Dec. 28, 2008
GAME CENTER: GAME 12
PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (10-3) AT [21/22] BAYLOR BEARS (10-1)
Date: Monday, Dec. 29, 2008
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network | ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)/Sirius Satellite (Ch. 161) | BaylorBears.com
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Web Stream: BaylorBears.com (live audio/live video), Live video available in Texas only
Series: first meeting
Tickets: (254) 710-1000
GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
• The 21st-ranked Baylor Bears enter the back half of their seven-game homestand Monday when they host the Portland State Vikings at the Ferrell Center for a 7 p.m. CT tip.
• Monday’s game is the first of three in a five-day stretch for the Bears. It is Baylor’s final three non-conference games of the season.
• Monday marks the first meeting in the series and Baylor’s 11th against the Big Sky Conference.
• Baylor is 9-1 vs. the Big Sky Conference.
• In Baylor’s last outing, senior Henry Dugat became the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Dugat scored 16 in a win vs. Hartford.
• Senior Kevin Rogers sits at 999 career points and needs one point to become the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 points.
• Curtis Jerrells recorded his first career triple-double (17 pts, 11 reb, 10 ast vs. Hartford) and the fourth in school history. Jerrells’ triple-double was just the ninth in Big 12 history (and the fourth in non-conference play).
• Curtis Jerrells has made 26 of his last 30 free throws (86.7 percent) over the last 3 games and 51 of his last 59 (86.4 percent) over the last 6 games.
• Baylor has been ranked in the AP Poll for a school-record four consecutive weeks.
• Baylor is 6-3 all-time when ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 497 straight games.
• LaceDarius Dunn has made at least one 3-point field goal in 16 consecutive games — the 8th-longest streak at BU since 1986.
• Kevin Rogers needs 1 point (999) and 53 rebounds (647) to become just the seventh player in school history with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds.
• Curtis Jerrells needs 36 assists to become only the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals.
• Following Monday night’s game with Portland State, Baylor will host Jackson State at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the Ferrell Center. Wednesday’s game will be televised on FSN Southwest.
• Monday’s meeting will be the first in the series.
• Baylor is 9-1 all-time vs. the Big Sky Conference.
• Baylor is 1-1 vs. the state of Oregon, having split two games against Oregon State (Corvallis).
PORTLAND STATE SCOUTING REPORT
• Portland State has rebounded from a two-game losing streak with three consecutive wins, including a 27-point win in its Big Sky opener vs. Montana and a 77-70 upset win over then-No. 7 Gonzaga last week.
• In the win vs. Gonzaga, Portland State’s Jeremiah Dominguez scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range. Phil Nelson and Dominic Waters each added 16 points for the Vikings.
• In Houston on Saturday night, Portland State committed 19 turnovers, but the Viks defeated Texas Southern 63-55. Portland State held an 11-point lead at halftime and was able to hold off the Tigers in the second half.
• Dominguez led the Vikings with 15 points, while Jamie Jones added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nelson chipped in 14 points.
• Portland State is 0-4 all-time vs. the Big 12 and 1-11 vs. nationally ranked teams since reinstating the basketball program for the 1996-97 season. The Vikings are 1-7 vs. nationally ranked teams under head coach Ken Bone (only win vs. Gonzaga on Dec. 23).
LAST TIME OUT - (21) BAYLOR 74, HARTFORD 59 (DEC. 22)
• Curtis Jerrells had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and No. 21 Baylor survived its second scare in as many games, beating Hartford 74-59.
• Jerrells' triple-double was the first for a Baylor player since Brian Skinner of the Los Angeles Clippers had one on Nov. 29, 1997.
• Henry Dugat scored 16 points, Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn added 14 points each and Kevin Rogers had 11 for Baylor.
• Jaret von Rosenberg's 19 points led Hartford, while Genesis Maciel had 13 points.
• Baylor went on a 13-3 run that included 3-pointers by Carter, Dunn and Jerrells to take a 23-13 lead with 7:55 remaining in the first half.
• Another 3 by Dugat and two free throws by Jerrells put Baylor ahead 28-15 with 4:38 to play in the first half. A 3-pointer and a layup by Drake U'u sparked a Hartford rally that cut the Baylor lead to 31-26 with less than a minute to play. Jerrells then hit one of two from the line with 6.6 seconds left to give Baylor a 32-26 halftime lead.
• Baylor opened the second half on a 7-0 run before two layups by Morgan Sabia keyed a Hartford run that cut the deficit to 39-32 with 16:37 left.
• Hartford pulled within three points twice in the second half but couldn't get any closer. Von Rosenberg could have pulled the Hawks within two but missed a free throw with 9:15 to play.
• Baylor got the lead back to double digits as consecutive layups from Jerrells put the Bears up 63-53 with 4:40 left. But Hartford cut that lead in half on one possession. Michael Turner hit a 3-pointer from the corner and Carter was called for a foul on von Rosenberg, who made both free throws.
• Dugat hit a jumper in the lane with 8:17 to play to give Baylor a 56-51 lead. That basket by Dugat made him the 21st player in BU history with 1,000 career points.
UP NEXT - JACKSON STATE (DEC. 31)
• Baylor continues its seven-game homestand on New Year’s Eve against the Jackson State Tigers at the Ferrell Center. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on FSN Southwest.
• Greg Lucas (pxp) and Jim Haller (color) will serve as the talent for Wednesday’s telecast.
• Wednesday’s game will also be available on ESPN Full Court outside the state of Texas. Live video from BaylorVision will be available at BaylorBears.com (outside the state of Texas only).
BAYLOR IN THE AP POLL
• Baylor cracked the AP Top 25 Poll on Dec. 1 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 24.
• Baylor has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for four consecutive weeks - a school first. Last season, Baylor was ranked in back-to-back weeks for the first time in school history, while breaking into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 40 seasons.
• The Bears have never been ranked in the preseason or final AP polls.
• BU has not been ranked in the Top 20 since Feb. 11, 1969 (No. 19).
• BU is 6-3 all-time when ranked.
DUGAT JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB, ROGERS CLOSE BEHIND
• Senior Henry Dugat became the 21st player in school history — and the third under head coach Scott Drew — to score 1,000 points in his career on Dec. 22 vs. Hartford. Dugat scored 16 points and reached the 1,000-point plateau at the 8:17 mark of the second half.
• Kevin Rogers scored 11 points vs. Hartford and currently has 999 career points. He needs one more point to become the 22nd player in school history.
• Rogers’ addition would give Baylor three 1,000-point scorers in its starting lineup.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A 3-POINTER STREAK
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 497 straight games — the 2nd longest active streak in the Big 12 (Texas, 593).
• LaceDarius Dunn currently owns a streak of 16 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made — the 8th-longest streak at Baylor since 1986. He is 13 games shy of tying Tevis Stukes’ mark of 29 straight games set during the 1999-2000 season.
JERRELLS POSTS FOURTH TRIPLE-DOUBLE IN BU HISTORY
• Curtis Jerrells recorded just the fourth triple-double in Baylor history on Dec. 22, when the senior scored 17 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win vs. Hartford.
• Jerrells’ triple-double was the first since Brian Skinner did it vs. Eastern Washington in 1997. His triple-double is the ninth in Big 12 history (fourth non-conference triple-double).
• Three of the four triple-doubles in BU history have been in December.
CLOSING IN ON SELECT COMPANY
• Senior forward Kevin Rogers is closing in a trio of career milestones. Rogers is 1 point away (999) from becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Rogers, currently 10th all-time at BU with 647 rebounds, is 53 away from 700.
• Rogers is on pace to become just the seventh player in Baylor history to join the prestigious 1,000 points/700 rebounds club.
BAYLOR VS. THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
• Baylor is 9-1 all-time vs. the Big Sky Conference.
• Portland State will be head coach Scott Drew ‘s first game vs. both the Vikings and the Big Sky Conference.
JERRELLS EYEING 1,000-400-100 CLUB
• Last season, senior guard Curtis Jerrells became the 20th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Earlier this season, he become the ninth player in school history to nab 100 career steals.
• Jerrells currently has 364 career assists and is 36 away from becoming just the third player in Baylor history with 400 assists.
• Once Jerrells reaches the 400-assist plateau, CJ would become just the 2nd player in BU history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals.
• Former Baylor and NBA star Micheal Williams is the only BU player with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals. Williams finished his career with 1,854 points, 464 assists and 282 steals.
CJ’S CAREER RECORD CLIMB CONTINUES
• Curtis Jerrells is now in 6th place with 1,374 career points.
• Jerrells is now eighth all-time with 91 career starts, one shy of Robert McLemore (92) for 7th place. He trails Pat Nunley (93) in sixth place by two starts.
• Jerrells is now alone in third place with 364 career assists.
• Currently in tied for 7th place all-time with 116 steals, Teammate Henry Dugat passed Jerrells on Dec. 22 and is now tied for fifth all-time with 117 steals.
BAYLOR’S MR. CLUTCH
• Curtis Jerrells scored a season-high 29 points in Baylor’s 79-76 come-from-behind victory over UT Arlington on Dec. 20.
• 24 of Jerrells’ 29 points came in the second half. CJ was 5-for-8 from the floor and 14-for-15 at the free throw line.
• In fact, Jerrells went 16-for-17 from the line vs. UTA and made his first 16 free throw attempts, missing his final FT attempt with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.
• Jerrells went 7-for-8 at the free throw line in the game’s final 4 minutes (5-for-6 in the final 3 minutes).
• CJ is now an 81.6 percentage (84-for-103) career clutch free throw shooter (final 3 minutes of regulation/OT). Jerrells is 19-for-22 (86.4 pct) in clutch FT situations this season.
NO LEAD IS SAFE VS. COMEBACK BEARS
• Baylor notched eight wins last season after trailing by nine or more points. In three additional games, the Bears erased double-digit deficits before being edged at the whistle (two of those in overtime).
• This season, Baylor has trailed in all but two games this season, while trailing two games in double digits to Wake Forest (L) and UTA (W).
• Baylor overcame an 11-point deficit — the second-largest the Bears have faced this season — Saturday, Dec. 20, to edge the UTA Mavericks, 79-76, at the Ferrell Center.
• The 11-point deficit was the second-largest Baylor has overcome for a victory since March 1, 2008, vs. Missouri. That game, BU trailed by 13 [69-56 with 13:30 left in the 2nd half] and came back for a 100-89 win.
KNOCKIN’ THEM DOWN
• After a sluggish start to the season at the free throw line, the Bears have regrouped over the last seven games. BU is shooting 72.0 percent (144-of-200) from the free throw line in the last seven games after shooting 64.6 percent (64-of-99) in the first four games.
• Baylor’s improvement at the free throw line can be attributed to its four-best free throw shooters — LaceDarius Dunn, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Tweety Carter.
First 4 games Last 6 games
Tweety Carter .500 (1-of-2) .857 (18-of-21)
Curtis Jerrells .636 (14-of-22) .831 (54-of-65)
LaceDarius Dunn .000 (0-of-0) .789 (30-of-38)
Henry Dugat .667 (12-of-18) .783 (18-of-23)
LEADING THE WAY [MOST OF THE TIME]
• While Baylor has trailed in nine games this season, the Bears have also held leads of 10 points or more in eight contests - all victories.
• Baylor held leads of less than 10 points against Wake Forest (loss), Washington State (win) and UT Arlington (win).
• Baylor’s 59-point lead vs. Paul Quinn is the Bears’ largest this season.
WATCH BEARS BASKETBALL LIVE AT BAYLORBEARS.COM
• Live video coverage by BaylorVision will be streamed for four more select home games during the 2008-09 season at BaylorBears.com. It is free for All-Access members in Texas, but the video coverage is blacked out outside of Texas.
LIVE VIDEO SCHEDULE (Live video from BaylorVision; in Texas only): 12/29/08 Portland State 7 p.m.; 12/31/08 Jackson State 4 p.m.; 1/2/09 South Carolina 4:30 p.m.
BEARS BASKETBALL ON THE AIR
• Bear basketball is aired live via the Baylor-ISP SportsNetwork on flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 161. All games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris, a veteran broadcaster in his 14th season, and former BU basketball standout Pat Nunley, in his 27th season as analyst.
INSIDE BAYLOR SPORTS TV SHOW
• Inside Baylor Sports, the award winning weekly TV show that covers all aspects of Baylor athletics, returns for its 10th season in 2008-09.
• Senior Producer Robert Shiekh Producer Lawrence Gilligan provide viewers an inside look at Baylor athletics with thorough highlights, in-depth interviews and imaginative features on all 18 sports presented in a fast-paced, entertaining style. Co-hosts John Morris and Lori Fogleman guide viewers through the best coverage of Baylor athletics on television.
• Inside Baylor Sports airs Sundays, Aug. 24, 2008 through June 7, 2009, at 10:30 p.m. CT on KCEN-TV in Central Texas. The program also airs weekly throughout the region on FS Southwest at 1 p.m. each Wednesday and is archived on the web at BaylorTV.com. Inside Baylor Sports also may been seen nationally on CBS College Sports Television.