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Utah Men's Basketball Notes - Game #15

Sophomore Richard Chaney has three 20-point games this season.

Sophomore Richard Chaney has three 20-point games this season.

Jan. 6, 2004

Game #15

Utah Runnin' Utes (11-3) vs. Whitworth Pirates (7-1)

Jan. 7 * 7:05 p.m. (MST) * Jon M. Huntsman Center (15,000) * Salt Lake City

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The Game At A Glance

Utah Head Coach: Rick Majerus           Whitworth Head Coach: Jim Hayford
Alma Mater: Marquette, 1970             Alma Mater: Auzsa Pacific, 1989
Record at Utah: 319-93 (15th Season)    Record at Whitworth: 50-12 (3rd Season)
Overall Record: 418-145 (20th Season)   Overall Record: 87-39 (5th Season)

Television: None.

Radio: Utah Sports Network (KALL-700 AM in Salt Lake City and affiliate stations). On the Internet at www.UtahUtes.com and www.kall700.com. Bill Marcroft (play-by-play), Mark Rydalch (analyst) and Brad Stone (host).

Series Record: Utah leads 1-0 Utah Home/Away/Neutral: 1-0/0-0/0-0 Last Meeting: Utah won 63-57 on Jan. 2, 2002 in Salt Lake City

After This

The Utes open Mountain West Conference play at UNLV in its second of three straight ESPN "Big Monday" appearances on Monday at 9:00 p.m. (PST). Utah returns home next weekend to host Wyoming on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Colorado State on Monday at 10:00 p.m.

Quickly On Utah

Utah (11-3) plays the second of back-to-back home games to close out its nonconference schedule against Whitworth (7-1) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. (MST) in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game will be broadcast on KALL-700 AM and the Utah Sports Network. The Utes are 8-0 at home this season.

The Utes have won five in a row and eight of their last nine games. Utah is coming off a 76-69 win over Pepperdine at home on Monday. Last week, Utah defeated Southern Utah (78-45) on Monday night at home and Weber State (70-60) on Saturday afternoon in Ogden, Utah.

Senior guard Nick Jacobson (6-4, 206) leads the Utes in scoring (14.9 ppg), hitting 48.7 percent of his three-point attempts. Sophomore forward Richard Chaney (6-4, 195) is second in scoring (12.8 ppg), shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from three-point range. Freshman forward Andrew Bogut (6-10, 233) is third on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.6 rpg). The native of Melbourne, Australia, has six double-doubles this season and is shooting 66.7 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Tim Drisdom (6-2, 212) leads the Utes in assists (4.0 apg). Senior forward Tim Frost (6-9, 244), who has had two double-doubles, is second in rebounding (4.5 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.4 ppg).

From The Training Room

* Senior center Tim Frost has been nursing a sore back since the start of fall practice and was forced to sit out the Pepperdine game on Monday night. He also sat out the Southern Utah game on Dec. 29. Frost is listed as doubtful for the Whitworth game on Wednesday. Beyond that, he is day-to-day depending on how he responds to treatment.

Scouting Whitworth

Whitworth is an NCAA Division III institution located in Spokane, Wash., that is a part of the Northwest Conference. The Pirates are 7-1 overall and 6-1 away from home this season, including an 0-1 mark on opponents' home courts. After losing its first game of the season at Carroll (Mont.) College (70-62), Whitworth has won its last seven, all by at least 14 points. Last weekend in the Cal Tech Tournament, the Pirates defeated UC Santa Cruz (94-55) on Saturday and Cabrini (76-56) on Sunday.

Senior forward Bryan Depew (6-5, 215) leads the Pirates in scoring (23.3 ppg) and rebounds (6.6 rpg). He is shooting 36.0 percent from three-point range. Senior guard Scott Bierlink (6-2, 188) is second in both scoring (13.1 ppg and rebounds (5.4 rpg), and leads the team in assists (5.9 apg) and steals (21). Freshman forward Jon Young (6-3, 185) is third in scoring (12.9 ppg) and has connected on 41.5 percent (27-of-65) of his three-point attempts.

Comparing the Stats

	        Utah	Whitworth
Scoring	        65.1	80.8
Scoring Defense	54.1	63.5
FG%	        .492	.493
FG% Defense	.390	.432
3-Pt. FG%	.413	.369
3-Pt. FG% Def.	.259	.307
FT%	        .661	.810
Rebound Margin	+6.4	+1.4
Assists	        13.9	16.9
Turnovers	15.2	12.8
Opp. Turnovers	12.3	17.3
Steals	        5.4	8.5
Blocked Shots	3.1	2.6

Head Coach Jim Hayford

Jim Hayford is 50-12 in his third year at Whitworth College and 87-39 in his fifth season as a head coach. In 2002-03, Hayford directed Whitworth to a 23-4 record, a Northwest Conference title and an appearance in the 2003 NCAA Division III Tournament. Hayford also had the second-best inaugural season in the history of Whitworth men's basketball coaches, leading the Pirates to a 20-7 record and a second-place finish in the NWC in '01-02. His team missed making the NCAA Division III Tournament by one game.

Prior to coming to Whitworth, Hayford was head coach at the University of Sioux Falls (SD), where he compiled a 37-27 record in two seasons. Hayford served as the top assistant coach at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) from 1990-99.

Utah-Whitworth Series Notes

* The Utes and Pirates meet for the second time on Wednesday night.

* Utah won the first meeting 63-57 on Jan. 2, 2002 in Salt Lake City.

* Rick Majerus' Utes took on Jim Hayford's Sioux Falls team on Dec. 17, 1999 in Salt Lake City, winning 72-48.

* When Hayford was an assistant coach at Azusa Pacific, it played Utah three times in Salt Lake City. The Utes defeated the Cougars 83-50 on Nov. 23, 1996, 78-58 on Dec. 12, 1997 and 76-47 on Nov. 14, 1998.

Jacobson Stroking "J"s

Senior guard Nick Jacobson (6-4, 206) has been a third team all-Mountain West selection the last two seasons. This season, he leads the Utes in scoring (14.9 ppg), hitting 48.7 percent (37-of-76) from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.

* In the NCAA statistical rankings released Jan. 5, Jacobson was 18th in three-point field goal percentage (46.5).

* Jacobson has already climbed into 19th place in career scoring at Utah with 1,281 points. He is one of just 30 players in the 1,000-point club and currently ranks behind Ken Gardner (1,291 points).

* Jacobson had tallied at least 20 points in each of the last four games before getting 18 points against Pepperdine. He has had five 20-point games this season. During the last five games, Jacobson has shot 53.6 percent (37-for-69) from the field and 51.4 percent (19-for-37) from three-point range to average 21.8 points per game. He had a career-high 28 points against Weber State on Jan. 3, hitting 8-of-12 field goals, 5-of-7 threes and 7-of-7 free throws in 39 minutes.

Chatter About Chaney

Sophomore wingman Richard Chaney (6-4, 195) is Utah's second-best scorer, averaging 12.8 points a game and reaching the 20-point mark three times. He is shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 18-of-38 (47.4 percent) from three-point range.

* In the NCAA statistical rankings released on Dec. 16, Chaney was 34th in field goal percentage (62.5).

* Chaney has scored in double figures seven times this season-including four of the last five games. Against Pepperdine on Monday night, Chaney had a career-high 27 points. He made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-7 three-pointers in 31 minutes. Chaney also set a career-best mark for threes made against Pepperdine. He tied a career-best mark with seven rebounds against Weber State on Jan. 3.

Take Note Of These Utes

* Sophomore point guard Tim Drisdom (6-2, 212) has a 2.25 assists/turnover ratio (27 to 12) over the last five games. He had career-high tying eight assists (only two turnovers) against Colorado. Against Pepperdine, Drisdom had seven assists and a season-high 10 points.

* Freshman forward Justin Hawkins (6-4, 207) tied a career-high with 10 rebounds against Pepperdine. He started the game in place of an injured Tim Frost and also had eight points in 26 minutes.

Game #14 Rewind

Richard Chaney scored a career-high 27 points and Nick Jacobson scored 18 to help Utah remain unbeaten at home with a 76-69 win over Pepperdine on Monday night.

Tim Drisdom scored 10 points and Justin Hawkins had 10 rebounds off the bench for the Utes (11-3), who improved to 8-0 at home this season.

Utah forward Andrew Bogut, the Utes' second-leading scorer entering the game, was shut out for the first time in his 14-game college career. He didn't get a shot off and finished with just three rebounds.

Glen McGowan led Pepperdine (5-10) with 22 points. Shaun Davis scored 15 and Terrance Johnson had 14 points for the Waves, who lost their fourth straight.

Chaney, whose previous high was 22 against Southern Utah last week, made a dunk to put Utah up 68-58. Davis came back with a three-pointer and Robert Turner drove for a dunk off a steal to cut it to 68-63 with about three minutes left.

Hawkins put back a rebound with a dunk to put Utah back up by six, but the Waves got a break when Hawkins missed the first of a 1-and-1 with 1:01 remaining. Jesse Pinegar rushed a three-pointer and missed badly for Pepperdine. Utah got the rebound, called time out and held on for the win.

Utah, which averaged 13 three-pointers per game, attempted 27 on Monday. The Utes also made 14, which equals the second-best mark in school history. The Utes' most attempts from beyond the arc for the season had been 23 in an 82-39 win over San Diego on Dec. 6.

The first half was an outside shooting competition, with both teams combining for 10 total points inside. The Waves and Utes threw up shot after shot from beyond the arc-and made plenty. Utah made 9-of-14 threes, while Pepperdine was 4-for-10 to keep it close throughout the half.

Getting Defensive

One of the trademarks of a Utah team during the Rick Majerus era is a stifling half-court defense. Since 1989-90, Utah has ranked in the top 30 in the nation 11 times in scoring defense, nine times in rebound margin, eight times in field goal percentage defense and eight times in scoring margin.

* In the NCAA statistical rankings released on Jan. 5, Utah ranked second nation in scoring defense (52.4 ppg), 10th in field goal percentage defense (37.1) and 17th in rebound margin (+7.9 rpg). Currently, opponents are averaging 54.1 points per game and shooting 39.0 percent against the Utes. Utah also has a +6.4 rebound margin.

* Utah has held nine of its 14 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the field. Only five teams have reached 60 points and three opponents have been held to under 40 points this season. Savannah State shot 18.2 percent against the Utes on Dec. 13, which is the lowest mark for a Utah opponent all-time. Only one team (UConn at 62.3 percent) has shot better than 50 percent from the field against the Utes this season.

* Utah has not allowed an opponent to score 80 points in 109 consecutive games that have ended in regulation. The last team to score 80 points on the Utes in a 40-minute game was Wyoming (88) on Feb. 28, 2000 in Laramie, Wyo.

From Beyond The Arc

Utah has connected on at least 40 percent of its three-point field goals in nine games this season-including the last four-winning all of them. Conversely, when the Utes shoot under 40 percent from beyond the arc, they are 2-3.

* In the NCAA statistical rankings released on Jan. 5, Utah ranked ninth in three-point field goal percentage (41.6). Currently, the U. is shooting 41.3 percent.

* The Utes have hit at least half of their three-point tries four times this season. The Utes shot a season-best 57.9 percent from three-point range against Southern Utah, hitting 11-of-19. Utah shot 51.9 percent from beyond the arc against Pepperdine with a season-high 27 attempts, and made 50.0 percent (7-of-14) against both Colorado and Stony Brook.

* Utah made nine three-pointers in the first 20 minutes against Pepperdine, one off the school record for a half. The Utes also had 14 three-pointers in the game, which tied the second-best mark in school history achieved six other times.

Utes Tough At Home In The Huntsman Center

Utah is 203-18 (.918) in the Huntsman Center during the Rick Majerus era and has never lost back-to-back home games. With Majerus on the bench, taking out the games he missed during the 1989-90 and 2000-01 seasons, the Utes are 185-13 (.934) at home.

* The Utes have won 141 of their last 149 games in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, dating back to the 1993-94 season.

* More recently, Utah has won nine in a row (including an 8-0 record this season) and 25 of the last 26 at home. Its last loss in the JMHC was to Colorado State on March 6, 2003, which ended a 16-game home winning streak.

* Utah has won 23 consecutive nonconference games in the Huntsman Center, last falling to Utah State (78-65) on Nov. 23, 2001.



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