29-3 -- NCAA 2nd Round 1987-88 Ball State 14-14 -- 1985-86 Marquette 19-11 -- NIT 1984-85 Marquette 20-11 -- NIT 1983-84 Marquette 17-13 -- NIT __________________________________________________
Utah Total: 197-55 (.782), 9th year
Career Total: 296-107 (.7334, 14th year-14th among active NCAA coaches in winning percentage going into the season.
AP TOP 25 (week of 1-26) 1. Duke (18-1) 2. North Carolina (20-1) 3. UTAH (17-0) 4. Stanford (18-0) 5. Kansas (22-3) 6. Arizona (17-3) 7. Kentucky (18-2) 8. UCLA (15-3) 9. Connecticut (17-3) 10. Purdue (17-4) 11. Princeton (13-1) 12. Mississippi (14-2) 13. South Carolina (13-3) 14. New Mexico (14-3) 15. Arkansas (16-3) 16. Iowa (15-4) 17. West Virginia (17-3) 18. Cincinnati (15-3) 19. Michigan (15-5) 20. Syracuse (15-4) 21. Rhode Island (13-4) 22. Michigan State (13-4) 23. Maryland (12-6) 24. Xavier (12-5) 25. Indiana (14-5) USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 (week of 1-26) 1. Duke (18-1) 2. North Carolina (20-1) 3. UTAH (17-0) 4. Kansas (22-3) 5. Stanford (18-0) 6. Arizona (17-3) 7. Kentucky (18-2) 8. Connecticut (17-2) 9. UCLA (15-3) 10. Purdue (17-4) 11. Princeton (13-1) 12. Mississippi (14-2) 13. New Mexico (14-3) 14. South Caroina (13-3) 15. Arkansas (16-3) 16. Iowa (15-4) 17. Michigan (15-5) 18. Syracuse (15-4) 19. West Virigina (17-3) 20. Cincinnati (15-3) 21. Rhode Island (13-4) 22. Xavier (12-5) 23. Florida State (14-6) 24. Maryland (12-6) 25. Michigan State (13-4) WAC STANDINGS MOUNTAIN DIVISION TEAM WAC ALL GAMES W L W L UTAH 5 0 17 0 UNM 4 1 14 3 CSU 3 2 15 3 WYO 2 3 12 5 UTEP 2 3 11 6 UNLV 2 3 10 8 BYU 1 4 6 13 AFA 1 4 8 7 PACIFIC DIVISION TEAM WAC ALL GAMES W L W L TCU 5 0 16 4 FSU 3 1 10 7 Tulsa 3 2 11 8 SMU 2 3 13 4 Hawai'i 2 3 13 4 SDSU 2 3 8 8 Rice 2 3 5 13 SJSU 0 4 2 14
TRAVEL PLANS: The Utes leave Friday morning at 10:10 a.m. via Delta #1578, arriving in Albuquerque at 11:37 a.m. The team will stay at the ALBUQUERQUE MARRIOTT (505) 881-6800. The Utes will return home after the game on Sunday arriving in Salt Lake via Delta # 947 at 7:03 p.m.coach DAVE BLISS is in his 10th year and has a 211-94 record at New Mexico ... the Lobos play at BYU Thursday.
UTES IN THE HUNTSMAN CENTER: Utah basketball teams have compiled a 349-83 (.809) record in the JON M. HUNTSMAN CENTER since the building opened for the 1969-70 season. RICK MAJERUS has posted a 109-10 (.916) record in the building since he has been the Ute coach ... the Utes have won 16 games in a row in the JMHC dating back to last season's Dec. 31 loss to Wake Forest.
UTE NOTES: The University of Utah is the only Division I school in the country whose men's and women's basketball teams are unbeaten. The Ute men are 17-0 while the Ute women post a perfect 16-0 mark ... Ute sophomore HANNO MOTTOLA was featured in this weeks Sports Illustrated in a story about foreign players in college basketball ... the New Mexico game will be the first regular-season Sunday game the Utes have ever played.
#51 MICHAEL DOLEAC, C (6-11, 265, SR. PORTLAND, ORE.)-Top 30 candidate #for Wooden Award and Naismith Award ... career-high 30 points against #Utah State ... 12 points and 11 rebounds in first game against Cal #State Fullerton ... missed Weber State and Southern Utah games with #sprained ankle ... leads Utes in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (7.1) #... 19 points in UC Irvine win ... 13 points, 8 rebounds vs. #Providence ... excellent game against Wake Forest with 14 points and #7 rebounds ... 21 points and 9 rebounds in OSU win ... went 2-2 from #three-point range in that game ... 20 points, 8 boards, 3 blocks, 3 #steals against Rice ... 18 points vs. BYU in Provo ...19 points vs. #UNLV ... is in 15th place on the Ute career scoring chart with 1,232 #points ... shooting .837 percent (82-98) from the free throw line ... #named to honor roll fall quarter.
#34 DREW HANSEN, G/F (6-5, 195, SR. TOOELE, UTAH)-1997 Playboy #Magazine Anson Mount Scholarship Award winner ... was also a Rhodes #Scholar nominee ... hit for season-high 12 points against Weber State #on 4-5 shooting from three-point range ... is 20-40 (.500) from #three-point range this season ... missed UC Irvine game with sprained #right knee ... 5 points against Wake Forest and Oregon State ... 9 #points on 3-5 shooting from three-point range against Utah State ... #career-high 7 rebounds against Asuza Pacific ... also had 5 assists #in that game ... 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 rebounds against #Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists against Rice #... 7 points, 4 assists vs. BYU in Provo ... 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 #assists 1 steal against CSU ... 8 points vs. Wyoming ... 6 points vs. #Air Force ... 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists vs. UNLV ... named to #honor roll and Dean's List fall quarter with perfect 4.0 GPA.
#24 ANDRE MILLER, G (6-2, 200, JR. LOS ANGELES, CALIF.)-Led Utes in #scoring in Fullerton game with 19 points ... also had 7 rebounds ... #had 16 points (7-8 shooting) and 4 assists against Loyola Marymount #... 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in Weber State win ... second on #team in scoring averaging 14.0 points per game ... 10 points, 4 #assists vs. UC Irvine ... 11 points, season-high 7 assists and 6 #rebounds vs. Providence ... 7 assists was second-highest total in #Great Eight history ... season-high 20 points against Wake Forest, #also had 3 steals ... 13 points, 6 assists in Utah State win ... 17 #points against Azusa Pacific ... averaging 4.7 assists to 2.0 #turnovers per game for the season and 5.8 assists to 1.0 turnovers in #WAC`play ... 18 points and career-high 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State #... went 12-12 from free throw line (fourth best in school history) #and had 6 steals in that game ... named WAC Player of the Week for #his game against Oregon State ... 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 #steals vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists #vs. Rice ... 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals vs. BYU in #Provo ... 17 points, 7 boards, 6 assists, 5 steals against CSU ... 8 #points, 8 assists, rebounds against Wyoming ... had no turnovers in #CSU and Wyoming games ... 12 points, 7 boards, 4 steals vs. Air Force #... 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals vs. UNLV ... 4th in #career assists with 438.
#50 ALEX JENSEN, F (6-7, 225, SO. CENTERVILLE, UTAH)-Opened season #against Cal State Fullerton with career-high 16 rebounds ... also #scored 12 points in first game ... had 8 offensive rebounds against #the Titans ... had 11 points and 7 boards against Southern Utah ... #10 points in Loyola win .. 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists against UC #Irvine ... 8 rebounds vs. Providence ... played great defense against #Wake Forest. Had 7 rebounds against Demon Deacons ... 8 rebounds, 3 #assists vs. Utah State ... first double-double of season against #Azusa Pacific with 15 points and 10 rebounds ... 11 points vs. Oregon #State ... 9 points, 5 boards against BYU in Provo ... second on team #in rebounding at 6.3 boards per game ... 9 points, 8 rebounds vs. #Colorado State ... tied career-high with 17 points vs. Air Force ... #also had 6 boards and 3 steals in that game ... has guarded all five #positions on defense this year ... named to honor roll fall quarter.
#13 HANNO MOTTOLA, F (6-10, 230, SO. HELSINKI, FINLAND) (pronounced #MET aa LA)-Career-high 11 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton ... #scored 12 points against Titans ... had career-high 25 points and 10 #boards in win at Weber State. Also had 25 points in Loyola win ... #set single game field goal record when he went 10-10 against Loyola #... named WAC Player of the Week after Loyola game ... averaging 13.5 #points per game ... set school record for consecutive field goals #made with 13 straight in Loyola and UC Irvine games ... 16 points vs. #Irvine on 7-9 shooting from field ... shooting .515 from field ... #17 points, 9 rebounds against Providence ... third double-double of #the season against Wake Forest with 16 points and 10 rebounds ... 14 #points, 7 rebounds vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 15 points vs. Rice ... #19 points in UNLV win ... named one of top foreign players in college #basketball this year by Sports Illustrated.
#11 JORDIE MCTAVISH, G (6-0, 169, SO. SALMON ARM, B.C., CANADA)-Scored #8 points in first game against Fullerton ... also passed for 3 #assists ... tied career-high with 9 points against Southern Utah and #Loyola ... 8 points, 4 assists in UC Irvine win ... played well in #Oregon State game with 5 points, including big three-pointer ... 5 #points vs. Rice on 2-2 shooting from the field ... averaging 3.2 #points per game ... named to honor roll fall quarter.
#3 DAVID JACKSON, G (6-3, 205, SO. PORTLAND, ORE.)-5 points, 1 assist #1 steal in win at Weber State ... tied career-high with 6 assists #against Southern Utah ... 9 points on 3-4 shooting from three-point #range at Loyola ... started first game this season against UC Irvine ... 9 points, 4 assists against UCI ... went 3-4 from three-point range in that game ... tied career-high with 10 points against Providence ... also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists ... 6 points, 4 assists in Utah State win ... passed for 4 assists vs. Rice ... 5 points, 4 rebounds vs. BYU in Provo ... went 2-2 from three-point range against Colorado State ... shooting .533 (16-30) from three-point range and .800 percent (12-15) from free throw line ... averaging 4.1 points per game.
#52 NATE ALTHOFF, C (6-11, 245, FR. DELANO, MINN.)-4 points in opening #game against Fullerton ... also had 5 rebounds against Titans and #Southern Utah ... 4 points against Loyola ... played well vs. Wake #Forest with 3 points and 2 rebounds in 5 minutes ... career-high 8 #points against Azusa Pacific ... 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block vs. #Wyoming ... shooting .688 (11-16) from field.
#45 GREG BARRATT, F (6-8, 223, FR. SALT LAKE CITY)-3 points in opening #game against Fullerton ...4 points and 3 rebounds in win at Weber #State ... 6 points in Southern Utah win ... 7 boards against Loyola #... 4 points vs. UC Irvine ... named to honor roll and Dean's List #fall quarter.
#40 JON CARLISLE, F (6-9, 223, FR. SALT LAKE CITY)-6 points against #Fullerton and Southern Utah ... started against Weber State and #Southern Utah ... season high 8 points and 2 blocks against Wildcats #... 6 boards against Loyola ... shooting .533 (16-30) from the field #for season ... 4 points, 4 boards against UC Irvine ... 5 points, 4 #rebounds vs. Providence ... hit two big free throws in Wake Forest #win ... tied season high with 6 rebounds .. 3 steals against Azusa #Pacific.
#21 TRACE CATON, G/F (6-4, 215, FR. ALAMOSA, COL.)-8 points in first #game against Fullerton ... went 2-3 from three-point range ... #season-high 12 points against Weber State ... 5 points, 3 assists vs. #UC Irvine ... 3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal in Utah State win ... 9 #points on 3-4 shooting from three-point range vs. Azusa Pacific ... 5 #points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in Oregon State win ... 6 points vs. #Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... 10 points, 3 rebounds vs. BYU in Provo. Also #went 4-4 in that game in last 35 seconds and played great defense ... #4 points vs. Air Force ... 7 points vs. UNLV on 4-4 shooting from #field ... shooting .824 (14-17) from free throw line ... averaging #4.8 points per game ... named to honor roll fall quarter.
#31 BRITTON JOHNSEN, F (6-9, 200, FR. MURRAY, UTAH)-Missed much of #pre-season drills and first eight games of the season with patella #tendinitis in his left knee ... saw first action against Azusa #Pacific ... had 7 points and 7 rebounds in 11 minutes in that game #... 3 points, 3 rebounds vs. Wyoming ... has played in 7 games since #his return.