Aggie Men's Basketball Locks Horns With Rams Of Colorado State Wednesday
Utah State (11-4, 1-2 MW) men's basketball returns home to host Colorado State (11-6, 2-2 MW), on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Aggies and Rams will lock horns in a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Wednesday's battle between USU and CSU will not be televised, but will be video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, in addition to aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

 
Utah State (11-4, 1-2 MW) men's basketball returns home to host Colorado State (11-6, 2-2 MW), on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Aggies and Rams will lock horns in a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Wednesday's battle between USU and CSU will not be televised, but will be video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, in addition to aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
 

Jan. 14, 2014

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Colorado State (11-6, 2-2 MW) at Utah State (11-4, 1-2 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (11-4, 1-2 MW) men's basketball returns home to host Colorado State (11-6, 2-2 MW), on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Aggies and Rams will lock horns in a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Wednesday's battle between USU and CSU will not be televised, but will be video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, in addition to aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,511-1,036 (.593) in their 2,547 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are 1-2 in their inaugural season in the conference.

• Utah State head coach Stew Morrill and USU associate coach Tim Duryea both coached at CSU, with Morrill as head coach for the Rams from 1992-98, posting a 121-86 (.585) record there. Duryea, who is in his 13th season at USU, began his coaching career in 1988 at Colorado State, being on the Rams' bench for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons under head coach Boyd Grant.

• Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was head coach at Utah State from 1994-98, being replaced by Morrill from CSU after Eustachy left USU for Iowa State. Eustachy posted a 98-53 (.649) during his five seasons at USU.

• USU is 9-1 at home this season and has won 72 of its last 82 games (.878) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped 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 108 of its last 119 home games (.908).

• Utah State has won 91.0 percent of its home games (233-23) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 128-13 (.908) record at home against league competition. The Aggies have won 261 of their last 286 games (.913) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 527-116 (.820) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.

• Utah State is 2-1 so far this season and 76-28 (.731) during the last 14 years following a loss.

• Utah State and Colorado State will be meeting for the 88th time in school history, which is USU's fifth-oldest rivalry in school history. The Aggies and Rams, who also used to be known as Aggies, first met during the 1925-26 season, with USU winning, 39-23.

• While they haven't met since Dec. 5, 1998, Utah State and Colorado State will be facing off on the court for the 88th time in school history, with the Aggies owning a 52-35 advantage. CSU has won the last five meetings and six of the last seven. The Rams won the last meeting, 67-64, on Dec. 5, 1998, in USU head coach Stew Morrill's first season at the helm of the USU program after seven seasons at Colorado State, where he amassed a 121-86 (.585) record, including 3-0 against USU during his time with the Rams.

• Utah State is 93-32 (.750) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 55-6 (.902) record at home. This is USU's second game this season on a Wednesday, logging an 0-1 record so far, losing at Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 1. USU is 33-12 (.733) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. Wednesday's game is USU's first game played on Jan. 15 since 2011, and the Aggies are 10-6 (.625) all-time in known games played on Jan. 15.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and now with 1,175 career points, Medlin has climbed up to No. 24, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, passing Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics. Medlin enters Wednesday's game needing 25 points to become the 24th player in Aggie history with 1,200 points and 40 points for the No. 23 spot held by Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 1,215 points.

ON TAP
Utah State (11-4, 1-2 MW) men's basketball returns home to host Colorado State (11-6, 2-2 MW), on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Aggies and Rams will lock horns in a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Wednesday's battle between USU and CSU will not be televised, but will be video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, in addition to video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through the "GameTracker" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State returns to the road, heading to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. (MT) at BSU's Taco Bell Arena. The battle between the Aggies and Broncos will not be televised, but will be streamed on the Internet on ESPN3.com.

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, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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.

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.

ON TV
Wednesday's Aggies-Rams battle will not be televised.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Select 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.

LIVE STATS
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.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

The 2013-14 edition of Aggie men's basketball is veteran-led with four seniors returning in guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, guards Preston Medlin and TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw. A fifth senior, forward Sean Harris, is still recovering from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season, and his progress continues in the early going this season.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 11-4 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West Conference action, after the Aggies struggled shooting the ball and suffered a 62-54 loss at Nevada Saturday evening in Reno, Nev. Senior center Jarred Shaw led USU with 19 points, adding eight rebounds, but was the only player in double-figures. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied seven points and seven rebounds, as USU had a 48-35 rebounding edge, its ninth game this season with a double-digit rebounding advantage. Senior guard TeNale Roland dished out a season-high six assists, while USU was limited to a season-low 12 assists for the game. Utah State shot a season-low 31.3 percent (21-of-67) from the field, tying a season-low with only two three-pointers on the way to a season-low 12.5 percent (2-of-16) behind the arc. The Aggies shot 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) at the free throw line.

The Aggies have four players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 15.0 points per game, while Medlin and Butterfield both net 13.7 ppg each, and Kyle Davis adds 10.2 ppg. Davis leads the team with 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Shaw also averages 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Shaw is shooting 48.4 percent (60-of-124) from the field, as well as a team-best 87.2 percent (34-of-39) from the free throw line. Shaw was suspended for a violation of team rules and missed five games from 12/14/13 - 1/1/14, but was reinstated on Jan. 3 and returned to action against San José State on Jan. 4. Butterfield and Medlin are each shooting over 45 percent from three-point range and both shooting over 80 percent at the free throw line. Medlin is shooting 45.5 percent (35-of-77) behind the arc as part of 46.8 percent (64-of-142) overall field goal percentage, along with 80.8 percent (42-of-52) at the free throw line. Medlin is also averaging 3.9 assists per game with a 3.69 assist-turnover ratio. Butterfield is netting 45.2 percent (33-of-73) from distance as part of 46.8 percent (72-of-154) from the field, as well as 82.4 percent (28-of-34) at the charity stripe. Butterfield is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game, adding 2.7 assists per game. Kyle Davis is shooting 63.1 percent (53-of-84) from the field, along with 37-of-63 (58.7 percent) at the free throw line.

As a team, USU is averaging 75.2 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 48.0 percent (392-of-817), including 41.1 percent (109-of-265) from beyond the arc, as well as 74.1 percent (235-of-317) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 65.1 ppg, while holding them to 41.8 percent (342-of-818) field goal shooting, including just 30.3 percent (82-of-271) from three-point range, as well as 72.2 percent (210-of-291) at the charity stripe. USU has a +11.4 rebounding margin (38.7-27.3), while averaging 17.9 assists, 4.5 blocks and 3.5 steals per game, as well as committing 11.6 turnovers per contest.

SHARING THE SCORING LEAD
USU has had six different players lead or share the team lead in scoring in a game, after senior guard TeNale Roland led the Aggies in the scoring category for the first time this season with his career-high 20 points in the win over San José State on Jan. 4. Senior guard Preston Medlin has led the team in scoring a team-high six times, followed by five times by senior center Jarred Shaw and twice by senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield. Junior forward Danny Berger and sophomore forward Kyle Davis are joined by Roland in leading the team in scoring once each.

TOP REBOUNDER HONORS
The Aggies have had five different players lead or share the honor of top rebounder, with sophomore forward Kyle Davis have top honors in nine games, while senior center Jarred Shaw has led the team in rebounding in five games. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, has led in two games, while junior forward Danny Berger and freshman forward Jalen Moore have led in one game apiece.

DISHING THEM OUT
USU has had seven different players lead the team as the top assist man, with senior guard Preston Medlin leading the way with six games, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is close behind with five. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has led the team in three games, while junior forward Danny Berger, sophomore forward Kyle Davis, freshman forward Jalen Moore and senior guard TeNale Roland with one game each.

AGGIES LEADING MW OVERALL STATISTICS IN FOUR MAJOR CATEGORIES
USU leads the Mountain West Conference overall statistics in rebound margin (+11.8), three-point field goal percentage (.411), assists (17.9) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). The Aggies are also second in field goal percentage (.480) and free throw percentage (.741), as well as third in scoring defense (65.1), scoring margin (+10.1) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.303). Additionally, USU is fourth in rebounds (38.7), along with fifth in scoring (75.2) and blocks (4.5), as well as sixth in field goal percentage defense (.418) and 11th in steals (3.5).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is first in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (3.7), while ranking third in assists (3.9), sixth in three-point field goals made (2.3), eighth in free throw percentage (.808) and tied for 18th in scoring (13.7), tying with teammate senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, who also is eighth in three-point field goals made (2.2) and 14th in rebounds (6.5). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (1.7) and eighth in rebounds (8.9). Fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is third in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.9) and eighth in assists (3.3).

USU FIRST IN TWO DIFFERENT MW ONLY STATISTICS CATEGORIES
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are first in rebounding margin (+9.3) and assists (18.3), as well as ranking second in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.386). USU is also fourth in scoring margin (+3.3), along with fifth in scoring (70.7), scoring defense (67.3), free throw percentage (.735) and field goal percentage (.433). Additionally, the Aggies are tied for sixth in blocks (4.0), seventh in steals (4.7) and ninth in both field goal percentage defense (.447) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.377).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is third in the league in assists (4.3), tied for second in assist-turnover ratio (4.3) and 17th in scoring (13.3). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is tied for 10th in three-point field goals made (2.0).

Senior guard TeNale Roland is first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.571) and also leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (12.0), along with tied for fifth in three-pointers made (2.7). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is fifth in blocks (2.3) and sixth in rebounds (10.7), while fellow sophomore, guard Marcel Davis is tied for sixth in both assists (3.7) and steals (1.7), as well as eighth in assist-turnover ratio (2.8).

UTAH STATE TOPS IN MOUNTAIN WEST IN REBOUNDING
In addition to leading the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+11.4), USU is first in defensive rebounding percentage, collecting 393 defensive rebounds, while their opponents have just 124 offensive rebounds, for a 76.0 defensive rebounding percentage. The Aggies are also first in offensive rebounding percentage, gathering 187 offensive rebounds while their opposition has 285 defensive rebounds, for a 39.6 offensive rebounding percentage.

USU IN TOP 25 OF FOUR DIFFERENT NCAA STATISTICS
Through the NCAA statistics released on Jan. 13, the Aggies are ranked in the top 10 of two NCAA statistical categories as part of four in the top 25.

USU is fifth in the country in both rebounding margin (+11.4) and assists per game (17.9), as well as 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.411) and 16th in assist-turnover ratio (1.55). The Aggies are also 36th in free throw percentage (.741), 38th in field goal percentage (.480), 46th in scoring defense (65.1), 47th in scoring margin (10.1) and 56th in won-lost percentage (.733).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is sixth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.69), while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 32nd in assist-turnover ratio (2.94). Medlin also is 97th in three-point field goals per game (2.33). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is 54th in the nation in double-doubles with five, and 59th in rebounding (8.9).

SCOUTING COLORADO STATE
The Rams are 11-6 overall and 2-2 in MW action. CSU is on a win-two, lose-two, win-two, pattern over its last six games, most recently winning at San José State, 66-64, on Jan. 8 and beating Fresno State, 76-57, at home on Jan. 11, boosted by 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from three-point range, out-rebounding the Bulldogs, 43-27. Four Rams posted double-figure points, led by 19 points apiece by junior guards Daniel Bejarano and Jon Octeus with 19 points apiece while junior forward J.J. Avila logged a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds, adding six assists and two steals. Bejarano added four assists, three steals and one block.

Avila leads CSU and ranks fourth in the MW in scoring with 18.6 points per game, ranking third in the league in field goal percentage (.507), along with ranking ninth in the league in rebounding at 7.5 rpg, as well as sixth in assists (3.5). Bejarano is 11th in the league in scoring (15.4), sixth in rebounding (9.1), seventh in free throw percentage (.811), ninth in steals (1.3) and 10th in assists (3.2), while ranking seventh in minutes (34.3).

In MW only stats, Bejarano is third in scoring (20.3), tied for second in three-point field goals made (3.3), fourth in three-point percentage (.464), 12th in rebounding (7.5), sixth in free throw percentage (.857) and tied for eighth in steals (1.5). Avila is 12th in scoring (15.8), tied for fourth in rebounding (11.0).

As a team, the Rams are second in the MW overall statistics in scoring (77.5), while ranking sixth in scoring defense (.69.8), to rank fifth in scoring margin (+7.7). CSU also is fourth in free throw percentage (.730), eighth in field goal percentage (.447), 10th in field goal percentage defense (.44), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.344), 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.363), fifth in rebounding (38.5), fourth in rebounding margin (+5.7), 10th in blocked shots (3.1), fifth in assists (13.7), fifth in steals (5.6) and third in turnover margin (+3.1).

In MW only stats, the Rams are sixth in both scoring offense (69.0) and scoring defense (68.0), to rank tied for fifth in scoring margin (+1.0). Colorado State is also fourth in free throw percentage (.7370, seventh in field goal percentage (.408), fifth in field goal percentage defense (.431), first in three-point field goal percentage (.393), seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.365), seventh in rebounding (36.0), seventh in rebound margin (+0.2), 11th in blocked shots (1.5), ninth in assists (10.3), sixth in steals (4.8) and fourth in turnover margin (+2.2).

UTAH STATE VS. COLORADO STATE RIVALRY IS FIFTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Colorado State will be meeting for the 88th time in school history, which is USU's fifth-oldest rivalry in school history. The Aggies and Rams, who also used to be known as Aggies, first met during the 1925-26 season, with USU winning, 39-23.

UTAH STATE-COLORADO STATE SERIES
While they haven't met since Dec. 5, 1998, Utah State and Colorado State will be facing off on the court for the 88th time in school history, with the Aggies owning a 52-35 advantage. CSU has won the last five meetings and six of the last seven. The Rams won the last meeting, 67-64, on Dec. 5, 1998, in USU head coach Stew Morrill's first season at the helm of the USU program after seven seasons at Colorado State, where he amassed a 121-86 (.585) record, including 3-0 against USU during his time with the Rams.

COACHING CONNECTIONS COLLECTION
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill and USU associate coach Tim Duryea both coached at CSU, with Morrill as head coach for the Rams from 1992-98, posting a 121-86 (.585) record there. Morrill guided CSU to two of its eight all-time 20-win seasons and won at least 17 games five times in his seven years. In fact, Morrill-led CSU teams own three of the top nine winning seasons in school history. During his tenure at Colorado State, he coached three first-team all-WAC selections, one second-team pick and six honorable mention choices. Three of his players were named to the WAC all-tournament team.

Duryea, who is in his 13th season at USU, began his coaching career in 1988 at Colorado State, being on the Rams' bench for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons under head coach Boyd Grant.

CSU head coach Larry Eustachy was head coach at Utah State from 1994-98, being replaced by Morrill. Eustachy posted a 98-53 (.649) during his five seasons at USU, guiding the Aggies to three Big West Conference regular-season titles (1995, 1997, 1998), one Big West Tournament Championships in 1998, with one NCAA Tournament appearance in the 1997-98 season, USU's first NCAA Tournament trip in 10 years, and one NIT appearance in 1995.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE CENTENNIAL STATE
Utah State is 134-95 (.585) against teams from the state of Colorado, as the Aggies are 10-3 versus Air Force, 2-0 against Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5-18 versus Colorado, 3-0 against Colorado College, 52-35 versus Colorado State, 54-37 against Denver, 2-0 versus Denver Athletic Club, 1-0 against Mesa State, 3-2 versus Regis and 2-0 against Western State.

LAST MEETING VERSUS COLORADO STATE - DEC. 5, 1998
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State had its 29-game homecourt winning streak, the third-longest in the nation at the time, stopped with a 64-61 loss to Colorado State on Dec. 5, 1998. The 29-game home winning streak had started after a home loss to the same Colorado State team, losing 62-59 on Dec. 14, 1996. USU then reeled off a then-school-record 29-straight wins on its home floor, 24 under Larry Eustachy and four with Stew Morrill at the helm, who was in his first year as head coach of the USU program after seven years, including coaching in the 1996 CSU win over USU. The 1998 loss was USU's first of the season, snapping the Aggies' five-game win streak to open the season, USU's best start since 1969-70. Six different Rams scored nine or more points, and CSU forward Ceedric Goodwin led all scorers with 14 points. The 6-foot-8 junior tallied 10 of those points in the second half as the Rams shot 65 percent from the field as a team after shooting just 35 percent in the first half. The Aggies did likewise, improving their shooting percentage from 33 percent to 58 percent following halftime. Four Aggies scored in double-figures, paced by Donnie Johnson's double-double of 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Troy Rolle added 13 points, while Tyrone Allick had 10 points, 10 assists and just one turnover, and Tony Brown added 10 points. USU shot just 44.4 percent from the field, and allowed CSU to shoot a season-best against the Aggies at 49.0 percent. USU led 6-1 early, but went scoreless for more than seven minutes and found itself trailing 13-8 with 9:16 in the first half and the Aggies never led the rest of the way. CSU built up a nine-point lead at 46-37 and led 59-52 with 4:23 left in the game following a tough baseline jumper by Goodwin before the Aggies made a run at the Rams over the final four minutes. Rolle was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Palacio and sunk all three free throws to cut the deficit to 59-55, and Brown drained two charity shots of his own about a minute later to pull the hosts to within two points. Rolle then came up with a steal against McKanstry, tossed it ahead to AIlick and watched as Allick blew past a frozen Palacio in the lane for a game-tying layup, capping USU's 7-0 run to tie the game at 59 with 2:20 left. After CSU's Milt Palacio dropped in two free throws to put the Rams up 64-61, USU had 11 seconds to work with but Allick's last-second three-point attempt was off the mark.

THEN AND NOW, SHAWN HARRIS AND Sean Harris
On Wednesday, just like in the last meeting between Utah State and Colorado State on Dec. 5, 1998, there will be someone named Sean Harris, as in the 1998 game, Colorado State had a Shawn Harris on its roster, while this season, Utah State has a Sean Harris on its roster, in the Aggies' senior forward.

LAST MEETING VS. COLORADO STATE AT FORT COLLINS - JAN. 3, 1998
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Utah State had a four-game winning streak stopped with a 68-59 loss at Colorado State on Jan. 3, 1998. After trailing, 34-21, at halftime, USU outscored the Rams, 23-9, to open the second half and take a 44-43 lead at the 10:34 mark. However, CSU went on a 13-0 run to regain the lead and go on to victory. Marcus Saxon led USU with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Kevin Rice and Pharoah Davis each chipped in 12 points and Justin Jones added 11. Donne Johnson was the game's leading rebounder with 11. USU limited CSU to just 41.1 percent shooting and out-rebounded the taller Rams, 36-35, but the Aggies managed just 40.0 percent shooting and made just nine trips to the free throw line, while committing 16 turnovers. USU's bench also chipped in just two points, scoring by Brandon Birch, while CSU's reserves netted 13 points.

A LOOK BACK AT THE NEVADA GAME
RENO, Nev. - Utah State's men's basketball struggled shooting the ball and suffered a 62-54 loss at Nevada Saturday evening at the Lawlor Events Center. USU is 11-4 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West play, while Nevada remains atop the league standings with a 4-0 conference mark, improving to 9-8 overall. Senior center Jarred Shaw led USU with 19 points, adding eight rebounds, but was the only player in double-figures. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied seven points and seven rebounds, as USU had a 48-35 rebounding edge, its ninth game this season with a double-digit rebounding advantage. Senior guard TeNale Roland dished out a season-high six assists, while USU was limited to a season-low 12 assists for the game. Nevada was led by 16 points by Cole Huff, followed by Deonte Burton with 14, as the USU defense held him to eight points below his MW leading 22.3 points per game average. CJ West added 11 points, while Jerry Evans, Jr., snared eight rebounds and West pulled down seven boards. Utah State shot a season-low 31.3 percent (21-of-67) from the field, tying a season-low with only two three-pointers on the way to a season-low 12.5 percent (2-of-16) behind the arc. The Aggies shot 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) at the free throw line. Nevada made 41.8 percent (23-of-55) of its field goals, making 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range and the Wolf Pack were 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the charity stripe. USU took a 6-4 lead after a pair of free throws by Shaw at 17:18, but then Nevada went on an 8-0 run that Roland broke with a three-pointer from the left wing at the 10:41 mark to pull USU within 12-9. However, the Wolf Pack pulled away and later opened a 27-19 lead with 4:44 to go after a dunk by Michael Perez, but the Aggies then went on a 9-0 run. The spurt started with a Butterfield trey, then four-straight points by Shaw before Davis capped it with a jumper at the 1:45 mark to give USU a 28-27 lead. It was a short-lived lead and was the Aggies' last of the night, as Nevada scored on its ensuing possession and Burton hit a triple with 43 seconds left to give the Wolf Pack a 32-28 lead at halftime. With the loss, USU is now 1-3 this season when trailing at halftime. Nevada opened the second half with a 13-2 run to open a 45-30 lead, as West capped the run with a layup at 14:26. The Aggies cut the gap to 47-37 after a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Marcel Davis at the 10:35 mark, but the Wolf Pack scored four unanswered. USU again rallied and dropped the deficit to 52-44 with 6:56 to go after back-to-back buckets by senior guard Preston Medlin, and the Aggies got within 56-50 with 4:09 left following a Butterfield layup, but couldn't get any closer down the stretch to suffer the defeat..

POST-GAME NOTES FROM NEVADA GAME
TEAM NOTES
• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are now 1-2 in MW play and 11-4 overall.

• USU is now 1-3 this season when trailing at halftime, falling to 48-87 when trailing at intermission under head coach Stew Morrill.

• The Aggies are 9-3 this season when out-rebounding the opponents... Of the last 39 games that USU has out-rebounding its opponents, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 25 times, including nine total times this season and six of the last eight games... USU is now 20-5 during those 25 games with double-digit rebounding edge.

• USU is 2-2 on the road this season and Utah State has won 30 of its last 50 road games and is 108-88 in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Utah State and Nevada played for the 47th time in what is the 18th-oldest rivalry in school history. The Aggies own a 31-16 advantage, which includes a 13-12 road record. Overall, Nevada has won the last three meetings in the series after USU had won the previous five match-ups.

• Utah State is 34-41 overall against teams from the state of Nevada, posting a 31-16 record against Nevada, as well as 3-27 against UNLV. The Aggies are 29-37 overall on Nevada soil, registering a 13-5 neutral record in Reno, 13-12 at Nevada, 2-5 neutral court record in Las Vegas and 1-14 at UNLV.

• Utah State is now 22-16 all-time in the Lawlor Events Center.

• Utah State is 93-32 during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 37-25 road record. Tonight was USU's ninth game on a Saturday, its most-played on day of the week so far this season, posting a 6-3 mark on the date. The Aggies' loss Saturday night snapped a five-game win streak on the date for USU, improving to 11-6 in known games played on the 11th day of the first month of the calendar year.

• USU's 28 points in the first half and its 34.5 percent field goal shooting were both its lowest in the first half this season... Both are the Aggies' fewest since March 2, 2013 at UT Arlington when USU had 22 points on 29.6 percent field goal shooting.

• The Aggies' 54 points and 31.3 percent were season-lows... Both are also USU's fewest since March 2, 2013 at UT Arlington when the Aggies finished with 46 points and 30.4 percent field goal shooting.

• USU is now 26-51 under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring less than 60 points.

• Utah State's two three-pointers made Saturday night tied its season-low, matching two makes at Weber State (11/26/13).

• The Aggies' 12.5 percent behind the arc is a season-low and lowest since 8.3 percent (1-of-12) in 2010-11 season-opener at Weber State on Nov. 13, 2010.

PLAYER NOTES
• Senior center Jarred Shaw has now scored in double-digits in eight games this season, after his streak of five in a row was halted with only 6 against SJSU... Shaw now has 34 double-digit scoring games in his career.

• It was the fifth time this season that Shaw has led USU in scoring.

• With eight rebounds Saturday, Shaw has snared seven or more boards in each of his last five games.

• Sophomore forward Kyle Davis led the Aggies in rebounding a team-high ninth time with nine rebounds Saturday... While Davis had his streak of double-figure rebounding totals snapped at three in a row, it was his 10th game in a row with six or more rebounds.

• Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has snared four or more rebounds in 14 of 15 games with his seven boards Saturday.

• Senior guard TeNale Roland had a season-high six assists Saturday, his fifth game in a row with three or more helpers and ninth game this season.

UTAH STATE AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State has a combined 252-177 (.588) record against current Mountain West Conference teams. The Aggies have a winning record against eight of the 10 other teams, ironically the first eight of the alphabetical list, while trailing to the bottom two teams on the list, UNLV and Wyoming. USU has posted a 10-3 (.769) mark against Air Force, 28-8 (.778) record against Boise State, 52-35 (.598) ledger versus Colorado State, 31-20 (.608) record versus Fresno State, 31-16 (.660) record against Nevada, 19-4 (.826) mark versus New Mexico, 3-0 (1.000) against San Diego State, 52-21 (.712) versus San José State, 3-27 (.100) ledger against UNLV and 23-43 (.348) against Wyoming.

USU IN JANUARY
Utah State is 93-32 (.750) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 55-6 (.902) record at home. This is USU's second game this season on a Wednesday, logging an 0-1 record so far, losing at Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 1. USU is 33-12 (.733) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. Wednesday's game is USU's first game played on Jan. 15 since 2011, and the Aggies are 10-6 (.625) all-time in known games played on Jan. 15.

ASSISTING AGGIES
According to BasketballState.com, Utah State currently leads the nation in percentage of baskets assisted at 68.8 percent.

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DISHING `EM OUT
USU is averaging 17.9 assists per game, ranking first in the Mountain West and fifth in the NCAA. The Aggies have six games with 20 or more assists, including four of the last five game, having a streak of four in a row halted with a season-low 14 helpers in the loss at Nevada on Jan. 11. USU is 5-1 when dishing out 20 or more assists, as well as 9-3 overall when having more assists than the opposition.

NO THREES FOR YOU
Utah State limited Troy to just 2-of-19 from three-point range for just 10.5 percent on Dec. 21, the fewest three-point percentage since holding Seattle to just 10.0 percent (2-20) last season on Feb. 2 in Seattle. The two three-pointers is tied for the fewest allowed by the USU defense this season, matching the two made by BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12).

Utah State has limited the opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from three-point range in 11 of the 15 games, including the first seven games before Pacific broke through with a 45.5 percent (5-of-11) three-point percentage on Dec. 7, a season-high for a USU opponent and then UCSB on Dec. 20 with 42.9 percent (9-of-21) and San José State on Jan. 4 at 42.9 percent (15-of-35). SJSU also had a season-high 15 three-pointers on Jan. 4.

The Aggies also held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24), Southern Utah (11/12) was limited to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), as was Western Illinois (12/19) to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), Utah Valley was held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16) and UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU). San Diego Christian netted 34.6 percent (9-of-26) on Dec. 28. The Aggies held Nevada to 27.8 percent (5-of-18) on Jan. 11.

USU is currently third in the Mountain West and 11th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.303).

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 243 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.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU is 9-2 this season when netting 70 or more points. The Aggies won their first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, but then bouncing back to beat Utah Valley, 71-60, on Nov. 14, and then UC Santa Barbara, Troy and San Diego Christian. USU went 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 101 of its last 109 games (.927), when reaching 70 points and is 243-33 (.880) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-51 (.338) 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 after going 7-1 last season and has won 124 of its last 130 games (.954) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 189-16 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
The Aggies have led at halftime in 11 of its 14 games this season and is 10-1 this season when leading at intermission. USU's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' lone loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 94 of its last 97 games (.969) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 301-26 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is now 1-3 this season when trailing at the break, rallying from down at intermission to win at Weber State (11/26), while falling at home to Pacific (12/7), at Air Force (1/1) and at Nevada (1/11) after being behind at the break. USU is 48-87 (.356) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 362-120 (.751) during the last 14 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 MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU's 77-71 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20 was the Aggies' first extra session game this season and USU was 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won eight of its last 10 extra session games and Utah State is 55-41 (.573) all-time in overtime games.

80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better once so far in three games this season, making 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. Last season, USU was 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe in 10 games, going 7-3 when doing so. The Aggies shot over 80 percent in three of their last four regular-season games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on March 9 against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
Utah State has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. USU has out-rebounded its opponent in 11 of the 15 games so far this season, and the Aggies are 9-3 when having more rebounds than the opposition.

After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies have bounced back to have a positive rebounding edge in the next 10 games, before getting out-rebounded in the blowout win over Troy on Dec. 21 (30-29), but then dominating the glass in the win over San Diego Christian (56-17). The Aggies were out-rebounded by Air Force, 30-26, on Jan. 1, for their largest margin getting out-rebounded this season, before bouncing back with a +20 rebounding advantage (42-22) against San José State on Jan. 4 and a +13 (48-35) at Nevada on Jan. 11.

USU doubled-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, a +1 (39-38) against BYU and a +2 (33-31) edge versus Pacific, then posted a +18 (39-21) against Utah Valley and +16 (34-18) against Western Illinois and a +11 (40-29) advantage over UC Santa Barbara.

The17 rebounds by San Diego Christian are a season-low for a USU opponent and the fewest since last season when Idaho had 16 on Jan. 13, 2013. USU's +39 rebounding advantage against San Diego Christian was its largest since +48 against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 (65-17).

Utah State is currently first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+11.4), as well as fifth in the NCAA stats as of Jan. 13.

Last year, USU finished the season ranked third in the NCAA and tops in the WAC for rebounding margin at +9.1. The Aggies' rebounding margin was helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, going 7-8 over those 15 games. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent.

USU's REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State snared a season-high 56 rebounds in the win over San Diego Christian, out-rebounding SDCC, 56-17, for a +39 rebounding advantage. Both the 56 rebounds and +39 rebounding advantage are the Aggies' largest since they had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 and the largest rebounding advantage since +48 in the same game against Chaminade (65-17).

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 39 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 25 times, including nine total times this season including six of the last eight games. Utah State is 20-5 (.800) during those 25 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 10-1 when leading at halftime; 1-3 when trailing at halftime; 10-1 when shooting better from the field; 1-3 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 8-1 when shooting better from three-point range; 3-3 when shooting worse from three-point range; 5-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 6-2 when shooting worse from the charity stripe than the opponent; 9-3 when out-rebounding the opponent; 2-1 when getting out-rebounded; 6-1 when blocking more shots; 4-1 when blocking fewer shots; 1-2 when blocking the same number of shots; 9-4 when dishing out more assists; 2-0 when having fewer assists; 2-1 when having more steals; 7-3 when having fewer steals; 2-0 when swiping the same amount of steals and 7-2 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench while 4-2 when bench is out-scored by the opposition's bench.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,175 career points and climbed to No. 24 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 90 career games, to nearly match his jersey number with a 13.1 career points per game average. Medlin became 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 now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008- 11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin has climbed up to No. 24, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, passing Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics. Medlin enters Saturday's game needing 25 points to become the 24th player in Aggie history with 1,200 points and 40 points for the No. 23 spot held by Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 1,215 points.

MEDLIN AND BUTTERFIELD AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield are making their marks in the USU three-point shooting record books. Medlin is currently No. 7 on USU's career three-pointers made list with 178, while Butterfield has 81 career three-pointers, needing 31 to crack the top 11. Butterfield is shooting 43.5 percent (81-of-186) from three-point range, ranking No. 5 on USU's career three-point percentage list, while Medlin is shooting 42.1 percent from three-point range (178-of-423) during his Utah State career to rank sixth 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 178 passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the seventh player with 400 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 6 with 423.

BUTTERING UP THE STAT SHEET
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored in double-figures in 12 of the Aggies' 15 games, including netting a career-high 31 points in USU's 77-71 OT win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, at one point scoring seven of USU's points in a row. Butterfield's 31 points are the most points scored by an Aggie since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012.

Butterfield's scoring in double-figures 12 times this year is part of 30 times in his career. His 31 points against UCSB was also the second time this year and fifth time in his career he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Butterfield added a season-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and eighth of his career. He also has eight career double-figure rebounding games.

SHAW BLOCKING WAY UP CAREER LISTS
Senior center Jarred Shaw is closing in on the USU career blocked shots lists, as he currently has 43 blocked shots in 41 career games, for a 1.05 blocks per game average. Shaw needs seven more rejections to crack the top 15 of the Aggies' career total blocks list and his 1.05 bpg average ranks tied for fifth on USU's career blocks per game average.

DAVIS ON SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKED SHOTS LISTS
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is closing in on the Aggies' single-season blocked shots list, as he has 24 blocks so far this season. Davis also has climbed his way into the USU single-season blocks per game average, as his current average of 1.7 blocks per game is tied for third.

DAVIS AND DAVIS BOARDING AND DISHING FOR AGGIES
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis has recorded double-digit rebounding outings in three of the last four games as part of five of last six. In all, he has six double-figure rebounding games this season, which have come in last 10 games. Headlining those numbers is a career-high 15 boards as part of a double-double with 15 points in USU's win over San Diego Christian. He has five double-doubles, as the UC Santa Barbara game was the first time this season that he did not get log a double-double with double-figure rebounds, as he was limited to four points while snaring 10 rebounds, adding 11 points and 11 rebounds at Air Force, then 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over San José State.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Marcel Davis tied his career-high with eight assists vs. UCSB, and followed that up with six assists at Air Force, which all came in the first four minutes on USU's first six baskets of the half. He has distributed at least five assists in four games this season and 13 in his career.

BENCH TORCHES NETS
USU's bench had a 45-9 bench-points scoring advantage in the Troy game on Dec. 21. It was a season-high scoring outing for the Aggies' bench, and the fourth time this season that the USU reserves had scored more than 20 points.

The 45 bench points was USU's most since scoring 48 against Montana Wester on Feb. 16, 2011, a span of 86 games.

Overall, the Aggies' bench has netted 20 or more points a total of seven times, with 32 vs. Southern Utah (11/12), 24 vs. Mississippi State (11/23), 23 vs. Pacific (12/7), 45 against Troy (12/21), 21 vs. San Diego Christian (12/28), 24 against Air Force (1/1) and 34 vs. San José State (1/4).

FOLLOWING A LOSS
USU's losses to BYU on Nov. 30 and Pacific on Dec. 7 were the Aggies' first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. After the loss at Air Force on Jan. 1, followed by the win over San José State on Jan. 4, the Aggies are 2-1 this season and 76-29 (.724) during the last 14 years following a loss.

AGGIES FACED FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State faced four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. USU's wrapped up their games against a fellow Beehive State opponent with Utah Valley on Dec. 14, earning a 71-60 victory.

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of six newcomers, with one sophomore and five freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The five freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU'S Danny Berger CANDIDATE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Danny Berger is a candidate for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday the candidate list with 118 men's basketball student-athletes on it. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Of the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, 75 are from NCAA Division I, and Berger is the lone Mountain West Conference player as well as one of two players from the state of Utah, joined by BYU's Tyler Haws.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore. Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON DEC. 23
USU senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 23 for the week of Dec. 15-22. Butterfield (Loomis, Calif.) was named the Tournament MVP of the Basketball Travelers Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, leading USU to a 3-0 record on the weekend, beating Western Illinois, 68-52, on Dec. 19, then rallying to beat UC Santa Barbara, 77-71 in OT on Dec. 20, and then capping the weekend with a 71-50 win over Troy on Dec. 21. In what ended up being the game for the Classic championship against UC Santa Barbara, Butterfield netted a career-high 31 points, tallying 24 points after halftime. He spearheaded USU's rally from down, 60-52, with four minutes left in regulation to force overtime, as he had seven-straight points on a pair of free throws, then a three-pointer and capped by a steal and layup to tie the game at 62-all with 1:44 left. Butterfield then scored seven of USU's 12 points in OT on a three-pointer, a layup and two more free throws to secure the victory. Butterfield's 31 points were the most by an Aggie player since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. With his season-high 10 rebounds, Butterfield collected his first double-double of the season and his eighth of his career. He added three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of play. In the win over WIU, Butterfield posted 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes of play. In the victory over Troy, he capped off the weekend with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. For the week, Butterfield averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range as part of 55.2 percent (16-of-29) field goal shooting, along with 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships 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 run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 377-133 (.739) at USU.

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.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)

Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montgomery (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.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

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 the 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).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 595-271 (.687) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 479-254 (.653) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 439-275 (.615) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 123-66 (.651) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force		 14-3
vs. Boise State		 24-10
vs. Colorado State	  1-2
vs. Fresno State	 16-12
vs. Nevada		 21-15
vs. New Mexico	 	  3-9
vs. San Diego State	 11-2
vs. San José State	 23-1
vs. UNLV		  3-2
vs. Wyoming		 7-10
Total		       123-66 - 189 games / .651

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