Quotes, notes and stats

Quotes, notes and stats from the Utes win over Weber State on Wednesday night.

Quotes

Utah Head Coach Ray Giacoletti
"We've got to get some help from the bench. I thought Ricky Johns and Luka Drca did a nice job off the bench sustaining what we were trying to do, but we've got to get better so our starters don't have to play so many minutes."

"Our motion offense helped Luke get some good looks inside."

"I like Randy's team. They play really aggressive and really free. He's done a great job and they're going to get better as they go along."

"The defense is getting better, we still have a long ways to go. We'll see where we're at on Saturday against Washington State."

"Shaun Green has been a great calming influence on the team."

Utah Forward Shaun Green
"I felt like we came off not as energetic as we should have, but it was a lot better than our first half against Rice, so we're happy about that."

"Our defensive pressure starts with Johnnie. He stepped it up all night and really rattled their guards."

"Coach told me before the season to be calm on the floor and help the other guys know what's going on, and I've been trying to do that this year."

Utah Center Luke Nevill
"They didn't really have a big team so we just tried to look inside most of the time. When they doubled me I kicked it out and we hit some outside shots. I think the height advantage was huge."

We're much more urgent on the court, we're trying to make plays and not take any possessions off."

Utah Forward Stephen Weigh
"Tonight we were on and off. We need to work on being consistent all 40 minutes. Once we figure out how to do that we'll be hard to stop."

"We're trying to be more versatile and using our guard play to create opportunities for Luke."

Weber State Head Coach Randy Rahe
"Nevill is a good player and they do a good job of getting him the ball. We try to put pressure on him, but tonight their outside shooters were hitting shots as well so it was hard to stop."

"Utah has a lot of weapons; they play with a lot of confidence. Their perimeter players played well tonight. They spread us out and made it hard to focus on stopping them down low."

"I think turnovers were the difference in the game tonight. They hit some good shots and we turned it over, they hit transition shots off our turnovers. When they picked up the pressure it sped us up and we need to be better under pressure and have more confidence against the pressure. You just can't win committing 21 turnovers."

"Dezmon Harris played well. He made some shots and made things happen. He is a very confident player and has been doing these things the whole year."

"We tried to front Nevill. He is really big and hard to get around, but as the game went on we tried to crowd him out. At times it was successful and at times it wasn't. He's hard to deal with. He's going to be a lot to handle for anybody."

"We turned down a lot of post touches and got hesitant. But we relied too much on the perimeter shots and can't do that."

NOTES

- Utah increased its lead to 23-12 in the series with Weber State and has won the last six games. The Utes are 15-3 against the Wildcats in Salt Lake City and have won their last three over WSU in the Huntsman Center. Weber State's last win over Utah was during the 2000-01 season in Ogden, Utah.

- Utah led at the half for the first time this season.

- The Utes had a season-high 11 steals.

- Utah shot a season-best 55.3 percent from the field. The Utes' previous best field goal percentage mark this season was 56.0 against Southern Utah in the season opener.

- Sophomore center Luke Nevill had his second 20-point game of the season and his second in a row. He now has four 20-point games in his career. Nevill has scored in double figures in all five games this season and 23 times in his career.

- Nevill shot 11-for-12 to tie the fifth-best single-game field goal percentage mark in school history. Josh Grant went 11-of-12 against Montana Tech on Dec. 1, 1992. Four Ute players have shot 100 percent in a game with at least eight attempts.

- Junior guard Johnnie Bryant has scored in double figures in all five games in 2006-07 and 25 times in his two-year career at Utah.

- Freshman forward Stephen Weigh had his third double-figure scoring game of the season. After reaching double figures in the first two games, he scored a combined four points in the last two games.

- Sophomore forward Shaun Green scored in double figures for the fifth time in five games this season. He has 14 double-figure scoring games in his career.

STATS

WEBER STATE

STARTERS MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
A Valeika 25 2-5 3-5 3 8 0 4 8
D. Patten, F 36 4-7 5-5 1 3 1 1 15
D. Henry, G-F 27 2-6 0-0 3 6 2 1 4
B Van Brocklin 26 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0
J. Silveira, G 17 1-4 4-4 0 1 1 1 7
BENCH MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
E Turner 14 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0
D Harris 23 6-12 2-4 0 3 2 1 17
D Davis 13 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 2
S Panos 9 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 2 2
T Billings 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0
G Burningham 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
17-41 14-19 8 24 11 14 55
41.5% 73.7%  
TEAM REBS: 24
TURNOVERS: 21 (D Patten 3, J Silveira 6, D Henry 2, D Davis 1, D Harris 3, S Panos 1, E Turner 1, A Valeika 2, B Van Brocklin 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 1 (D Patten 1)
STEALS: 4 (D Patten 2, E Turner 1, B Van Brocklin 1)
3-PT FGS: 7-22, .318 (D Patten 2-4, J Silveira 1-2, D Henry 0-2, D Harris 3-6, E Turner 0-2, A Valeika 1-3, B Van Brocklin 0-3)

UTAH

STARTERS MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
S Weigh 26 4-8 1-2 2 3 3 0 11
S. Green, F 32 4-7 1-2 1 7 4 5 12
L. Nevill, C 36 11-12 2-3 2 5 3 3 24
J. Bryant, G 37 4-10 0-0 1 4 2 0 10
L. Borha, G 24 2-5 2-2 0 3 0 3 8
BENCH MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
C Eatmon 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Grant, G 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 2 0
L Drca 5 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 0 0
K Tille 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
D Deane 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 0
R. Johns, G 19 1-4 0-0 0 1 3 1 2
D Foster 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
26-47 6-10 6 23 17 17 67
55.3% 60.0%  
TEAM REBS: 23
TURNOVERS: 13 (L Nevill 1, C Grant 1, J Bryant 1, L Borha 3, S Green 1, K Tille 2, S Weigh 1, L Drca 1, C Eatmon 1, D Foster 1)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 2 (L Nevill 1, S Green 1)
STEALS: 11 (J Bryant 2, L Borha 2, S Green 2, R Johns 3, K Tille 1, L Drca 1)
3-PT FGS: 9-17, .529 (J Bryant 2-5, L Borha 2-3, S Green 3-5, R Johns 0-2, S Weigh 2-2)


Ute Zone Top Stories