USU Men's Basketball Hosts WAC Leader Louisiana Tech Saturday
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean and  Utah State men's basketball will try to snap a three-game losing skid when the Aggies host Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off between the Western Athletic Conference leading Bulldogs and the fourth-place Aggies is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The match-up between USU and LA Tech 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.

 
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean and Utah State men's basketball will try to snap a three-game losing skid when the Aggies host Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off between the Western Athletic Conference leading Bulldogs and the fourth-place Aggies is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The match-up between USU and LA Tech 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. 25, 2013

LOGAN, Utah -

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Louisiana Tech (17-3, 8-0 WAC) at Utah State (14-4, 5-3 WAC)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 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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March 8, 2012
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Fourth-Seeded USU Men Knocked Off By Louisiana Tech, 72-70, Thursday In WAC Tournament
Fourth-seeded Utah State men's basketball rallied from a 10-point deficit in the last four minutes, but couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer, as the defending Western Athletic Conference champions were knocked off by fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech, 72-70, Thursday in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball will try to snap a three-game losing skid when the Aggies host Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off between the Western Athletic Conference leading Bulldogs and the fourth-place Aggies is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The match-up between USU and LA Tech 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 1,493-1,026 (.593) in its 2,519 games played.

• Utah State has lost three in a row for the first time since February of 2008, dropping three-straight road games. USU is 1-2 this season and 71-25 (.742) during the last 13 years following a loss. USU also had its 32-game home win streak following a loss snapped with Thursday's home loss, suffering a home loss following a loss since March of 2003. Furthermore, the last time USU lost at home after dropping two or more games in a row was during the 1992-93 season. The Aggies have never lost four in a row under head coach Stew Morrill as the last time that USU lost four games in a row was in January of 1994, losing one home and three away contests.

• USU's 14-4 start to the 2012-13 season is tied the fifth-best mark through 18 games under head coach Stew Morrill, matching 18-game records from 2001-02 and 2005-06, two squads that both won their 19th game.

• USU has won 91.7 percent of its home games (220-20) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 270 games (.919) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 56 (.911) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 138 (.913). USU has registered a 514-113 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.

• Utah State is 10-2 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 66 games (.894) 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 103 home games (.922).

• Utah State has won 42 of its last 52 WAC games (.808) and is 68-18 (.791) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-30 (.746) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 3-3 this season and 91-29 (.758) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 54-5 (.915) record at home. USU is 8-1 in games played on Saturday this season, having its eight-game Saturday win streak snapped with the loss at Denver last week. USU is 142-53 (.728) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Jan. 26 for the second year in a row, having beaten Hawai'i on the date last year, and are are 5-5 (.500) all-time in known games played on Jan. 26.

THIS WEEK
Utah State men's basketball hosts WAC leader Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's game 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 open the second half of the WAC schedule on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Idaho and at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2. Both games tip-off at 8 p.m. (MT). Thursday's game at Idaho will be televised on ESPN Regional TV. Saturday's game at Seattle will be tape delayed on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain following the Utah Jazz game. Check local listings for more information.

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

Saturday's Utah State game will air in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.

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

ON TV
Saturday's game between the Aggies and Bulldogs 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 88-30 (.746) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 42 of its last 52 WAC games (.808) and is 68-18 (.791) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 14-4 overall and 5-4 in WAC action, having their nine-game home winning streak snapped and USU has now lost three-straight games for the first time since February of 2008. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored a career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double, but a short-handed Utah State squad had just nine available players and played without three starters lost at home. In making his first home start of the season, sophomore forward Ben Clifford also had a career-night for Utah State as he had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, tying his career-high in each category. Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 11 points and added a career-high four assists, while also blocking a career-best three shots. Junior center Jarred Shaw scored nine points, freshman guard Marcel Davis had seven points and sophomore center Jordan Stone scored a season-high six points for USU. Utah State tied a season high with 26 three-point attempts, while making 10 three-pointers, which is the third-best of the season behind 12 vs. UC Davis and 11 at Texas State. The Aggies committed 24 fouls against UT Arlington, which is also season-high, as UT Arlington aggressively attacked the Utah State defense, resulting in 34 free throw attempts for the Mavericks, which is the most allowed to a USU opponent this season. UTA converted on 25 of its 34 shots from the charity stripe, which is also a season-high allowed to an opponent. UTA also snatched 36 rebounds in Thursday's action, which ties the most an opponent has corralled against the Aggies, matching the 36 by Idaho.

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 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 third 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 sixth in WAC only games (.816). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh in overall games (.393) and 15th in league only games (.395), as well as fifth 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 12th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.1 ppg) and tied for 15th in league games (11.3), while ranking tied for ninth in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg) and tied for 12th in league only games (6.0). He also ranks second in both overall field goal percentage (.582) and 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 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 12.2 points and 8.1 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 after tallying 11 points and four rebounds against NMSU, adding nine points and three rebounds against UT Arlington. He has at least seven rebounds in 12 games this season, including six double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also is shooting an even 50.0 percent (87-of-174) from the field in addition to 72.6 percent (45-of-62) 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 four games.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 10.1 ppg, posting a career-high 23 points and adding a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double. Butterfield now has eight double-digit scoring outings in the last 11 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last four games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 147 points in 12 games as a starter, averaging 12.3 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 27 made three-pointers (27-of-61), and is also third on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.3 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.4 ppg on the season, and also averages 3.2 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in each of the last two games for his eighth game with four or more dimes in the last 10 games. He now has 43 assists in the last 10 games (4.3 apg) and has 47 assists in 12 games as a starter (3.9) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has stepped up in place of Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 12.5 ppg in the last two games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA. Jean leads the team and the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.463), making 19-of-41, including 7-of-13 (.538) in the last two games. He also has averaging 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game the last two contests as a starter.

EFFICIENT THROUGH 18
USU's 14-4 start to the 2012-13 season is tied the fifth-best mark through 18 games under head coach Stew Morrill, matching 18-game records from 2001-02 and 2005-06, two squads that both won their 19th game.

Year Record through 18 G 19th G 2008-09 17-1 W 2003-04 17-1 W 2010-11 16-2 W 2000-01 16-2 W 2001-02 14-4 W 2005-06 14-4 W 2012-13 14-4 Saturday

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, updated and released Friday, highlighted by ranking 20th in field goal percentage. USU is making 48.1 percent of its field goals, ranking first in the WAC and 20th in the NCAA. The Aggies are also 17th in rebounding margin (+7.7) and 25th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.385). USU is also 33rd in assists per game (15.7) and 40th in assist/turnover ratio (1.23).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 51st in the NCAA in double-doubles (6.0), and would tied for 87th in field goal percentage along with teammate junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, who are both making half of their field goals, but do not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game. Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean had a 48.6 three-point percentage, that would rank tied for ninth in the nation, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 2.5 made per game (1.1). Senior forward Kyisean Reed leads USU with a 58.2 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 14th 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, (.481), and the Aggies are also tops in the WAC statistics for three-point field goal percentage (.385) and rebounding margin(+7.7).

USU also ranks second in assists (15.67) and assist/turnover ratio (1.23), while ranking third in scoring (70.2), scoring margin (+5.9) and free throw percentage (.708). Additionally, the Aggies are fourth in scoring defense (64.3) and blocks (4.11), while ranking sixth in rebounds (36.2), eighth in field goal percentage defense (.426) and ninth in both three-point field goal percentage defense (.343) and steals (5.17).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In conference only games, Utah State is first in three-point field goal percentage (.384), as well as second in assist/turnover ratio (1.13), ranking third in scoring (68.9) and assists (14.0). USU also is fourth scoring margin (+2.5), field goal percentage (.455), free throw percentage (.706) and rebound margin (+2.9), along with fifth in both scoring defense (66.4) and blocks (3.63), seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.351) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (.443) as well as ninth in steals (5.00).

MEDLIN AND JEAN TOP WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard Preston Medlin still 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.

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean leads the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.467), boosted by hitting 7-of-13 (.538) in the last two games.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is second in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (1.84) while ranking fourth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.84). Davis also is tied for second in WAC only games in assists (4.38).

BOUNCING BACK FROM A LOSS
Utah State has lost three in a row for the first time since February of 2008, dropping three-straight road games. USU is 1-2 this season and 71-25 (.742) during the last 13 years following a loss. USU also had its 32-game home win streak following a loss snapped with Thursday's home loss, suffering a home loss following a loss since March of 2003. Furthermore, the last time USU lost at home after dropping two or more games in a row was during the 1992-93 season. The Aggies have never lost four in a row under head coach Stew Morrill as the last time that USU lost four games in a row was in January of 1994, losing one home and three away contests.

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 147 points in 12 games as a starter, averaging 12.3 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 27 made three-pointers (27-of-61), and is also third on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.3 percent behind the arc. Butterfield has scored in double-digits in eighth of his last 12 games played, boosted by his career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double against UT Arlington. The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 games and does have seven multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and 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 22 assists in the last six games (3.7 apg), adding five against Idaho.

JEAN MACHINE
In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has stepped up in a major way, netting a USU career-high 14 points at Denver and then 11 points vs. UT Arlington. Jean had netted his previous high of eight points four different times. Jean also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, topping his previous high of two also reached four times. Jean has averaged 12.5 ppg in the last two games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA. Jean leads the team and the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.463), making 19-of-41, including 7-of-13 (.538) in the last two games. He also has averaging 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game the last two contests as a starter, including swatting a career-high three blocks Thursday night after totalling just two in the previous 18 games.

CLIFFORD THE BIG BLUE AGGIE
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford had a career night against UT Arlington, tying a career-best in points (12), rebounds (9) and blocks (4). All of which are also season-highs for Clifford and he also tallied a season-high 33 minutes of action tonight, bettering his previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block. Clifford has now scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds three times this season and 16 times in his career.

DAVIS DISHING DIMES
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has distributed at least four assists in seven of his last eight games with four helpers against UT Arlington, and he has eight games with four or more dimes in the last 10 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, before bouncing back with four in both the Denver and UTA games. Davis now has 43 assists in the last 10 games, averaging 4.3 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.2 apg on the season.

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.

SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
The Bulldogs are 17-3 overall and are atop the WAC standings with an 8-0 ledger, the only unbeaten league team, and are also receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. LA Tech won its ninth game in a row on Thursday at San Jose State, pulling away from a five-point halftime lead and won going away, 76-54. The Bulldogs shot 44.6 percent from the field for the game with the starters and the bench each scoring 38 points. Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby scored 17 points and freshman guard Alex Hamilton added 15 off the bench. Appleby made three three-pointers, while Hamilton logged eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Senior guard Brandon Gibson chipped in 13 points for the Bulldogs.

Louisiana Tech leads the WAC in scoring offense (73.6 ppg), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (64.3 ppg), to lead the league in scoring margin (+9.2). The Bulldogs also top the WAC statistics and rank seventh in the NCAA in turnover margin (+5.0) while also leading the league in blocked shots (5.1 bpg), as well as three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).

In WAC only games, LA Tech also leads the WAC in scoring offense (73.4 ppg), ranking fourth in scoring defense (64.1 ppg) for a +9.2 scoring margin to rank second in the league. The Bulldogs are also tops in conference only games for turnover margin (+5.88), ranking second in both blocked shots (5.25) and steals (8.00), as well as ranking second in three-point field goal percentage.

Individually, sophomore forward Michale Kyser leads the WAC and is seventh in the NCAA in blocked shots (3.20), and also ranks seventh in the league in rebounding (6.3). Appleby is seventh in the WAC overall in scoring (14.6) while sophomore guard Kenneth Smith leads the WAC in assists (4.85) and is third in the league in steals (2.05) as well as fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.76). Junior guard Kenyon McNeail is first in the WAC in free throw percentage (.911), but has the fewest makes and attempts of anyone in the top 15.

LA Tech head coach Michael White is in his second season at the leash of the Bulldogs' program, posting a 35-19 record.

ARC DE TRIUMPH
Shooting from behind the three-point arc could be a major key to victory Saturday, as the game matches the top three-point shooting team in the league against the top three-point defensive team in the conference. Utah State is first in the WAC in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.385) while Louisiana Tech is tops in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (.299). On the flip side, LA Tech is ninth in three-point shooting (.314) while USU is ninth in three-point field goal shooting defense (.343).

CODY CONNECTION
Utah State director of basketball operations Cody Fueger served the same role at Louisiana Tech for four years under then head coach Kerry Rupp, from 2007-11, before serving as director of operations for one season at UC Riverside before staring at USU this summer.

UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH SERIES
Utah State and Louisiana Tech will meet for the 18th time this week with the Aggies owning a 14-3 all-time advantage, which includes a 7-0 mark at home. USU swept last year's season series with the Bulldogs as it posted a 69-65 road win on Jan. 14 and a 77-63 home win on Feb. 9, before LA Tech won in the first round of the WAC Tournament, 72-70, on March 8, snapping a six-game Aggie win streak in the series. LA Tech's last regular-season victory in the series was on Jan. 4, 2010 when it posted an 82-60 home win. USU is 5-2 overall at Ruston and 2-1 on neutral courts with all three meetings happening in the WAC Tournament.

VERSUS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
Utah State is 24-9 (.727) all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana as it is 14-3 against Louisiana Tech, 2-1 against Centenary, LSU and Tulane, 1-1 against New Orleans, 1-0 against Grambling and Nicholls State, 1-1 against Northwestern State and 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 208-119 (.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 149-86 (.634) all-time in WAC games, which includes an 88-30 (.746) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING VERSUS LOUISIANA TECH
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Fourth-seeded Utah State men's basketball rallied from a 10-point deficit in the last four minutes, but couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer, as the defending Western Athletic Conference champions were knocked off by fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech, 72-70, on March 8, 2012 in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev. Down 69-59 with 4:05 to play, USU rallied within one, but Louisiana Tech's Trevor Gaskins hit the first of two free throws, missing the second. The Aggies couldn't get a shot off before the horn sounded to end the game. Sophomore guard Danny Berger led a trio of Aggies in double-digits with a career-high 17 points, followed by senior guard Brockeith Pane with 13 points, including 11 in the second half. Redshirt-freshman forward Ben Clifford netted a career-best 12 points, while freshman center Jordan Stone joined in on the career-high scoring with nine points off the bench, as the Aggie reserves out-scored their Bulldog counterparts, 38-8. Louisiana Tech was led by 16 points from both Gaskins and Romario Souza, while Brandon Gibson and Raheem Appleby tossed in 13 points, as the Bulldogs earned their first win of the season over the Aggies, as well as in the WAC Tournament. USU now holds a 14-3 all-time series advantage over LTU, as Thursday's loss snapped an Aggie six-game win streak against the Bulldogs. Utah State found itself down 10-0 in the early going, but rallied with a 20-3 run, capped by a three-pointer by Clifford from the left wing to take a 20-13 lead. LTU's Gibson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to knot the score at 24-all. A tip-in by Stone with 2:44 left tied it at 30, the fourth even score of the half. Stone hit a pair of charity stripe shots for a 32-30 Aggie advantage with 2:24 to go, but a three from the left corner by Appleby followed by a pair of free throws from Cordarius Johnson with 1:03 on the first half clock put LTU up at the break, 35-32. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt to extend its lead to 44-34 after a Kenneth Smith bucket at the 17:21 mark. USU couldn't get any closer than seven points but wouldn't let LTU pull away, as the Bulldogs took their last 10-point lead at 69-59 with 4:05 remaining after an old-fashioned three-point play by Appleby. Pane hit a spinning layup and then later hit 1-of-2 free throws to pull the Aggies within, 71-70 with nine seconds left. Gaskins was fouled on the in-bounds play, hitting the first free throw with 6.1 on the clock, but missing the second. USU corralled the rebound, but couldn't get a final shot off before the buzzer. Utah State shot 20-of-44 (45.8 percent) from the field, including 4-10 (40.0 percent) from three-point range, making 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) free throws, its fourth game this season shooting 80 percent or better. Louisiana Tech netted 52.9 percent (27-of-51) of its field goals, draining 47.1 percent (8-of-17) behind the arc. The Bulldogs were also 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) at the free pitch stripe. Utah State had a 34-23 rebounding edge, including 13 on the offensive glass which led to a 13-6 second-chance points advantage. Both teams committed 11 turnovers, with USU swiping six steals while LTU had five. The Aggies had 13 assists on the night, including a career-high tying eight from sophomore guard Preston Medlin.

LAST MEETING VERSUS THE BULLDOGS AT LOGAN
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin and junior forward Kyisean Reed combined for 42 points to lead the Aggies of Utah State to a 77-63 caging of the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech on Feb. 9 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU opened up its season-long five-game homestand with a win, halting a two-game losing skid to improve to 13-12 overall and even its WAC ledger at 5-5. LA Tech lost its third in a row in falling to 11-13 overall and 3-6 in league play. With the win, the Aggies swept the season series with the Bulldogs, remaining perfect at home at 7-0 and improving to 14-2 overall, winning the last six meetings. Thursday was USU's 21st-straight home victory in the month of February, improving to 70-27 overall in the month under head coach Stew Morrill, including 44-4 at home. Medlin was balanced with his scoring, netting 11 in each half to finish with his eighth-straight double-digit scoring outing and his seventh 20-point game this year. The sophomore guard drained four three-pointers, as USU was 6-of-13 from three-point range. Reed netted 16 of his 20 points in the second-half as USU pulled away from a 35-32 halftime advantage, as the Aggies improved to 12-2 on the year when leading at half, having won 61 of their last 63 games when leading at the break. Also pulling down a game-high nine rebounds, Reed came up one shy of his second double-double of the year. The nine boards paced the Aggies to a 35-29 rebounding edge, as USU out-rebounded its opposition for the fourth-straight game and 12th time this season, moving to 8-4 when doing so. LA Tech was led by 15 points apiece from Brandon Gibson and Raheem Appleby. Gibson also pulled down a team-high seven boards. USU shot 30-of-54 (55.6 percent) from the field, hitting 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) behind the arc. The Aggies also were 84.6 percent (11-of-13) at the free throw line. LTU was 39.7 percent (23-of-58) field goal shooting, making 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) from three-point range, as well as 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) at the charity stripe. In addition to the Aggies' 35-29 rebounding edge, USU out-scored LTU, 42-20, in points in the paint, behind a 58.5 percent (24-of-41) shooting effort inside the arc. The lead traded hands several times in the early going, as Medlin hit back-to-back three's in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game. USU took an 18-14 lead on a Reed lay-up with 13:14 on the clock, but LTU rallied back to tie it at 20-20 on a free throw by Gibson at the 10:09 mark. Junior guard E.J. Farris twice gave USU a four-point lead, the first at 24-20 with 8:01 on the clock after a lay-up and the second after a three-pointer at 29-25 with 6:19 to go. Appleby later hit a lay-up to knot the score at 29-all with 4:50 left, but the Bulldogs couldn't take the lead and USU stretched its advantage to 35-30 with 1:22 remaining on Medlin's third three of the first frame. Appleby hit a layup with 57 ticks to go to make the scoreboard read 35-32 at intermission. The Aggies opened the second stanza with a 12-7 run to take a 47-39 lead with 14:34 on the clock after a layup by Reed, and Medlin later hit a three to give the Aggies their first double-digit advantage of the night at 55-44 with 10:23 to go. USU's lead grew to 16 at 61-45 with 8:01 left after a Medlin layup, but LTU wouldn't go away, as the Bulldogs clawed away at the deficit, trimming it 69-63 with 2:08 to play on a trey by Gibson. That would be the last time LA Tech would score, as Reed righted the ship for USU with a layup at the 1:36 mark and the Aggies coasted to the win.

A LOOK BACK AT THE UT ARLINGTON GAME
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored a career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double, but a short-handed Utah State men's basketball team that had just nine available players and played without three starters lost at home to UT Arlington, 74-68, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday. Utah State, who falls to 14-4 and 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, had its nine-game home winning streak snapped and has now lost three-straight games for the first time since February of 2008. UT Arlington improved to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in WAC play with the win, and upped its road record to 7-2 on the season. Karol Gruszecki led five UT Arlington players in double-figures with 14 points off the bench as the Maverick reserves out-scored USU's limited bench, 25-6. Cameron Catlett and Brandon Edwards each scored 13 points for UTA. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford also had a career-night for Utah State as he had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots, tying his career-high in each category. Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with 11 points and added a career-high four assists, while also blocking a career-best three shots. Junior center Jarred Shaw scored nine points, freshman guard Marcel Davis had seven points and sophomore center Jordan Stone scored a season-high six points for USU. Utah State finished the game shooting just 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-55), including just 32.1 percent in the second-half (9-28). USU also shot 38.5 percent from three-point range (10-of-526) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (18-of-27) for the game. UT Arlington shot 40.0 percent overall (22-of-55), including 47.8 percent in the final 20 minutes (11-of-523). UTA also made 35.7 percent of its three-pointers (5-of-14) and 73.5 percent of its free throws (25-of-34). USU did out-rebound UTA by five (41-36), including by five on the offensive end (17-12), but the Aggies also had seven more turnovers (17-10). Utah State scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Shaw and Davis and held a pair of six-point leads early on at 14-8 and 16-10 before UT Arlington went on a 15-2 run over the next 3:40 to take its largest lead of the half at 25-18 with 6:57 to play. USU answered with an 8-1 run to knot the score at 26-all with 4:03 to play following a Butterfield three-pointer and went into the locker room tied at 33 following a pair of Shaw free throws with seven seconds left to play in the half. Butterfield had 11 points and seven rebounds for Utah State at intermission as the Aggies shot 40.7 percent from the field (11-of-27), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-of-11) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (7-of-9). UT Arlington shot just 34.4 percent from the field (11-of-32) in the first 20 minutes, including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (4-of-10) and 77.8 percent at the charity stripe (7-of-9) as Gruszecki led the Mavericks with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three. USU dominated the glass in the first half and out-rebounded UTA by 13 (26-13), but the Aggies also had nine more turnovers (12-3). Both teams exchanged baskets on each of their first three possessions of the second-half, culminating in a Clifford three at the 17:35 mark to give Utah State a 41-40 advantage. From there, UT Arlington scored the next five points and never trailed again. USU did tie the score one final time at 48-all at the 10:53 mark after a Butterfield trey, but UTA scored six unanswered points to regain the momentum. The Aggies fought back to within three with 5:02 to play on two free throws from Davis and trailed by just four with 0:58 remaining after a Stone layup, but couldn't get any closer as the Mavericks made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 2:16 to preserve the win.

BACK TO BLOCKING
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. However, the Aggies got back on the blocking track with seven rejections Thursday against UT Arlington, tying their second-highest blocking total.

OTHER NOTES FROM UTA GAME
• USU's 26 three-point attempts ties a season-high, matching 26 trey attempts at Texas State, while the 10 three-pointers made is the third-best of the season behind 12 vs. UC Davis and 11 at Texas State.

• The Aggies committed 24 fouls against UT Arlington, which is also season-high, as UT Arlington aggressively attacked the Utah State defense, resulting in 34 free throw attempts for the Mavericks, which is the most allowed to a USU opponent this season. UTA converted on 25 of its 34 shots from the charity stripe, which is also a season-high allowed to an opponent.

• UTA snatched 36 rebounds in Thursday's action, which ties the most an opponent has corralled against the Aggies, matching the 36 by Idaho.

• Utah State is now 11-3 this season when out-rebounding the opposition this season.

• USU was a perfect 2-0 when tied at the half before falling to 74-68 to UTA Thursday. The score was tied 33-all at the break.

• Utah State is now 1-1 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.

• USU is now 26-11 (.703) 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 UTSA and Texas State, 1-1 against UT Arlington and Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

• Sophomore center Jordan Stone logged a season-high six points in playing a season-high 14 minutes as he manned the middle for USU.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 11-0 when leading at halftime; 1-3 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 11-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-3 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-2 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; 11-3 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 10-2 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 11-2 when having more assists; 10-2 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 now 2-1 this season when tied at the break, losing the UTA game after being even at intermission.

UTAH STATE IN JANUARY
Utah State is 3-3 this season and 91-29 (.758) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 54-5 (.915) record at home. USU is 8-1 in games played on Saturday this season, having its eight-game Saturday win streak snapped with the loss at Denver last week. USU is 142-53 (.728) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Jan. 26 for the second year in a row, having beaten Hawai'i on the date last year, and are are 5-5 (.500) all-time in known games played on Jan. 26.

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 distributed at least four assists in seven of his last eight games with four helpers against UT Arlington, and he has eight games with four or more dimes in the last 10 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... Averaging 8.0 ppg on 112 total points in last 14 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Second in the WAC in overall assist-turnover ratio (1.84) while ranking fourth in league only games with an identical ratio (1.84), also ranking second in conference only games in assists (4.38) while ranking 10th overall (3.17).

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Posted a career night against UT Arlington in making his first start at home this season and third start of the year, tying a career-best in points (12), rebounds (9) and blocks (4)... All of which are also season-highs and he also tallied a season-high 33 minutes of action tonight, bettering previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block.... Has now scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds three times this season and 16 times in his career... Added 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 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... Made first start of season in the Santa Clara game... Tied for 14th in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.63).

#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 four games... Ranks tied for fifth in the WAC in NCAA in field goal percentage (.522), a mark that would rank 87th in the NCAA, but doesn't reach the 5.0 shots per game minimum (4.83)... Also ranks fourth in rebounding in the WAC overall (8.1) and fifth in league only games (7.3), as well as 10th in overall scoring (12.2), along with ninth in overall blocked shots (1.06) and 13th in WAC only games (0.75), as well as 13th in overall free throw percentage (.726) and 14th in league games (.680).

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, has stepped up in a major way, netting a USU career-high 14 points at Denver and then 11 points vs. UT Arlington... Had netted his previous high of eight points four different times... Also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, topping his previous high of two also reached four times... Has averaged 12.5 ppg in the last two games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA... Leads the team and the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.463), making 19-of-41, including 7-of-13 (.538) in the last two games... Also averaging 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game the last two contests as a starter, including swatting a career-high three blocks Thursday night after totalling just two in the previous 18 games... Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes, tallying eight points with two three-pointers... 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 147 points in 12 games as a starter, averaging 12.3 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Ranks second on the team with 27 made three-pointers (27-of-61), and is also third on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.3 percent behind the arc... Has scored in double-digits in eighth of his last 12 games played, boosted by his career-high 23 points and added a career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double against UT Arlington... The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 games and does have seven multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State... Has also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season, and he has 22 assists in the last six games (3.7 apg), adding five against Idaho... Ranks third in the WAC overall for three-point percentage (.443) while ranking 11th in WAC only (.406)... Also ranks tied for fifth in field goal percentage overall (.500), a mark that would rank 87th in the NCAA, but doesn't reach the 5.0 shots per game minimum, as well as fifth for WAC only (.532)... Also ninth in assists in WAC only games (3.25) and fifth in WAC only assist-TO ratio (1.73).

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, as well as three boards in UTA 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, adding 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 then notched season-high five rebounds in UT Arlington game, adding three assists... Has dished out two or more assists in nine games, including career-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 47 career games... Netted a season-high six points in UT Arlington game, pulling down five rebounds as well... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest and has a total of 17 career games with three or more rebounds... Has nine career games with five or more points, including adding 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).

OTHER USU SEASON NOTES

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.

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 359-123 (.745) at USU.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 218 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 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.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 344-109 (.759) 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.

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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