Jan. 14, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin has been named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Jan. 13, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the second week in a row that Medlin has earned the honor and the fourth 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.
Medlin, a junior guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS) scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead Utah State past San Jose State, 66-60, on Jan. 11. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career that he has scored 20-plus points as he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. The 11 free throws made is the most in the WAC this season. It was also the second time in the last three games and eight games this season that Medlin made all of his free throws in a game and 19th time in his career. Medlin also added five assists in the game, for his fourth game this season and 12th of his career with five or more helpers.
For his career, Medlin now has 956 points, needing 44 more points to become the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is at No. 33 on the list with 1,014 career points.
With Friday's win, Utah State improved to 14-1 on the season and remains in first-place in the WAC with a 5-0 mark. Overall, USU has now won 13-straight games to rank tied for the sixth-longest winning streak in school history, including the sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill. USU's 13-game win streak is currently tied with Kansas for the longest in the nation. Kansas hosts Baylor Monday night.
Utah State returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 17 when it plays at New Mexico State (9-8, 3-2) in a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off from Las Cruces, N.M., in a game that will be televised live on KMYU TV (Comcast Ch. 22; Dish Network Ch. 12; DirecTV Ch. 12; Over-the-Air 2.2 in Cache Valley).
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Jenna Johnson (Wasilla, Alaska) recorded her fourth-straight double-double with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as Utah State lost at San Jose State, 103-80. Johnson, who now has six double-doubles this year and seven in her career, also added seven steals, three assists and one blocked shot. For the game, Johnson shot 40.0 percent from the field (6-15) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (2-4), while going 0-of-2 from three-point range.
GYMNASTICS - Junior Paige Jones (Smithville, Mo.) finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.800 as Utah State lost at BYU, 194.075-189.425, in its season opener. Jones also tied for first on the vault (9.750), tied for second on floor (9.775), tied for sixth on the balance beam (9.575) and tied for seventh on bars (9.700).
MEN'S TENNIS - Senior Sven Poslusny (Lorrach, Germany) teamed with sophomore Marcus Fritz to post an 8-7 (8-6) win at No. 1 doubles as Utah State lost at BYU in its season opener, 7-0. Poslusny also competed at No. 1 singles, losing in straight sets (6-3, 6-1).
2012-13 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 27 - Josselyn White, Volleyball
Sept. 3 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 17 - Tanner Higham, Golf
Sept. 24 - Kerwynn Williams, Football
Oct. 1 - Josselyn White, Volleyball
Oct. 8 - Jennifer Flynn, Soccer
Oct. 15 - Kyler Fackrell, Football
Oct. 22 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Oct. 29 - Jade Tarver, Soccer
Nov. 5 - Natalie Norris, Soccer
Nov. 12 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Nov. 19 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Nov. 26 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball
Dec. 3 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Dec. 10 - Marcel Davis, Men's Basketball
Dec. 17 - Kerwynn Williams, Football
Dec. 24 - Kyisean Reed, Men's Basketball
Dec. 31 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Jan. 7 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Jan. 14 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
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