Utah State Opens Weekend Road Trip At New Mexico State Thursday
With a three-game homestand complete, Utah State men's basketball hits the road for a pair of games, opening at Las Cruces, N.M., against New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Tip-off from NMSU's Pan American Center (8,994) is slated for 7 p.m. (MT). The Western Athletic Conference clash of the Aggies will be televised 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 through ESPN3.com.

 
With a three-game homestand complete, Utah State men's basketball hits the road for a pair of games, opening at Las Cruces, N.M., against New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Tip-off from NMSU's Pan American Center (8,994) is slated for 7 p.m. (MT). The Western Athletic Conference clash of the Aggies will be televised 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 through ESPN3.com.
 
 

Jan. 15, 2013

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Utah State (14-1, 5-0 WAC) at New Mexico State (10-8, 4-2 WAC)
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Las Cruces, N.M.
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The Last Meeting
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February 11, 2012
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Utah State Loses Nationally Televised Game To New Mexico State, 80-69, Saturday Afternoon
Wendell McKines had 20 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico State used a 15-3 run over the final 4:07 of the game in posting an 80-69 road win at Utah State Saturday afternoon in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• With a three-game homestand complete, Utah State men's basketball hits the road for a pair of games, opening at Las Cruces, N.M., against New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Tip-off from NMSU's Pan American Center (8,994) is slated for 7 p.m. (MT). The Western Athletic Conference clash of the Aggies will be televised 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 through ESPN3.com.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,493-1,023 (.593) in its 2,516 games played.

• Utah State is on a 13-game win streak, which is the second-longest in the country among NCAA Division I behind Kansas's 14-game win streak, and USU's 14-1 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 13-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, is the sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.

• Utah State will also be aiming to improve to 6-0 in WAC play 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 Thursday would give USU its third 6-0 WAC beginning in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2008-09 in addition to 2010-11.

• USU is 4-0 on the road this season and has won its last six road games as part of 25 of its last 38 road games (.658) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 103-81 (.560) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 72-45 (.615) record against conference opponents and a 35-22 (.614) mark against WAC teams. Monday is USU's fifth road game of the season, after playing at Santa Clara on Nov. 28 (W, 80-78 OT), at Utah Valley on Dec. 15 (W, 69-63), at UTSA on Saturday, Dec. 29 (W, 71-67) and at Texas State on Monday, Dec. 31 (W, 81-57). The Aggies' average a +9.0 winning margin in their four road victories this season.

• Utah State has won 42 of its last 49 WAC games (.857) and is 68-15 (.819) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-27 (.765) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 3-0 this season and 91-26 (.778) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 37-22 (.627) road record. The Aggies are 2-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 89-20 (.817) in games played on Thursday under Morrill. USU is also 12-1 (.923) all-time in known games played on Jan. 17, winning its last four on the date.

THIS WEEK
After wrapping up a three-game homestand, Utah State now hits the road for a pair of key Western Athletic Conference games, playing at Las Cruces, N.M., against New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (MT) at NMSU's Pan American Center (8,994) in an all-Aggie clash. Thursday's game will be televised live on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22; Dish Network Ch. 12; DirecTV Ch. 12; Over-the-Air 2.2 in Cache Valley) as well as ESPN GamePlan (Comcast Ch. 422; Dish Network Ch. 456) and then re-airing tape delay on several different channels in the following days - check local listings for more information. Jeff Matthews will be the play-by-play announcer while Glen Cerny will provide color commentary.

USU then heads to Denver to take on the Pioneers of Denver on Saturday, Jan. 19 at DU's Magness Arena (7,200) in a game that will be televised on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/Ch. 693 HD; Dish Network Ch. 414; DirecTV Ch. 683 in Cache Valley) and also re-airing tape delay on several different channels in the following days - check local listings for more information. Marc Stout will handle play-by-play duties, with color commentary from Greg Lackey and Jenny Cavnar will be the sideline reporter.

Both Thursday and Saturday's game 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 "Live Stats" links on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
After Thursday's game at New Mexico State, USU then plays at Denver on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then return home to host UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 26, respectively.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

Thursday's Utah State game will be aired in Salt Lake City on KZNS (97.5 FM) while Saturday's 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.

ON TV
Thursday's game will be televised live on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22; Dish Network Ch. 12; DirecTV Ch. 12; Over-the-Air 2.2 in Cache Valley) as well as ESPN GamePlan (Comcast Ch. 422; Dish Network Ch. 456) and then re-airing tape delay on several different channels in the following days - check local listings for more information. Jeff Matthews will be the play-by-play announcer while Glen Cerny will provide color commentary.

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.

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. Thursday's game is also on ESPN3.com.

BEING SOCIAL
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 88-27 (.765) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 42 of its last 49 WAC games (.857) and is 68-15 (.819) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 14-1 to open the season for just the third time in school history, winning its 13th-consecutive game with a 66-60 win over San Jose State on Friday, improving to 5-0 in WAC play for the second time in the last three years. Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, topping the 20-point mark for the fifth time in the last seven games, hitting a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. Utah State took the lead for good in the final minute of the first half and led the entire second stanza, leading by as much as 10 and kept SJSU at bay by making all six of its free throws in the final 1:14 to post the 66-60 win.

USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 16.4 points per game, also leading the team with 3.3 assists per game, adding 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Medlin also tops the team in three-pointers made, netting 31 three-pointers this season, shooting 31-of-78 (39.7 percent) behind the arc, netting 46.6 percent (76-of-163) from the field in addition to 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in Friday's win over San Jose State. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career 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. Medlin also added five assists in the game.

Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 12.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, adding 1.3 blocks per game as well. Shaw registered his second-straight double-double and sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's game against SJSU. He now has at least seven rebounds in 11 games this season, including six double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also is shooting 53.5 percent (74-of-144) from the field in addition to 70.6 percent (36-of-51) at the free throw line.

Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 12.5 ppg, pulling down 6.8 rpg as well to go with 1.9 blocks per game. Reed posted 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and tied a career-high with four blocked shots in Friday's victory over San Jose State. In addition to leading the team in blocked shots, Reed also tops the team in field goal percentage, shooting at a 59.6 percent (68-of-114) clip from the field.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 9.6 ppg, logging 13 points and five rebounds in Friday's game for his seventh double-digit scoring outing in the last nine games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 110 points in nine games as a starter, averaging 12.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 20 made three-pointers (20-of-46), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.5 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.9 ppg on the season, making 55.1 percent (38-of-69) of his field goals, as well as 38.5 percent (10-of-26) 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 21 (5.3 pg) in the last four games, including four against San Jose State.

AGGIE MEN'S BASKETBALL RECEIVING VOTES IN BOTH AP AND USA TODAY/COACHES POLLS
Utah State men's basketball is among others receiving votes in both this week's Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls. It is the second-straight week that the Aggies have received votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and the first time this season to receive votes in the AP Poll.

With a 14-1 record, USU is one of 12 teams in NCAA Division I with only one loss, as there are no undefeated teams in the country anymore. The Aggies' 13-game winning streak is currently the second-longest in the country behind Kansas's 14-game win streak.

After receiving one vote in last week's USA Today/Coaches Poll, USU received two votes this week, one of three teams to receive two votes each to tie for 36th, joining Boise State (13-2) and Bucknell (14-3). In the AP Poll, USU is one of three teams to receive one vote each to tie for No. 37, along with Baylor (11-4) and Wyoming (14-1). Louisville (15-1) is No. 1 in both polls.

USU Men's Basketball Ranked Among National Leaders In NCAA Statistics
Utah State men's basketball is currently ranked among the national leaders in the NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday, highlighted by owning the nation's second-longest winning streak at 13 in a row.

USU is ranked among the top 15 in the nation in three categories, as the Aggies are currently tied for ninth for won-lost percentage at 93.3 with its 14-1 record. Utah State also is 12th in field goal percentage (.496) as well as 15th for rebounding margin (+8.7). USU is also in the top 40 in three other categories, ranking 22nd in assist-turnover ratio (1.34) as well as 26th in assists per game (16.4) and 40th for three-point field goal percentage (.377).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 59th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.535). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 59.6 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 13th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game. Shaw also is 62nd in the nation in rebounding (8.7) and 31st in the country in double-doubles (6.0). Freshman guard Marcel Davis is 61st in the country in assist-turnover ratio (2.35).

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 (73.3 ppg), scoring margin (+9.1), field goal percentage (.496), three-point field goal percentage (.377), rebounding margin (+9.2), assists (16.40) and assist/TO ratio (1.34).

USU is also third in the league in free throw percentage (.700), scoring defense (63.5) and blocks (4.47), fifth in field goal percentage defense (.411), sixth in rebounds (37.1), seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.334) and ninth in steals (5.47).

AGGIES TOP THREE WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
USU leads the WAC in conference only games in three lists, topping the league in scoring (75.0 ppg), field goal percentage (.485) and assist/turnover ratio (1.43).

The Aggies are also second in scoring margin (+10.0) and assists (15.2), while ranking third in rebounding margin (+3.0) and blocks (4.40), as well as fourth in free throw percentage (.703), fifth in scoring defense (65.0), field goal percentage defense (.413) and three-point field goal percentage (.361); sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.327) and rebounds (36.2) and eighth in steals (5.80).

MEDLIN AND DAVIS TOP WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard Preston Medlin currently leads the league in scoring in WAC only games, netting 22.0 ppg in conference action, as well as leading the league in overall free throw percentage (.818), in addition to leading the WAC in minutes played, both overall (36.07) and conference only (38.00). Medlin also is second in league only games for both free throw percentage (.816) and three-pointers made (3.00)

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is tops in the league for WAC only games in assists (5.00) as well as leading the league in overall assist/turnover ratio (2.35). Davis also is second in WAC only games assist/TO ratio (3.13).

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Junior guard Preston Medlin is 44 points away from being the answer to the Jeopardy question, who is the recent member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club, as Medlin currently has 956 career points. He has played in 74 career games, for a 12.9 career points per game career average. Medlin would 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. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points.

GOING STREAKING
Utah State is currently on a 13-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 as the sixth-longest under Morrill, and the longest since the 2010-11 squad won 17-straight.

19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (1) - 2012-13
12 (1) - 2000-01
10 (1) - 2007-08

LEAVING STREAKS IN THE RECORD BOOK
USU's 13-game win streak is currently tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team. 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 (2) - 1974-75, 2012-13
12 (2) - 1959-60, 2000-01
11 (2) - 1966-67, 1970-71
10 (1) - 2007-08

AMONG TOP WIN STREAKERS IN COUNTRY
Utah State's 13-game win streak is currently the second-longest active streak in the country behind Kansas's 14 game win streak.

Rank  Team	          Next Opponent	          Next Game Date  Streak
1     Kansas	          at Texas	          01/19/2013	  14
2     UTAH STATE	  at New Mexico State	  01/17/2013	  13
3     Butler		  vs Richmond	          01/16/2013	  11
      VCU		  vs Saint Joseph's	  01/17/2013	  11
      Western Illinois	  vs South Dakota State	  01/17/2013	  11
UTAH STATE DURING 13-GAME WIN STREAK
USU has averaged 74.9 points per game during its 13-game win streak, while allowing 64.4 ppg for a +10.5 scoring margin. The Aggies are also shooting 51.3 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent at the free throw line, while holding the opponent to 40.9 percent field goal shooting, 33.3 percent behind the arc and 65.7 percent at the charity stripe. USU has a +7.5 rebounding margin, averaging 36.3 rebounds per game while the opponents are averaging 28.8 rpg. The Aggie defense is forcing 10.4 turnovers per game while blocking 4.5 shots per game and swiping 5.2 steals per game.

Individually, four players are averaging double-figures during the 13-game win streak, led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 17.3 ppg, while junior center Jarred Shaw is posting 12.7, senior forward Kyisean Reed are posting 12.6 ppg and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield nets 10.3 ppg. Shaw leads the team with 8.2 rpg while Reed adds 6.8 rpg. Medlin is averaging 2.2 three-pointers per game during the 13 games, making 28-of-72 (38.9 percent) total, while Butterfield is averaging 1.4 treys, draining 17-of-42 (40.5 percent) total in 12 games played, while junior guard Marvin Jean is 12-of-24 (45.8 percent) and freshman guard Marcel Davis adds 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from distance, while leading the team with 3.6 assists per game (47 assists) during the streak, while Medlin also averages 3.4 apg (44 total).

SCOUTING NEW MEXICO STATE
The maroon Aggies are 10-8 overall and 4-2 in WAC action after sweeping a pair of road games last weekend, collecting a pair of one-point wins, winning a thriller at Seattle, 83-82 in double OT on Thursday and a 71-70 victory at Idaho on Saturday. NMSU has won four in a row and five of the last seven games. In Thursday's win over Seattle, senior forward Tyrone Watson led NMSU with 26 points while senior forward Bandja Sy added 23 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings added 19 points and swiped seven steals. In Saturday's victory at Idaho, freshman center Sim Bhullar and sophomore guard K.C. Ross-Miller tallied 16 points apiece and Sy added 14 points to go with a team-leading seven rebounds.

On the season, Mullings leads NMSU and is seventh in the WAC overall in scoring with 14.9 points per game. Mullings would lead the WAC in three-point field goal percentage with 48.1 percent, but doesn't reach the minimum of one made per game as he is 13-of-27 in 18 games. Mullings is third in the league in steals (2.17) and 15th in assists (2.61). Watson adds 10.7 ppg, adding 4.9 rebounds per game. He also leads the team and ranks 12th in the WAC in assists (3.00). Sy and Bhullar add 9.9 ppg each, while Sy leads the team and ranks seventh in the league in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and Bhullar leads the WAC in field goal percentage (.623) and is sixth in the conference in blocked shots (1.78). Ross-Miller is 13th in the league in assists (2.83) and 15th in steals (1.28).

As a team, NMSU is fifth in the WAC in scoring (68.1 ppg), ranking fourth in the league in scoring defense (64.3 ppg) for a fourth-place ranking in scoring margin (+3.8). The maroon Aggies are fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.455), third in field goal percentage defense (.402), 10th in three-point field goal shooting (.288), sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.318) and eighth in free throw percentage (.658). NMSU is fifth in rebounding (38.1 rpg), third in rebounding margin (+6.3), second in blocked shots (4.89), eighth in assists (12.22), eighth in steals (5.83), ninth in turnover margin (-3.33) and seventh in assist/TO ratio (0.79). In the WAC only statistics, NMSU is third in scoring (72.2 ppg), seventh in scoring defense (71.7 ppg) for a sixth-place ranking in scoring margin (+0.5). NMSU is third in FG percentage (.476), eighth in FG percentage defense (.438), 10th in three-point FG shooting (.219), eighth in three-point FG percentage defense (.373), and eighth in free throw percentage (.638). The maroon Aggies also are first in blocked shots (6.5), fourth in rebounding (37.2), second in rebounding margin (+3.3), fourth in assists (12.67), fourth in steals (7.17), seventh in turnover margin (-1.33) and fifth in assist/TO ratio (0.93).

NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies is in his sixth season leading the NMSU program, posting a 112-76 (.596) record.

UTAH STATE'S RIVALRY WITH NEW MEXICO STATE THE 10TH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and New Mexico State will be playing for the 65th time in series history this weekend, in what is the 10th-oldest rivalry in USU history. The first game played in the series was during the 1960-61 season with the Utah State Aggies posting a 74-65 home win.

UTAH STATE-NEW MEXICO STATE SERIES
Utah State and New Mexico State will be meeting for the 65th time this weekend with USU owning a 35-29 all-time advantage, with NMSU holding a 19-10 advantage at Las Cruces. The maroon Aggies swept last season's meetings, winning 80-60 at Las Cruces on Jan. 12, 2012 and 80-69 at Logan on Feb. 11, 2012. NMSU has won three of the last five match-ups as USU won both meetings in 2011, which is the navy Aggies' last win at Las Cruces, winning 58-54 on March 2, 2011.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 208-116 (.641) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 149-83 (.642) all-time in WAC games, which includes an 88-27 (.765) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE
Wendell McKines had 20 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico State used a 15-3 run over the final 4:07 of the game in posting an 80-69 road win at Utah State on Feb. 11, 2012 in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. New Mexico State improves to 18-8 on the season and 7-3 in Western Athletic Conference action with the win, while Utah State falls to 13-13 overall and 5-6 in league play with the loss. For USU, it was its third home loss of the season marking the first time since the 1995-96 campaign that an Aggie team has lost three or more home games. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led four Utah State players in double-figures with 16 points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored a career-high 14 points. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added 11 points, while senior forward Morgan Grim finished with 10 points, four rebounds and a career-high four assists. Utah State took its only lead of the second-half at 66-65 with 6:00 remaining following a free throw from Reed. From there, New Mexico State controlled the game as Utah State went 0-of-4 from the field and committed four turnovers down the stretch. Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent from both the field (26-52) and three-point line (10-20), but was just 7-of-13 (.538) from the free throw line. New Mexico State shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field (30-54) and 63.6 percent from three-point range (7-11), both season-highs for a USU opponent. NMSU was also 13-of-21 (.619) from the charity stripe. Utah State also got out-rebounded for the first time in five games (34-21) as its 21 rebounds were a season-low. USU did have 20 assists, its third-most in a game this year. Both teams finished with 10 turnovers and four blocked shots. After three ties and four lead changes early on, New Mexico State broke a 12-12 tie to lead 23-17 with 9:58 to play in the half. Utah State then scored 12 straight points to take its largest lead of the game at 29-23 with 7:00 remaining in the half and later led 33-27 before NMSU finished the first-half on an 11-0 run as USU did not score for the final 4:53. Berger led Utah State with 10 first-half points, while Medlin and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel each scored six. New Mexico State scored the first four points of the second-half to lead 42-33 and the visitors later held a 47-40 advantage before Utah State went on an 8-2 run to get within one. NMSU maintained a small advantage over the next eight minutes before USU scored four-straight points on a pair of Medlin hoops to knot the score at 65-65 with 6:44 remaining.

LAST MEETING VERSUS NEW MEXICO STATE AT LAS CRUCES
Junior forward Kyisean Reed had 18 points and six rebounds, but Utah State was out-scored 38-14 in the final 15 minutes as it lost at New Mexico State, 80-60, on Jan. 12, 2012. Utah State, who falls to 1-2 in league play and 9-8 overall with the loss, has now dropped back-to-back games for the second time this year and for just the 18th time in the last 13 years. New Mexico State improves to 2-0 in WAC play and 12-5 on the season with the win. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 16 points for Utah State, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin had nine points and senior forward Morgan Grim added eight points. Daniel Mullings had 19 points to lead New Mexico State, while Wendell McKines finished with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Utah State led 46-42 with 15:00 remaining in the game following a layup from freshman center Jordan Stone, but made just four of its final 17 shots. During the final stretch, New Mexico State used a 22-4 run to break a 48-48 tie, and led 70-52 with 4:07 to play. NMSU took its largest lead of the night at 80-58 with six seconds to play before USU's E.J. Farris made a pair of free throws to make the final score 80-60. Utah State finished the game shooting just 40.0 percent (20-50), including just 18.8 percent from three-point range (3-16) and just 63.0 percent at the free throw line (17-27). New Mexico State shot 49.2 percent overall (30-61), including 60.0 percent in the second-half (15-25) as NMSU out-scored USU, 46-26, in the final 20 minutes. New Mexico State also shot 58.6 percent at the free throw line (17-29). NMSU out-rebounded USU, 42-31, and had a dominating 52-14 advantage on points in the paint. Utah State used an early 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the half at 12-7 just 4:29 into the game on a Pane jumper, only to see New Mexico State score six straight points of its own to go ahead 13-12. NMSU later extended its advantage to 25-21, but USU responded with a 9-2 run to go ahead 30-27 with 3:21 to play in the half as Medlin scored five quick points. Grim scored the final four points for USU in the first-half on free throws as the two teams went into the locker room tied at 34. Reed led Utah State with 12 first-half points as USU shot 40.7 percent from the field (11-27), 33.3 percent from three-point range (2-6) and was 10-for-10 at the free throw line. New Mexico State shot 41.7 percent in the first-half (15-26), but just 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and just 33.3 percent from the free throw line (3-9).

A LOOK BACK AT THE SAN JOSE STATE GAME
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead Utah State past San Jose State, 66-60, in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball match-up inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Friday night. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career 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. Medlin also added five assists in the game. With the win, Utah State improves 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 also improved to 10-1 at home this year and is now 220-19 at home in 15 years under Morrill. In WAC play, Utah State has now won 42 of its last 48 games overall. San Jose State, who falls to 9-7 on the season and 3-2 in WAC play with the loss, was led by D.J. Brown's 16 points. Chris Cunningham added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Xavier Jones finished with 14 points. Friday night was USU's 22nd home win in a row over SJSU, including the last 11 in a row overall to improve to 50-21 all-time against the Spartans. Junior center Jarred Shaw notched his sixth double-double of the season and second in a row for Utah State with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 13 points. Senior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for USU as he finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds and a career-high tying four blocked shots. Utah State finished the game shooting just 47.7 percent (21-44), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (4-12), and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (20-25). San Jose State shot 35.9 percent from the floor (23-64), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-11) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (12-14). USU also out-rebounded SJSU by one (33-32), and had three more assists (14-11) and four more blocked shots (5-1) in the game, but also committed seven more turnovers (13-6). The Spartans finished the game with a 32-22 advantage with points in the paint, a 12-2 advantage on points off turnovers and a 20-11 advantage in second-chance points. Butterfield scored four quick points for Utah State to give the home team an early 6-2 advantage before San Jose State went on an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 13-8 with 12:51 to play in the half. USU answered with a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 17-13. SJSU than used a 6-1 run to take its final lead of the game at 19-18 with 8:00 to play. Utah State later led by four points three separate times during the final 6:05 including at 27-23 with 3:35 to play. The Spartans scored the next four points to tie the game at 27-all before the Aggies scored the final points of the half on a Medlin jumper to take a 29-27 lead into intermission. Utah State shot 46.2 percent from the field in the first half (12-26), including 33.3 percent from three (2-6) and 75.0 percent at the line (3-4), but committed nine turnovers as compared to just two for San Jose State, as the Spartans shot just 35.3 percent in the first 20 minutes (12-34), including just 1-of-6 from behind the arc (.167) and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe. San Jose State got within one early on in the second half at 35-34 with 16:12 remaining only to see Utah State go on a 9-2 run to go up 44-36 with 11:26 to play. The Spartans got back within four at 49-45 at the 6:33 mark, but USU answered with a 5-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 54-45 with 4:27 to play on a Butterfield three-pointer. From there, SJSU never got closer than five points as USU made all six of its free throws in the final 1:14 to post the 66-60 win.

MEDLIN SHINES IN BEARD OUT
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in the win over SJSU, which was declared a "Beard Out" by the USU students, with fans wearing beards to match Medlin's beard. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career 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. 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 five of the Aggies' last seven games, and now has topped 20 points a total of 19 times in his career with his season-high 25 points Friday night. It is also Medlin's 12th double-figure scoring outing this season and 44th of his career. Medlin tied a single-game school record in free throw-percentage as he went 11-11 from the charity stripe. It is the 30th time that an Aggie player has been perfect at the line with 10 or more attempts, and the first since Tai Wesley vs. Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010. Medlin's 11-of-11 effort is the ninth time that an Aggie player went 11-of-11, also first since Wesley. It was also a season-best in free throws made for Medlin and the third-most attempts and makes of his career, going 13-of-14 twice last season (vs. Hawai'i and vs. Loyola Marymount). It was also the second time in the last three games and eight games this season that he made all of his free throws and 19th time in his career. Medlin also dished out five helpers to his teammates for the fourth time this season and it was the 12th time in his career that he has dished out five or more assists.

DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLENESS FROM SHAW
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double for the second-straight game with 12 points and 10 rebounds against San Jose State, after tallying a double-12 outing with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Idaho. Shaw now has a team-leading six double-doubles this season and all six of his double-doubles have come when he's posted double-digit rebounds.

DAVIS DISHING DIMES
Freshman guard Marcel Davis distributed four assists for the second game in a row with four helpers in Friday's win over San Jose State, his seventh game with four or more dimes in the last eight 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 37 assists in the last eight 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 has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 110 points in nine games as a starter, averaging 12.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 20 made three-pointers (20-of-46), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.5 percent behind the arc. With 13 points against SJSU, Butterfield has scored in double-digits in seven of his last nine games played, including a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State. 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, but 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 at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, and he has 18 assists in the last four games (4.5 apg), adding five against Idaho.

OTHER NOTES FROM SAN JOSE STATE GAME
• The Aggies are now 11-1 when out-rebounding their opponents this season. Utah State's 33 boards were barely enough to eek out the advantage over the hustling Spartans who managed to snag 32 rebounds in the contest, and the +1 was USU's closest advantage after trailing by one in the rebounding category in two of the three times the Aggies have been out-rebounded.

• USU finished with a +3 assist margin and improved to 10-1 this season when dropping more dimes then its opponent.

• The Aggies turned the ball over on 13 occasions, while San Jose State executed to only turn the rock over six times. It is the 10th time this season that Utah State has committed more turnovers than its opponent, but USU is now 10-0 when doing so.

• USU held the Spartans to just 2-of-11 (.182) shooting from behind the arc, which is the lowest three-point percentage by an opponent this season. The two made three's by San Jose State were also a season low by an opponent.

• SJSU's six turnovers ties the fewest by an Aggie opponent this season. (Nicholls State and TAMU-CC).

• Senior forward Kyisean Reed tied a career-best swatting four shots. It is the second time this season that Reed has blocked four shots in a game, also doing so against Nicholls State, and he has now blocked two or more shots in eight games this season.

• Reed also scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and is the 25th time in his career that he has netted double-figure points in a game.

• Reed also had USU's only dunk of the night and he now leads the team with 15 jams.

• Junior guard TeNale Roland was able to deflect a shot tying a career-best of one blocked shot for the third time this season.

• For the second game in a row, every Aggie player that saw action snared a rebound.

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 the win over Seattle, and adding a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals against Idaho. Medlin then scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in win over SJSU. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career 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. Medlin also added five assists in the game.

In USU's five WAC games so far, Medlin is averaging a WAC-best 22.0 ppg, ranking second in league only games with 3.0 three-pointers made per game in conference action, hitting 15-of-37 (40.5 percent) from distance, ranking 11th in conference only games for three-point percentage. Medlin also is second in league action with 81.6 percent (31-of-38) at the free throw line, boosted by a perfect 11-of-11 at the charity stripe Friday vs. SJSU. He also leads the conference in WAC only games in minutes played (38.00).

Preston Medlin Earns Trio Of Player Of The Week Awards
Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin was 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 during the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 6 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 third 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 359-120 (.749) at USU.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 11-0 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 2-0 when tied at halftime; 11-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-0 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; 11-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-0 when getting out-rebounded; 10-0 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 11-1 when having more assists; 10-1 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 11-0 this year and has won 77 of its last 79 games (.975) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 284-25 (.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 3-0 this season and 91-26 (.778) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 37-22 (.627) road record. The Aggies are 2-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 89-20 (.817) in games played on Thursday under Morrill. USU is also 12-1 (.923) all-time in known games played on Jan. 17, winning its last four 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 nine 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 9.1 ppg on 100 total points in last 11 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Leads WAC in league only games for assists (5.00), ranking tied for 10th overall (3.13), also leads WAC in assist-turnover ratio both overall (2.35) and WAC only games (3.13).

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Leads USU with six 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 back-to-back games against Idaho (12p/12r) and San Jose State (12p/10r)... 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 11 games and had double-digit rebounds in six games, posting his double-doubles all six times... Led USU in rebounding in nine of 15 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 14 games... Ranks fourth in the WAC and 59th in NCAA in field goal percentage (.535)... Also ranks fourth in the WAC in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and 12th in scoring (12.7 ppg), along with seventh in blocked shots (1.27), as well as 15th in free throw percentage (.706).

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 52nd consecutive start and played in 74th career game in SJSU contest... Needs 44 points to become 36th player in school history with 1,000... Led USU in scoring for the eight time this season and 30th time in last two seasons with season-high 25 points against SJSU... Scored in double-figures 12 times this season and 43 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 18 of his last 20 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 141 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 41.5 percent, as well as moving into No. 7 on career three-point attempts list with 340... Ranks third in the WAC overall in scoring (16.4 ppg) but leads the league in WAC only games (22.0)... Also leads the conference in overall games in free throw percentage (.818) and is second in league only games (.816)... Also ranked second in the conference in WAC only games for three-pointers made (3.00), ranking 11th in three-point percentage both overall (.397) and WAC only (.405), along with sixth in assists (3.33) and fifth in assist-turnover ratio (1.67)... Also first in WAC in minutes played both overall (36.07) and WAC only games (38.00).

#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 110 points in nine games as a starter, averaging 12.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Is second on the team with 20 made three-pointers (20-of-46), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.5 percent behind the arc... With 13 points against SJSU, has scored in double-digits in seven of his last nine games played, including a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State... 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, but he does have 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 18 assists in the last four games (4.5 apg), adding five against Idaho... Ranks fifth in the WAC overall for three-point percentage (.435), as well as sixth in WAC only field goal percentage overall (.517) and tied for third for WAC only (.595)... Also seventh in assists in WAC only games (3.80) and fifth in WAC only assist-TO ratio (1.90).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 51 career games and has made 42 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 27 times in his career including five of last eight 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 and 10 vs. SJSU... Recorded a blocked shot in 36 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections each against Nicholls State and San Jose State, adding three against Idaho... Has at least one blocked shot in 13 games this season and 17 of his last 20 career games played, including nine games with multiple blocks... Posted 30 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 69, and No. 3 on the USU career blocks per game list with 1.4 bpg... Also No. 4 on USU's career field goal percentage (.608)... 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 (.596) and fifth in WAC only games field goal percentage (.590) and would rank 13th in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Ranks 13th in scoring overall (12.5) and tied for 14th in WAC only games (12.4)...Ranks fifth in blocked shots both overall (1.87) and WAC only games (2.00)... Also seventh in steals in both overall (1.67) and league only games (1.60)... Also sixth in league games in rebounding (6.8) while ranking eighth overall (6.8).

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 45 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.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Junior guard Preston Medlin is 44 points away from being the answer to the Jeopardy question, who is the recent member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club, as Medlin currently has 956 career points. He has played in 74 career games, for a 12.9 career points per game career average. Medlin would 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. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points.

USU CAREER Points (1,000-plus)
    Name	          Years		 Points
1.  Jaycee Carroll	  2005-08        2522
2.  Greg Grant	          1983-86	 2127
3.  Wayne Estes	          1963-65 	 2001
4.  Brian Jackson	  1978-81	 1900
5.  Cornell Green	  1960-62	 1890
6.  Marvin Roberts	  1969-71	 1844
7.  Kendall Youngblood	  1989-92	 1774
8.  Tai Wesley	          2008-11	 1749
9.  Tony Brown	          1999-02	 1564
10. Eric Franson	  1991, 94-96	 1545
11. Reid Newey	          1984, 87-89	 1536
12. Nate Harris	          2003-06	 1475
13. Dean Hunger	          1977-80	 1472
14. Kevin Nixon	          1985-88	 1456
15. Dan Conway	          1986-89	 1398
16. Mike Santos	          1975-78	 1287
17. Shaler Halimon	  1967-68	 1284
18. Spencer Nelson	  1999, 03-05	 1283
19. Bob Lauriski	  1971-73	 1266
20. Rich Haws	          1973-75	 1255
21. Jim Boatwright	  1972-74	 1238
22. Max Perry	          1959-61	 1236
23. Jay Goodman	          1991-93	 1215
24. Jimmy Moore	          1973-75	 1164
25. Bert Cook	          1950-52	 1133
26. Troy Collier	  1963-64	 1109
27. Jeff O. Anderson	  1985-88	 1095
28. Nate Williams	  1970-71	 1080
29. Gary Wilkinson	  2008-09	 1065
30. Desmond Penigar	  2002-03	 1051
31. Vince Washington	  1984-85	 1049
32. Pat Dunn	          1953-56	 1018
33. Tyler Newbold	  2008-11	 1014
34. Bill Hull	          1951-54	 1007
35. Bob Ipsen	          1958-59	 1001
--  Preston Medlin	  2010, 12-	  956
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 214 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 41.5 percent from three-point range (141-340) 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 340.

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-	  141
8.  Brian Green		 2010-11	  129
9.  Jared Quayle	 2009-10	  128
10. Pooh Williams 	 2008-11	  117
11. Troy Rolle		 1999-00	  112

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- 340 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- .415 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

REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
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 60.8 career field goal percentage (203-of-334), 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.	 .608
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	 .570

REED 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 69 rejections, moving up to 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 69 blocks in 51 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   52

Blocks PER GAME ( Min 50 Games) Name Years Avg. 1. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 1.8 2. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 1.6 3. Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 1.4 69 blocks/ 51 car. gm 4. Gilbert Pete 1986-89 1.3 5. Tai Wesley 2008-11 1.0 6. Cass Matheus 2005-06 0.9 7. Jeremy Vague 2001-02 0.8 Rod Hay 1992-93 0.8 Randy Funk 1990-91 0.8

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 344-107 (.763) 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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