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Jan. 14, 2017
The Aggies fall to BYU, on November 30, 2016.
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Boise State 76, Utah State 61 January 5, 2016
Head coach Tim Duryea (pronounced Dur-yea) will begin his third season at the helm of Utah State men’s basketball in 2017-18. Prior to being promoted to the head job, Duryea was an assistant coach for the Aggies for 14 seasons. Duryea had been the longest tenured assistant coach in program history before taking over in April of 2015 and becoming the 18th head coach for USU men’s basketball.
In his second season at the helm, Duryea led the Aggies to a 10-5 ledger at home, the 35th consecutive winning record within the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in school history. Duryea also coached freshman guard Koby McEwen to Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors as well as all-league honors for McEwen and senior wing Jalen Moore. In the classroom, Utah State had four players recognized with academic all-MW honors in freshmen Diogo Brito, Sam Merrill and Abel Porter, a junior Alex Dargenton. Brito was also named a Mountain West Scholar Athlete.
Utah State’s offense was the best in the league during Duryea’s second season, as the Aggies shot a Mountain West-best 46.1 percent (790-of-1,713) from the floor and finished second behind the 3-point line, shooting 37.9 percent (234-of-618).
During his inaugural season in 2015-16, Duryea mentored junior wing Jalen Moore and senior guard Chris Smith to third-team all-Mountain West honors. Duryea also led the team to the third-best start by a first-year head coach in USU history, finishing the year with 16 wins. In the classroom, Utah State had three players recognized with academic all-MW honors in seniors Lew Evans and Grayson Moore, and sophomore Julion Pearre. Moore was also named a Mountain West Scholar Athlete.
In his 16 seasons at Utah State, Duryea has been part of an Aggie program that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament six times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), and won five conference championships in the Big West (2003) and Western Athletic Conferences (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), while winning four conference tournament titles in the Big West (2003, 2005) and WAC (2009, 2011).
In seven seasons leading up to his appointment as head coach, Duryea was in charge of an Aggie offense that traditionally was one of the best in the nation. The trend continued as head coach, with Utah State leading the Mountain West in 3-point field goal percentage (.370) and finishing third in the league in overall field goal percentage (.451). In 2014-15, Utah State led the Mountain West and ranked No. 14 nationally in 3-point shooting (.394), while also ranking second in the conference and No. 17 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38), and second in the conference and No. 19 nationally in fewest turnovers per game (10.4). Individually, USU had the best field goal shooter in the Mountain West in redshirt freshman forward David Collette, who was No. 14 in the nation at 59.1 percent (163-of-276).
In 2013-14, Utah State ranked second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.406), as well as No. 12 in assists per game (15.9) and No. 19 in assist-to-ratio (1.44). During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, USU ranked No. 24 nationally in field goal percentage at 47.5 and 46.9 percent, respectively, while ranking No. 28 nationally in field goal percentage (.470) during the 2010-11 campaign.
During the 2009-10 season, Utah State ranked third nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and No. 10 in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top-10 in all three shooting categories. During the 2008-09 season, USU finished the year as the nation’s best shooting team (.496) and ranked No. 17 in 3-point field goal percentage (.394).
Duryea spent his first seven seasons at Utah State in charge of an Aggie defense that traditionally ranked among the top in the nation in points allowed, including No. 4 in 2002 (58.1), No. 8 in 2005 (57.8) and No. 9 in 2003 (60.0).
During his time as an assistant at Utah State, the Aggies recorded a dozen 20-win seasons, including setting the school record for wins with a 30-5 mark during the 2008-09 season and a 30-4 mark during the 2010-11 campaign. USU also had 18 players earn a total of 30 all-conference honors during the past 14 years, including three WAC Players of the Year in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Furthermore, USU had three players earn All-American citations a total of four times with Duryea on staff in Carroll (2007, 2008), Wilkinson (2009) and Wesley (2011).
Along with his on-the-court responsibilities, Duryea also oversaw academic progress as an assistant at Utah State, which resulted in 22 Aggies earning academic all-conference honors a total of 40 times over the last 14 years, while nearly 90 percent of USU’s players during that time graduated.
Prior to joining the Aggies, Duryea was the head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 2000-01. During his two years at the helm, his teams produced a 40-25 record and back-to-back trips to the Region Six Championships.
A 1988 graduate of North Texas, Duryea began his coaching career in 1988 at Colorado State before moving on to North Texas in 1993. Duryea then went to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College as an assistant coach for two seasons before becoming the head coach there prior to the 1999-2000 season.
Duryea played basketball at Denton (Texas) High School and Texas Pan-American before transferring to North Texas. At UNT, Duryea was a co-captain in 1988 for one of only three teams in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Duryea and his wife Angie have 22-year-old twins, Tanner (son) and Taylor (daughter), and a 15-year-old daughter (Kaylee).
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