Senior forward Tim Frost made his return Wednesday against Minnesota
Nov. 21, 2003
Nov. 23 * 4:05 p.m. (EST) * Sports Complex (4,103) * Stony Brook, N.Y.
The Game at a Glance
Utah Head Coach: Rick Majerus Stony Brook Head Coach: Nick Macarchuk Alma Mater: Marquette, 1970 Alma Mater: Fairfield, 1963 Record at Utah: 310-90 (15th Season) Record at Stony Brook: 42-71 (5th Season) Overall Record: 409-142 (20th Season) Overall Record: 352-391 (27th Season)
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. Mike Lageschulte (play-by-play), Mark Rydalch (analyst) and Brad Stone (host).
Series Record: 1-0 Utah's Record Home/Away/Neutral: 1-0/0-0/0-0 Last Meeting: Utah won 74-45 on Nov. 29, 1999 in Salt Lake City.
Utah moves on to the NIT final four on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both games will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2. The Utes face either Texas Tech or Massachusetts, who play Friday in Lubbock, Texas, in the semifinals.
Quickly On Utah
Utah (2-0) heads to New York for a three-game swing, beginning with a game at Stony Brook (0-0) on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. (EST). The game will be broadcast on KALL-700 AM and the Utah Sports Network. Utah then plays in the NIT final four at Madison Square Garden next Wednesday and Friday.
The Runnin' Utes opened their season in Preseason NIT play, defeating Georgia State, 46-38, in the first round and Minnesota, 66-54, in the second round. Both games were played at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
The Utes return three starters and three other lettermen from last season. Utah went 25-8 overall, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and claimed a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season championship with an 11-3 mark.
Freshman forward Andrew Bogut (6-10, 233) leads the Utes in both scoring and rebounding with double-doubles in the first two games. The native of Melbourne, Australia, is averaging 17.0 points and 17.0 rebounds. Bogut is also shooting 78.9 percent from the field in 32.5 minutes per game. Senior guard Nick Jacobson (6-4, 206) and sophomore forward Richard Chaney (6-4, 195) are second in scoring, averaging 8.5 points per game. Freshman forward Justin Hawkins (6-4, 207) is fourth in scoring (8.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.0 rpg). Sophomore guard Tim Drisdom (6-2, 212) leads the Utes in assists (3.5 apg). Senior center Tim Frost (6-9, 244), who has been out with a sore back, played for the first time this season against Minnesota. He had three points and three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench.
Scouting Stony Brook
The Seawolves (0-0) open the regular season against Dartmouth on Friday night at home. Stony Brook returns all five starters from last year's team that went 13-15 in the America East Conference to place sixth; however, two of those players are suffering from back problems and will not play against the Utes. Senior forward Jarius McCollum (6-5, 225) underwent surgery in September to repair herniated disks and his future is uncertain. Senior forward Mike Konopka (6-8, 220) is also out with back problems.
A pair of guards headline the Seawolves' team. Senior D.J. Munir (6-3, 175) averaged 17.4 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. He will play alongside sophomore Bobby Santiago (6-2, 175), who contributed 9.4 points and 3.6 assists per game last season. Junior forward/center Cori Spencer (6-7, 2405) led the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and was second in scoring (12.2 ppg) last season, making his debut in December after transferring from Fordham.
In the last eight years, Stony Brook has moved from Division III to Division I status and is in its third year as a member of the America East Conference. Last season, Stony Brook outscored opponents 66.2 to 66.0 points per game and had a 33.5 to 33.4 edge on the boards. The Seawolves shot 44.2 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line.
Head Coach Nick Macarchuk
Nick Macarchuk is in his fifth season at Stony Brook with a 42-71 record. His career mark is 352-391 in 27 years. Prior to taking over at Stony Brook, Macarchuk was the head coach at Fordham for 13 years (1987-99). He led Fordham to the NCAA Tournament in 1992, four NIT appearances and Patriot League regular-season titles in 1991 and '92. Macarchuk was also the head coach at Canisius from 1977-87 and as assistant coach at Providence from 1972-77.
Utah vs. Stony Brook Series Notes
* In the only previous meeting in the series, Utah defeated Stony Brook 74-45 on Nov. 29, 1999 in Salt Lake City.
* Utah is 2-0 against teams from the America East Conference. In addition to defeating Stony Brook four years ago, the Utes won their only meeting with Northeastern, winning in the NCAA Tournament on March 15, 1981.
* Rick Majerus is 1-0 all-time against Stony Brook, winning the 1999 match-up. Nick Macarchuk is 0-1 against Utah, losing the 1999 game.
Jacobson Stroking "J"s
Senior guard Nick Jacobson (6-4, 206) has been a third team all-Mountain West selection the last two seasons. Through two games this year, he is averaging 8.5 points per game, hitting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 free throws.
* Jacobson has already climbed into 27th place in career scoring at Utah with 1,090 points. He is one of just 30 players in the 1,000-point club. Jacobson is also in second place in career three-pointers made (189) and second in three-pointers attempted (449) at Utah. His career three point percentage of 42.2 entering this season ranks fourth all-time.
* Jacobson has scored in double-figures in 49 of the last 65 games dating back to the 2001-02 season, including 27 of the 33 games in 2002-03. He had a string of five-consecutive 10-point games to end last season halted with four points against Georgia State in the opener. Jacobson bounced back with 13 points against Minnesota.
* Last season, Jacobson set the Utah records for three-pointers made (80) and attempted (189). In 2001-02, Jacobson made 71 threes to rank second on the Ute single-season charts and attempted 160, which is fourth-best all-time. His 44.4 three-point shooting percentage in 2001-02 is the sixth-best in a season at the U.
Frost Returns To Action
Senior center Tim Frost (6-9, 244) established himself as a strong interior presence in his first season with the Utes, earning second team all-Mountain West honors in 2002-03. Frost had been sitting out since the start of fall practice with a sore back, but returned to practice on Nov. 18 and played against Minnesota one night later. In 10 minutes off the bench against the Gophers, he had three points and three rebounds.
* Frost was the Utes' second-best scorer (12.8 ppg) last season, getting at least 20 points four times and reaching double figures in 23 games-16 of the last 20. He was also second in rebounds (4.9 rpg), leading the team 12 times in that category. He had two double-figure rebound games which led to two double-doubles.
* The Klamath Falls, Ore., native spent the first two seasons of his college career at Portland. He was a first team all-West Coast Conference selection in his final season with the Pilots, averaging 14.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game.
Boasting Of Bogut
Freshman forward Andrew Bogut (6-10, 233) has led the Utes in scoring and rebounding with double-doubles in their first two games. He is averaging 17.0 points and 17.0 rebounds per game while shooting 78.9 percent from the field in 32.5 minutes per game.
* Bogut and two-time All-American Keith Van Horn in 1993-94 are only Ute freshmen to have double-doubles in their first two games. Bogut had 15 points, hitting 7-of-10 field goals and 1-of-4 free throws, and 16 rebounds against Georgia State. In the Minnesota game, he had 19 points, going 8-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 2-of-4 at the free throw line. Bogut also had 18 rebounds, which tied the 12th-best single-game mark in school history.
* The Melbourne native led Australia to the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championships in Greece in July, earning tournament MVP honors.
Drisdom On The Freshman Charts
As the first freshman to start every game at point guard during Rick Majerus' tenure, Tim Drisdom (6-2, 212) put up the type of numbers that placed him among the best freshmen in school history.
* Drisdom shot 81.0 percent from the free throw line, beating out Nick Jacobson (2000-01) for the top mark. With 101 assists, Drisdom placed fourth on the freshman charts behind Josh Grant's (1988-89) total of 114. His average of 3.1 assists per game was also fourth-best, behind Grant's 3.5 assists per game. His 24 steals tied Mitch Smith (1985-86) and Jimmy Soto (1989-90) for fourth place. Drisdom had 25 three-pointers, tying him with Trace Caton (1997-98) for fifth place.
* Through two games this season, Drisdom is averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 assists.
Game #2 Rewind
Andrew Bogut had 19 points and 18 rebounds as Utah defeated Minnesota 66-54 Wednesday in the second round of the Preseason NIT in Salt Lake City. The game was the first between the teams since 1959.
In a matchup of two of the most heralded freshmen in the country, Bogut, a 6-foot-10 forward from Australia, was 8-for-9 from the field and helped hold Minnesota freshman Kris Humphries to just one basket in the final 16:41 of the game. Humphries finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds but made just 3 of 9 shots in the second half. Michael Bauer scored 12 points for Minnesota (1-1).
Nick Jacobson scored 13 points while Justin Hawkins and Richard Chaney each had nine for the Utes (2-0), who overcame 20 turnovers with a 40-28 rebounding advantage and suffocating, man-to-man defense.
While Bogut had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, Humphries scored 14 to keep Minnesota within 32-21 at halftime. The rest of the Gophers shot 3-of-16 in the half.
After Chris Jackson made a layup to put Utah ahead 45-33, Maurice Hargrow had four points in a 10-2 run. The Gophers held the Utes to a single field goal for more than seven minutes but could not draw closer than four points. Bogut made a twisting layup with 3:00 remaining and the Utes led 58-47 to assure themselves a trip to the NIT semifinals in New York next week.
* With a win Sunday at Stony Brook, Utah would be 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1997-98. That year the Utes won 18 in a row, which is the best start in school history.
* Utah's 21 turnovers against Georgia State matched its season-high from last year, set in the second game against Gonzaga on Nov. 25 in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
* The Utes had made a three-pointer in 152 consecutive games before going 0-for-8 against Georgia State on Nov. 17. The last time Utah didn't make a three was during an 0-for-12 outing at Long Beach State on Dec. 5, 1998.
In The Polls
* Utah received 29 votes to rank No. 29 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll.
* The Utes received 39 votes to rank 31st in Associated Press preseason poll.
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.
* Utah has held both opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field this season, with Georgia State shooting 30.6 percent and Minnesota 33.3 percent. Both teams were also held under 55 points.
* Utah has not allowed an opponent to score 80 points in 97 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.
* Last season, Utah ranked 14th in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up 60.3 points per game.
* The Utes held 18 teams under 60 points last season and five teams under 50 points.
* Fourteen opponents shot under 40 percent from the field in 2002-03. The only team to defeat Utah when shooting under 40 percent was New Mexico on March 1 when the Lobos shot 38.1 percent. However, the Lobos made 40-of-53 free throws. Only three teams shot 50 percent or better against the Utes. In this season's opener, Georgia State shot just 30.6 percent from the field.