Jan. 20, 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho -
Utah State Game Notes vs. Idaho
Idaho (9-9, 2-2) vs. Utah State (10-9, 2-2)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 p.m. (MT) * Moscow, Idaho * Cowan Spectrum (7,000)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network * TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,468-1,015 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State has won 19 of its last 29 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 97-78 (.554) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 68-42 (.618) record against conference opponents and a 31-19 (.620) mark against WAC teams. USU is 2-7 on the road thus far this year.
Utah State is 6-2 on the season and 65-21 over the last 13 years following a loss including a 12-14 record on the road. Overall, the Aggies have lost back-to-back games just 18 times in the last 13 years and three-straight games just once since the 1999-2000 season.
Utah State has won 30 of its last 33 WAC games and is 56-11 (.836) against teams from the WAC during the last five seasons.
Utah State's 10-9 record through 19 games is its worst record in Morrill's 14 years at Utah State and its worst since the 1995-96 season when that team was also 10-9 through 19 games.
Utah State is 86-25 (.775) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 37-21 (.638) road record. USU is also 131-48 (.732) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 9-4 (.692) all-time in known games played on Jan. 21.
Under Morrill, Utah State is 51-8 (.864) versus teams from the state of Idaho, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 23-4 record against Idaho and a 10-0 record versus Idaho State.
As of Jan. 20, Utah State has an RPI of 148 and a strength of schedule of 159, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 14th overall. USU also has a sagarin rating of 137.
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 181 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
Utah State (10-9, 2-2) will play its fourth of four-straight road games on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Idaho (9-9, 2-2) at 9 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised but can be listened to live on the Aggie Sports Network.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast live on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, 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 with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 10-9 on the season and 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference play following its 73-66 road loss at Seattle in its last game Thursday. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, and is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has three other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.8 points and 3.6 assists, junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds, and senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. As a team, Utah State is averaging 67.5 points and shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.8 points and its opponents are shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 2-3 during its last five games and is averaging 67.6 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 69.8 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 61.8 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 203-100 (.670) 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. 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. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And last year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record, to go along with its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 138-80 (.633) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 77-23 (.770) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 114-63 (.644) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 91-31 (.746) record at USU.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Friday, Jan. 20, Utah State ranks second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage defense (.323), second in scoring defense (64.8), second in field goal percentage (.472), second in field goal percentage defense (.409), third in free throw shooting (.694), third in three-point field goal percentage (.379), fourth in scoring margin (+2.7), sixth in blocked shots (3.21), and sixth in rebound margin (-1.7).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Friday, Jan. 20, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks third in the WAC in three-point shooting (.448), sixth in scoring (14.7), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), eighth in assists (3.05), ninth in overall shooting (.489), and 15th in free throw shooting (.725). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.619), sixth in blocked shots (1.00), and 13th in rebounding (4.9). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks fifth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.803), sixth in assists (3.63), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23), and 13th in scoring (12.8). And senior forward Morgan Grim ranks sixth in the WAC in rebounding (6.6), seventh in blocked shots (0.95), and eighth in overall shooting (.524).
UTAH STATE RANKS 45TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Friday, Jan. 20, Utah State ranks 45th in the nation in three-point shooting (.379), 50th in field goal percentage (.472), 67th in turnovers per game (12.7), 88th in field goal percentage defense (.409), and 97th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.323).
LOOKING BACK AT THE SEATTLE GAME
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 20 points, but Seattle shot 53.2 percent en route to a 73-66 home win against future Western Athletic Conference foe Utah State Thursday. Utah State falls to 10-9 on the season with the loss, while Seattle improves to 5-12 with the win. Pane has now scored 20-plus points in two straight games and in three of his last four for Utah State. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin also scored in double-figures for the Aggies with 19 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Aaron Broussard had 17 points and Sterling Carter scored 12 to lead Seattle. Trailing by seven at the break, Utah State scored the first points of the second-half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger, but Seattle scored the next five points to push the lead back to nine at 39-30. USU later got within three at 52-49 on a pair of free throws by Pane with 8:06 to play and had a chance to tie the game on its next possession, but missed a three-point attempt. From there, Seattle went on a 10-2 run to extend its lead back to 11 at 62-51 and Utah State never got closer than the final score of 73-66. Utah State finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-54), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 81.3 percent at the free throw line (13-16). Seattle shot 53.2 percent (25-47), a season-high for an Aggie opponent. The Redhawks also shot 57.1 percent from three-point range (8-14), also a season-high for an Aggie opponent, and 65.2 percent from the free throw line (15-23). After out-rebounding Utah State by just two in the first-half, Seattle dominated the boards in the final 20 minutes as it grabbed eight offensive rebounds and finished the game with a 35-24 advantage on the glass. After committing 11 first-half turnovers, USU had just one miscue in the second-half to go along with a season-high tying seven steals. Seattle had 17 turnovers. For the second time in as many games, Utah State fell behind by double-digits early on as Seattle made its first three three-pointers to take a 13-2 advantage just 3:37 into the game. The Redhawk advantage swelled to 13 at 22-9 before USU used an 11-2 run to make the score 24-20 following a Pane jumper. SU extended its lead back to 10 with six straight points only to see the Aggies score seven in a row as USU closed to within three at 30-27 with 1:43 to play following a Pane trey. The Redhawks, however, ended the half by scoring the final four points to give the home team a seven-point halftime lead. Pane led Utah State with nine first-half points as the Aggies shot just 40.0 percent (10-25), including just 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9). USU did make 5-of-6 (.833) free throws in the first 20 minutes. Seattle shot 56.0 percent in the first-half (14-25), including 57.1 percent from three (4-7) and was 2-for-3 (.667) at the line. Both teams committed 11 turnovers in the first-half, while Seattle had two more rebounds (15-13).
NOTABLES FROM THE SEATTLE GAME
Utah State is now 0-5 on the season when allowing 70 or more points in a game... USU's 24 rebounds are tied for its fewest in a game this year (Nevada), while its seven steals are tied for its most in a game (UT Arlington)... USU's 23 three-point attempts are its second-most this year (25 vs. UT Arlington)... USU has recorded just eight assists in each of its last three games.
AGGIES GIVE UP SEASON-HIGH SHOOTING PERCENTAGES TO SEATTLE
For just the second time this year, Utah State allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field as Seattle shot 53.2 percent (25-47) against the Aggies. SU also shot 57.1 percent from three-point range (8-14) against Utah State, and both of those shooting percentages are season-highs for an Aggie opponent. The only other team to shoot 50 percent from the field against USU this year was Denver (.521) and the only other team to shoot 50 percent from three-point range against the Aggies was Weber State (.522).
UTAH STATE HAS BEEN SOLID ON DEFENSE FOR THE MOST PART THIS YEAR
Despite giving up season-high shooting percentages from the field (.532) and three-point range (.571) against Seattle in its last game, Utah State has been very solid on defense for the most part this year as it has held 10 of its 19 opponents to under 40 percent shooting, and 10 of its 19 opponents to under 30 percent shooting from three-point range.
UTAH STATE SHOOTING MUCH BETTER AS OF LATE
After shooting 50.0 percent from the field once during its first eight games of the season, Utah State has shot 50.0 percent five times during its last 11 games. During its first eight games of the year, USU was averaging just 62.6 points and shooting just 43.5 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 64.5 percent from the free throw line. During its last 11 games, USU is averaging 71.1 points and shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 73.0 percent at the free throw line.
AGGIES HAVING A HARD TIME REBOUNDING THE BALL
Utah State is 2-7 on the season when it gets out-rebounded and 7-7 when it gives up double-digit offensive rebounds. Overall, USU had given up double-digit offensive rebounds in each of its last 10 games before Seattle grabbed nine offensive rebounds. Conversely, USU has not recorded double-digit offensive rebounds in each of its last eight games and has grabbed 10 or more offensive boards just five times this year.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 4-1 on the season and has won 110 of its last 113 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. In fact, USU is 175-13 (.931) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.
PANE SCORES 20 POINTS IN THREE OF HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
For the third time in his last four games, senior point guard Brockeith Pane has scored 20-plus points as he had 20 points at Seattle. Pane also had a career-high 24 points in his previous game at Louisiana Tech and has now scored 20-plus points four times this year and seven times in his career. With his 20 points at Seattle, Pane has now scored in double-figures 13 times this year and 35 times in his career. During his last four games, Pane is averaging 20.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (28-55), 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) and 86.4 percent at the free throw line (19-22).
MEDLIN SCORES 19 POINTS AT SEATTLE
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the 14th time this year and 15th time in his career with 19 points in his last game at Seattle, to go along with a career-high tying two steals. For Medlin, he has now scored in double-figures in 13 of his last 15 games, to go along with four 20-point games in his last 10 outings. Overall, Medlin has five career 20-point games. During his last five games, Medlin is averaging 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists, while shooting 45.8 percent from the field (27-59), 36.7 percent from three-point range (11-30) and 68.4 percent from the free throw line (13-19).
REED'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT TWO
Junior forward Kyisean Reed had scored in double-figures in each of his last two games before scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds at Seattle. Overall, Reed has scored in double-figures nine times in his past 13 games and 10 times this year to go along with one double-double as he had 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high three blocked shots against Fresno State. During his last five games, Reed is averaging 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, while shooting 65.6 percent from the field (21-32) and 57.1 percent at the free throw line (12-21).
GRIM'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT FIVE
Senior forward Morgan Grim had scored in double-figures in each of his last five games before scoring in single figures in each of his last three games. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures nine times this year to go along with three career double-doubles. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 65.2 percent from the field (15-23) and 63.2 percent at the free throw line (12-19).
FARRIS CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL OFF THE BENCH
Junior guard E.J. Farris has played very well for Utah State during his last 10 games including scoring a career-high tying nine points against Fresno State. During his last five games, Farris is averaging 4.6 points, while shooting 40.0 percent from the field (6-15), 40.0 percent from three-point range (2-5) and is 9-for-9 at the free throw line.
CLIFFORD TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH SEVEN REBOUNS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had one of his best games as an Aggie at No. 15 Mississippi State as he scored seven points and tied his career-high with seven rebounds. During his last five games, Clifford is averaging 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field (8-15), is 1-of-1 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
BERGER SCORES SEVEN POINTS AT SEATTLE
After scoring a total of eight points in his previous four games, sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored seven points in his last game at Seattle as he was 1-of-7 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Berger had scored in double-figures in four straight games before scoring in single digits in each of his last eight games. The last time Berger scored in double-figures was against UT Arlington as he tied his career-high with 12 points. During his last five games, Berger is averaging 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 22.2 percent from the field (4-18), 0.09 percent from three-point range (1-11) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (6-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific.
BRUNEEL SCORES CAREER-HIGH 10 POINTS AT WICHITA STATE
Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points at Wichita State. In his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 2.6 points and shooting 50.0 percent from the field (5-10), 50.0 percent from three-point range (2-4) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (1-2).
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. During his last four games, he is averaging 0.5 point and is shooting 12.5 percent from the field (1-8).
STONE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH EIGHT REBOUNDS IN FIRST START
Freshman center Jordan Stone grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in his first career start against Utah Valley. Stone also played well in his previous game at Pacific as he grabbed seven rebounds and scored a career-best seven points, while playing a career-high 23 minutes. During his last four games, Stone is averaging 0.8 points and 1.0 rebounds.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 9-1 on the season when leading at the half; 9-2 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 9-4 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 8-3 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 7-1 when it has more assists than its opponent; 7-3 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; 6-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent; and 10-5 when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt.
UTAH STATE SCORES IN THE 60s IN EACH OF ITS LAST THREE GAMES
After scoring 70 or more points in seven of its previous eight games, Utah State has now scored under 70 points in each of its past three games as it had 60 points at New Mexico State, 69 points at Louisiana Tech and 66 points at Seattle. On the season, Utah State is 4-7 when it scores less than 70 points and 6-2 when it scores 70-plus points in a game. Furthermore, USU has won 67 of its last 71 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 209-29 (.878) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
FROM THE BENCH
Utah State's bench has been very productive for the most part this year as it has scored in double-figures in all but four games and is averaging 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Overall, USU's bench scoring ranks sixth in the WAC behind Louisiana Tech (27.3), Hawai'i (23.0), San Jose State (20.1), Idaho (19.6), and New Mexico State (19.3). Fresno State's bench is averaging 14.9 points to rank seventh in the WAC and Nevada's bench is averaging 12.6 points to rank eighth overall.
UTAH STATE MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE DURING LAST EIGHT GAMES
After shooting the same number of free throws (190) as its opponents during its first eight games of the season, Utah State has been much more aggressive offensively during its last 11 games as USU is 170-for-233 (.730) from the charity stripe, while its opponents are just 117-for-187 (.626).
AT THE HALF
Utah State is 9-1 this year and has won 58 of its last 59 games when leading at the half. The last time USU lost when leading at the half was on Nov. 22, 2011 at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Over the last 13 years, USU is 265-24 (.917) when leading at the half and 43-70 (.381) when trailing at the half.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 8-2 at home this year and has won 91 of its last 95 home games. Overall, USU is 201-15 (.931) at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 101-9 (.918) record against conference opponents and a 46-4 (.920) mark against WAC teams. All-time, Utah State is 495-108 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
UTAH STATE STARTS SAME LINEUP IN EACH OF THE LAST EIGHT GAMES
After using seven different starting lineups during its first 11 games, Utah State has started the same five players (F-Grim, F-Reed, G-Pane, G-Berger, G-Medlin) in each of its last eight games. Overall, USU has started eight different lineups and 11 different players and only senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have started every game this year.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 14 after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
UTAH STATE HAS 12 STRAIGHT 23-WIN SEASONS
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
AGGIES HAVE RECORDED A 10-GAME WINNING STREAK IN EACH OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has three of the top nine field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 61.9 percent to rank second overall, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 52.4 percent to rank eighth overall, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 48.9 percent to rank ninth overall.
Idaho is 9-9 on the season and 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference play following its 80-68 road loss at New Mexico State last weekend, The Vandals, who are 4-3 at home this year, are led by senior guard Deremy Geiger who is averaging 12.8 points and shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three-point range and 74.1 percent at the free throw line. Idaho has two other players scoring in double figures as sophomore forward Stephen Madison is averaging 12.7 points and junior center Kyle Barone is averaging 11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. As a team, Idaho is averaging 70.9 points and shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from three-point range and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, UI is allowing 68.2 points and its opponents are shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from three-point range and 68.9 percent at the free throw line. Idaho returns one starter and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 18-14 overall and finished in third-place in the WAC with a 9-7 record. Don Verlin is 59-55 in this his fourth year as a collegiate head coach at Idaho.
UTAH STATE VS. IDAHO RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be playing for the 47th time this weekend in what is the 17th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against the Vandals was during the 1945-46 season.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 47th time this weekend with the Aggies holding a 33-13 all-time advantage, which includes a 15-7 record on the road. The first game played in the series was during the 1945-46 season with the Vandals recording a 55-33 win. Overall, USU has won 28 of the last 32 games played in the series. Idaho defeated Utah State, 64-56, in the team's last meeting in Moscow, snapping the Aggies 11-game winning streak against the Vandals. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 23-4 against Idaho at USU and 26-14 against the Vandals all-time.
WINNING STREAKS SNAPPED AT IDAHO
Utah State saw its Western Athletic Conference and consecutive games winning streaks snapped at Idaho on Feb. 9, 2011 as USU had won 25 straight WAC games and 17 straight games overall prior to its loss to the Vandals. That 25-game WAC winning streak is the longest in the history of the WAC and is also a USU school record. The 17-game winning streak was tied with the 2003-04 and 2009-10 teams for the third-longest winning streak in school history trailing the 1999-2000 and 2008-09 teams that each won 19 straight games. Furthermore, that 17-game winning streak ranked as the third-longest in the nation. USU had also won six straight road games and 11 straight road games in WAC play prior to its loss at Idaho.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO CONNECTIONS
Idaho head coach Don Verlin spent 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State. Senior Idaho guard Deremy Geiger spent his freshman season (2008-09) at Utah State as he appeared in 18 games and averaged 2.1 points in 7.4 minutes, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field (13-29), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (6-8). His season-high was 14 points against UC Irvine.
AGGIE PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State has two players on its current roster who are from the state of Idaho in senior forward Brady Jardine and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel. Jardine prepped at Twin Falls HS and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2005 as he averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in leading them to a 24-2 record and the school's first state championship in 32 years. Bruneel prepped at Eagle HS in Boise and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2008 as he averaged 23.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. As a collegiate freshman last year, Bruneel helped lead the College of Southern Idaho to a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship as he averaged 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds en route to earning honorable mention Southwestern Athletic Conference Region 18 honors.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO
Senior forward Tai Wesley's game-high 22 points lead Utah State to an 84-68 home win against Idaho on Senior Night as the 23rd-ranked Aggies got a combined 58 points from its graduating class. Guard Brian Green netted 15 points off the bench while backcourt mates Pooh Williams and Tyler Newbold tallied eight and six points, respectively, sandwiching forward Nate Bendall's seven points, and fellow forward Matt Formisano tossed in three points. Junior guard Brockeith Pane netted 18 points, as he and Wesley each matched Idaho's free throw scoring by making 10 each, as Pane was 10-of-11 and Wesley was 10-of-12, while Idaho was 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) on the night. Bendall snared a game-best eight rebounds, while Wesley and junior forward Brady Jardine added seven boards apiece, helping USU to a 37-31 rebounding edge. Idaho was led by Shawn Henderson's 17 points while Jeff Ledbetter added 16 points and Stephen Madison added 10 points off the bench. Landon Tatum registered six rebounds to lead the Vandals. USU made half of its shots (26-52), shooting 63.2 percent (12-19) in the second half, after a 14-of-33 (.424) first half. Green hit three three-pointers while Williams hit two and freshman forward Brad Brown hit one, as the Aggies were 6-of-15 (.400) behind the arc. Pane and Wesley's free throw shooting paced Utah State to a 26-of-30 (.867) effort. Idaho shot 25-of-61 (.410) from the field, making 8-of-20 (.400) from three-point range. The Vandals were 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe. The battle was low scoring in the early going, locked at 3-3 for almost the first five minutes of the contest. USU pulled away from a 5-5 tie with a 12-2 run, capped with a pair of Pane free throws and a jumper from just inside the arc, for a 17-7 lead at the 11:50 mark. Idaho then went on an 11-4 run to cut the gap to 21-18 with 6:04 to go, but that would be the closest the Vandals would get. The Aggies closed out the half with an 8-0 spurt, topped by a Wesley runner in the waning seconds for a 39-23 intermission advantage. A three-pointer by Green from the left wing put the Aggies ahead, 56-35, with 12:26 on the clock, before the Vandals reeled off nine unanswered to close to 56-44 at the 10:50 mark. USU then scored 14 of the game's next 20 points to regain its 20-point advantage at 70-50, coming on a Wesley layup at the 6:18 mark. Wesley later hit a pair of free throws with 2:52 to go to give the Aggies their largest lead of the night at 81-58, coasting to the win. The Aggie defense swatted six shots in the game, led by Wesley's two rejections, and USU committed just eight turnovers.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO ON THE ROAD
Utah State shot a season-low 33.8 percent and had its 17-game winning streak snapped at Idaho, 64-56, on Feb. 9, 2011. USU entered the game having won 11 straight against the Vandals, including five straight on the road. Junior guard Brockeith Pane led Utah State with 14 points and seven assists, while senior forward Tai Wesley posted his fifth double-double of the season and 14th of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Tyler Newbold finished the game with 12 points and fellow senior guard Pooh Williams had nine. Jeff Ledbetter had 14 points to lead Idaho, while Deremy Geiger scored 12 points and Kyle Barone added 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Utah State finished the game shooting 22-of-65 (.338) from the field, 5-of-28 (.179) from three-point range and just 7-of-13 (.538) from the free throw line. USU did out-rebound UI, 42-38, and entered the game with a 19-0 record on the season when out-rebounding its opponents. Idaho shot 42.3 percent overall (22-52) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-23), but was just 3-of-17 (.176) from behind the arc. Leading by three at halftime, Idaho maintained a two to five point advantage for the first 7:30 of the second half before Utah State got back-to-back baskets from junior forward Morgan Grim and Pane to tie the game at 39-39 with 12:30 to play. Idaho then went on a 12-3 run over the next 5:59 to take control of the game and USU never got closer than five points the rest of the night as the Vandals made five straight free throws in the final 58 seconds to secure the win. Idaho built an early 10-5 lead before Utah State clamped down on defense and held the Vandals without a field goal for 7:07 as USU scored eight straight points to lead 13-10. USU later led 17-14 following a layup from Wesley. With the scored tied at 19-all, Idaho scored five straight points and went into the locker with a 27-24 advantage marking the first time in its last 10 games that Utah State trailed at the half. Wesley led Utah State with nine points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Aggies shot just 31.4 percent from the field (11-35) as compared to 44.0 percent shooting for Idaho (11-25). USU was also just 1-of-14 (.071) from three-point range and 1-of-3 (.333) from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. UI was 1-of-8 (.125) from three in the first half and 4-of-5 (.800) at the charity stripe.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Recorded his third career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Kent State... Has scored in double-figures nine times this season... Had a career-high three assists at Mississippi State and a career-high three blocks against Fresno State and at Louisiana Tech... Scored a career-high 20 points and played a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has played in 51 games at Utah State with 19 starts and in 92 games during his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds against Fresno State to go along with a career-high three blocks... Scored a career-high 27 points against Kent State... Has scored in double-figures 10 times this year with one 20-point game... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a career-best 10 rebounds.
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Tied his season-high with five rebounds against Nevada... Has started 51 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 53... Has scored in double-figures in 13 games this year and in 35 games in his career... Also has four 20-point games this season and seven in his career... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Scored seven points in his last after scoring just eight points in his previous four games... Tied his career-high with 12 points against UT Arlington in a career-high 33 minutes... Had career-highs with seven rebounds and two steals against Seattle, to go along with a career-high six assists against Kent State... Scored a season-high 12 points at Wichita State... Sat out during the first six games of the season as a potential redshirt.
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 27 points and had a career-high eight assists against UT Arlington... Had a career-high nine rebounds at Louisiana Tech... Has scored in double-figures 14 times this year and 15 times in his career... Has five career 20-point games... Has scored in double-figures in 13 of his last 15 games and has scored 20 points four times in his last 10 games... Has played in 41 games at Utah State with 19 starts.
OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Tied his career-high with seven rebounds at Mississippi State to go along with seven points... Has made four of his last five three-point attempts... Made his first career start at Idaho State and had career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in a career-best 37 minutes... Has started two games this year and played in 18.
G #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in 18.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Scored a career-high nine points against Fresno State and Seattle...Recorded a career-high five assists against Saint Peter's and played a season-best 18 minutes against the Peacocks... Has scored at least four points in eight of his last 10 games... Has played in 36 games during his Aggie career.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points at Wichita State... Made his first career start at Weber State and had eight points... Had a career-high five rebounds at Pacific... Played a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started seven games during the season and played in all 19.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Made his first career start against Utah Valley and recorded a career-high eight rebounds... Had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had a season-high seven points to go along with seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes... Has started two games this year and played in 17.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Scored his first points as an Aggie at Louisiana Tech as he was 1-of-1 from the field... Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game... Has played in seven games overall this year.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 334-112 (.749) record, including a 169-51 (.768) 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 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, 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 13 years at 76.3 percent with an overall record of 319-99. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 194-58 (.770) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 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, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 201-15 (.931) at home, which includes a 101-9 (.918) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 552 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.8 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 552-250 (.688).