Jan. 18, 2013
Utah State (14-2, 5-1 WAC) at Denver (10-7, 6-1 WAC)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 4:30 p.m. (MT) Denver, Colo.
Magness Arena (7,200) Aggie Sports Network ROOT Sports TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Looking to bounce back from having its 13-game win streak halted, Utah State men's basketball will look to start a new winning streak when the Aggies wrap up their weekend road trip by heading to Denver, Colo., to take on the Denver Pioneers on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Western Athletic Conference match-up between the Aggies and Pioneers will tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT) from DU's Magness Arena (7,200). Saturday's game will be televised on ROOT Sports TV, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,493-1,024 (.593) in its 2,517 games played.
Utah State is 71-23 (.755) during the last 13 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games just 20 times in the past 13 years. USU's last lost back-to-back road games last season, dropping games at Nevada and at Fresno State in the same weekend on Feb. 2 and Feb. 4, respectively.
Utah State had its 13-game win streak snapped with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State Thursday night, which was the second-longest active streak in the country among NCAA Division I entering Thursday night behind Kansas's 14-game win streak. USU's 14-2 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 was its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, was also the sixth-longest under Morrill and tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.
Utah State's 5-1 WAC record is its second-best start to league play in the last three years, as the 2010-11 Aggies opened league play with an 11-0 WAC mark. A win Saturday would make USU 6-1 in WAC play through seven games for the second time in its eight years, joining 2007-08. The 2008-09 and 2010-11 squads have the best WAC record through seven league games, going 7-0 both times.
USU is 4-1 on the road this season with Thursday's first road loss of the season, which also snapped the Aggies' six-game road winning streak dating back to last year. Utah State has won 25 of its last 39 road games (.641) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 103-82 (.557) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 72-46 (.610) record against conference opponents and a 35-23 (.603) mark against WAC teams.
Utah State has won 42 of its last 50 WAC games (.840) and is 68-16 (.810) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-28 (.759) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 3-1 this season and 91-27 (.771) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 37-23 (.617) road record. The Aggies are 8-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 142-52 (.732) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.
Looking to bounce back from having its 13-game win streak halted, Utah State men's basketball will look to start a new winning streak when the Aggies wrap up their weekend road trip by heading to Denver, Colo., to take on the Denver Pioneers on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Western Athletic Conference match-up between the Aggies and Pioneers will tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT) from DU's Magness Arena (7,200). Saturday's game will be 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.
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?
The Aggies return home to host UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 26, respectively. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games. Saturday's game will feature former USU director of basketball operations Lance Beckert providing analysis and color commentary.
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.
Saturday's game 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.
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.
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 88-28 (.759) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 42 of its last 50 WAC games (.840) and is 68-16 (.810) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 14-2 overall and 5-1 in WAC play after having its 13-game win streak halted with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State on Thursday night. In scoring a season-low 51 points, USU shot just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field, hitting 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from three-point range, as well as a season-low 1-of-4 (25.0 percent) at the free throw line.
USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 16.3 points per game, also leading the team with 3.2 assists per game, adding 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. Medlin also tops the team in three-pointers made, netting 33 three-pointers this season, shooting 33-of-84 (39.3 percent) behind the arc, netting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field in addition to 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. Medlin was limited to 14 points in the NMSU game, a low during WAC play and fewest since seven vs. Nicholls State. Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in last week's win over San Jose State. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in the previous seven games and 19th time in his career he has scored 20-plus points as he was also 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 12.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, adding 1.2 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 the game against SJSU, adding 11 points and four rebounds against NMSU. He now has at least seven rebounds in 11 games this season, including six double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also is shooting 52.6 percent (82-of-156) from the field in addition to 69.2 percent (36-of-52) at the free throw line.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 12.1 ppg, pulling down 6.5 rpg as well to go with 1.8 blocks per game. Reed posted 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and tied a career-high with four blocked shots in the victory over San Jose State, adding six points and tied a season-high with three assists against NMSU. In addition to leading the team in blocked shots, Reed also tops the team in field goal percentage, shooting at a 58.2 percent (71-of-122) clip from the field.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 9.6 ppg, logging 13 points and five rebounds in the SJSU game for his seventh double-digit scoring outing in the previous nine games, but scored five points in the NMSU, sharing the team-lead with four rebounds. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 115 points in 10 games as a starter, averaging 11.5 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 21 made three-pointers (21-of-48), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.8 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.6 ppg on the season, and also averages 3.1 assists per game, dishing out 23 (4.6 pg) in the last five games, including four against San Jose State.
AGGIE MEN'S BASKETBALL RECEIVING VOTES IN BOTH AP AND USA TODAY/COACHES POLLS
Utah State is among others receiving votes in both this week's Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls released Monday. 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 was 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 was 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 is currently ranked among the national leaders in the NCAA Division I statistics, ranking 14th in field goal percentage (.489), as well as 26th in rebounding margin (+7.7), 28th for assist-turnover ratio (1.29), as well as 30th for three-point field goal percentage (.380) and 31st in assists per game (15.9).
AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 62nd in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.526). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 58.2 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 18th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game. Shaw also is 82nd in the nation in rebounding (8.4) and 38th in the country in double-doubles (6.0). Freshman guard Marcel Davis is 74th in the country in assist-turnover ratio (2.13).
USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN FOUR CATEGORIES
Utah State is tops in the WAC statistics for overall games in four categories, leading the league in field goal percentage (.489), three-point field goal percentage (.380), rebounding margin (+7.7) and assists (15.94).
USU is also second in the league in scoring (71.2 ppg) and assist/TO ratio (1.29), along with ranking third in scoring defense (63.5 ppg), scoring margin (+7.7) and free throw percentage (.702), fourth in blocks (4.19), sixth in field goal percentage defense (.420) and rebounds (36.4), eighth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.332) and ninth in steals (5.38).
AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
USU led in WAC only games in three categories entering Thursday, but slid out of the top spot in all three categories. The Aggies do rank tied for second in scoring (71.0 ppg), while rnaking second in three-point field goal percentage (.371) and assist/TO ratio (1.27), as well as third in scoring margin (+6.2) and assists (14.2), fourth in scoring defense (64.8 ppg) and field goal percentage (.469), fifth in blocks (3.67), sixth in free throw percentage (.689), three-point field goal percentage defense (.322), rebounds (34.5), rebound margin (+1.3), and eighth in both field goal percentage defense (.434) and steals (5.50).
MEDLIN AND DAVIS TOP WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard Preston Medlin currently leads the league in scoring in WAC only games, netting 20.7 ppg in conference action, as well as leading the league in minutes played, both overall (36.06) and conference only (37.67). Medlin also is second in overall free throw percentage (.818) and league only games free throw percentage (.816), along with second in conference game for three-pointers made (2.83).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is tops in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (2.13) while ranking second in league games in assist/TO ratio (2.45). Davis also is second in WAC only games in assists (4.50).
MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Junior guard Preston Medlin is 30 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 970 career points. He has played in 75 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.
Utah State's 13-game win streak was 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 also tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.
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
A LOOK BACK AT THE NEW MEXICO STATE GAME
Utah State men's basketball's 13-game win streak was snapped with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State Thursday night at NMSU's Pan American Center in Western Athletic Conference action. USU is now 14-2 overall and 5-1 in WAC play, sliding into third-place in the league standings behind conference leader Louisiana Tech (6-0) and Denver (6-1), who USU plays Saturday afternoon. New Mexico State won its fifth in a row and sixth in the last eight games to improve to 11-8 overall and 5-2 in league play. Thursday was USU's third loss in a row to NMSU, but the navy Aggies still lead the all-time series, 35-30, in what is the 10th-oldest rivalry in USU history. Utah State's 13-game win streak entering Thursday was the second-longest active streak in the country behind Kansas with 14 in a row, but that was halted. The 13-game streak is the sixth-longest under USU veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the sixth-longest in school history with the 1974-75 team. In scoring a season-low 51 points, USU shot just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field, hitting 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from three-point range, as well as a season-low 1-of-4 (25.0 percent) at the free throw line. NMSU hit a scorching 69.6 percent (16-of-23) in the second half, finishing the night 26-of-45 (57.8 percent), a season-high percentage by a USU opponent this season. The maroon Aggies were 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from behind the arc and 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) at the charity stripe. USU was led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 14 points, with seven in each half, while junior center Jarred Shaw added 11 points and co-led USU in rebounds with four. Those were matched by junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, who was one of three USU players with five points, while senior forward Kyisean Reed added six points to go with a team-leading and season-high tying three assists, his first time leading USU in helpers this season. NMSU had four players in double-figure scoring, led by Bandja Sy with 16 points while Tyrone Watson and Daniel Mullings tallied 12 points each and K.C. Ross-Miller added 10 points. Sy and Sim Bhullar snared seven rebounds each, as NMSU had a 33-26 rebounding advantage. It was just the fourth time this season that USU has been out-rebounded and it was its first loss doing so and was also the largest rebounding differential of the four occasions. Bhullar also had five blocks for NMSU. Utah State took a 9-7 lead at the 14:35 mark on a Butterfield bucket, but that would be the visiting Aggies' last lead, as the home team went on a 9-2 run to open a 16-9 lead at the 8:21 mark on a jumper by Mullings. The NMSU advantage grew to eight at 23-15 with 25 seconds to go in the half before Shaw both shot and made his first three-pointer of the season right before the buzzer to send USU into halftime trailing, 23-18. That would be the closest the navy Aggies would get, as NMSU opened up a 12-point lead at 34-22 with 16:11 to go on a trey from Ross-Miller. USU trimmed the gap to 34-26 after a dunk by Reed with 15:07 on the second half clock, but then NMSU pulled away and opened up its largest lead of the night at 56-35 on an old-fashioned three-point play by Ross-Miller with 5:54 left, and USU didn't trail by anything less than 13 the rest of the night for the win-streak halting loss.
NUMBER FIVE FOR THREE
Junior center Jarred Shaw not only attempted but made his first three-pointer of his USU career, with a trey from the top of the arc in the waning seconds of the first half. It was his first made three-pointer of his college basketball career and second attempted trey, with one three-point attempt during his freshman season at Oklahoma State.
MEDLIN MATCHES JERSEY NUMBER WITH DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES
Junior guard Preston Medlin's jersey number of No. 13 now matches the number of double-figure scoring outings he has this season, as his 14 points in the New Mexico State game was his 13th game this season in double figures. He also has hit double-digits in 45 career games. Medlin's 14 points was his lowest in a WAC game this season and his fewest since seven vs. Nicholls State.
OTHER NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO STATE GAME
* USU's 51 total points was a season-low point total and the fewest since scoring 51 in a 68-51 loss at Georgetown on Dec. 4, 2010.
* USU's 18 1st half points are a season low and fewest since 16 scored at Fresno State last season on Feb. 4, 2012.
* The 23 points scored by NMSU in the first half is tied for second lowest this season behind 22 by Nicholls State, and is the third time this season that USU has allowed 23 1st half pts (Idaho State and Texas State).
* Utah State's 39.3 field goal percentage was its second-lowest of the season behind a 32.3 percent outing against Saint Mary's, which was USU's other loss of the season.
* USU's 1-of-4 free throw total Thursday night was a season-low for both free throws made and attempted, and fewest since a 1-of-4 outing at Nevada last season on Feb. 2, 2013.
* NMSU's 57.8 percent field goal shooting is a USU opponent season high and highest since Hawai'i shot 63.2 percent on Dec. 29, 2010.
* NMSU's 33-26 rebounding advantage over USU was Utah State's largest rebounding differential this season in getting out-rebounded and USU is now 3-1 when getting out-rebounded this season.
* Utah State is also 1-2 when trailing at halftime, as opposed to 11-0 when leading at the break. Overall, USU is 47-77 (.379) in the last 13 years when trailing at intermission.
* USU lost on the road for the first time this season (4-1) and had its six-game road win streak halted with the loss Thursday.
* Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-digits scoring for the third game in a row and the 12th time this season.
* Shaw and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield led USU with four rebounds each, marking the 10th game this season that Shaw has topped USU in rebounding and the second for Butterfield.
* Senior forward Kyisean Reed dished out a team-high three assists, his first time leading the team in assists... The three assists is also a season-high for Reed, tying it for the fourth time this season (Idaho State, Western Oregon, Southern Illinois).
* Reed had USU's lone dunk of the night and now has a team-leading 15 jams this season.
* Medlin and Reed each took a charge Thursday night, Medlin now leads the team with seven drawn charges while Reed is second with three charges taken.
The Pioneers are 10-7 overall and have won six-straight games and nine of the last 11. With a 6-1 WAC record, DU is half a behind 6-0 Louisiana Tech for first place. The Pioneers lead the WAC in scoring defense (54.6 ppg), free throw percentage (.742), assists/turnover ratio (1.3) and three-pointers made (8.3); are second in scoring margin (+8.5), assists (15.9), three-point percentage (.364) and turnover margin (+3.88); and third in field goal percentage (.464), blocked shots (4.4) and rebounding defense (31.0).
Denver is coming off a palindromic 73-37 spearing of the Spartans of San Jose State, led by 15 points apiece from junior forward Chris Udofia and sophomore Brett Olson. Sophomore forward Royce O'Neale snared a game-high 10 rebounds. The Pioneers scorched the nets to the tune of 73.9 percent (17-of-23) in the second half, pulling away from a 34-18 halftime lead and won going away, finishing the night 27-of-48 (56.3 percent).
DU is led by O'Neale with 12.4 ppg, adding 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while Preseason All-WAC First-Team honoree Udofia, added 12.3 ppg. Udofia also posts 4.9 rebounds and leads the Pioneers with 3.5 assists and 2.2 blocks per game.
DU head coach Joe Scott (Princeton, 1987), is in his sixth season at the reins of the Pioneers' program, posting a 90-81 (.526) ledger.
UTAH STATE'S RIVALRY WITH DENVER THE FOURTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Denver will be playing for the 90th time in series history on Saturday, which is the fourth-oldest rivalry in USU history, first meeting during the 1922-23 season.
UTAH STATE-DENVER SERIES
Utah State holds a 54-36 all-time series lead, as the USU-DU series is the fourth-oldest rivalry in school history, first meeting during the 1922-23 season. The Aggies had won nine in a row over the Pioneers prior to DU winning at Logan last season, 67-54. USU holds a 13-9 edge in meetings in Denver, with USU winning the last five meetings at DU. The Pioneers' last home win as on Feb. 23, 1974, in a 98-92 shootout.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 208-117 (.640) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.
LAST MEETING AGAINST DENVER
Utah State men's basketball's 33-game home winning streak came to a halt with a 67-54 loss to Denver on Nov. 30, 2011 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Pioneers shot a scorching 52.1 percent from the field for the game in dealing the Aggies their first home loss since Dec. 5, 2009, breaking USU's 33-game home win streak which was the third-longest in the country entering Wednesday. The 33-game win streak was the second-longest in school history behind the 37-straight victory streak that was snapped by St. Mary's in that Dec. 5, 2009 game. USU has won 85 of its last 88 home games and is now 195-14 at home under head coach Stew Morrill. Utah State evened its record at 3-3 on the season while Denver, who will be joining the Western Athletic Conference next year, improved to 5-1 with the win. DU was 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) in the first half, hitting 5-of-11 three-pointers, in taking a 34-29 lead. The Pioneers led by 17 at 31-14 with 5:17 remaining until halftime, before the Aggies closed out the half on a 15-3 run, sparked by freshman center Jordan Stone and senior guard Brockeith Pane, to close to 34-29 at the break. Denver opened the second stanza with a 12-2 run to open a 46-31 lead with 15:33 to go on a three-pointer by Brett Olson from the left wing. USU got within 53-43 with 9:24 left on a layup by sophomore guard Mitch Brunel, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer. The Pioneers took their biggest lead of the game at 65-45 with 2:31 remaining on a dunk by Chris Udofia, for DU's first win over USU since 1974, snapping the Aggies' nine game win streak in the series. Udofia and Rob Lewis led Denver and shared game-high honors with 15 points apiece while Brian Stafford added 12 points and Chase Hallam tossed in 11. Udofia snared a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led Utah State with 13 points, hitting the Aggies' only two three-pointers of the night. Pane scored 12 points and senior forward Morgan Grim added 11 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds, helping USU to a 27-22 rebounding edge. Pane has scored in double-digits in all six of the Aggies' games this season and his last nine games played dating back to last season, while Grim has tallied double-figures the last three in a row and four of the last five. DU shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the field, finishing with 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) from three-point range. The Pioneers hit 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) at the free throw line. USU made 19-of-41 (46.3 percent) of its field goal shots, making 2-of-4 (50.0 percent) behind the arc and the Aggies were 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the charity stripe. The Pioneers hit nine of their first 11 shots, in turning a 4-2 USU lead after a pair of Pane free pitch shots, into a 23-12 lead, as Justin Coughlin hit a layup. DU stretched its advantage to 31-14 on a layup by Blake Foeman, with 5:17 on the first half clock. Stone then scored four straight points and Medlin hit a three-pointer from the left wing with just under four minutes to go. After a three-pointer by Hallam from the left corner, junior forward Kyisean Reed hit a layup, then Pane netted a runner to cut the gap to single-digits at 34-25 with 2:29 to play. Stone hit a pair of free throws with 1:53 and got the rebound on the defensive end and quickly dished to Pane, who drove the length of the court and hit a layup with 1:15 left to pull USU within 34-29, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer in the second half. It was USU's worst home loss since a 75-57 home loss to Nevada on Feb. 25, 2006. The loss also snapped the Aggies' 17-game home non-conference game win streak snapped.
LAST MEETING VERSUS THE PIONEERS AT DENVER
Junior guard Brockeith Pane just missed his first career double-double as he scored 13 points and added a career-high nine rebounds to lead Utah State to a hard-fought 61-53 road win against future Western Athletic Conference foe Denver at Denver on Dec. 1, 2010. Utah State, who has won 19 of its last 20 regular season games and nine of its last 10 road games dating back to last year, improved to 5-1 on the season with the win. Denver falls to 1-6 with the loss. Senior guard Brian Green lead all scorers with 14 points off the bench for Utah State, while junior forward Brday Jardine added 13 points and five rebounds as he was 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Senior guard Pooh Williams finished with nine points, while senior forward Tai Wesley had a season-low seven points. Pane was 3-of-6 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and 6-of-7 at the charity stripe for his 13 points. Kyle Lewis led Denver with 13 points off the bench and Chris Udofia added 10 points for Denver as the Pioneers bench out-scored USU's reserves 28-17. Utah State opened the second-half with back-to-back buckets from Pane and Wesley, followed by Williams' second three-pointer of the night to give the visitors its largest lead of the game at 35-24 with 18:27 to play. Denver answered with a 14-2 run over the next 4:15 to take its first lead since it was 2-0 with a three-pointer from Udofia to give the home team a 38-37 lead. Denver would later take its largest lead of the game at 43-40 with 12:22 remaining following a three from Travis Hallam only to see USU score seven straight points and go on a 13-2 to regain control at 53-45 with 4:45 remaining following a Pane jumper. The Pioneers used a mini 5-0 run to get within 53-50 with 3:13 to play but USU closed the game on an 8-2 run to post the eight-point win. Utah State finished the game by shooting a season-high 54.5 percent (18-33), including a sizzling 64.7 percent (11-17) in the second-half. USU also shot 50.0 percent from three-point range (5-10) and was 20-of-28 (.714) from the free throw line. Denver shot just 34.8 percent in the second-half and finished the game shooting 37.2 percent as USU has now held each of its last five opponents under 40 percent from the field. The Pioneers did shoot 50.0 percent from behind the arc (11-22) as those 11 treys are a season-high for a USU opponent. DU was also 10-of-16 (.625) from the free throw line. Utah State dominated the glass and out-rebounded the Pioneers by 16 (33-17), but had a season-high 15 turnovers and a season-low eight assists. Trevor Noonan scored the first points of the game on a layup for Denver and Williams followed with a three-pointer from the left wing to spark a 10-0 run for Utah State. DU fought back to within four at 20-16 following a three-pointer from Brian Stafford only to see USU score five unanswered points to take its largest lead of the half at 25-16 following a free throw by Wesley. USU later led by nine at 28-19 following Green's second three-pointer of the half with 26 seconds to play but the Pioneers got a three of its own from Andrew Hooper to cut the deficit to six (28-22) at the break. Green led Utah State with eight first-half points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three, while Lewis led DU with nine points in the first 20 minutes as he was 3-of-5 shooting overall and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. In the first-half, USU shot 43.8 percent from the field (7-16), 57.1 percent from three-point range (4-7) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13). Denver shot just 40.0 overall in the first-half (8-20), but was 6-of-12 (.500) from behind the arc. The Pioneers missed all four of its free throws in the first 20 minutes.
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. Medlin's streak of 20-point games was halted at two in a row with only 14 at New Mexico State, but Medlin has hit for 20 or more points in five of the last eight games, and 19 times in his career. Against SJSU, 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 eight games. 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 nine 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, but then limited to just two at NMSU. Davis now has 39 assists in the last nine games, averaging 4.3 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 115 points in 10 games as a starter, averaging 11.5 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 21 made three-pointers (21-of-48), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.8 percent behind the arc. With 13 points against SJSU, Butterfield has scored in double-digits in seven of his last 10 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 has made a three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 games and 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 19 assists in the last five games (3.8 apg), adding five against Idaho.
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 six WAC games so far, Medlin is averaging a WAC-best 20.7 ppg, ranking second in league only games with 2.83 three-pointers made per game in conference action, hitting 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from distance, ranking 12th 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 vs. SJSU, but then didn't attempt a free throw at NMSU. He also leads the conference in WAC only games in minutes played (37.67).
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 359-121(.748) at USU.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 11-0 when leading at halftime; 1-2 when trailing at halftime; 2-0 when tied at halftime; 11-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-2 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-1 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; 3-1 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 47-77 (.379) when trailing at the half including a 1-2 (.333) record this year. The Aggies are 2-0 this season when tied at the break.
UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 3-1 this season and 91-27 (.771) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 37-23 (.617) road record. The Aggies are 8-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 142-52 (.732) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is playing on Jan. 19 for the second year in a row, losing at Seattle last season on the date, 73-66. The Aggies are 8-6 (.571) all-time in known games played on Jan. 19.
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 26-48 (.351) 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 8.5 ppg on 102 total points in last 12 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Second in WAC in league only games for assists (4.50), ranking 11th overall (3.06), also leads WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (2.13) while ranking second in WAC only games (2.45).
#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 12 games and had double-digit rebounds in six games, posting his double-doubles all six times... Led USU in rebounding in 10 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 fifth in the WAC and 62nd in NCAA in field goal percentage (.526)... Also ranks fifth in the WAC in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and 11th in scoring (12.6 ppg), along with tied for seventh in blocked shots (1.19), as well as 15th in free throw percentage (.692).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 53rd consecutive start and played in 75th career game at NMSU contest... Needs 30 points to become 36th player in school history with 1,000... Led USU in scoring for the ninth time this season and 31th time in last two seasons with season-high 25 points against SJSU and then 14 against NMSU... Scored in double-figures 13 times this season and 44 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 19 of his last 21 games played... Has 46 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 143 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 41.3 percent, as well as moving into No. 7 on career three-point attempts list with 346... Ranks fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg) but leads the league in WAC only games (20.7)... Also second the conference in overall games in free throw percentage (.818) and is also second in league only games (.816)... Also ranked second in the conference in WAC only games for three-pointers made (2.83), ranking ninth in three-point percentage overall (.393) and 12th in WAC only (.395), along with tied for eighth in assists (3.19) and sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.59)... Also first in WAC in minutes played both overall (36.06) and WAC only games (37.67).
#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 has scored 115 points in 10 games as a starter, averaging 11.5 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 21 made three-pointers (21-of-48), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.8 percent behind the arc... With 13 points against SJSU, Butterfield has scored in double-digits in seven of his last 10 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 has made a three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 games and 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 19 assists in the last five games (3.8 apg), adding five against Idaho... Ranks tied for fourth in the WAC overall for three-point percentage (.438), as well as sixth in field goal percentage overall (.516) and fourth for WAC only (.585)... Also eighth in assists in WAC only games (3.33) and sixth in WAC only assist-TO ratio (1.67).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 52 career games and has made 43 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 nine 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 21 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 (.582) and sxith in WAC only games field goal percentage (.553) and would rank 15th in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Ranks 15th in scoring overall (12.1)...Ranks sixth in blocked shots both overall (1.75) and WAC only games (1.67)... Also seventh in steals overall (1.63) and tied for ninth in league only games (1.50)... Ranks 10th in rebounding overall (6.5) while ranking tied for 12th in league games (6.0).
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.
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