Jan. 19, 2010
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Utah State (13-6, 3-2) vs. Fresno State (10-9, 3-2)
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 8:05 p.m. (MT) Fresno, Calif.
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 105th season of basketball and has an overall record of 1,414-1,000 (.586). USU hasn't had a losing season since the 1992-93 campaign, a span of 16 years, when that team finished with a 10-17 record.
Utah State is 79-68 (.537) on the road under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 55-40 (.579) record against conference opponents and an 18-17 (.514) WAC record. During the last two-plus years, Utah State is 14-8 (.636) on the road and 16-10 (.615) away from home. This year, USU is 3-5 on the road.
Utah State is playing five of its first seven WAC games on the road this year, which is the most road games to start league play for USU since the 1992-93 team began Big West Conference play with six of its first eight games away from home.
Utah State has won 22 of its last 26 WAC games dating back to the 2007-08 season as it has won back-to-back WAC Championships sharing the regular season title in 2008 with a 12-4 record and winning the outright title in 2009 with a 14-2 mark. During the last three years, USU is 29-8 (.784) in WAC play.
In his 24th year as a collegiate head coach, Stew Morrill (498-235) is just two wins shy of becoming the 73rd Division I head coach ever to record 500 career wins and one of just 19 active coaches at the Division I level to reach the milestone.
Utah State is 11-2 this year and 219-23 (.905) over the last 11 years when leading at the half. Conversely, USU is 2-4 this year and 39-58 (.402) during the last 11 years when trailing at the half.
Utah State is 105-27 (.795) against teams from the state of California during the last 11 years, which includes a 36-22 (.621) road record.
Utah State has an RPI of 81 and a strength of schedule of 128 according to RealTimeRPI, while the WAC is ranked 11th as a conference. USU also has a sagarin rating of 71 according to USAToday.com.
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 10 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 10 years, Utah State has averaged 25.2 wins per season.
Utah State (13-6, 3-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Fresno State (10-9, 3-2) on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT) and at Idaho (8-8, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU's game against the Bulldogs will be televised regionally on ESPN's Full Court package as well as Altitude (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley), while its game against the Vandals will not be televised.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 13-6 on the season and 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference following its 81-59 home win against Boise State Saturday night. USU is led by junior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 13.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 75.3 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Jared Quayle is averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent at the free throw line, and junior forward Nate Bendall is averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 81.0 percent from the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 74.0 points and is shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 61.3 points per game and its opponents are shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.
QUAYLE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior guard Jared Quayle was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. It is the first time this year and second time in his career that Quayle has been awarded the league's top weekly honor. It is also the second time this year that USU has earned WAC Player of the Week accolades as junior forward Tai Wesley was honored on Dec. 28, 2009. Quayle led Utah State to a 3-0 record last week with home wins against Hawai'i (98-54) and Boise State (81-59), and an overtime win at Nevada (79-72). Quayle's best game of the week was against Nevada as he scored 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 42 minutes. Against the Wolf Pack, Quayle was 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also had 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals against the Rainbow Warriors in just 22 minutes. He then finished his week with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just 28 minutes against the Broncos. For the week, Quayle averaged 14.0 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (16-29), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and was 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current three-game winning streak, Utah State is scoring 86.0 points and shooting 53.1 percent from the field (94-177), 52.0 percent from three-point range (26-50) and 74.6 percent at the free throw line (44-59). Defensively, USU is allowing 61.7 points during its last three games and its opponents are shooting 38.3 percent from the field (67-175), 38.2 percent from three-point range (21-55) and 52.6 percent at the free throw line (30-57). USU is also out-rebounding its opponents by 6.3 boards (39.0-32.7) during its three-game winning streak, and averaging 18.7 assists to just 11.3 turnovers.
AGGIES ALMOST UNBEATABLE WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State has traditionally been very successful when holding its opponents under 60 points as it is 7-1 this year with its one loss coming at New Mexico State, 55-52. In fact, USU had won 57 straight such games before losing to Marquette, 58-57, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Overall, USU has won 80 of its last 82 games when allowing fewer than 60 points and is 145-12 (.924) when holding its opponents under 60 points under Coach Morrill.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Jan. 18, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (61.3), scoring margin (+12.7), assists (15.89), free throw shooting (.773) and rebound margin (+5.8). USU is also second in field goal percentage defense (.408) and three-point field goal percentage (.403), third in field goal percentage (.480), and fourth in scoring (74.0) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.346). Individually, senior guard Jared Quayle ranks first in free throw shooting (.923) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18), is third in assists (4.37) and sixth in three-point shooting (.434). Junior forward Nate Bendall ranks fifth in field goal shooting (.579), 10th in free throw shooting (.810), 10th in blocked shots (1.06) and 13th in rebounding (6.1). Junior forward Tai Wesley ranks seventh in field goal shooting (.563), ninth in blocked shots (1.37), 10th in rebounding (6.8), 13th in scoring (13.5) and 14th in free throw shooting (.753). Junior guard Tyler Newbold ranks 11th in three-point shooting (.405) and 14th in assists (2.68). Junior guard Brian Green ranks eighth in three-point shooting (.417), junior guard Pooh Williams ranks 13th in three-point shooting (.400) and sophomore forward Brady Jardine ranks 14th in blocked shots (0.68).
UTAH STATE RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
As of Jan. 15, Utah State ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage (.780), 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.40), 20th in turnovers per game (11.3), 21st in three-point shooting (.404), 36th in rebounding margin (+5.9), 37th in assists per game (15.8), 38th in scoring margin (+12.2), 39th in field goal shooting (.477) and 40th in scoring defense (61.4). Individually, senior guard Jared Quayle ranks seventh in free throw shooting (.923) and junior forward Tai Wesley ranks 27th in field goal shooting (.565).
RECAPPING THE BOISE STATE GAME
Junior reserve guard Brian Green led five Aggie players in double-figures with a career-high 14 points as Utah State coasted to an easy 81-59 win against Boise State Saturday night in Logan. Junior forward Tai Wesley had 13 points and seven rebounds for Utah State, while senior guard Jared Quayle flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just 28 minutes of action. Junior guard Tyler Newbold scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds, while sophomore forward Brady Jardine also had 10 points and five boards. Robert Arnold was the only Boise State player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 12 points. Utah State scored the first seven points of the game on a pair of layups from Wesley and junior guard Pooh Williams, with a three-pointer from Quayle in between before Boise State scored the next seven points to tie the game. USU then used a 13-2 run later in the half to take a 33-18 lead with 4:35 to play and went into the locker room up 17 at 42-25 following a layup from Jardine at the buzzer. Green had 12 of his 14 points in the first 20 minutes as he was 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range, while Quayle had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first half. In the first half, USU shot 54.8 percent (17-31) and was 5-of-10 from three-point range. Boise State made one final run at Utah State, scoring 11 of the first 13 points in the second half to get within eight at 44-36, and trailed by 11 at 49-38 with 13:12 to play before USU went on an 8-0 run to lead by 19. The Aggies went on another 8-0 run minutes later and took its biggest lead of the game at 79-49 with 2:14 remaining following a layup from freshman forward Tyrone White. The Broncos then finished the game on a 10-2 run to make the final margin 22. Utah State finished the game by shooting 52.6 percent overall (30-57), including 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (14-21). Boise State shot 40.8 percent from the field (20-49), was 4-of-13 (.308) from behind the arc and 15-of-25 (.600) at the charity stripe.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE BOISE STATE GAME
Utah State shot at least 50.0 percent from the field (.526) for the seventh time this year... USU had a 34-31 advantage on the boards and has now out-rebounded all but two of its opponents this year... USU had a season-high 12 steals, while its 14 turnovers were its most in its last four games... BSU's 18 turnovers were the second-most by a USU opponent this year... Junior guard Pooh Williams had a career-high three steals and junior forward Nate Bendall tied his career-high with two steals.
FIVE AGGIES SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAINST BOISE STATE
Utah State had five players score in double-figures against Boise State as junior guard Brian Green scored 14 points, junior forward Tai Wesley had 13 points, senior guard Jared Quayle had 10 points, junior guard Tyler Newbold had 10 points, and sophomore forward Brady Jardine had 10 points. Overall, it was the second time this year that USU had five players score in double-figures with the other time being against Utah Valley on Dec. 12.
AGGIES GETTING SOLID PRODUCTION FROM ITS BENCH
Utah State is 10-3 on the year when its bench out-scores its opponent's bench and 3-3 when its bench is out-scored. Overall, USU's bench is averaging 21.3 points (404) and 8.9 rebounds (170) and had season-highs of 39 points against Southern Utah and 18 rebounds versus Idaho State.
UTAH STATE PLAYING SOLID DEFENSE WITHOUT FOULING
One of Utah State's trademarks under head coach Stew Morrill is to play solid defense without fouling and that is exactly what this year's team is doing. During its first three games of the year, USU was averaging 20.7 fouls per game, but during its last 16 games it is averaging just 16.3 fouls and had a season-low 10 fouls against Western Oregon. On the season, USU is 8-0 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents.
UTAH STATE RANKS 20TH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVERS PER GAME
After averaging 16.3 turnovers during its first three games, Utah State is averaging just 10.5 turnovers during its last 16 games and just 11.4 turnovers per game on the season which ranks 20th in the nation. Overall, USU has committed single-digit turnovers in five games this year.
MORRILL CLOSING IN ON 500 CAREER WINS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is just two wins shy of becoming the 73rd Division I head coach ever to record 500 career wins and one of just 19 active coaches at the Division I level to reach the milestone. In 24 years as a collegiate head coach, Morrill has an overall record of 498-235 (.679).
DID YOU KNOW?
Stew Morrill (280-97) is the winningest coach in Utah State history and is second all-time in games coached (377) behind E. Lowell Romney (382). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at USU (12th season) behind Romney (1920-41).
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
Fresno State is 10-9 on the season and 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference following a pair of road losses at Louisiana Tech (81-73) and New Mexico State (86-77) last weekend. The Bulldogs, who are 8-2 at home this year, are led by sophomore forward Paul George who is averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior forward Sylvester Seay is averaging 16.4 points and 5.7 rebounds, while freshman center Greg Smith is averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. As a team, FSU is scoring 69.6 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from three-point range and 66.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing 65.9 points and its opponents are shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 68.1 percent at the free throw line. Fresno State returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-21 overall and finished in ninth-place in the WAC with a 3-13 league record. Steve Cleveland, who is 7-11 all-time against Utah State, is 73-72 in his fifth year at Fresno State and 211-180 in 13 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. FRESNO STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Fresno State will be playing for the 46th time this week in what is the 15th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against FSU was on December 12, 1963.
UTAH STATE-FRESNO STATE SERIES
Utah State and Fresno State will meet for the 46th time this week with the Aggies owning a 26-19 all-time advantage, which includes a 6-13 road record. The last time the two teams played was on Mar. 12, 2009 in the quarterfinals of the 2009 WAC Tournament with USU winning, 85-68. Utah State swept the season series with the Bulldogs last year as it won in Logan, 65-61, and in Fresno, 83-77, in overtime. Overall, USU has won five straight games in the series, including two straight on the road. The last time FSU won a game in the series was on Mar. 3, 2007 in Logan, 71-66.
UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 74-22 (.771) in games played in January under Coach Morrill, which includes a 29-19 (.604) road record. Utah State is also 7-4 (.636) in known games played on Jan. 21 and 74-15 (.831) in games played on Thursday under Morrill.
VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 199-104 (.657) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. And in 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 110-77 (.588) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 49-20 (.710) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 111-69 (.617) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes an 82-31 (.726) record at USU.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes played basketball at Fresno State from 1984-85, and averaged 7.4 rebounds during his senior year to lead the team. He also earned second-team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association honors as a senior. Barnes also ranks seventh all-time in FSU history with 92 career blocks and 10th all-time in shooting percentage at 51.9 percent.
LAST MEETING AGAINST FRESNO STATE
Junior reserve guard Stavon Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Utah State made a season-high 13 three-pointers to run past Fresno State, 85-68, in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Lawlor Events Center on Mar. 12, 2009. Junior guard Jared Quayle added 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, while senior forward Gary Wilkinson also scored 18 points. Freshman Paul George had 16 points and five steals to pace Fresno State, while senior Dwight O'Neil had 14 points. Utah State scored the first five points of the game and made its first five shots to build a quick 16-2 advantage. Fresno State then scored six straight points to get within eight, but USU quickly answered with an 11-4 run to lead 27-12 midway through the first-half. USU maintained its double-digit lead for the rest of the half and took a 45-31 lead into the locker room. In the first-half, Utah State made eight of its first 10 three-pointers and finished the half 9-of-13 from behind the arc as Williams was 3-of-4, Quayle was 3-of-6 and sophomore guard Tyler Newbold was 2-of-2. Quayle had a team-high 11 points at the break, while Williams had nine. Utah State maintained its double-digit lead for the first 10 minutes of the second-half before Fresno State finally cut it to nine at 57-48 with 10:24 to play on a pair of free throws from Mychal Ladd. The Aggies then went on a 14-4 run over the next four-plus minutes to take its biggest lead of the game at 71-52 with 6:57 to play on a layup from Wilkinson. Fresno State did make one last run at the top-seed and got within 73-61 with 4:23 to play but Utah State scored eight of the next 11 points to put the game away. Overall, Utah State finished the contest by shooting 53.1 percent from the field (26-49), including 61.9 percent from three-point range (13-21) and 80.0 percent from the free throw line (20-25). Those 13 made three-pointers are tied for the second-most in a single-game in school history. USU also dominated the glass and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 35-22. Fresno State shot 46.3 percent overall (25-54), 36.4 percent from three-point range (8-22), and 58.8 percent from the free throw line (10-17).
LAST MEETING AGAINST FRESNO STATE ON THE ROAD
Even a 75-foot prayer couldn't snap the nation's longest winning streak as Gary Wilkinson scored a career-high 33 points to lead Utah State to an 83-77 overtime win at Fresno State on Jan. 31, 2009. Junior guard Jared Quayle added 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a season-high five steals for Utah State, while sophomore forward Tai Wesley had 16 points. Wilkinson, who had eight rebounds in the game as well, finished 14-of-17 from the field and Wesley was 8-of-12. Sylvester Seay had 20 points to lead Fresno State, while Paul George finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Following a pair of free throws from Quayle with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Utah State seemed to have the game won as it lead 72-69 only to see Seay's 75-foot prayer answered to send the contest into overtime. Utah State, however, quickly regrouped and scored the first five points of the extra period on a layup by Wilkinson and a three-pointer from Quayle. The Bulldogs fought back again and tied it at 77-all on a layup by Nedeljko Golubovic, but that would be the last time FSU scored as USU finished the game by scoring six straight points on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Tyler Newbold, one free throw from Quayle and a pair of charity tosses from Wilkinson. Utah State finished the game by shooting 60.0 percent overall (30-50), including 73.1 percent from the free throw line (19-26), and 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14). Fresno State shot 44.4 percent (24-54), 37.5 percent from three-point range (9-24), and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe (20-24). USU also out-rebounded FSU, 29-26, and recorded a season-high nine steals. Wilkinson had 16 first-half points for Utah State as the Aggies led by as many as five points in the first-half and went into the locker room with a 33-29 advantage. USU shot 61.5 percent in the first-half (16-26) and held FSU to just 40.0 percent (10-25). Utah State increased its lead to seven at 37-30 early in the second-half on a dunk by Wilkinson and later took its biggest lead of the game at 46-38 on a layup by Wesley with 12:46 remaining. The Bulldogs eventually cut the lead to one at 52-51 with 8:20 to play and took its first lead of the second-half with 2:16 to go on a pair of free throws from George to make the score 64-63. USU regained the lead on a pair of free pitches from Quayle and USU made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 2:06.
BENDALL MISSES TWO GAMES DUE TO HEART SURGERY
Junior forward Nate Bendall missed two games (Weber State - 12/23; Western Oregon - 12/29) due to heart surgery on December 23 as he had a minor procedure called a heart ablation to treat an atrial flutter. Since returning from his surgery five games ago, Bendall has scored in double-figures twice and is averaging 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 81.3 percent at the free throw line.
QUAYLE FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET DURING HIS LAST TWO GAMES
Senior guard Jared Quayle has filled up the stat sheet during his last two games as he had 21 points against Nevada to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal. Against the Wolf Pack, he was 8-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range and 1-of-1 at the free throw line. He then had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting against Boise State to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists in just 28 minutes. During his last two games, Quayle is averaging 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range.
QUAYLE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN EACH OF HIS LAST THREE GAMES
Senior guard Jared Quayle has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games and he has now scored in double-figures 11 times this year and 36 times in his career. He also has three 20-point games this year and eight in his career. During his last five games, Quayle is averaging 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists, and is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and is a perfect 5-of-5 at the free throw line.
QUAYLE HAS MADE 16 STRAIGHT FREE THROWS
Senior guard Jared Quayle has made 16 straight free throws during his last six games and the last time he missed a free throw was against Cal State Fullerton as he went 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. Going back further, Quayle has made 26 of his last 27 free throws overall dating back to the Brigham Young game on Dec. 2.
GREEN SCORES SEASON-HIGH 14 POINTS AGAINST BOISE STATE
Junior guard Brian Green scored a season-high 14 points against Boise State, marking the fourth time this year he has scored in double-figures. Against the Broncos, Green was 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 1-of-1 at the free throw line. During his last four games, Green is averaging 8.3 points and shooting 66.7 percent from the field (12-18) and 72.7 percent from behind the arc (8-11). In WAC only games, Green ranks first in three-point shooting and second in overall shooting.
WESLEY SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 16TH TIME THIS YEAR
Junior forward Tai Wesley scored 13 points against Boise State in his last outing, marking the 16th time this year and 60th time in his career he has scored in double-figures. During his last five games, Wesley is averaging 12.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (22-44) and 89.5 percent at the free throw line (17-19).
NEWBOLD SHOOTING MUCH BETTER AS OF LATE
After going 0-of-6 from the field, including 0-of-5 from three-point range, at Long Beach State on Dec. 18, junior guard Tyler Newbold has been shooting the ball much better for Utah State. During his last nine games, he is averaging 10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field (32-60), 50.0 percent from three-point range (19-38) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (9-12).
NEWBOLD SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FOUR OF HIS LAST SIX GAMES
Junior guard Tyler Newbold scored in double-figures for the ninth time this year, and for the fourth time in his last six games, with 10 points against Boise State. Overall, Newbold has 29 career double-figure scoring games.
JARDINE CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL OFF THE BENCH
Sophomore forward Brady Jardine continues to play well for Utah State off the bench and scored in double-figures for the second time this year in his last game against Boise State as he had 10 points and five rebounds. During his last five games, Jardine is averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 65.2 percent from the field (15-23). In WAC only games, Jardine ranks fourth in field goal shooting at 65.2 percent.
WILLIAMS PLAYING WELL DURING HIS LAST THREE GAMES
Junior guard Pooh Williams had one of his best games of the season against Nevada on Jan. 13 as he had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, to go along with five assists. During his last three games, Williams is averaging 11.0 points and 3.0 assists, while shooting 56.5 percent from the field (13-23) and 37.5 percent from three-point range (3-8). On the season, Williams has scored at least eight points eight times, including in each of his last three games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 9-2 this season when senior guard Jared Quayle scores in double-figures, but just 4-4 when he doesn't. Furthermore, USU is 8-1 when Quayle has at least five assists in a game, but just 5-5 when he doesn't record at least five assists.
FOUR RETURNING STARTERS IN THE LINEUP
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has started 79 straight games at Utah State, which is the longest streak on the team. Junior forward Tai Wesley has started 59 straight games and 78 of the last 79 overall. Senior guard Jared Quayle has started 52 straight games and junior forward Pooh Williams has started 50 games during his career.
WESLEY SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT AT NEVADA
Junior forward Tai Wesley scored his 1,000th career point at Nevada just three minutes into the game to become the 34th player in school history to reach the milestone. Wesley now has 1,026 career points to rank 31st all-time in scoring at USU and is now 23 points shy of tying Vince Washington (1984-85) for 30th-place with 1,049 career points. In 89 career games, Wesley is averaging 11.53 points per game.
PLAYERS WHO HAVE SCORED 1,000 CAREER POINTS UNDER COACH MORRILL
In his 12th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has had seven players score 1,000 career points which is tied with Rod Tueller (1980-88) for the most in school history. The seven players who have reached the 1,000 point plateau under Morrill are Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) who is the school's record holder with 2,522 career points; Tony Brown (1999-2002) who ranks eighth all-time with 1,564 career points; Nate Harris (2003-06) who ranks 11th all-time with 1,475 career points; Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who ranks 17th all-time with 1,283 career points; Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) who ranks 28th all-time with 1,065 career points; Desmond Penigar (2002-03) who ranks 29th all-time with 1,051 career points and Tai Wesley.
WESLEY RANKS 24TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Junior forward Tai Wesley recorded his 200th career assist against Western Oregon and currently ranks 25th in school history with 213 career assists. Wesley also has 499 career rebounds and is 44 boards shy of entering the top 20 all-time in school history in that category.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Junior forward Tai Wesley is shooting 59.9 percent from the field (375-626) during his USU career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Nate Harris (2003-06) who shot 64.1 percent, Greg Houskeeper (1988-89) who shot 62.2 percent, and Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who shot 61.7 percent.
WESLEY RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
In just 89 career games, junior forward Tai Wesley already ranks fifth all-time at Utah State with 88 career blocks. Wesley is now two blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fourth all-time with 90 blocks. His average of 0.99 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
NEWBOLD RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Tyler Newbold is shooting 42.4 percent (128-302) from three-point range during his career, which ranks fourth all-time at Utah State. Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) is the school's all-time leader in three-point shooting at 46.5 percent.
NEWBOLD RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has made 128 three-pointers in his Utah State career, which ranks sixth all-time in school history. He also ranks seventh all-time in three-point attempts with 302. Newbold is now 55 made three-pointers shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth-place all-time with 183 made three-pointers and two three-point attempts shy of tying Troy Rolle (1999-2000) for sixth-place all-time with 304 three-point attempts.
NEWBOLD RANKS 23RD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has 219 assists in his career to rank 23rd all-time in school history. Newbold is now one assist shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for 22nd-place with 220 career assists.
QUAYLE RANKS 24TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Senior guard Jared Quayle recorded his 200th career assist against Hawai'i and now ranks 24th all-time in school history with 216 career assists.
QUAYLE RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Jared Quayle ranks 10th all-time at Utah State in three-pointers made with 92 and is in 10th-place all-time with 228 three-point attempts. Quayle is now two made three-pointers shy of tying Curtis Bobb (2000-01) for ninth-place in career made three-pointers with 94. All-time, Quayle is shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range (92-228).
QUAYLE RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior guard Jared Quayle is shooting 92.3 percent from the free throw line (48-52) this year, which would rank first all-time at Utah State for a single-season ahead of Tony Brown (1999-2002) who shot 92.1 percent from the charity stripe during his freshman season. Overall, Quayle ranks 10th all-time at USU in free throw shooting at 81.1 percent (142-175).
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#5 Pooh Williams - Scored a career-high tying 17 points against Southern Utah and had 15 points against both Saint Mary's and Utah Valley... Tied his career-high with six assists against Cal State Fullerton... Made a career-high four three-pointers against SUU... Averaging 7.9 points and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 50.0 percent at the free throw line... Has started 50 games during his USU career... Ranks 13th in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#12 Brian Green - Scored a season-high 14 points against Boise State... Had a season-high four rebounds against the Wolverines... Had season-highs with four assists and three steals against Southern Utah... Averaging 6.1 points and shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent at the free throw line... Ranks eighth in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#13 Preston Medlin - Scored a career-high 17 points against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range... Averaging 4.3 points and shooting 40.3 percent, including 39.5 percent from three-point range.
#15 Modou Niang - Had career-highs with 13 points and seven rebounds against Weber State... Made his first career start against Western Oregon and played a career-high 26 minutes... Had a season-high two blocks against Southern Utah... Averaging 3.4 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 62.1 percent from the field and 57.1 percent at the free throw line.
#21 Jared Quayle - Scored a career-high 27 points at Utah and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds against the Utes to notch his fourth double-double... Also had 10 rebounds against Northeastern for his fifth-career double-figure rebounding game... Had a season-high seven assists against Boise State, Idaho State and Morehead State... Has scored in double-figures 11 times this year and 36 times in his career... Has eight career 20-point games... Averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the free throw line... Currently ranks first in the WAC in free throw shooting and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18), is third in assists and sixth in three-point shooting... Has started 52 straight games for USU.
#22 Brady Jardine - Scored a career-high 11 points against Western Oregon and had a season-high eight rebounds against Idaho State and Hawai'i... Had a season-high two blocks against Utah Valley and Cal State Bakersfield... Averaging 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 54.4 percent from the field and 82.1 percent at the free throw line... Ranks 14th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.68).
#23 Tyrone White - Has played in 12 games this year and is averaging 5.0 minutes per contest... Tied his season-high with two points against Boise State.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Recorded his first career double-double against Western Oregon with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds... Tied his career-high with 11 boards at Nevada... Averaging 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent at the free throw line... Scored a season-high 15 points at Weber State, and against Morehead State and Hawai'i... Has scored in double-figures nine times this year and 29 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Has started 79 straight games for USU which is the longest active streak on the team... Ranks 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting and 14th in assists.
#25 Jaxon Myaer - Scored a season-high nine points at Northeastern as he tied his career-high with three made treys against the Huskies... Averaging 2.6 points and is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three-point range and 70.0 percent at the free throw line... Has scored in double-figures twice in his career.
#35 Nate Bendall - Scored a career-high 18 points and had a career-high five blocks against Morehead State... Posted his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Utah... Had 14 points and 10 rebounds against BYU... Has scored in double-figures 10 times this year and has two double-doubles... Averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 81.0 percent at the free throw line... Ranks fifth in the WAC in field goal shooting, 10th in free throw shooting, 10th in blocked shots (1.06) and 13th in rebounding.
#42 Tai Wesley - Scored a season-high 22 points at Long Beach State.... Recorded his first double-double of the season at Cal State Bakersfield as he had 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds... Averaging 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 75.3 percent from the free throw line... Has scored in double-figures 16 times this year and 60 times in his career... Has scored 20-plus points six times in his career and has seven double-doubles... Has started 59 straight games and 78 of its last 79 overall... Ranks seventh in the WAC in field goal shooting, ninth in blocked shots (1.37), 10th in rebounding, 13th in scoring and 14th in free throw shooting.
#44 Matt Formisano - Made his first career start against Weber State... Scored a season-high seven points against Morehead State... Had a season-high four rebounds against BYU and Saint Mary's... Averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 80.0 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE IN CLOSE GAMES
Utah State is 0-4 on the season in games decided by five or fewer points as it lost to Utah by one point (68-67), Northeastern by three points (64-61), New Mexico State by three points (55-52) and Saint Mary's by five points (68-63). Prior to its one point loss to Marquette (58-57) in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Utah State had won 10 of its previous 12 games decided by two or fewer points including five straight wins in games decided by just one point.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Utah State is 4-2 this year and 56-18 (.757) over the last 11 years following a loss, and has dropped back-to-back games just 15 times during that time period. The last time USU lost three straight games was during the 2007-08 season when it dropped road games at Nevada (85-80), Hawai'i (71-66) and San Jose State (70-67). Overall, USU has lost three consecutive games just once in the last 11 years.
UTAH STATE RECORDS LARGEST CONFERENCE VICTORY EVER AGAINST HAWAI'I
Utah State's 44-point win against Hawai'i (98-54) on Jan. 11, 2010 marked the largest conference victory in school history, bettering the 39-point victory win against Montana State (50-11) in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game during the 1918-19 season. The 44-point win against Hawai'i is also USU's largest margin of victory since defeating Loyola Marymount by 45 points (87-42) on Dec. 30, 2004. USU's previous largest margin of victory in a WAC game was 38 points when it won at Idaho, 80-42, on Feb. 15, 2006.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 114 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.
WESLEY NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Tai Wesley was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference player of the week on Dec. 28 after leading the Aggies to wins against Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73) in its own Basketball Travelers Invitational last week en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors. It is the first time in his career Wesley has been awarded the league's top weekly honor. Against the Eagles, Wesley had 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as he was 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-9 at the free throw line. Against the Titans, he scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and had a season-high three blocks. And against the Wildcats, he scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting at the free throw line, to go along with eight rebounds and a season-high six assists. For the tournament, Wesley averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting 65.4 percent from the field (17-26) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23).
QUAYLE AND WILLIAMS NAMED TO BASKETBALL TRAVELERS INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior guard Jared Quayle and junior guard Pooh Williams joined teammate Tai Wesley on the Basketball Travelers Invitational all-tournament team, along with Maze Stallworth and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State, and Kyle Bullinger and Damian Lillard of Weber State. Quayle averaged 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, while shooting 32.3 percent from the field (10-31), 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) and 91.7 percent at the free throw line (11-12). Williams averaged 8.3 points and 3.3 assists, and shot 52.9 percent from the field (9-17), 57.1 percent from behind the arc (4-7) and 42.9 percent at the charity stripe (3-7).
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 265-84 (.759) record. Those 265 wins are the 10th-most in the country, while the 75.9 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.832), Kansas (.810), and Gonzaga (.801). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the second-best record in WAC games during the last four years with a 48-20 (.706) mark. During its first four years in the league, Utah State has won two regular season championships (2008, 2009), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game three times (2006, 2007, 2009).
AGGIES LEAD THE NATION IN SHOOTING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
Utah State shot 49.6 percent from the field during the 2008-09 season to lead the nation for the second straight year (USU shot 51.4 percent in 2008 to lead the nation). USU also led the nation in field goal shooting during the 2004-05 season as it shot 52.5 percent. Utah State is the first team to lead the nation in shooting in consecutive seasons since UCLA did it in 1996 and 1997, and just the eighth team in the history of the NCAA to accomplish the feat. George Washington is the only school to lead the nation in three straight years as it accomplished that feat from 1954-56. USU's current run of being the top shooting team in the nation in three of the last five years is the best-ever streak in the history of NCAA Division I basketball.
UTAH STATE'S FALL SIGNING CLASS RANKED BEST IN THE WAC BY ESPN.COM
Utah State's fall recruiting class has been tabbed as the best in the WAC according to ESPN.com. The results are based solely on high school players. Utah State announced three players during the early signing period including a pair of prep stars in Ben Clifford and James Walker. USU also signed one junior college player in Brockeith Pane. Clifford is a 6-8, 215-pound senior forward at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah and Walker is a 6-2, 180-pound senior guard at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif. Both players will enroll as freshman at USU in the fall of 2010. Scouts Inc.'s Paul Biancardi, Joel Francisco, Reggie Rankin, Michael LaPlante, John Stovall and Adam Finkelstein all contributed to the ESPN.com report.
AGGIES WIN OLD OQUIRRH BUCKET FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR AND NINTH TIME OVERALL
Following its 85-73 win against Weber State on Dec. 23, Utah State's men's basketball team finished the 2009-10 season with a 5-1 record against in-state opponents to win the Old Oquirrh Bucket for the second-straight season and ninth time overall. Utah State's other in-state wins this year include victories against Weber State (66-60), Southern Utah (89-49), Brigham Young (71-61) and Utah Valley (87-56), while its only loss was at Utah (68-67). The Old Oquirrh Bucket (named after the Oquirrh Mountains located to the west of Salt Lake City) is the symbol of in-state basketball supremacy in Utah. Every year since the 1974-75 season the trophy has been awarded to the in-state college team (Brigham Young, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley and Weber State), which has the best winning percentage against in-state competition. Of Utah State's nine Old Oquirrh Bucket titles, four have come under the direction of current head coach Stew Morrill (2002, 2005, 2009, 2010). USU also won the title three straight years under Rod Tueller (1983, 1984, 1985) and Dutch Belnap's 1975 and 1976 teams won the first two titles in the trophies history. Utah has won the bucket 14 times, followed by Utah State and BYU with nine victories each, and Weber State with four.
UTAH STATE INSIDE THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 169-13 (.929) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes an 86-8 (.915) record against conference opponents and a 31-3 (.912) mark against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 462-106 (.813) in this its 40th year in the building. Utah State has won seven straight home games and 59 of its last 61 home games dating back to the 2005-06 season with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's, 68-63, on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State, 71-66, on March 3, 2007. USU has also won 18 straight WAC games at home and 27 of its last 28 overall.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which ranks tied for the fourth-most by any current Division I coach in college basketball. Morrill's former assistants who are current head coaches include Terry Dunn (Dartmouth), Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho). Arizona State's Herb Sendek has the most assistants who are currently Division I head coaches with eight, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino with seven and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun with six. Other coaches with five assistants as current Division I head coaches include Ben Braun of Rice, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Jay Wright of Villanova.
UTAH STATE RETURNS PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE
Utah State's four returning starters have a combined 239 games played while at Utah State including 186 starts, while its four other returnees have a total of 136 games played at USU. If you add Nate Bendall's 13 games played while at freshman at USU during the 2005-06 season, Utah State returns a total of 388 games played in. Furthermore, Utah State's seven returning lettermen from the 2008-09 roster are the most since the 2004-05 season when USU returned seven lettermen.
QUAYLE ONLY SENIOR ON AGGIE ROSTER
Utah State has just one senior on its roster for the second straight year in guard Jared Quayle. Prior to the 2008-09 season, the last time a USU team had just one senior on its roster was during the 1999-2000 campaign in guard Troy Rolle. That team finished the season with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference. The 2008-09 team also did pretty well with just one senior on its roster as it went 30-5 overall and won the WAC with a 14-2 league record.
UTAH STATE LEADS THE WAC WITH ALL-ACADEMIC HONOREES
Utah State had six players earn academic all-WAC honors during the 2008-09 season (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Jared Quayle, Gary Wilkinson, Stavon Williams), while the other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC honorees.
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
Utah State's men's basketball team is picked to repeat as Western Athletic Conference champions according to both the league's coaches and media as the WAC announced its preseason polls Tuesday, Oct. 20. Utah State received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while Nevada received one first-place vote and 53 points. New Mexico State received 50 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Idaho (42), Louisiana Tech (31), Fresno State (30), Boise State (23), San Jose State (19) and Hawai'i (12). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 15 first-place votes and 273 points, while Nevada was second with 269 points and 12 first-place votes. New Mexico State, who received 226 points and six first-place votes was picked third, while Idaho (193) and Boise State (145) rounded out the top five. Louisiana Tech (140) was picked sixth, followed by Fresno State (130), San Jose State (88) and Hawai'i (66). The Spartans also received one first-place vote in the media poll.
QUAYLE AND WESLEY NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAMS
Senior point guard Jared Quayle and junior forward Tai Wesley were both named to the WAC's various preseason teams as Quayle was named to the first-team by both the coaches and media, while Wesley was named to the coaches second-team.
QUAYLE ONE OF 30 CANDIDATES FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Utah State's Jared Quayle has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year. It is the third year in a row that a Utah State player has been named one of 30 national candidates for this award as Jaycee Carroll was selected as one of 10 finalists in 2008 and Gary Wilkinson was one of 30 candidates in 2009. Quayle, a 6-1 senior guard from Perry, Utah is the only player from the state of Utah and the only player from the WAC to be selected for this award.
UTAH STATE GRADUATES WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN
Utah State lost three lettermen from last season, including one starter in Gary Wilkinson who was named the WAC's Player of the Year as he averaged 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and shot 58.0 percent from the field and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. USU also lost the WAC Player of the Year in 2008 in guard Jaycee Carroll who averaged 22.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, and shot 52.6 percent from the field, 49.6 percent from three-point range and 91.9 percent from the free throw line.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 24th season as a collegiate head coach and 12th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 280-97 (.743) record, including a 141-48 (.746) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 11 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 10 straight 23-win seasons and 10 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-6, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 11 years at 75.9 percent with an overall record of 265-84. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 162-54 record with five regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game eight times in the last 10 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 10 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 10 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2008-09 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its second straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 10th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Gary Wilkinson was named the WAC Player of the Year in 2009, while Jaycee Carroll was named the league's MVP in 2008. Overall, Morrill has coached 11 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 16 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 12 years, USU is an amazing 169-13 (.929) at home, which includes an 86-8 (.915) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 14 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 23rd in the nation among active coaches and 96th all-time with his 498 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 67.9 percent ranks 28th among active coaches and 100th all-time. He is also one of 27 active coaches with 400 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 13 active coaches to notch at least 14 20-win seasons. His current streak of 10 straight 20-win seasons ranks ninth among active coaches and is tied for the 13th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC) three times in his 11 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 498-235 (.679).