Jan. 2, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Seattle (5-6, 0-1 WAC) at Utah State (11-1, 2-0 WAC)
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network KMYU TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State men's basketball will return to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) to wrap up a stretch of four games in a week to open Western Athletic Conference play starting off a three-game homestand by hosting conference newcomer Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 3. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT). Thursday's game will be televised regionally on KMYU TV, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and there will also be live video streaming available.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,490-1,023 (.593) in its 2,513 games played.
USU has won 10 games in a row, to improve to 11-1 to start a season for the first time since 2008-09. The Aggies have now started a season 11-1 a total of five times. USU will be going for just its third 12-1 start in school history and first since 2008-09, going 24-1 through its first 25 games.
Utah State will also be going for its second 3-0 start to WAC action in the last three years, as the 2010-11 Aggies began league play with an 11-0 WAC mark. A win Thursday would give USU its fourth 3-0 WAC beginning in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2007-08 and 2008-09 in addition to 2010-11.
USU has won its first WAC home game of the season in each of its seven so far, going for a perfect 8-0 mark in WAC home openers. Overall, the Aggies have won their last 12 conference home openers. Overall, USU has won its first home conference games in each of the last 22 seasons, last losing its first home league game in 1988-89 in the Big West Conference.
Utah State is 7-1 at home this year and USU has won 56 of its last 62 games (.903) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 92 of its last 99 home games (.929).
USU has won 91.9 percent of its home games (217-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 111-9 (.925) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 511-112 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 245 of their last 266 games (.921) in the Spectrum, including 123 of their last 134 (.918) home games against league competition, including 48 of its last 52 (.923).
Utah State has won 39 of its last 46 WAC games (.848) and is 64-15 (.810) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 85-27 (.759) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 88-26 (.772) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 51-4 (.927) record at home. The Aggies are 1-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 88-20 (.815) in games played on Thursday under Morrill. USU is also 8-4 (.750) in known games on Jan. 3, winning its last two on the date.
Utah State is in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, and faces its third league newcomer in a row, hosting Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 3, before hosting old conference foe Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 5 to cap a busy stretch of four games in a week, with both games tipping off at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Thursday's match-up between the Aggies and Redhawks will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, and live stats will also be available through GameTracker link on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
After Thursday's game, USU will host Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
Thursday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City. The games will air in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
Thursday's match-up between the Aggies and Redhawks will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary.
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
UTAH STATE IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State is seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's current run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.
EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is starting play in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has an 85-27 (.759) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 39 of its last 46 WAC games (.848) and is 64-15 (.810) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State has started the season with an 11-1 record for the first time since 2008-09, and for just the fifth time in school history. The Aggies improved to 2-0 to start WAC play with an 81-57 trouncing of Texas State Monday afternoon on the road as the USU swept both games of its Texas trip, winning at UTSA on Saturday, 71-67. In Monday's win at Texas State, Utah State drained a season-high 11 three-pointers and out-scored Texas State 50-34 in the second half, including a 17-0 spurt to secure the victory in its first meeting between USU and TXST.
USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 15.1 points per game, adding 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Medlin also leads the team by making 24 three-pointers this season, shooting 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) behind the arc, netting 48.0 percent (60-of-125) from the field in addition to 80.4 percent (37-of-46) at the free throw line. In the win at Texas State on Monday, Medlin posted his second-straight 20-point game and third in the last four contests with 21 points, hitting 5-of-10 three-pointers as part of 7-of-15 from the field, adding 2-of-3 free throws. Medlin has now scored in double-figures in each of the last four games and it was his ninth double-digit outing this season and 41st of career. After not making more than two three-pointers in the first eight games of the season, Medlin has now made three or more treys in the last four games, and now has 24 career games with three or more three-pointers. Junior forward Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, logging his second double-double in as many games with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State for his fourth double-double of the year. Shaw had scored in double-digits in seven-straight games before being held to a season-low six points against UC Davis and then seven points against Southern Illinois, before returning to double-digit scoring and nearly posting his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds at UTSA, then recording 17 points at Texas State. Shaw has at least seven rebounds in eight games this season, including four double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also has 1.3 blocks per game and is shooting 57.1 percent (64-of-112) from the field in addition to 72.7 percent (32-of-44) at the free throw line.
Last week's WAC Player of the Week, senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 11.7 ppg, pulling down 6.7 rpg as well to go with 1.8 blocks per game. Reed also is shooting at a 60.5 percent (52-of-86) clip from the field. Reed logged a double-six outing at Texas State with six points and six rebounds, adding four steals, two assists and one block.
After scoring 14 points in each of his last three games played, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield topped that with 18 points in the win at Texas State, added a career-high nine assists to go with six rebounds and one steal. Butterfield also hit three three-pointers. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 79 points in the six games at starter, averaging 13.2 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.5 ppg. Butterfield is second on the team with 18 made three-pointers (18-of-38), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making 47.4 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.2 ppg on the season, making a team-best 62.2 percent (28-of-45) of his field goals, as well as 57.9 percent (11-of-19) at the free throw line. Davis also averages 2.7 assists per game, dishing out six in the win at Texas State. Junior guard TeNale Roland is second on the team with 2.8 assists per game.
Offensively, USU is averaging 72.1 ppg in making 51.1 percent of its field goals, draining 39.5 percent of its three-pointers, as well as 68.4 percent at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and have a dominating +10.2 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 16.6 assists per game while averaging 13.1 turnovers per contest. Defensively, the Aggies' opposition is averaging 62.6 ppg while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, hitting 33.3 percent from distance and 66.8 percent at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 27.1 rebounds per game, as well as 12.8 assists and the Aggies' defense is blocking 4.3 shots per game and forcing 10.3 turnovers per game.
Utah State is currently on a 10-game win streak, its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years.
19 (2) - 2000, 2009
17 (3) - 2004, 2010, 2011
12 (1) - 2001
10 (2) - 2008, 2013
AGGIES DURING 10-GAME WIN STREAK
USU has averaged 75.1 points per game during its 10-game win streak, while allowing 63.6 ppg for a +11.5 scoring margin. The Aggies are also shooting 53.9 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent at the free throw line, while holding the opponent to 40.2 percent field goal shooting, 33.2 percent behind the arc and 66.9 percent at the charity stripe. USU has a +9.0 rebounding margin, averaging 36.2 rebounds per game while the opponents are averaging 27.2 rpg. The Aggie defense is forcing 10.0 turnovers per game while blocking 4.2 shots per game.
Individually, four players are averaging double-figures during the 10-game win streak, led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 16.0 ppg, while junior center Jarred Shaw nets 13.5 ppg, senior forward Kyisean Reed is posting 11.7 ppg and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield nets 10.3 ppg. Shaw leads the team with 7.7 rpg while Reed adds 6.7 rpg. Medlin is 21-of-52 (40.4 percent) from three-point range during the 10 games, while Butterfield is 15-of-34 (44.1 percent) behind the arc while junior guard Marvin Jean is 9-of-18 (50.0 percent). Medlin has averaged 3.3 assists per game while freshman guard Marcel Davis adds 3.2 apg, junior guard TeNale Roland dishes out 2.8 apg and Butterfield adds 2.7 apg.
A LOOK BACK AT THE TEXAS STATE GAME
Behind a season-high 11 three-pointers and out-scoring Texas State 50-34 in the second half, Utah State won its 10th-straight game with an 81-57 blasting of the Bobcats in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball game Monday evening at Texas State's Strahan Coliseum. USU improved to 11-1 on the season and 2-0 in WAC play for the fourth time in its eight years in the league, winning at least 10 games in a row overall for the eighth time under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies also improved to 4-0 on the road this season and have won their last six road games as part of winning 25 of their last 38 road contests. With Monday's win against Texas State, who is in its first and only season in the WAC, USU has now won 39 of its last 46 WAC games and has an 85-27 regular-season WAC record. Texas State has dropped its first two WAC games, opening 0-2 in its first year in the league, and Monday's loss was its fifth loss in a row and seventh in the last eight games in sliding to 4-10 overall. Monday was also the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Bobcats. USU netted double-digit treys for the first time this season, in scoring a season-high points in a half with 50 points after halftime Monday on the way to its second-highest scoring outing of the season. The Aggies also hit the 80-point mark for the third time this season, including twice on the road with 80 at Santa Clara to go with a season-high 86 points at home against Western Oregon. Utah State scored over 70 points for the fifth game in a row and is 8-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points and USU has been the winning team in 84 of its last 89 games when hanging at least 70 on the scoreboard. A combined 38 of those points Monday came from USU's two active players on its roster from Texas, as Carrollton native and junior guard Preston Medlin netted 21 points while Dallas native and junior center Jarred Shaw tallied 17 points. Medlin scored 20 or more points for the second game in a row and third in the last four, hitting a season-high five three-pointers as part of a 7-of-15 field goal outing, as well as 2-of-3 at the free throw line. Medlin also shared team-high honors with junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and senior forward Kyisean Reed with six rebounds apiece. Shaw posted his 17 points hitting 7-of-9 field goals and 3-of-5 at the free throw line for his ninth double-digit scoring outing this season. After scoring a season-high 14 points in each of his last three games, Butterfield bettered that mark with 18 points Monday, hitting three three-pointers. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists, guiding USU to 21 helpers on the night, its third game this season with 20 or more assists, as freshman guard Marcel Davis added six while junior guard Marvin Jean tied a career-high with three. After getting out-rebounded the last two games following out-rebounding the opponents in the first eight games of the year, Utah State had a 40-32 rebounding edge Monday night. USU had 12 offensive rebounds, which led to a 17-9 second-chance points edge. Texas State was led by 22 points by Wesley Davis while Joel Wright added 11 points and Deonte' Jones tossed in 10. Wright and Staff pulled down nine rebounds each. The Aggies shot over 50 percent for the third-straight game and seventh in the last eight games, making 51.7 percent (30-of-58) Monday night, including 63.3 percent (19-of-30) in the second half, as USU pulled away from a 31-23 halftime lead. USU's 11 three-pointers were part of an 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) shooting effort and USU was also 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Bobcats were 22-of-59 (37.3 percent) field goal shooting, making 22.7 percent (5-of-22) of their three-pointers and were 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Holding a 14-12 lead midway through the first half, USU scored seven unanswered points, capped by a three-pointer from junior guard TeNale Roland at the 8:10 mark for a palindromic 21-12 Aggie advantage. After the Bobcats clawed their way back to 25-23 with 2:21 to go in the half, Butterfield hit a pair of treys to close out the half, the second coming to beat the buzzer and send USU into intermission leading 31-23, as the Aggies improved to 9-0 this season and have won 75 of its last 77 games when leading at halftime. A Shaw jumper gave the Aggies their first double-digit lead of the night at 36-25 just over a minute into the second half and an old-fashioned three-point play by Shaw later bumped the USU lead up to 50-31 with 12:38 left. Texas State whittled the deficit to 53-44 at the 9:45 mark on a three by Davis, but the Aggies regained control and that would be the closest the Bobcats would get. Later leading 58-46, a jumper by Butterfield sparked a 17-0 Aggie spurt to put the victory on ice, and Medlin, Roland and Jean all hit three-pointers during the spurt to give USU its largest lead of the game at 29 with a 75-46 lead with 3:39 to go and the Aggies coasted to the win.
MEDLIN THE TEXAN TORCHES NET BACK IN LONE STAR STATE
Junior guard Preston Medlin, a native of Carrollton, Texas, enjoyed being back in his home state, posting a combined 45 games in USU's two games in Texas, netting a season-high 24 points in the win at UTSA and then adding 21 points at Texas State, draining a season-best five three-pointers. After being held to single-digit scoring in each of the previous two games, Medlin has bounced back in the last four games, topping his season-high in two of those four outings. He posted a then season-high 23 points in the UC Davis game, then added 16 points against Southern Illinois before topping his season-best again with 24 points in the win at UTSA and then 21 at Texas State, as he has averaged 21.0 ppg in the last four games. Medlin seems to have found his touch from behind the arc after not connecting from distance in the previous two games, hitting three or more in each of the last four games with 15 total, an average of 3.75 per game.
Medlin has now scored in double-figures in nine games this season and 41 career games. After not making more than two three-pointers in the first eight games of the season, Medlin has now made three or more treys in the last four games, and now has 24 career games with three or more three-pointers.
SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State after posting a previous career-best 14 points in each of the previous three games, netting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 79 points in the six games at starter, averaging 13.2 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.5 ppg. The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last seven games, and have five multi three-pointer games, including season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State. He now leads the team with a 47.4 percent (18-of-38) shooting effort from distance. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists Monday, USU's highest by an individual this season.
OTHER NOTES FROM TEXAS STATE GAME
* Utah State has topped the 80-point mark three times this season, and Monday's 81 points were shy of its season-high 86 points against Western Oregon and USU has now scored 80 points in two of its four games this season, scoring 80 in an OT win at Santa Clara on Nov. 28.
* USU's 50 second-half points were its most in any half this season and most in a half since 60 in the first half of the Oakland game last year in the CIT semifinals.
* Monday's 51.7 percent (30-of-58) field goal shooting performance Monday was the Aggies' third-straight game shooting better than 50 percent from the field and seventh in the last eight games, as well as for the eighth time this season.
* USU made a season-high 11 three-pointers Monday, the Aggies' most since 12 against Oakland in last season's CIT semifinal.
* Junior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the second-consecutive game and ninth time this season with 17 points Monday, remaining tied with Medlin for the team lead.
* Junior guard TeNale Roland tied his career-high with two made three-pointers.
* Junior forward Marvin Jean tied his career-high for the third time with five rebounds, all in the last five games.
* Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out six assists Monday, one shy of his career-high and his sixth game with three or more helpers.
* Senior forward Kyisean Reed took a charge Monday, and he's now second on the team with two drawn charges.
* Reed and Shaw had one dunk each Monday, and Reed now leads the team with 10 jams while Shaw is second with five.
The Redhawks bring a 5-6 overall and 0-1 WAC ledger into Thursday's game after losing their inaugural WAC game, 71-64, at home to Idaho on Saturday. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Seattle after beating Northern Illinois, 75-48, on Dec. 19 and Campbell, 72-49, on Dec. 22. In the loss to Idaho, the Redhawks went back-and-forth with the Vandals, as the game saw eight ties and 10 lead changes. Seattle had a 56-59 lead with just over six minutes to play after an 11-3 run, but Idaho re-took the lead and the Redhawks couldn't recover. Junior guard D'Vonne Pickett, Jr., led Seattle with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Clarence Trent added 14 points and redshirt-freshman forward Deshaun Sunderhaus tallied 10 points. For the season, Trent leads Seattle with an 11.1 ppg average and is second on the team and 13th in the WAC with 5.8 rpg. Trent is shooting 39.1 percent (36-of-92) from the field, including 33.3 percent (8-of-24) behind the arc, and also leads the team with a 72.4 percent (42-of-58) free throw shooting percentage. Sunderhaus adds 10.3 ppg and leads the team and is sixth in the WAC with 7.5 rpg, as well as leading the team with eight blocked shots (.7 bpg). Senior forward Chad Rasmussen is 11th in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage at 38.5 percent, making a team-leading 25-of-65. Senior guard Prince Obasi is fourth in the league with 3.73 assists per game, while Pickett Jr., is ninth with 3.09 apg.
As a team, Seattle leads the league in rebounding (42.2 rpg) and is fifth in the conference in rebounding margin (+6.9). The Redhawks are sixth in the WAC in scoring offense (68.3 ppg), ranking eighth in scoring defense (70.4 ppg) for a -2.1 scoring margin, ranking eighth. The Redhawks are also ninth in field goal percentage (.408) and sixth in field goal percentage defense (.417). Seattle is fourth in three-point percentage (.348) while ranking 10th in the league at the free throw line (.604). Seattle leads the WAC in steals (9.27 spg), while ranking third in assists (14.36 apg), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (0.77) and eighth in blocked shots (2.82).
Seattle head coach Cameron Dollar is in his fourth season at the helm of the Redhawks' program, and the former UCLA star has posted a 56-77 record.
AGGIES VERSUS REDHAWKS SERIES HISTORY
Thursday's meeting is the 30th all-time match-up between USU and Seattle, with the Aggies holding a 15-14 advantage, including 10-4 at home, winning four of the last five. After not facing each other since 1976, USU and Seattle squared off twice last season with a home-and-home series, with the home team winning each time, as USU won, 78-53, at Logan on Dec. 17, 2011, and the Redhawks were victorious, 73-66, at Seattle on Jan. 19, 2012. The first game played in the series was on Dec. 1, 1956 at the Idaho State College Invitational in Pocatello with Seattle winning 66-59. Seattle last won in Logan on Jan. 31, 1976, winning 79-73.
VERSUS THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
Utah State is 36-22 (.621) all-time against teams from the state of Washington as it is 15-14 against Seattle, 7-1 against Washington State, 5-3 versus Washington, 4-1 versus Gonzaga, 2-2 against Eastern Washington, 1-0 versus St. Martin's and Seattle Pacific, and 1-1 against Whitworth. Last year's meeting with Seattle is USU's recent match-up both against a team from the state of Washington and in the state of Washington.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 205-116 (.639) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.
LAST MEETING AGAINST SEATTLE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 20 points, but Seattle shot 53.2 percent en route to a 73-66 home win against future Western Athletic Conference foe Utah State on Jan. 19, 2012. Utah State falls to 10-9 on the season with the loss, while Seattle improves to 5-12 with the win. Pane has now scored 20-plus points in two straight games and in three of his last four for Utah State. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin also scored in double-figures for the Aggies with 19 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Aaron Broussard had 17 points and Sterling Carter scored 12 to lead Seattle. Trailing by seven at the break, Utah State scored the first points of the second-half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger, but Seattle scored the next five points to push the lead back to nine at 39-30. USU later got within three at 52-49 on a pair of free throws by Pane with 8:06 to play and had a chance to tie the game on its next possession, but missed a three-point attempt. From there, Seattle went on a 10-2 run to extend its lead back to 11 at 62-51 and Utah State never got closer than the final score of 73-66. Utah State finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-54), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 81.3 percent at the free throw line (13-16). Seattle shot 53.2 percent (25-47), a season-high for an Aggie opponent. The Redhawks also shot 57.1 percent from three-point range (8-14), also a season-high for an Aggie opponent, and 65.2 percent from the free throw line (15-23). After out-rebounding Utah State by just two in the first-half, Seattle dominated the boards in the final 20 minutes as it grabbed eight offensive rebounds and finished the game with a 35-24 advantage on the glass. After committing 11 first-half turnovers, USU had just one miscue in the second-half to go along with a season-high tying seven steals. Seattle had 17 turnovers. For the second time in as many games, Utah State fell behind by double-digits early on as Seattle made its first three three-pointers to take a 13-2 advantage just 3:37 into the game. The Redhawk advantage swelled to 13 at 22-9 before USU used an 11-2 run to make the score 24-20 following a Pane jumper. SU extended its lead back to 10 with six straight points only to see the Aggies score seven in a row as USU closed to within three at 30-27 with 1:43 to play following a Pane trey. The Redhawks, however, ended the half by scoring the final four points to give the home team a seven-point halftime lead. Pane led Utah State with nine first-half points as the Aggies shot just 40.0 percent (10-25), including just 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9). USU did make 5-of-6 (.833) free throws in the first 20 minutes. Seattle shot 56.0 percent in the first-half (14-25), including 57.1 percent from three (4-7) and was 2-for-3 (.667) at the line. Both teams also committed 11 turnovers in the first-half, while Seattle had two more rebounds (15-13).
LAST MEETING VS SEATTLE AT UTAH STATE
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points in leading Utah State to an easy 78-53 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member Seattle (2-7) on Dec. 17, 2011 to even its ledger at 5-5 on the season. For Utah State, its 78 points were a season-high and its 25-point win was its largest of the year. USU also shot 50 percent from the field for the second time in as many games and for the third time this season. Medlin, who was 6-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line, has now scored in double-figures in each of his last six games as he reached the 20-point plateau for the second time this year. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added 13 points for Utah State as he has now scored in double-figures in four-straight games, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger hit double-figures for the third-straight game with 11 points, while adding season-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a season-best 29 minutes. Overall, Utah State's bench scored 31 points as compared to 28 for Seattle as junior guard E.J. Farris had a career-high nine points and sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points and five rebounds. Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (22-44), including 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-11) and 75.7 percent at the free throw line as it had season-highs in both free throws made (28) and attempted (37). Seattle shot just 29.2 percent overall (19-65), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Redhawks were also just 3-of-23 (.130) from three-point range and converted on 12-of-18 (.667) free throws. SU did out-rebound USU by eight (43-35) as it grabbed 21 offensive boards. Sterling Carter and Prince Obasi each scored eight points for Seattle as the Redhawks did not have a single player score in double-figures. Utah State scored the first five points of the game on a layup by Reed and a three-pointer from Medlin before Seattle scored the next six points to take its only lead of the game at 6-5 with 16:37 to play in the half. USU later led by just three at 22-19 before a Medlin three-pointer sparked an 11-0 run and the Aggies went into half-time with a 35-24 advantage. Medlin had 11 points to lead Utah State in the first-half as it shot 47.6 percent (10-21), including 50.0 percent from three (3-6) and 63.2 percent at the line (12-19). Seattle shot 32.2 percent in the first 20 minutes (10-31), but was 0-of-9 from three-point range and just 4-for-9 (.444) at the free throw line. Seattle could never get closer than 11 points early on in the second half as Utah State used a 9-0 run to lead 45-26, and a 7-0 run for a 58-34 advantage. USU took its largest lead of the night at 78-51 with 45 seconds to play on a free throw by freshman guard Adam Thoseby before points the 25-point win.
MVP, THREE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.
Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.
LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team.
350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 356-120 (.748) at USU.
AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE RANKS THEM NINTH IN NCAA
As of the Dec. 30 NCAA stats, Utah State leads not only the WAC, but is ninth in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies are just one of 14 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +14.2 margin.
USU SIXTH IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 33RD IN ASSISTS PER GAME
The Aggies also lead the WAC and are sixth in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.511). USU also is tops in the league and 33rd in the nation for assists per game (16.2). Utah State also is 38th in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.25).
SHAW IN TOP 58 IN NCAA FOR REBOUNDS, FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 58th in the NCAA in rebounds per game (8.8/as of Dec. 30), helping USU to a +10.2 rebounding advantage, which ranks the Aggies ninth in the nation. Shaw also 46th in field goal percentage (.553). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 60.5 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank tied for 17th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 9-0 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 10-0 when shooting better from the field; 1-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 8-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 8-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 9-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 2-0 when getting out-rebounded; 8-1 when blocking more shots.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 9-0 this year and has won 75 of its last 77 games (.974) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 282-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year.
UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 88-26 (.772) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 51-4 (.927) record at home. The Aggies are 1-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 88-20 (.815) in games played on Thursday under Morrill. USU is also 8-4 (.750) in known games on Jan. 3, winning its last two on the date.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this season, USU is 8-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 84 of its last 89 games (.944) when reaching 70 points and is 226-30 (.883) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-0 this season and has won 117 of its last 122 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 182-15 (.924) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Also added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Has six games with three or more assists, including season-high seven in Nicholls State game, adding six at Texas State... Averaging 8.9 ppg on 71 total points in last eight games after posting 11 points in his previous five games.
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Recorded second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Registered third and fourth double-doubles of year in back-to-back games with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Utah Valley and 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State... Was one rebound shy of fifth double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds at UTSA, then added 17 points at Texas State... Has scored in double-figures in nine games and had double-digit rebounds in four games, posting his double-doubles all four times... Led USU in rebounding in seven of 11 games this season, including first five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's 11 games... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal percentage (.571)... Also ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and 13th in scoring (13.3 ppg), as well as 14th in free throw percentage (.727) and seventh in blocked shots (1.3)... In this week's NCAA statistics, ranks 46th in field goal percentage (.553), 58th in rebounds per game (8.8) and 43rd in double-doubles (4.0).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 49th consecutive start and played in 71st career game in UTSA contest.. Led USU in scoring for the sixth time this season and 28th time in last two seasons with season-high 24 points in win at UTSA and 21 at Texas State... Scored in double-figures 40 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 15 of his last 17 games played... Has 43 career games with multiple three-pointers, including season-high five at Texas State, as well as four against UC Davis, and three in back-to-back games against Southern Illinois and UTSA... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 7 with 134 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.4 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 316 passing former teammate Jared Quayle (2010-11)... Ranks sixth in the WAC in scoring (15.1 ppg), fifth in free throw percentage (.804), eighth for assists (3.3 apg) and tied for fifth for assist-turnover ratio (1.50)... Also second in the WAC in minutes played (35.25).
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Missed Southern Illinois game with illness... Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... had a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State after posting a previous career-best 14 points in each of the previous three games, netting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as he has scored 79 points in the six games at starter, averaging 13.2 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.5 ppg... The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last seven games, and have five multi three-pointer games, including season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State... Now leads the team with a 47.4 percent (18-of-38) shooting effort from distance, ranking second in the WAC... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season.
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 48th career game and has made 39 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 24 times in his career including two of last five games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State... Also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in Nicholls State game... Additionally played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 33 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections against Nicholls State, adding two each against Southern Illinois and UTSA... Has at least one blocked shot in 10 games this season and 14 of his last 17 career games played, including seven games with multiple blocks... Posted 28 career games with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding four times this season... Climbed into Aggies top 10 career list for blocked shots, now at No. 10 with 61, and needs to play in two more games to qualify for the career blocked shots per game and would be No. 3 with 1.3 bpg... Also No. 4 on USU's career field goal percentage (.611)... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... Ranks third in the WAC in field goal percentage (.605) and would rank tied for 17th in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Also fifth in the WAC in blocks (1.7), 10th in rebounding (6.7), as well as tied for fourth in steals (1.9).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Snared season-high five rebounds at Utah Valley and added four in UC Davis contest including two key offensive boards, and four again in Southern Illinois game... Has 20 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.
#4 Matt Lopez (6-11/245/SO/C/Erial, N.J.) - Saw his first action as an Aggie in Utah Valley game in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year... Slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk... Ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team... Added five points, and recorded first two blocks of USU career to go with one rebound against Nicholls State... Shared team lead in rebounding for first time this season with season-high four against Southern Illinois and matched that with four at Texas State.
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes and tying a season-high for the third-straight game and fourth time this season with eight points, hitting two three-pointers for the third game in a row and four total times this season... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds in three games, most recently at Texas State, and added four in Southern Illinois contest... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game... Made first free throw of USU career in UTSA game.
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in six games of Aggie career... Netted a season-best 11 points in coming off bench in UC Davis game, tying a season-high four rebounds and also dished out four assists, for his sixth game with four or more assists... Has dished out two or more assists in eight of 10 games, including USU sharing the team single-game high with seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game.
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 43 career games... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 211 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.4 percent from three-point range (134-316) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 134, passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to tie for No. 8 with 316, tying another former teammate, Jared Quayle (2009-10).
Three-Point Field Goals Made Name Years FG 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 369 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 283 3. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 237 4. Jay Goodman 1991-93 209 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 194 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 183 7. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 134 8. Brian Green 2010-11 129 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 128 10. Pooh Williams 2008-11 117 11. Troy Rolle 1999-00 112REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268
Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .424 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has a 61.1 career field goal percentage (187-of-306), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Nate Harris 2003-06 .641 2. Greg Houskeeper 1988-89 .622 3. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 .617 4. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. .611 5. Tai Wesley 2008-11 .597 6. Gary Wilkinson 2008-09 .582 7. Cass Matheus 2005-06 .580 8. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 .579 9. Dean Hunger 1977-80 .577 10. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 .570REED SWATS WAY INTO TOP 10 BLOCKED SHOT LIST
Senior forward Kyisean Reed has also climbed his way into the USU top 10 blocks shots career list, now with 61 rejections, moving up to the No. 10 spot. Reed is also closing in on qualifying for the blocks per game average, needing 50 career games, and he currently has his 61 blocks in 48 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, that would rank him third on USU's career blocks per game list.
Total Blocks (50-plus) Name Years Blk 1. Gilbert Pete 1986-89 155 2. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 148 3. Tai Wesley 2008-11 144 4. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 117 5. Nate Harris 2003-06 90 6. Brady Jardine 2009-12 70 7. Greg Grant 1983-86 63 Cass Matheus 2005-06 63 9. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 62 10. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 61 11. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 56 12. Jeremy Vague 2001-02 55 13. Donnie Johnson 1998-99 53 14. Eric Franson 1991, 94-96 52DID YOU KNOW?
Blocks PER GAME ( Min 50 Games) Name Years Avg. 1. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 1.8 2. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 1.6 3. Gilbert Pete 1986-89 1.3 4. Tai Wesley 2008-11 1.0 5. Cass Matheus 2005-06 0.9 6. Jeremy Vague 2001-02 0.8 Rod Hay 1992-93 0.8 Randy Funk 1990-91 0.8 -- Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 1.3 61 blocks/ 48 car. gm
Utah State is 341-107 (.761) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, as Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard. Medlin started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. He finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156). Medlin was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
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