Aggie Due Make Up Half Of Mountain West Contingent
USU Head Coach Stew Morrill And Staff Present Yearly Accolades
Of its 45 academic all-WAC selections, Utah State had 18 student-athletes from women's indoor track honored and 15 from men's indoor track, along with five from both gymnastics and women's basketball, and two from men's basketball.
Aggies End With +9.1 Rebounding Margin, Ranked In Top 50 In Three Categories
For the week of Mar. 18, 2013.
Utah State University vs. San Diego State University, January 25, 2014
USU Men's Basketball vs. MSU 2013
USU Men's Basketball vs. SUU 2013
Utah State Men's Basketball vs. UTSA
Utah State Men's Basketball vs. Texas State
Gained valuable playing and leadership experience last season when Kyisean Reed was out with injury... Will continue to improve with more playing time... Plays extremely hard... Will be looked toward to be a knock-down shooter and a tough, physical defender.
2012-13 SEASON (SO):
One of five Aggies to play in all 31 games, making 16 starts... Averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in playing 20.4 minutes per game... Ranked 12th in the WAC overall in blocks (0.68), as well as ranking ninth in WAC only games (0.94)... Shot 47.8 percent from the field (54-of-113), netting 32.3 percent from three-point range (10-of-31) as well as a team-leading 83.6 percent at the free throw line (51-of-61)... Tied or set a new career-high of some sort in six of the last 13 games of the season... Posted a new career-high for points in two of those games, with 14 points each in home game against Denver (2/14) and at Louisiana Tech (2/28), topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington (1/24), while snaring a then career-high rebounds (9) and posting a new career-best in blocks (4)... Then topped his career-high in rebounds with 10 at Seattle (2/2), playing a season-high 35 minutes in that game as well... After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, had at least one blocked shot in 10 of the last 14 games, with 18 total in that span, including seven combined in the last two regular-season games... Matched his career-high with four rejections on March 7 against Texas State and followed that up with three blocks against UTSA on March 9... He first posted his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak... Registered double figure points in four of the last five games, as part of a total of seven times during the season and 10 total times in his Aggie career... Also grabbed five or more rebounds 11 times during the season and 24 times in his career, including most recently with eight against UTSA (3/9)... Earned academic all-WAC accolades.
2011-12 SEASON (RS-Fr):
Played in 36 games, starting four, during his freshman season... Finished the season averaging 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (58-114), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 72.9 percent at the free throw line (35-48)... Ranked 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.47)... Played an average of 16.8 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures three times during the season including a career-high 12 points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line... Recorded a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount (3/21) in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Blocked a career-high four shots against Hawai'i (1/26)... Played a career-high 37 minutes at Idaho State in his first career start as he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds... Led the team in rebounding five times during the season and had five or more boards in 13 games on the year... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
2011 SEASON (FR):
Redshirted during his first season at Utah State.
Earned first-team all-state honors from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News and was the Most Valuable Player of Region III as a prep senior as he averaged 16.6 points and approximately 8.0 rebounds per game at Bingham High School... Scored in double-figures 22 times, including a career-high 31 points against Taylorsville... Led the Miners to 21 wins during his senior campaign... Scored in double-figures 22 times as a junior as he earned first-team all-state honors from the Salt Lake Tribune and second-team all-state honors from the Deseret News... Averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior, while shooting 60.1 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the free throw line... During his junior season, he helped the Miners to a 17-7 record as they advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament.
Full name is Benjamin E. Clifford... Born in Center Moriches, New York... One of three children of Wayne and Patty Clifford... His brother, John, played college basketball at Southern Utah and played professionally for Kyoto Hannarayz in Japan... Majoring in finance and economics.
Year GP-GS Min-Avg. FG Pct. 3FG Pct. FT Pct. Pts. Avg. Reb. Avg. PF-D Ast. TO Blk. Stl. 2011 Redshirted 2012 36-4 603-16.8 58-114 .509 7-18 .389 35-48 .729 158 4.4 126 3.5 89-2 13 30 17 16 2013 31-16 632-20.4 54-113 .478 10-31 .323 51-61 .836 169 5.5 120 3.9 83-5 32 29 21 8 Totals 67-20 1235-18.4 112-227 .493 17-49 .347 86-109 .789 327 4.9 246 3.7 172-7 45 59 38 24