Jan. 9, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
San Jose State (9-6, 3-1 WAC) at Utah State (13-1, 4-0 WAC)
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network KMYU TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
After four games in a week's span last week, Utah State men's basketball has just one game this week, wrapping up a three-game homestand by hosting San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 11. The Western Athletic Conference match-up between the Aggies and Spartans is slated for a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Friday'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 made Columbus proud with an overall record of 1,492-1,023 (.593) in its 2,515 games played.
Utah State is on a 12-game win streak, tied for the sixth-longest in the country, and USU's 13-1 start to the 2012-13 season is the third-best in school history, trailing the 2008-09 team that started the year with a 24-1 mark and the 2003-04 squad that began the year with a 20-1 record.
USU's 12-game win streak is its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, tied for the sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the seventh-longest in school history along with the 1959-60 and 2000-01 teams. A win Friday would tie for the sixth-longest in school history and be the sixth-longest under Morrill.
Utah State will also be aiming to start WAC play with a 5-0 mark for the second time in the last three years, as the 2010-11 Aggies opened league play with an 11-0 WAC mark. A win Saturday would give USU its fourth 4-0 WAC beginning in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2007-08 and 2008-09 in addition to 2010-11.
Utah State is 9-1 at home this year and USU has won 58 of its last 64 games (.905) 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 94 of its last 101 home games (.930).
USU has won 92.0 percent of its home games (219-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 247 of their last 268 games (.922) in the Spectrum, including 50 of its last 54 (.926) home games against league competition as part of 125 of their last 136 (.919). USU has registered a 513-112 (.821) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State has won 41 of its last 48 WAC games (.854) and is 66-15 (.815) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 87-27 (.763) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 2-0 this season and 90-26 (.776) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 53-4 (.930) record at home. The Aggies are 1-0 this season on Friday and are 34-9 (.791) in games played on Friday under Morrill. USU is also 9-5 (.643) in known games played on Jan. 11, winning its last three games on the date.
Utah State has just one game this week after playing four games in a span of a week last week, hosting San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 11 in a Western Athletic Conference match-up at 7 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Spartans wraps up USU's three-game homestand at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Friday's game 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?
USU hits the road, traveling to Las Cruces, N.M. to take on New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (MT) and then playing at Denver on Saturday, Jan. 19 in a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.
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.
Friday's Utah State game will be aired in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, 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.
Friday's game between the Aggies and Spartans 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 87-27 (.763) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 41 of its last 48 WAC games (.854) and is 67-15 (.817) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is off to just its third 13-1 start in school history, winning its 12th-straight game in a row with a thrilling 82-75 overtime victory over Idaho on Saturday, moving to 4-0 in WAC action for the second time in three years. Trailing, 69-61, with 3:38 to play, Utah State finished regulation on an 8-0 run as sophomore center Jordan Stone made a layup at the 3:12 mark and junior center Jarred Shaw added another layup at the 2:39 mark. Senior forward Kyisean Reed then went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 1:52 to play and junior guard Preston Medlin sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer from the left corner with 0:02 remaining. Medlin then scored nine points in OT as part of USU out-scoring Idaho, 13-6, in the extra session for the win.
USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 15.8 points per game, adding 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Medlin also leads the team by making 29 three-pointers this season, shooting 29-of-72 (40.3 percent) behind the arc, netting 46.4 percent (70-of-151) from the field in addition to 78.8 percent (52-of-66) at the free throw line. In Saturday's thrilling win over Idaho, Medlin scored a game-high 22 points, including the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, and he then scored nine points in overtime, all part of his 18 points after halftime. Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, adding 1.4 blocks per game as well. Shaw registered his fifth double-double of the season with a double-dozen, posting 12 points and 12 rebounds, in the win over Idaho Saturday ,adding a blocked shot. He now has at least seven rebounds in 10 games this season, including five double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also is shooting 53.7 percent (72-of-134) from the field in addition to 72.3 percent (34-of-47) at the free throw line.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 12.6 ppg, pulling down 6.7 rpg as well to go with 1.7 blocks per game. Reed logged 17 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots in Saturday's win over Idaho, hitting 7-of-8 at the free throw line. Reed also is shooting at a 60.2 percent (65-of-108) clip from the field.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 9.4 ppg, netting 11 points to go with five assists and two steals in the win over Idaho on Saturday, for his sixth double-digit scoring outing in the last eight games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 97 points in the eight games at starter, averaging 12.1 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.3 ppg. Butterfield is second on the team with 19 made three-pointers (19-of-44), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making 43.2 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 7.2 ppg on the season, making 57.8 percent (37-of-64) of his field goals, as well as 41.7 percent (10-of-24) behind the arc and 63.0 percent (17-of-27) at the free throw line. Davis also averages 3.1 assists per game, dishing out 17 (5.7 pg) in the last three games, including four against Idaho to go with 14 points and five rebounds.
USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN SEVEN CATEGORIES
Utah State is tops in the WAC statistics for overall games in seven categories, leading the league in scoring (73.0 ppg), scoring margin (+9.3), field goal percentage (.497), three-point field goal percentage (.379), rebounding margin (+9.2), assists (16.57) and assist/TO ratio (1.36).
USU is also third in the league in free throw percentage (.700), tied for third in blocks (4.43), fourth in scoring defense (63.7 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage defense (.416), sixth in rebounds (37.4), eighth in three-pointer field goal percentage defense (.340) and eighth in steals (5.86).
AGGIES TOP THREE WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
USU leads the WAC in conference only games in three lists, topping the league in scoring (77.2 ppg), scoring margin (+11.0) and assist/turnover ratio (1.55).
The Aggies are also second in field goal percentage (.487), three-point field goal percentage (.366), while ranking third in both rebounding margin (+3.5) and assists (15.5), as well as fourth in both free throw percentage (.677) and rebounds (37.0), fifth in scoring defense (66.3) and steals (7.25), while ranking sixth for field goal percentage defense (.427), three-point field goal percentage defense (.343) and tied for sixth for blocks (4.25).
MEDLIN AND DAVIS TOP WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard Preston Medlin currently leads the league in scoring in WAC only games, netting 21.3 ppg in conference action, as well as leading the league in three-point field goals made in conference games (3.25) and in minutes played (37.25). Freshman guard Marcel Davis is tops in the league in assists (5.25) and assist/turnover ratio (3.50).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 207-116 (.641) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.
Utah State is currently on a 12-game win streak, its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, and ranking tied for the sixth-longest under Morrill, matching the 2000-01 squad.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
12 (2) - 2000-01, 2012-13
10 (1) - 2007-08
LEAVING STREAKS IN THE RECORD BOOK
USU's 12-game win streak is currently tied for the seventh-longest in school history along with the 1959-60 and 2000-01 teams. A win Friday would tie for the sixth-longest in school history.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (1) - 1974-75
12 (3) - 1959-60, 2000-01, 2012-13
11 (2) - 1966-67, 1970-71
10 (1) - 2007-08
AMONG TOP WIN STREAKERS IN COUNTRY
Utah State's 12-game win streak is currently the sixth-longest active streak in the country
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UTAH STATE DURING 12-GAME WIN STREAK
USU has averaged 75.7 points per game during its 12-game win streak, while allowing 64.8 ppg for a +10.9 scoring margin. The Aggies are also shooting 51.6 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from three-point range and 71.0 percent at the free throw line, while holding the opponent to 41.4 percent field goal shooting, 34.0 percent behind the arc and 64.3 percent at the charity stripe. USU has a +8.1 rebounding margin, averaging 36.6 rebounds per game while the opponents are averaging 28.5 rpg. The Aggie defense is forcing 10.8 turnovers per game while blocking 4.4 shots per game.
Individually, four players are averaging double-figures during the 12-game win streak, led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 16.7 ppg, while junior center Jarred Shaw and senior forward Kyisean Reed are posting 12.8 ppg each and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield nets 10.1 ppg. Shaw leads the team with 8.0 rpg while Reed adds 6.8 rpg. Medlin is averaging 2.2 three-pointers per game during the 12 games, making 26-of-66 (39.4 percent) total, while Butterfield is averaging 1.5 treys, draining 16-of-40 (40.0 percent) total while junior guard Marvin Jean is 10-of-22 (45.5 percent), and freshman guard Marcel Davis adds 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from distance, while leading the team with 3.6 assists per game (43 assists) during the streak, while Medlin also averages 3.3 apg (39 total).
A LOOK BACK AT THE IDAHO GAME
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points, including the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, and he then scored nine points in overtime to rally Utah State past Idaho, 82-75, in a Western Athletic Conference match-up in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night. In all, the contest featured 18 ties and 10 lead changes. For Medlin, it is the second time this year he has sent a contest into overtime as he hit the game-tying three-pointer at Santa Clara with 0:2.4. USU went on to win that game, 80-78. Trailing, 69-61, with 3:38 to play, Utah State finished regulation on an 8-0 run as sophomore center Jordan Stone made a layup at the 3:12 mark and junior center Jarred Shaw added another layup at the 2:39 mark. Senior forward Kyisean Reed then went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 1:52 to play and Medlin sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer from the left corner with 0:02 remaining. During the final 3:12 of the game, UI was 0-of-3 from the field with two turnovers, and allowed an offensive rebound by Stone that he converted into two points. Idaho scored the first bucket of overtime and led 72-71 with 3:38 to play before Medlin struck again with nine-straight points on a layup and a three-pointer in back-to-back possessions, followed by four free throws to give the home team an 80-75 advantage with 0:42 left and USU went on to post the 82-75 win despite missing 6-of-12 free throws in the extra period. In all, USU out-scored UI, 13-6, in overtime. With the win, Utah State improves to 13-1 on the season and remains in first-place in the WAC with a 4-0 league mark. Idaho, who falls to 6-7 on the season and 2-1 in WAC play with the loss, was led by Connor Hill's 18 points. Kyle Barone added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Vandals, while Mike McChristian finished with 11 points and 10 boards. All five of Utah State's starters scored in double-figures led by Medlin's 22 points as he was 5-of-14 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range and 9-for-14 at the free throw line. Medlin also had seven rebounds in the game. Reed scored 17 points for USU, while Shaw posted his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield finished with 11 points and five boards. Utah State finished the game shooting just 41.5 percent (27-65), including just 25.0 percent from three-point range (4-16), but did convert 24-of-33 free throws (.727). Idaho shot 48.3 percent (29-60), which is a season-high for a USU opponent. UI also shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc (8-24), but was just 9-for-18 (.500) at the charity stripe. USU also out-rebounded UI by 10 (46-36), including a 20-11 advantage on the offensive glass that led to a 22-11 scoring margin for the Aggies in second-chance points. The Vandals did post six more assists in the game (20-14), but also had five more turnovers (11-6), as those six giveaways by Utah State are tied for its fewest this year. Utah State scored the first two points of the game on a pair of free throws from Davis, before Idaho scored the next six points to take its largest lead of the half. USU tied the score at 8-all on a Medlin basket only to see UI push its lead back to four at 14-10. Utah State then scored six-straight points to take a 16-14 lead at the 8:37 mark. The Vandals regained the lead and held a three-point advantage three different times in the final 4:20 of the first half, including at 30-27, before Utah State got a free throw from Medlin and a layup from Butterfield to tie the score at 30 at intermission. Utah State shot just 29.7 percent (11-37) in the first 20 minutes, including just 1-of-8 from three-point range (.125), but stayed in the game at the free throw line going 7-of-8 (.875). Idaho shot 41.4 percent in the first half (12-29), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (3-10), but was just 3-for-8 from the line (.375). Neither team led by more than three points for the first seven minutes of the second-half before Idaho scored five-straight points to lead 50-45 with 12:08 remaining. Idaho later led 56-54 at the 6:49 mark and went on a 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 62-54 with 6:01 to play following a Hill three-pointer. USU cut the lead to five twice during the next 2:51, but UI extended its lead back to eight each time including at 69-61 with 3:12 remaining before the Aggies scored the final eight points to send it into overtime. In the second half, Idaho shot a blistering 62.5 percent from the field (15-24), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (5-10) and was 4-for-6 (.667) at the free throw line. USU shot 56.5 percent in the second-half (13-23), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (2-6) and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe (11-13). In the overtime period, Utah State was 3-of-5 (.600) from the field, 1-of-2 (.500) from three-point range and 6-for-12 (.500) at the free throw line. Idaho made just 2-of-7 (.286) field goals in overtime, including going 0-of-4 from three and just 2-for-4 (.500) at the line.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans are 9-6 overall and 3-1 in WAC play, earning a 71-64 non-conference win over New Orleans Tuesday night at home, getting double-digit scoring from four players. It was SJSU's fourth victory in its last five games and the Spartans have now matched last season's win total. Junior forward Louis Garrett posted 14 points Tuesday, while junior center Alex Brown and sophomore guard D.J. Brown tallied 13 points apiece and junior forward Chris Cunningham added 11 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds, as SJSU got out-rebounded, 52-39. SJSU leading scorer, senior guard James Kinney was held to a season-low nine points, 12.5 below his average coming into the game. The Spartans shot 39.1 percent (27-of-69) from the field, including 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from three-point range and were 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) at the free throw line. For the season, Kinney leads SJSU and the WAC with 20.6 ppg, and Kinney also leads the league in steals with 2.43 per game. Kinney is shooting 41.6 percent (109-of-262) from the field, including 32.7 percent (34-of-104) from three-point range, as well as 66.1 percent (37-of-56) at the free throw line. He also adds 2.57 assists per game. Cunningham averages 107 ppg to go with 9.1 rebounds per game, ranking second in the conference. D.J. Brown adds 9.4 ppg, netting 18-of-54 (33.3 percent) from distance and leads the team and is second in the WAC in assists with 4.8 per game, ranking fourth in the league for assist/turnover ratio (1.95). Alex Brown is third in the conference in blocked shots with 2.53 per game.
As a team, SJSU is third in the WAC in scoring (73.0 ppg), ranking sixth in the conference in scoring defense (63.7 ppg), for a fifth-place ranking in scoring margin (+3.1). The Spartans are fifth in field goal percentage (.417), second in field goal pct. defense (.393), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.333), fourth in three-point field goal pct. defense (.314), sixth in free throw percentage (.674), third in rebounding (40.8), sixth in rebounding margin (+4.9), seventh in assists (13.33), sixth in steals (7.07), fourth in blocked shots (4.40), fourth in TO margin (-1.0) and sixth in assist/TO ratio (0.90). In the WAC only statistics, SJSU is second in scoring (70.8), fourth in scoring defense (64.2) to rank fourth in scoring margin (+6.5). The Spartans are second in field goal percentage (.487), fourth in field goal pct. defense (.383), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.292), fourth in three-point field goal pct. defense (.304), second in free throw percentage (.677), tied for second in rebounding (37.8), fourth in rebounding margin (+3.2), sixth in assists (12.50), fourth in steals (7.50), tied for sixth with USU in blocked shots (4.25), third in TO margin (+2.25) and fifth in assist/TO ratio (1.00).
SJSU head coach George Nessman is in his eighth season leading the Spartans, posting an 86-147 (.369) record.
SIX DEGREES OF NEW ORLEANS
No Kevin Bacon is needed to connect New Orleans with Utah State, as San Jose State is the third different USU opponent to have played New Orleans prior to playing USU, as two of the three teams in the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, played UNO. Both Nicholls State and Southern Illinois played the Muskaters in home-and-home games, as was both teams' most recent opponent before coming to Logan for the tournament.
UTAH STATE VS. SAN JOSE STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
After playing three league newcomers in UTSA, Texas State and Seattle, including meeting two for the first time in school history in UTSA and Texas State, USU will play its second game in a row against a team with a lengthy history, as the Utah State-San Jose State is the sixth-oldest rivalry in USU history, meeting for the 71st time this week. USU's first game against SJSU was on Dec. 23, 1935 with the Aggies posting a 40-36 road win. Last Saturday's opponent, Idaho, is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history with 51 meetings.
Utah State and San Jose State will be meeting for the 71st time this week with the Aggies owning a 49-21 all-time advantage, which includes a 29-4 mark at Logan. Utah State has won 31 of the last 35 games played in the series, including 10 straight overall and 21 straight at home. Last year's first meeting of the season was also in Logan, won by USU, 82-65, on Jan. 28, 2012 in Logan, and the Aggies won at San Jose on March 1, 2012, 71-61. The last time San Jose State won a game in the series was on Feb. 18, 2008 in San Jose, 70-67, and the last time it won in Logan was on Feb. 25, 1982 by a final score of 55-47. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 19-2 all-time against the Spartans, which includes a 16-1 record as the Aggies head coach.
VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 123-31 (.799) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 71-8 (.899) record at home.
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) and junior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC). San Jose State has one player from Utah in junior forward Louis Garrett (St. George, Utah/ Pine View HS/ Salt Lake CC).
LAST MEETING AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 26 points in leading Utah State to a 71-61 road win at San Jose State on March 1, 2012 giving the Aggies consecutive wins for just the third time this season as USU improved to 16-14 overall and 7-6 in Western Athletic Conference play. SJSU falls to 9-20 and 1-12 in league play with the loss. Utah State also increased its winning streak against San Jose State to 10 straight games, including four straight on the road, as the Aggies improved to 3-10 on the season away from home. Medlin, who added five rebounds and two assists in the game, was 9-of-13 from the field, 5-of-8 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 14 points and six assists and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored 12 points off the bench as the Aggie reserves out-scored San Jose State's bench players 18-5. Overall, Bruneel was 4-of-5 from three-point range. James Kinney had 24 points and Wil Carter notched a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Jose State. Utah State shot 50 percent from the field for the third time in its last six games and for the ninth time this year as it finished the game shooting 55.1 percent (27-49), including 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (8-12). USU also had 18 assists and just eight turnovers, marking its fourth-straight game and ninth time this year it finished a game with single-digit turnovers. After shooting 44.8 percent in the first-half, San Jose State finished the game shooting just 38.6 percent (22-57), including just 27.8 percent from three-point range as Utah State has now held 15 of its opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and under 30 percent shooting from three-point range. SJSU did make 85.7 percent of its free throws (12-14). The Spartans also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Aggies by 13 (34-21), as Utah State entered the game having out-rebounded seven of its previous eight opponents. Medlin scored 11 of Utah State's first 13 points as the Aggies built an early 13-8 lead. USU later took a 21-11 lead with 11:43 to play following Bruneel's second three-pointer of the half and the Aggies later led by 10 at 23-13 before San Jose State finished the half on a 17-10 run to make the half-time score 33-30. San Jose State continued its run with four straight points to start the second-half to take its only lead of the game at 34-33 following a pair of Carter free throws. Medlin then hit a trey on Utah State's next possession, followed by a layup from Carter to make the score 36-36. From there, USU went on a 12-0 run and the Spartans never got closer than eight points the remainder of the game as the Aggies posted the 71-61 win after leading by as many as 15 at 60-45 following a free throw from senior forward Morgan Grim with 7:48 remaining. With the win, Utah State improved to 13-2 on the season when leading at the half and 11-2 this year when scoring 70-plus points in a game.
LAST MEETING VERSUS SAN JOSE STATE AT LOGAN
For the second game in a row, Utah State men's basketball had five players in double digits in the scoring column which paced the Aggies to a season-high points with an 82-65 win over San Jose State on Jan. 28, 2012 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The win improves USU to 12-10 overall and 4-3 in Western Athletic Conference while SJSU lost its sixth in the last seven games in sliding to 7-15 overall and 0-7 in conference play. Saturday was the Aggies' ninth-straight win over the Spartans, improving to 29-4 at home against SJSU and 48-21 overall. Junior forward Kyisean Reed led USU's five players in double-digits by netting 21 points, sharing game-high honors with SJSU's James Kinney. It was Reed's second 20-point outing of the season. Senior guard Brockeith Pane and the sophomore guard duo of Preston Medlin and Mitch Bruneel all tallied 15 points each, with Bruneel draining four three-pointers on the way to his career-high scoring night. Pane and Medlin hit three treys apiece to lead the Aggies to a 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) outing behind the three-point line, their most in a conference game this season and the third time this season with 10 or more treys. Senior forward Morgan Grim added 10 points while pulling down seven rebounds, one behind Reed for top team honors. USU had a 38-30 rebounding advantage, marking the ninth time this season to have more rebounds, improving to 7-2 when out-rebounding the opposition. The Aggies finished the night shooting 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field, including 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) in the first 20 minutes on the way to a season-high 47 points in the first half. USU also shot a season-best 88.9 percent (16-of-18) at the free throw line, as Reed made all seven of his charity stripe shots while Pane, Medlin and sophomore guard Danny Berger were all 2-of-2. SJSU was led by Kinney with 21 points while Wil Carter added 14 to go with a team-high eight rebounds. The Spartans were 25-of-59 (42.4 percent) field goal shooting, making just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from three-point land. SJSU was also 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line, marking the second game in a row and ninth time this year that USU made more free throws than the opponent attempted. Both teams committed season-low turnovers, as Utah State had six miscues and San Jose State had five. USU led from start-to-finish, as Reed scored on an up-and-under on the opening possession. With Utah State holding a 20-15 lead, Bruneel hit a three-pointer on three of the Aggies' next five possessions, all from the right side of the arc, the last coming from the wing for a 29-20 USU lead with 9:24 on the first half clock. The Aggie advantage grew to 41-27 after Pane hit a three-pointer from the left wing and Grim converted a three-point play sandwiched around two free throws by Carter. Another old-fashioned three-point play, this time from Reed, gave USU its largest lead of the half at 47-32 with 16.2 seconds left before SJSU's Calvin Douglas hit a layup with eight ticks to go for the 47-34 halftime score. The Spartans steadily scratched away at the deficit, trimming it to 54-53 with 13:37 to play after a three-pointer from the left wing by D.J. Brown. USU righted the ship with five unanswered points for a 59-53 lead before SJSU came back within 61-59 with 8:37 to go after a Douglas layup. That would be the closest the Spartans would get as Grim and junior guard E.J. Farris hit back-to-back buckets before a pair of free pitch shots by Medlin, then Medlin delivered the alley and Pane provided the oop after a steal. Pane scored on a layup before Medlin drained a trey from the right wing to cap the Aggies' 13-0 run and give them a 74-59 lead with 5:34 to go and USU coasted to the win.
MEDLINSANE IN THE MEMBRANE IN OVERTIME
Junior guard Preston Medlin netted 19 of his game-high 22 points after halftime of Saturday's thrilling win over Idaho, including hitting a three-pointer that went through the net with 0.4 seconds left to force OT, where he proceeded to net nine of USU's 13 extra session points. Medlin forced OT with a long three-pointer in the waning seconds for the second time this season, also doing so with 2.4 seconds left in USU's 80-78 OT win at Santa Clara on Nov. 28. After not scoring more than 18 points in USU's first eight games of the season, Medlin has now scored 20 or more points in four of the Aggies' last six games, and now has topped 20 points a total of 18 times in his career. It is also Medlin's 11th double-figure scoring outing this season and 43rd of his career. Medlin's three three-pointers Saturday gives him five games this season with three or more treys and now has 25 career games with three or more treys.
DAVIS DISHING `EM OUT
Freshman guard Marcel Davis distributed four assists in Saturday's win over Idaho, his sixth game with four or more helpers in the last seven outings, including in that stretch are two games of his season-high seven assists, doing so against Nicholls State and Seattle while dishing out six at Texas State. Davis now has 33 assists in the last seven games, averaging 4.7 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.1 apg on the season.
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 97 points in the eight games at starter, averaging 12.1 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.3 ppg. Butterfield is second on the team with 19 made three-pointers (19-of-44), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making 43.2 percent behind the arc. The sharpshooting junior did have his streak with at least one three-pointer in eight-straight games halted by not making a trey against Idaho. Butterfield does have five multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists Monday at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, and he has 17 assists in the last three games (5.7 apg), adding five against Idaho.
SCORING FROM STARTERS
USU had all five starters score in double-figures Saturday against Idaho, marking the first time this season and the first time since vs. San Jose State on Feb. 13, 2010. It was the second time this season that five Aggie players scored double-digits, joining the Western Oregon game (four starters, one reserve).
OTHER NOTES FROM IDAHO GAME
Utah State shot a season-high 65 field goals, its most since 65 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011.
The Aggies also made a season-high 24 free throws, their most since making 32 at the charity stripe vs. Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of last season's Collegeinsiders.com Tournament.
Utah State tied a season-low with only six turnovers Saturday night, joining the game against UC Davis. It is the second-straight game with single digit miscues and is the Aggies' fourth game this season with single figures in their turnover column.
USU's opponent made a season-high field goals and had a season-high field goal percentage for the second-straight game, as Idaho's 29 field goals made Saturday bettered the previous mark of 26 by Seattle on Thursday and the Vandals' 48.3 percent (29-of-60) topped the 46.4 percent (26-of-56) by Seattle.
Idaho's 36 rebounds were also a season-high for an Aggie opponent this season, topping the previous mark of 34 also by Seattle on Thursday.
USU's 46 rebounds were just shy of its season-high of 49 against Saint Mary's and is was the Aggies sixth game this season with 40+ rebounds. After having a double-digit rebounding margin for the first seven games of the season, USU posted its eighth double-digit rebounding margin game this year.
Junior guard Preston Medlin played in a career-high 42 minutes Saturday, and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield (34 minutes) and freshman guard Marcel Davis (37 minutes) also posted career-high minutes.
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with his 12 points and 12 rebounds Saturday, as he has five double-digit rebounding games this season, registering his double-doubles each time. Shaw has now led USU in rebounding eight times this season.
Shaw also had a blocked shot Saturday, registering a rejection in all 14 games this season.
Shaw had USU's lone dunk of the night and he now has six on the season, ranking second on the team behind senior forward Kyisean Reed's team-leading 14 jams.
Reed posted his seventh game this season with multiple blocks with three rejections Saturday.
MEDLIN LIVING UP TO PRESEASON WAC PLAYER OF YEAR BILLING
Junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and has lived up to the billing so far in conference play, after posting 18 points, five assists and three steals in Thursday's win over Seattle, and adding a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals Saturday against Idaho. In USU's four WAC games so far, Medlin is averaging a WAC-best 21.3 ppg, also leading the league with 3.25 three-pointers made per game in conference action, hitting a palindromic 13-of-31 (41.9 percent) from distance, ranking tied for ninth in three-point percentage. Medlin also is tied for seventh in league action with 74.1 percent (20-of-27) at the free throw line. He also leads the conference in WAC only games in minutes played (37.75).
Preston Medlin Earns Trio Of Player Of The Week Awards
Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week and America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete Of The Week for his performance last week in leading USU to three wins.
Medlin, a junior guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS), helped Utah State post a 3-0 WAC record last week with a road win at Texas State (81-57), and home wins against Seattle (75-66) and Idaho (82-75 OT). Against the Bobcats, Medlin scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist. Against the Redhawks, he had 18 points to go along with five assists and a season-high tying three steals. And against the Vandals, he scored 22 points and hit the tying three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where he scored nine of USU's 13 points. Medlin, who scored all but three of his points following intermission, added seven rebounds, two steals and one assist against Idaho. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), 41.7 percent from three-point range (10-of-24) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-of-23). Medlin's three-pointer against Idaho marked the second time this year he has sent a contest into overtime as he hit the game-tying three-pointer at Santa Clara with 0:2.4. USU went on to win that game, 80-78.
This is Medlin's first WAC Player of the Week honor this season and second of his career, also collecting the accolade on Jan. 30, 2012. Medlin has earned the USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season, also earning the honor on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. It is Medlin's seventh career USU honor, earning the award four times last season.
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 358-120 (.749) at USU.
AGGIES SLIPPED BELOW DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE FOR FIRST TIME, RANKED 13TH IN NCAA
As of the Jan. 7 NCAA stats, Utah State leads not only the WAC, but is 13th in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies also have a single-digit rebounding margin after having a double-digit rebounding margin up until last week. USU is now 13th in the NCAA with a +9.2 rebounding margin. Colorado State leads the nation with a +13.9 margin.
USU 13TH IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 24TH IN ASSISTS PER GAME, 19th IN ASSIST-TO MARGIN
The Aggies also lead the WAC and are 13th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.497). USU also is tops in the league and 24th in the nation for assists per game (16.6). Utah State also is 19th in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.36).
SHAW IN TOP 52 IN NCAA FOR FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 52nd in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.537). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 60.2 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 15th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 10-0 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 2-0 when tied at halftime; 10-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 8-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 5-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 10-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 10-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-0 when getting out-rebounded; 10-1 when having more assists; 9-1 when blocking more shots.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 10-0 this year and has won 76 of its last 78 games (.974) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 283-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year. The Aggies are 2-0 this season when tied at the break.
UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 2-0 this season and 90-26 (.776) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 53-4 (.930) record at home. The Aggies are 1-0 this season on Friday and are 34-9 (.791) in games played on Friday under Morrill. USU is also 9-5 (.643) in known games played on Jan. 11, winning its last three games 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 10-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 86 of its last 91 games (.945) when reaching 70 points and is 228-30 (.884) all-time under head coach Stew 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.
AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU is now 2-0 this season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both Saturday and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28. USU has now won seven of its last eight extra session games and Utah State improved to 54-40 (.574) all-time in overtime games.
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... 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 eight games with three or more assists, including dishing out season-high seven twice, first in Nicholls State game and then in Seattle game, adding six at Texas State in between... Averaging 9.8 ppg on 98 total points in last 10 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games... Leads WAC in league only games for assists (5.25), ranking tied for 11th overall (3.07), also leads WAC in assist-turnover ratio both overall (2.39) and WAC only games (3.50).
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Leads USU with five double-doubles this season, logging them against Saint Mary's (17 pts./15 reb.), Weber State (16p/12r), Utah Valley (12p/11r), Nicholls State (19p/11r) and Idaho (12p/12r)... The 19 points and 15 rebounds were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Has scored in double-figures in 10 games and had double-digit rebounds in five games, posting his double-doubles all five times... Led USU in rebounding in eight of 14 games this season, including first five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and then matched it Seattle game and has at least rejection in each of USU's 14 games... Ranks fifth in the WAC and 52nd in NCAA in field goal percentage (.537)... Also ranks fifth in the WAC in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and 13th in scoring (12.7 ppg), along with seventh in blocked shots (1.36), as well as 14th in free throw percentage (.723).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 51st consecutive start and played in 73rd career game in Idaho contest... Led USU in scoring for the seventh time this season and 29th time in last two seasons with 22 points in win over Idaho... Scored in double-figures 11 times this season and 42 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 17 of his last 19 games played... Has 45 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, adding three against Idaho... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 7 with 139 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 41.6 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 316 passing former teammate Jared Quayle (2010-11)... Ranks fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (15.8 ppg) but leads the league in WAC only games (21.3), also leading the conference in WAC only games for three-pointers made (3.25), as well as fourth overall in free throw percentage (.788), also ranking sixth in three-point percentage (.403), along with eighth in both assists (3.21) and assist-turnover ratio (1.55)... Also first in WAC in minutes played both overall (35.86) and WAC only games (37.75).
#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... Netted 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 97 points in the eight games at starter, averaging 12.1 ppg as a starter, after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first games of the season off the bench, posting a season average of 9.3 ppg... Is second on the team with 19 made three-pointers (19-of-44), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making 43.2 percent behind the arc... The sharpshooting junior did have his streak with at least one three-pointer in eight-straight games halted by not making a trey against Idaho.... Has five multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, and he has 17 assists in the last three games (5.7 apg), adding five against Idaho... Ranks fourth in the WAC overall for three-point percentage (.475), ranking tied for sixth for WAC only games (.432), as well as seventh in field goal percentage overall (.494) and eighth for WAC only (.548)... Also fourth in assists in WAC only games (4.50) and third in WAC only assist-TO ratio (2.57).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 50th career game and has made 41 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 26 times in his career including four of last seven games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State and then posted his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Seattle game, adding 17 points against Idaho... Recorded a blocked shot in 35 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections against Nicholls State, adding three against Idaho... Has at least one blocked shot in 12 games this season and 16 of his last 19 career games played, including eight games with multiple blocks... Posted 29 career games with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding five times this season... Climbed into Aggies top 10 career list for blocked shots, now at No. 7 with 65, and No. 3 on the USU career blocks per game list with 1.3 bpg... Also tied for No. 4 on USU's career field goal percentage (.610)... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... Second in the league in overall field goal percentage (.602) and fourth in WAC only games field goal percentage (.606) and would rank 15th in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Ranks 14th in scoring overall (12.6) and 11th in WAC only games (11.0)...Ranks fifth in blocked shots overall (1.71) and tid for seventh in WAC only games (1.50)... Also fourth in steals in league only games (2.00), while ranking sixth overall (1.79)... Also 10th in league games in rebounding (6.5) while ranking 11th overall (6.7).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Posted season-high 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... Added five points in Seattle game and four against Southern Illinois... Snared season-high five rebounds twice, doing so at Utah Valley and home against Idaho, while adding four in UC Davis contest including two key offensive boards, and four again in Southern Illinois game... Has 21 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 then-season-high four against Southern Illinois and matched that with four at Texas State, before bettering season-best with five against Seattle.
#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... Tallied five points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal against Seattle.
#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 games, including career-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game.
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 44 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.. Came up big in Idaho game, blocking one shot and snaring three rebounds in critical times.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 213 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 42.2 percent from three-point range (136-322) 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- 139 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. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 334 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 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- .416 6. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 7. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 8. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 9. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 10. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 11. 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 61.0 career field goal percentage (200-of-328), holding down 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. .610 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 65 rejections, moving up to tie for the No. 7 spot. Reed has qualified for the blocks per game average, playing in his 50th career game against Idaho, and he currently has his 65 blocks in 50 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, ranking 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. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 65 8. Greg Grant 1983-86 63 Cass Matheus 2005-06 63 10. Spencer Nelson 1999, 03-05 62 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 Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 1.3 65 blocks/ 50 car. gm 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
Utah State is 343-107 (.762) 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.
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.
Jarred Shaw Named To collegehoopsdaily.com Midseason All-WAC Team
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw was named to the collegehoopsdaily.com Midseason all-Western Athletic Conference Team. The publication announced a five-player awards list for each conference in Division I, and the five players selected for the WAC are the same as the publication's Player of the Month list for both November and December. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, 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) is currently 13th in the WAC in scoring overall with 12.7 points per game, while ranking tied for 15th in WAC only games with 11.5 ppg. He also is fifth in overall rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game and is fourth in league only games with 8.0 rpg. Shaw also is seventh in overall blocked shots per game (1.36) and is tied for seventh in conference only games (1.50), tying teammate senior forward Kyisean Reed. Additionally, Shaw is fifth in the league in overall field goal percentage (.537) and 14th in overall free throw percentage (.723). Shaw has five double-doubles on the season, including 12 points and 12 rebounds in USU's 82-75 overtime win over Idaho on Saturday.
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. 11, Feb. 8
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
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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