Aggie Men's Basketball Kicks Off Two-Game Homestand Against Mavericks Of UT Arlington Thursday
Returning to the friendly confines of home, sophomore forward Ben Clifford and Utah State men's basketball will look to get back on the winning track when the Aggies host UT Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 24. Tip-off for the Western Athletic Conference contest tips off at 7 p.m. MT at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The battle between the Aggies and Mavericks will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online.

 
Returning to the friendly confines of home, sophomore forward Ben Clifford and Utah State men's basketball will look to get back on the winning track when the Aggies host UT Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 24. Tip-off for the Western Athletic Conference contest tips off at 7 p.m. MT at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The battle between the Aggies and Mavericks will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online.
 
 

Jan. 22, 2013

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UT Arlington (8-8, 3-4 WAC) at Utah State (14-3, 5-2 WAC)
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) • Aggie Sports Network • KMYU TV

The Last Meeting
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December 20, 2011
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Medlin's Career-High 27 Points Leads Utah State Past UT Arlington, 73-69
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 27 points in leading Utah State to a 73-69 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member UT Arlington here Tuesday in the second game of the Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Returning to the friendly confines of home, Utah State men's basketball will look to get back on the winning track when the Aggies host UT Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 24. Tip-off for the Western Athletic Conference contest tips off at 7 p.m. MT at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The battle between the Aggies and Mavericks will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,493-1,025 (.593) in its 2,518 games played.

• Utah State has lost back-to-back games for the fourth time this year and for just the 21st time in the last 13 years. USU is 1-1 this season and 71-24 (.742) during the last 13 years following a loss. USU has also won 32 straight home games following a loss and the last time it lost at home following a loss was on March 1, 2003 against Idaho, 52-51. Furthermore, the last time USU lost at home after dropping two or more games in a row was during the 1992-93 season. The last time that USU lost three-straight games was in February of 2008, losing three-straight road games.

• USU's 14-3 start to the 2012-13 season is the fifth-best mark through 17 games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• USU's 13-game win streak was its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, was also the sixth-longest under Morrill and tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.

• Utah State's 5-2 WAC record marks the third time in the last four years that USU has won at least five of its first seven league games, as the 2010-11 Aggies opened conference play with an 11-0 WAC mark while the 2009-10 squad was also 5-2 through seven WAC contests.

• Utah State is 10-1 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 65 games (.908) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 95 of its last 102 home games (.931).

• Utah State has won 42 of its last 51 WAC games (.824) and is 68-17 (.800) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-29 (.752) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 3-2 this season and 91-28 (.765) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 54-4 (.931) record at home. USU is 2-2 this season on Thursday's and 89-21 (.809) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies also are also 10-2 (.833) all-time in known games played on Jan. 24, winning their last four on the date.

THIS WEEK
Utah State men's basketball returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) for a pair of home games, hosting WAC newcomer UT Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 24 and WAC leader Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 26. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m. (MT) and both games will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The Aggies continue their two-game homestand taking on league leader Louisiana Tech to complete the halfway point of league play on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU then opens the second half of the WAC schedule on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Idaho and at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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

Thursday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

ON TV
Thursday's game between the Aggies and Mavericks will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.

UTAH STATE IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State is seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's current run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is playing in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has an 88-29 (.752) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 42 of its last 51 WAC games (.824) and is 68-17 (.800) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State takes a 14-3 overall and 5-2 WAC ledger into this weekend's homestand, having lost its last two games after having its 13-game win streak halted with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State on Thursday night and a 68-57 loss at Denver on Saturday afternoon. USU was without starters senior forward Kyisean Reed and junior guard Preston Medlin in Saturday's game at Denver due to injuries suffered in Thursday's game at NMSU. Utah State rallied from its largest deficit of the season at 22 points and cut the gap to 10 in the final four minutes, but couldn't get any closer. Junior guard Marvin Jean netted a USU career-high 14 points, scoring in double-figures for the first time after netting his previous high of eight points four different times. Jean also hit a season-high four three-pointers, topping his previous high of two also reached four times. Junior center Jarred Shaw was one rebound shy of his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and game-high nine rebounds, helping USU to a 27-17 rebounding advantage. Saturday was USU's first double-digit rebounding margin since Jan. 5 against Idaho and was the Aggies' ninth double-digit rebounding margin this season, including the first seven games of the year.

MEDLIN, REED SUFFER INJURIES
Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced an update on a pair of players who suffered injuries in the Aggies' game at New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee. Medlin's injury happened in the first half, but he played the rest of the game, while Reed's injury happened late in the second half against NMSU and he did not return to action.

Medlin is currently averaging 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He is shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, including 39.3 percent (33-of-84) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. Medlin is currently fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg), while leading the league in conference only games (20.7 ppg). He also is second in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818) while ranking seventh in WAC only games (.816). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh in overall games (.393) and 14th in league only games (.395), as well as sixth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06) and second in WAC only games (2.83). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played both overall (36.06) and league only games (37.67).

Reed is averaging 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, leading USU in blocked shots (28 total) and steals (26 total). He is netting a team-high 58.2 percent (71-of-122) field goal shooting, as well as 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. Reed is 14th in the WAC in scoring both overall (12.1 ppg) and league games (11.3), while ranking 10th in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg) and tied for 11th in league only games (6.0). He also ranks second in overall field goal percentage (.582) while ranking fourth in league games (.553). Reed is sixth in the WAC in blocked shots both overall (1.75) and conference only games (1.67), as well as seventh in steals for both overall (1.63) and league games (1.5).

THREE RETURNING STARTERS, OUT WITH THREE DIFFERENT MEDICAL SITUATIONS
USU entered this season with three returning starters and all three are now not in action due to medical situations. Junior forward Danny Berger collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night. Berger will miss at least six-eight weeks, but most likely the remainder of the season. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee.

UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, adding 1.1 blocks per game as well. Shaw was one rebound shy of his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and nine rebounds at Denver. Shaw added 11 points and four rebounds against NMSU. He now has at least seven rebounds in 12 games this season, including six double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also is shooting 52.2 percent (84-of-161) from the field in addition to 72.4 percent (42-of-58) at the free throw line. After having at least one blocked shot in USU's first 14 games of the season, Shaw hasn't registered a blocked shot in the last three games.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 9.3 ppg, posting nine points, four rebounds and three assists in the Denver game. He has seven double-digit scoring outings in the last 10 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last three games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 124 points in 11 games as a starter, averaging 11.3 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 23 made three-pointers (23-of-52), and is also second on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.2 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.4 ppg on the season, and also averages 3.1 assists per game, dishing out 27 (4.5 pg) in the last six games, including four each against San Jose State and Denver.

SWEET THROUGH 17
USU's 14-3 start to the 2012-13 season is the fifth-best mark through 17 games under head coach Stew Morrill.

Year	  Record through 17 G	 18th G
2008-09	  16-1	                 W
2003-04	  16-1	                 W
2010-11	  15-2	                 W
2001-01	  15-2	                 W
2012-13	  14-3	                 Thursday
EIGHT MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR GOOD WAC RECORD
A win Thursday would make USU 6-2 in WAC play and be tied with its fifth-best eight-game WAC record, matching the 2009-10 USU squad. The 2008-09 and 2010-11 squads have the best WAC record through eight league games, going 8-0 both times, while the Aggies were 7-1 in their first year in the WAC in 2005-06, matching that in 2007-08.
Year	  Record through 7 WAC G   8th WAC G
2008-09	  7-0	                   W
2010-11	  7-0	                   W
2005-06	  6-1	                   W
2009-10	  5-2	                   W
2012-13	  5-2	                   Thursday
USU Men's Basketball Ranked Among National Leaders In NCAA Statistics
Utah State is currently ranked among the national leaders in the NCAA Division I statistics, released Monday, highlighted by ranking 14th in field goal percentage. USU is making 48.8 percent of its field goals, ranking first in the WAC and 14th in the NCAA. The Aggies are also 21st in the nation in both three-point field goal percentage (.385) and rebounding margin (+7.8). USU is also 29th in the nation in won-lost percentage at 82.4 with its 14-3 record. Utah State is also 39th in assist-turnover ratio (1.24) as well as 40th in assists per game (15.6).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 77th in the NCAA for rebounds (8.4) and would rank 62nd in field goal percentage at 52.2 percent, but Shaw does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game (4.94). Shaw also is 43rd in the country in double-doubles (6.0). Freshman guard Marcel Davis is 90th in the country in assist-turnover ratio (2.04). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 58.2 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 17th in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game. Reed does rank 86th in blocked shots per game (1.75).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN THREE CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for field goal percentage, (.488), and the Aggies are also tops in the WAC statistics for three-point field goal percentage (.385) and rebounding margin(+7.8).

USU also ranks third in both scoring (70.4) and scoring margin (+6.6) while ranking fourth in scoring defense (63.8). USU is also third in free throw percentage (.711), while ranking second in the league in both assists (15.6) and assist/turnover ratio (1.24). Additionally, USU ranks fifth in blocked shots (3.94), seventh in rebounding (35.9) and ninth in steals (5.12).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In conference only games, Utah State is third in both scoring offense (69.0 ppg) and scoring defense (65.3 ppg), also ranking third for scoring margin (+3.7). USU is also second in three-point field goal percentage (.384) and assist/turnover ratio (1.16), while ranking third in assists (13.57), fourth in field goal percentage (.469) and fifth in both free throw percentage (.713) and rebounding margin (+2.6). The Aggies are also sixth in blocked shots (3.14), seventh in rebounding (33.4) and tied for eighth in steals (4.86).

MEDLIN AND DAVIS TOP WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard Preston Medlin currently leads the league in scoring in WAC only games, netting 20.7 ppg in conference action, as well as leading the league in minutes played, both overall (36.06) and conference only (37.67). Medlin also is second in overall free throw percentage (.818) and sixth in league only games free throw percentage (.816), along with second in conference game for three-pointers made (2.83). Medlin suffered a broken wrist in the New Mexico State game on Jan. 17 and is out 6-8 weeks.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is tops in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (2.04) while ranking second in league games in assist/TO ratio (2.21). Davis also is tied for second in WAC only games in assists (4.43).

REBOUNDING IRONY
Utah State currently has 610 total rebounds, split up with 190 offensive boards and 420 defensive rebounds. Ironically, that is the same split up of the rebounds by starters and bench players, as the Aggie starters have 420 total rebounds (68.9 percent of total rebounds) while USU players off the bench have corralled 190 rebounds (31.1 percent).

BOUNCING BACK FROM A LOSS
Utah State has lost back-to-back games for the fourth time this year and for just the 21st time in the last 13 years. USU is 1-1 this season and 71-24 (.742) during the last 13 years following a loss. USU has also won 32 straight home games following a loss and the last time it lost at home following a loss was on March 1, 2003 against Idaho, 52-51. Furthermore, the last time USU lost at home after dropping two or more games in a row was during the 1992-93 season. The last time that USU lost three-straight games was in February of 2008, losing three-straight road games.

SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 124 points in 11 games as a starter, averaging 11.3 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 23 made three-pointers (23-of-52), and is also second on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.2 percent behind the arc. Butterfield has scored in double-digits in seven of his last 11 games played, including a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State. The sharpshooting junior did have his streak with at least one three-pointer in eight-straight games halted by not making a trey against Idaho, but Butterfield has made a three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games and does have six multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, and he has 19 assists in the last five games (3.8 apg), adding five against Idaho.

SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON
The Mavericks are 8-8 overall and 3-4 in WAC play, posting a 2-6 home record compared to 6-2 on the road, including two league wins. UTA has lost its last two games after winning their previous two contests, both on the road. The Mavericks lost at home to Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 17, 61-44, and to Idaho, 77-64, on Saturday, Jan. 19. Junior forward Greg Gainey led UTA in the Seattle game with 13 points off the bench and senior forward Kevin Butler added eight points despite 4-of-13 shooting, while senior forward Jordan Reves snared 11 rebounds. In the game against Idaho, Butlter again struggled from the floor, making 4-of-12, but was 6-of-8 at the free throw line, finishing with 15 points to go with a team-high tying six rebounds. Junior guard Shaquille White-Miller added 10 points off the bench.

UTA is last (10th) in the WAC overall in scoring (60.8 ppg) while ranking second in the league in scoring defense (60.8 ppg) for an even +0.0 scoring margin to rank seventh in the conference. Defensively, UT Arlington leads the league in field goal percentage defense (.383) and is third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313). Offensively, the Mavericks are also last in the league in field goal shooting (.401), while ranking ninth in both three-point field goal percentage (.312) and free throw percentage (.638), along with third in the conference in rebounding (39.4) and are fourth in rebounding margin (+5.4). UTA is also ninth in assists (11.38), sixth in blocked shots (3.5), fourth in steals (8.25), sixth in turnover margin (-1.25) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (0.68).

In the WAC only stats, UT Arlington is 10th in scoring (61.3) but second in scoring defense (61.6) to rank sixth in scoring margin (-0.3). The Mavericks are also eighth in field goal percentage (.401), seventh in three point field goal percentage (.301) and ninth in free throw percentage (.618), as well as fourth in field goal percentage defense (.415) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.304). UTA is second in rebounding (37.6) and third in rebounding margin (+3.6), in addition to ranking seventh in assists (11.57), fifth in steals (6.86), eighth in blocked shots (2.71), third in turnover margin (+1.71) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (0.95).

Individually, the Mavericks do not have anyone averaging double-figures, but have five players averaging seven or more points per game, led by Butler with 9.5 ppg, adding 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game, ranking fifth in the WAC in steals. Reves tallies 9.0 ppg as well as a team-leading 8.8 rebounds per game which ranks third in the league, to go with a team-leading 2.2 blocks per game, ranking fourth in the WAC. Reves also is 12th in the league in field goal percentage (.471). Senior forward Karol Gruszecki leads UTA and is 14th in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.351) and 11th in three-pointers made (1.63).

UTA head coach Scott Gross is in his seventh season as the head coach at UT Arlington and has an overall record of 111-90 (.552). He was named the Southland Conference's Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Mavericks to a 15-1 league record.

UTAH STATE-UT ARLINGTON SERIES
Utah State is 1-0 against UT Arlington, as the Aggies beat the Mavericks, 73-69, last season on Dec. 20, 2011 in Logan in the first night of the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 26-10 (.714) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State, Texas Southern and WAC newcomers UT Arlington, UTSA and Texas State, 1-1 against Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Thursday is USU's fourth opponent from the Lone Star State faced this season, as USU beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Nov. 17, won at UTSA, 71-67, on Dec. 29 and won at Texas State, 81-57 on Dec. 31.

Overall, USU is 14-2 (.875) in home games against teams from Texas, as the Aggies have posted a 4-0 mark against North Texas, 2-0 versus Houston Baptist and Midwestern State, 1-0 against TCU, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern, Texas Tech and UT Arlington, while going 0-2 against UTEP.

AGGIES' TEXAS TWO-STEPPERS
USU has two players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State), in addition to redshirting freshman forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS).

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 208-118 (.638) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 149-85 (.637) all-time in WAC games, which includes an 88-29 (.752) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING VERSUS UT ARLINGTON
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 27 points in leading Utah State to a 73-69 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member UT Arlington on Dec. 20, 2011 in the second game of the Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. Utah State improves to 6-5 on the season after posting back-to-back wins for the first time this year, and UT Arlington falls to 4-5 overall after suffering its third-straight loss. Furthermore, USU has now scored 70-plus points in each of its last three games after scoring over 70 points just once in its first eight outings. Medlin, who was 8-of-12 from the field, 6-of-9 from three-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line, also had a career-high eight assists in the game to go along with a career-high tying two steals. He also had four rebounds and just one turnover in 33 minutes. Junior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for Utah State as he tied his career-high for the third-straight game with 13 points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 12 points. Bo Ingram had 21 points and Jordan Reeves added 10 points and nine rebounds for UT Arlington. UTA scored the first four points of the game before Berger connected on a pair of three-pointers and Medlin hit four treys in a row to give Utah State a 20-8 advantage with 11:56 remaining. The Mustangs rallied back to within one at 23-22 only to see USU finish the half on an 11-6 run to take a 34-28 lead into halftime. UT Arlington scored the first four points of the second-half to get within two, but Berger and Medlin hit a pair of three-pointers to extend Utah State's lead back to 10 at 48-38. USU then got seven quick points from Reed on back-to-back dunks and three free throws to give the Aggies its largest lead of the night at 70-52 with 3:32 remaining. From there, the Mustangs out-scored Utah State 17-3 to make the final margin four points. Utah State finished the game shooting 49.0 percent (25-51), including 44.0 percent from three-point range (11-25) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (12-18). UT Arlington shot 44.3 percent (27-61), including 26.1 percent from behind the arc (6-23) and 69.2 percent at the line (9-13). Both teams finished with 32 rebounds, while USU had six more assists (19-13) to go along with five more turnovers (17-12).

DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLENESS FROM SHAW
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double for the second-straight game with 12 points and 10 rebounds against San Jose State, after tallying a double-12 outing with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Idaho. Shaw now has a team-leading six double-doubles this season and all six of his double-doubles have come when he's posted double-digit rebounds. He just missed his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and nine rebounds at Denver, marking the second time he was one board shy of a double-double, with an 11-point, nine-rebound outing at UTSA and also had two 15-point, eight-rebound games in a row (at Santa Clara, vs. Western Oregon), as well as an eight-point, nine-rebound game in the season-opener vs. Idaho State.

DAVIS DISHING DIMES
Freshman guard Marcel Davis distributed four assists for the second game in a row with four helpers in Friday's win over San Jose State, his seventh game with four or more dimes in the last nine outings, including in that stretch are two games of his season-high seven assists, doing so against Nicholls State and Seattle while dishing out six at Texas State, but then limited to just two at NMSU. Davis now has 39 assists in the last nine games, averaging 4.3 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.1 apg on the season.

A LOOK BACK AT THE DENVER GAME
Utah State men's basketball was short-handed without two injured starters and came up on the short-end of a 68-57 score at Denver Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference play at DU's Magness Arena. In a nationally televised game on ROOT Sports, USU played the game without starters senior forward Kyisean Reed and junior guard Preston Medlin due to injuries sustained in Thursday's game at New Mexico State. Saturday was the Aggies' second loss in a row after its 13-game win streak was snapped with Thursday's loss at NMSU. Utah State is now 14-3 overall and 5-2 in WAC play. With the loss Saturday, USU lost in back-to-back games for just the 21st time in the past 13 years and the first time since at Nevada and Fresno State in the same weekend on Feb. 2 and 4, 2012, respectively. DU won its seventh game in a row to improve to 11-7 overall and 7-1 in conference action, remaining in second-place behind league-leader Louisiana Tech. Saturday was also USU's second loss in a row to DU after a nine-game win streak in the series by the Aggies. Utah State now holds a 54-37 all-time series lead, as the USU-DU series is the fourth-oldest in USU history. Utah State was led by junior guard Marvin Jean's career-high 14 points, hitting a career-high four three-pointers, topping his previous season-high scoring output of eight points which he had done four previous times. Junior center Jarred Shaw was one rebound shy of his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and game-high nine rebounds, helping USU to a 27-17 rebounding advantage. Saturday was USU's first double-digit rebounding margin since Jan. 5 against Idaho and was the Aggies' ninth double-digit rebounding margin this season, including the first seven games of the year. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior guard TeNale Roland netted nine points apiece for the Aggies while sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points. Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out a game-high tying four assists, while Butterfield notched three helpers. Four Pioneer players netted double-digits, led by Brett Olson's 18 points while Chase Hallam added 14 points and Chris Udofia tallied 13 points and Jalen Love tossed in 10 points. Hallam also led DU with four rebounds. Denver darted out to an 11-3 lead at the 14:32 mark after a layup by Cam Griffin. USU pulled within five on two different occasions as both Butterfield and Roland were fouled on three-point attempts and both promptly drained all three free throw attempts, the last by Roland with 11:17 to go, pulling USU within 14-9. That would be the closest the Aggies would get, as the Pioneers opened their largest first half lead at 32-18 with 3:44 left on a Love trey, and DU took a 36-25 lead into halftime. Love hit an old-fashioned three-point play with 12:07 on the clock to give the Pioneers their largest lead of the night at 53-31, and the 22-point deficit was USU's largest of the season. The Aggies whittled away at the gap and trimmed it down to 10 points three different times, the last with 2:18 remaining on a pair of Shaw free throws, but couldn't get any closer.

BLOCKLESS IN LAS CRUCESS AND DENVER
After posting at least one rejection in its first 15 games, including seven games with five or more rejections, Utah State did not have a single blocked shot in either game of its recent road trips, going blockless at both New Mexico State and Denver.

JEAN MACHINE
In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, junior guard/forward Marvin Jean stepped up in a major way, netting a USU career-high 14 points, scoring in double-figures for the first time after netting his previous high of eight points four different times. Jean also hit a season-high four three-pointers, topping his previous high of two also reached four times.

OTHER NOTES FROM DENVER GAME
* USU's +10 rebounding margin Saturday was its first double-digit rebounding margin since Jan. 5 against Idaho and was the Aggies' ninth double-digit rebounding margin this season, including the first seven games of the year.

* USU's seven three-pointers matched DU's defensive total allowed in its previous four games.

* The Aggies' 85.7 percent (18-of-21) effort at the free throw line was their second-highest of the season behind 88.9 percent (8-of-9) vs. Western Oregon and was USU's fifth game this season making at least 80 percent at the charity stripe.

* The 36 points scored by DU in the first half were the second-most allowed by USU this season behind the 40 by UC Davis on Dec. 21, leading USU 40-39.

* USU's 11-point halftime deficit was its largest of season, bettering the previous high of three against Saint Mary's on Oct. 15.

* DU's 22-point advantage at the 12:07 mark was USU's largest deficit this season.

* Denver's 56.5 percent (26-of-46) was the second-highest allowed by USU this season behind the 57.8 percent (26-of-45) allowed Thursday at New Mexico State.

* Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean and junior forward Ben Clifford both made their second starts of the season Saturday afternoon... Clifford's first start of season was in Santa Clara game while Jean started against Southern Illinois.

* Clifford's eight points scored was his second-highest scoring output this season behind the 11 points against Weber State.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 11-0 when leading at halftime; 1-3 when trailing at halftime; 2-0 when tied at halftime; 11-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-2 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-1 when shooting better from three-point range; 5-2 when shooting worse from three-point range; 10-1 when shooting better from the free throw line; 11-2 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 10-1 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 11-1 when having more assists; 10-1 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 11-0 this year and has won 77 of its last 79 games (.975) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 284-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 47-78 (.376) when trailing at the half including a 1-3 (.250) record this year, having the smaller number on the halftime scoreboard in each of the last two games. The Aggies are also 2-0 this season when tied at the break.

UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 3-2 this season and 91-28 (.765) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 54-4 (.931) record at home. USU is 2-2 this season on Thursday's and 89-21 (.809) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies also are also 10-2 (.833) all-time in known games played on Jan. 24, winning their last four on the date.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this season, USU is 10-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 86 of its last 91 games (.945) when reaching 70 points and is 228-30 (.884) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-49 (.347) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-0 this season and has won 117 of its last 122 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 182-15 (.924) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU is now 2-0 this season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both Saturday and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28. USU has now won seven of its last eight extra session games and Utah State improved to 54-40 (.574) all-time in overtime games.

UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Has 10 games with three or more assists, including dishing out season-high seven twice, first in Nicholls State game and then in Seattle game, adding six at Texas State in between... Averaging 8.1 ppg on 105 total points in last 13 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Leads WAC in overall assist-turnover ratio (2.04) while ranking second in league only games (2.21), also ranking tied for second in conference only games in assists (4.43) while ranking ninth overall (3.12).

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Posted season-high 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career with double-digits and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... In second start of season and sixth of career, posted second-highest scoring mark of season with eight points in Denver game, making all four of field goals, adding two rebounds... Added five points in Seattle game and four against Southern Illinois... Snared season-high five rebounds twice, doing so at Utah Valley and home against Idaho, while adding four in UC Davis contest including two key offensive boards, and four again in Southern Illinois game... Has 21 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season in the Santa Clara game.

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Leads USU with six double-doubles this season, logging them against Saint Mary's (17 pts./15 reb.), Weber State (16p/12r), Utah Valley (12p/11r), Nicholls State (19p/11r) and back-to-back games against Idaho (12p/12r) and San Jose State (12p/10r)... The 19 points and 15 rebounds were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Has scored in double-figures in 13 games and had double-digit rebounds in six games, posting his double-doubles all six times... Led USU in rebounding in 11 games this season, including first five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and then matched it Seattle game and has at least rejection in 14 games, but hasn't posted a block in any of the last three games... Ranks fifth in the WAC in NCAA in field goal percentage (.522), a mark that would rank 63rd in the NCAA, but doesn't reach the 5.0 shots per game minimum (4.94)... Also ranks fourth in rebounding in the WAC both overall (8.4) and league only games (7.9), as well as 11th in overall scoring (12.4), along with ninth in overall blocked shots (1.12) and 13th in WAC only games (0.86), as well as 13th in overall free throw percentage (.724).

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes, tallying eight points with two three-pointers... He had a stretch of netting then-season high two treys and finishing with a then season-high eight points a total of four games in a five-game stretch, but then topped that in making his second start of USU career in the Denver game, netting a new career-high four treys on the way to a new Aggie career-best 14 points, going 4-of-6 from the field, all behind the arc, also netting both of his free throw attempts and pulling down four rebounds to go with two assists and one steal... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds in three games, most recently at Texas State, and added four each in Southern Illinois and Denver contests... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Missed Southern Illinois game with illness... Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Netted a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State after posting a previous career-best 14 points in each of the previous three games, netting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as he has scored 124 points in 11 games as a starter, averaging 11.3 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Is second on the team with 23 made three-pointers (23-of-52), and is also second on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.2 percent behind the arc... Has scored in double-digits in seven of his last 11 games played, including a career-high 18 points in the win at Texas State... The sharpshooting junior did have his streak with at least one three-pointer in eight-straight games halted by not making a trey against Idaho, but has made a three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games and does have six multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys against UC Davis, adding three at Texas State... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, and he has 19 assists in the last five games (3.8 apg), adding five against Idaho... Ranks third in the WAC overall for three-point percentage (.442) while ranking 15th in WAC only (.391)... Also ranks sixth in field goal percentage overall (.500) and eighth for WAC only (.542)... Also tied for eighth in assists in WAC only games (3.29) and fifth in WAC only assist-TO ratio (1.92).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH

#4 Matt Lopez (6-11/245/SO/C/Erial, N.J.) - Saw his first action as an Aggie in Utah Valley game in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year... Slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk... Ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team... Added five points, and recorded first two blocks of USU career to go with one rebound against Nicholls State... Shared team lead in rebounding for first time this season with then-season-high four against Southern Illinois and matched that with four at Texas State, before bettering season-best with five against Seattle... Added four points and three rebounds in Denver game.

#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in six games of Aggie career... Netted a season-best 11 points in coming off bench in UC Davis game, tying a season-high four rebounds and also dished out four assists, for his sixth game with four or more assists... Tallied nine points and three rebounds at Denver... Has dished out two or more assists in eight games, including career-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 46 career games... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.. Came up big in Idaho game, blocking one shot and snaring three rebounds in critical times.

UTAH STATE INJURED PLAYERS

#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks, but most likely the remainder of the season... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games played, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Out 6-8 weeks with fractured wrist suffered in New Mexico State game on Jan. 17... Made 53rd consecutive start and played in 75th career game at NMSU contest... Needs 30 points to become 36th player in school history with 1,000... Led USU in scoring for the ninth time this season and 31th time in last two seasons with season-high 25 points against SJSU and then 14 against NMSU... Scored in double-figures 13 times this season and 44 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 19 of his last 21 games played... Has 46 career games with multiple three-pointers, including season-high five at Texas State, as well as four against UC Davis, and three in back-to-back games against Southern Illinois and UTSA, adding three against Idaho... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 7 with 143 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 41.3 percent, as well as moving into No. 7 on career three-point attempts list with 346... Ranks fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg), while leading the league in conference only games (20.7 ppg). He also is second in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818) while ranking seventh in WAC only games (.816). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh in overall games (.393) and 14th in league only games (.395), as well as sixth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06) and second in WAC only games (2.83). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played both overall (36.06) and league only games (37.67).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Out for remainder of season with torn ACL injury in knee suffered in New Mexico State game on Jan. 17... Played in 52 career games and made 43 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Scored in double-figures 27 times in his career including five of last nine games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State and then posted his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Seattle game, adding 17 points against Idaho and 10 vs. SJSU... Recorded a blocked shot in 36 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections each against Nicholls State and San Jose State, adding three against Idaho... Has at least one blocked shot in 13 games this season and 17 of his last 21 career games played, including nine games with multiple blocks... Posted 30 career games with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding five times this season... Climbed into Aggies top 10 career list for blocked shots, now at No. 7 with 69, and No. 3 on the USU career blocks per game list with 1.4 bpg... Also No. 4 on USU's career field goal percentage (.608)... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... At time of injury, ranked 14th in the WAC in scoring both overall (12.1 ppg) and league games (11.3), while ranking 10th in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg) and tied for 11th in league only games (6.0). He also ranks second in overall field goal percentage (.582) while ranking fourth in league games (.553). Reed is sixth in the WAC in blocked shots both overall (1.75) and conference only games (1.67), as well as seventh in steals for both overall (1.63) and league games (1.5).

NUMBER FIVE FOR THREE
Junior center Jarred Shaw not only attempted but made his first three-pointer of his USU career, with a trey from the top of the arc in the waning seconds of the first half. It was his first made three-pointer of his college basketball career and second attempted trey, with one three-point attempt during his freshman season at Oklahoma State.

MEDLIN SHINES IN BEARD OUT
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in the win over SJSU, which was declared a "Beard Out" by the USU students, with fans wearing beards to match Medlin's beard. Medlin's streak of 20-point games was halted at two in a row with only 14 at New Mexico State, but Medlin has hit for 20 or more points in five of the last eight games, and 19 times in his career. Against SJSU, he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. After not scoring more than 18 points in USU's first eight games of the season, Medlin has now scored 20 or more points in five of the Aggies' last eight games. Medlin tied a single-game school record in free throw-percentage as he went 11-11 from the charity stripe. It is the 30th time that an Aggie player has been perfect at the line with 10 or more attempts, and the first since Tai Wesley vs. Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010. Medlin's 11-of-11 effort is the ninth time that an Aggie player went 11-of-11, also first since Wesley. It was also a season-best in free throws made for Medlin and the third-most attempts and makes of his career, going 13-of-14 twice last season (vs. Hawai'i and vs. Loyola Marymount). It was also the second time in the last three games and eight games this season that he made all of his free throws and 19th time in his career. Medlin also dished out five helpers to his teammates for the fourth time this season and it was the 12th time in his career that he has dished out five or more assists.

MEDLIN LIVING UP TO PRESEASON WAC PLAYER OF YEAR BILLING
Junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and has lived up to the billing so far in conference play, after posting 18 points, five assists and three steals in the win over Seattle, and adding a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals against Idaho. Medlin then scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, in win over SJSU. For Medlin, it is the fifth time in his last seven games and 19th time in his career he has scored 20-plus points as he was 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line, tying the single-game school record for free throw percentage. Medlin also added five assists in the game.

In USU's six WAC games so far, Medlin is averaging a WAC-best 20.7 ppg, ranking second in league only games with 2.83 three-pointers made per game in conference action, hitting 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from distance, ranking 12th in conference only games for three-point percentage. Medlin also is second in league action with 81.6 percent (31-of-38) at the free throw line, boosted by a perfect 11-of-11 at the charity stripe vs. SJSU, but then didn't attempt a free throw at NMSU. He also leads the conference in WAC only games in minutes played (37.67).

Preston Medlin Earns Trio Of Player Of The Week Awards
Utah State men's basketball player Preston Medlin was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week and America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete Of The Week for his performance during the period of Dec. 30-Jan. 6 in leading USU to three wins.

Medlin, a junior guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS), helped Utah State post a 3-0 WAC record last week with a road win at Texas State (81-57), and home wins against Seattle (75-66) and Idaho (82-75 OT). Against the Bobcats, Medlin scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds and one assist. Against the Redhawks, he had 18 points to go along with five assists and a season-high tying three steals. And against the Vandals, he scored 22 points and hit the tying three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where he scored nine of USU's 13 points. Medlin, who scored all but three of his points following intermission, added seven rebounds, two steals and one assist against Idaho. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), 41.7 percent from three-point range (10-of-24) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-of-23). Medlin's three-pointer against Idaho marked the second time this year he has sent a contest into overtime as he hit the game-tying three-pointer at Santa Clara with 0:2.4. USU went on to win that game, 80-78.

This is Medlin's first WAC Player of the Week honor this season and second of his career, also collecting the accolade on Jan. 30, 2012. Medlin has earned the USU Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season, also earning the honor on Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. It is Medlin's seventh career USU honor, earning the award four times last season.

MVP, THREE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.

Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.

LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank third on the team.

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 359-122 (.748) at USU.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 216 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Junior guard Preston Medlin is 30 points away from being the answer to the Jeopardy question, who is the recent member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club, as Medlin currently has 970 career points. He has played in 75 career games, for a 12.9 career points per game career average. Medlin would become the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is at No. 33 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range (143-346) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 134, passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to tie for No. 8 with 340.

REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has a 60.2 career field goal percentage (206-of-342), holding down the No. 4 spot.

REED SWATS WAY INTO TOP 10 BLOCKED SHOT LIST
Senior forward Kyisean Reed has also climbed his way into the USU top 10 blocks shots career list, now with 69 rejections, moving up to the No. 7 spot. Reed has qualified for the blocks per game average, playing in his 50th career game against Idaho, and he currently has his 69 blocks in 52 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, ranking him third on USU's career blocks per game list.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 344-108 (.761) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Jarred Shaw Named To collegehoopsdaily.com Midseason All-WAC Team
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw was named to the collegehoopsdaily.com Midseason all-Western Athletic Conference Team. The publication announced a five-player awards list for each conference in Division I, and the five players selected for the WAC are the same as the publication's Player of the Month list for both November and December. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State) is currently 13th in the WAC in scoring overall with 12.7 points per game, while ranking tied for 15th in WAC only games with 11.5 ppg. He also is fifth in overall rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game and is fourth in league only games with 8.0 rpg. Shaw also is seventh in overall blocked shots per game (1.36) and is tied for seventh in conference only games (1.50), tying teammate senior forward Kyisean Reed. Additionally, Shaw is fifth in the league in overall field goal percentage (.537) and 14th in overall free throw percentage (.723). Shaw has five double-doubles on the season, including 12 points and 12 rebounds in USU's 82-75 overtime win over Idaho on Saturday.

SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.

AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).

AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.

USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:

California - 4
vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15
at Santa Clara - Nov. 28
vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21
San Jose State - Jan. 11, Feb. 8

Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14

Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31

Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22

Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16

Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8

Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2

Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15

Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

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