Aggie Men's Basketball Opens Second Half Of WAC Slate At Idaho Thursday
Freshman guard Marcel Davis and Utah State men's basketball opens the second half of its Western Athletic Conference schedule on the road, starting with a two-game road trip as part of a three-game road swing at Idaho on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off from the Cowan Spectrum (6,000) at Moscow, Idaho is slated for 8 p.m. (MT).

 
Freshman guard Marcel Davis and Utah State men's basketball opens the second half of its Western Athletic Conference schedule on the road, starting with a two-game road trip as part of a three-game road swing at Idaho on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off from the Cowan Spectrum (6,000) at Moscow, Idaho is slated for 8 p.m. (MT).
 
 

Jan. 29, 2013

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Utah State (14-5, 5-4 WAC) at Idaho (8-11, 4-5 WAC)
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 • 8 p.m. (MT) • Moscow, Idaho
Cowan Spectrum (6,000) • Aggie Sports Network • ESPN Regional TV • ESPN3.com

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GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball opens the second half of its Western Athletic Conference schedule on the road, starting with a two-game road trip as part of a three-game road swing at Idaho on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off from the Cowan Spectrum (6,000) at Moscow, Idaho is slated for 8 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Vandals will be televised by ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450), as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through ESPN3.com.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,493-1,027 (.592) in its 2,520 games played.

• USU is 4-2 on the road this season and Utah State has won 25 of its last 40 road games (.625) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 103-83 (.554) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 72-47 (.605) record against conference opponents and a 35-22 (.614) mark against WAC teams.

• Utah State has won 42 of its last 53 WAC games (.792) and is 68-19 (.791) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-31 (.746) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 3-4 this season and 91-30 (.752) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 37-24 (.607) road record. USU is 2-3 this season on Thursday's and 89-22 (.802) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are also 8-7 (.533) all-time in known games played on Jan. 31.

• Utah State and Idaho will be playing for the 51st time this weekend in what is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history. The Aggies hold a 36-14 all-time advantage, which includes a 15-8 record in known games at Moscow, with the Vandals winning the last two meetings on their home court.

• USU is 54-10 (.857) versus teams from the state of Idaho under Morrill, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 26-5 record against Idaho and an 11-0 record versus Idaho State.

• Idaho head coach Don Verlin spent 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State.

• Idaho and Utah State are 1-2, respectively, in field goal percentage in the WAC, as the Vandals lead with 48.0 percent while the Aggies are second at 46.9 percent. In conference games, UI is also first (.495) while USU is fifth (.434).

THIS WEEK
Utah State men's basketball opens the second half of its Western Athletic Conference schedule on the road, opening a two-game road trip as part of a three-game road swing at Idaho on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off from the Cowan Spectrum (6,000) at Moscow, Idaho is slated for 8 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then play at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2, also an 8 p.m. (MT) tip. Thursday's game at Idaho will be televised by ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450) while 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. Both games 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 play at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2 and then wrap up their three-game road swing at San Jose State on Friday, Feb. 8. Both games are slated for 8 p.m. (MT) tip-offs.

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. Both of this weekend's game will feature former USU director of basketball operations Lance Beckert as analyst.

Both Thursday and Saturday'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 Vandals will be televised by ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirecTV Ch. 682, Dish Network Ch. 450). Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties and Stephen Howard 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. Thursday's game at Idaho will also be streamed through ESPN3.com.

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 88-31 (.746) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 42 of its last 53 WAC games (.792) and is 68-19 (.791) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 14-5 overall and ended the first half of their WAC schedule with a 5-4 mark, following a hard-fought 51-48 home loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. USU junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw combined for 37 points and 29 rebounds, but the Aggies were unable to send the game into overtime as a three-pointer from sophomore forward Ben Clifford hit the front of the rim at the buzzer. Shaw recorded his seventh double-double of the season for Utah State and scored in double-figures for the 14th time with a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. Shaw also added a career-high four blocked shots as he was 9-of-16 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line. Butterfield posted his second double-double in as many games as he scored 16 points to go along with a career-best 15 rebounds, giving him nine double-figure scoring games this year. Clifford finished with six points and eight rebounds. Louisiana Tech's 16 points in the second half was Utah State's defense first time holding an opponent under 20 points this season and the fewest points in a half since holding Idaho to 16 first-half points on March 17, 2012. USU snared a season-high 50 rebounds in the contest, while posting its second-best rebounding advantage of the season with a +19 Saturday. USU also limited LA Tech to 33.3 percent field goal shooting, which is a new season-low by a USU opponent.

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 still fifth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg). He also is third in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh (.393), as well as fifth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played (36.06).

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), while ranking 10th in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg). He also ranks third in field goal percentage (.582). Reed is sixth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.75), as well as seventh in steals (1.63).

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 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, adding 1.2 blocks per game as well. Shaw logged his seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds along with a career-high four blocks in Saturday's loss to LA Tech. He has at least seven rebounds in 13 games this season, including seven double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting a near-even 50.5 percent (96-of-190) from the field in addition to 72.7 percent (48-of-66) at the free throw line. After having at least one blocked shot in USU's first 14 games of the season, Shaw did not register a blocked shot in the next four games before bouncing back with a career-high four blocks against LA Tech.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 10.4 ppg, having posted his first two career double-doubles in the last two games, posting a career-high 23 points and adding a then-career-best 11 rebounds in Thursday's game against UT Arlington, then adding 16 points and a new career-high 15 rebounds in Saturday's loss to LA Tech. Butterfield now has nine double-digit scoring outings in the last 12 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last five games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 162 points in 13 games as a starter, averaging 12.5 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 29 made three-pointers (29-of-67), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.3 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.1 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.2 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in each of the last three games for his ninth game with four or more dimes in the last 11 games. He now has 47 assists in the last 11 games (4.3 apg) and has 51 assists in 13 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 8.3 ppg on 25 points in the last three games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA. Jean is shooting one tenth of a percent better behind the arc (43.2 percent) than he his overall field goal percentage (43.1 percent), making 19-of-44 from distance and 28-of-65 in total field goals. Jean was a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games.

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 Monday, highlighted by ranking 15th in rebounding margin (+8.3), one of three rankings in the top 40 in the nation. The Aggies are also 30th in field goal percentage (.469) and 34th in three-point field goal percentage (.377). USU is additionally 45th in assist-turnover ratio (1.21) and 46th in assists per game (15.4).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 41st in the NCAA in double-doubles (7.0), as well as 72nd in rebounds per game (8.4) and 79th in field goal percentage (.505).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for three-point field goal percentage (.377) and the Aggies are also tops in the conference statistics for rebounding margin (+8.3).

USU also ranks second in field goal percentage (.469) and assist/turnover ratio (1.21), while ranking third in scoring (69.1), scoring margin (+5.4), free throw percentage (.715) and assists (15.37). Additionally, the Aggies are fourth in blocks (4.21), fifth in scoring defense (63.6), sixth in field goal percentage defense (.420) and rebounds (36.9), while ranking ninth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.343) and steals (5.05).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In conference only games, Utah State is second in assist/turnover ratio (1.11), as well as ranking third in free throw percentage (.722), three-point field goal percentage (.368), rebound margin (+4.7) and assists (13.56). USU also is tied for fourth in rebounds (36.1), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (64.7), scoring margin (+1.9), field goal percentage (.434) and blocks (3.89). The Aggies are additionally seventh in scoring (66.6) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.348), while ranking eighth in field goal percentage defense (.431) and ninth in steals (4.78).

UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is fourth in the league overall in rebounds (8.4) while ranking second in WAC only games for rebounds (8.0). Shaw also is 10th in scoring overall (12.7) while ranking 11th in WAC only games (12.1), as well as fifth in overall field goal percentage (.505), eighth in overall blocked shots (1.21), 10th in WAC only blocks (1.11), while also ranking 15th in overall free throw percentage (.727) and 14th in league games (.690).

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is second in both overall free throw percentage (.830) and overall three-point field goal percentage (.433), while also ranking fourth in WAC only free throw percentage (.844) and 13th in league only three-point field goal percentage (.395). He also is ninth in conference only games for scoring (12.9), as well as ranking ninth in overall field goal percentage (.480) and 11th in league games field goal percentage (.493). In three-pointers made, Butterfield is 10th overall (1.61) and tied for 11th in WAC only games (1.67), and he is also 12th in league games for rebounding (6.3) and tied for 13th in conference games for assists (2.89).

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (1.85), while ranking fifth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.86). Davis also is third in WAC only games in assists (4.33), while ranking tied for seventh overall (3.21).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.432), while ranking 12th in WAC only games (.400). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is tied for 13th in WAC games for blocks (0.67).

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 162 points in 13 games as a starter, averaging 12.5 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 29 made three-pointers (29-of-67), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.3 percent behind the arc. Butterfield has scored in double-digits in nine of his last 13 games played, boosted by his career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double against UT Arlington, then logging his second double-double in as many games with 16 points to go along with a career-best 15 rebounds against LA Tech, giving him nine double-figure scoring games this year.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 games and has eight 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.

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 was held scoreless against LA Tech, but did snare four rebounds, marking the third-straight game with four boards. Jean is second on the team and third in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.432), netting a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games. He also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game 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 then-season-high 33 minutes of action against UTA, bettering his previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block. Clifford then added eight rebounds, six points, two assists and one block while playing a new season-high 34 minutes in the LA Tech loss. 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 four times this season and 17 times in his career.

SCOUTING IDAHO
The Vandals are 8-11 overall and 4-5 in WAC play. Idaho is currently on a win-loss-win pattern over its last three games following a four-game losing streak that began with the 82-75 OT loss at USU. The Vandals' last five losses have all been by less than seven points or less. Last weekend, Idaho lost to Texas State, 78-73, on Thursday but bounced back with a 74-70 win over UTSA on Saturday. Senior center Kyle Barone led Idaho by posting double-doubles in both games with 27 points and 16 rebounds in the loss to Texas State before tallying 25 points and 16 rebounds in the win over UTSA. Junior guard Stephen Madison added 14 points against Texas State and 13 against UTSA.

Idaho is fifth in the WAC overall in scoring (68.9 ppg), as well as ranking sixth in scoring defense (67.9 ppg) for a +1.1 scoring margin to rank sixth in the conference. The Vandals lead the league in field goal percentage (.480), while ranking third in three-point field goal percentage (.359), as well as tops in the conference for free throw shooting (.736). Idaho also is seventh in rebounding (36.1), third in rebounding margin (+6.9), fourth in assists (14.21), 10th in steals (3.42), ninth in blocked shots (3.00) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.02).

In WAC only stats, the Vandals are fourth in scoring (68.8 ppg), while ranking seventh in scoring defense (67.9 ppg) for a +0.9 scoring margin to rank sixth in the league. Idaho is also tops in the conference in field goal percentage (.495) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.370), and also lead the league in free throw percentage (.775). Idaho is sixth in rebounding (35.4), second in rebounding margin (+5.8), fourth in assists (12.78), 10th in steals (2.67), seventh in blocked shots (3.0) and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (0.85).

Individually, Barone leads UI and ranks third in the WAC in scoring (16.7), while leading the WAC in rebounding (9.7). Barone ranks 20th in the NCAA in rebounding, as well as 12th in double-doubles (10). Barone also is seventh in the WAC in blocked shots (1.37) and 10th in free throw percentage (.773). Sophomore guard Connor Hill leads the WAC and is 13th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.447), while also leading the league and ranking 40th in the nation in three-point field goals per game (2.68), ranking 15th in the conference in scoring (11.2). Madison is sixth in the WAC in scoring (15.1).

Former USU assistant and current Idaho head coach Don Verlin is in his fifth season leading the Vandals' program, posting an overall record of 77-71.

UTAH STATE VS. IDAHO RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be playing for the 51st time this weekend in what is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against the Vandals was during the 1945-46 season.

UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 51st time this weekend with the Aggies holding a 36-14 all-time advantage, which includes a 15-8 record in known games at Moscow, with the Vandals winning the last two meetings on their home court. The first game played in the series was during the 1945-46 season with the Vandals recording a 55-33 win. Overall, USU has won 31 of the last 36 games played in the series including 11 straight at home, as the Aggies' last three losses in the series have all come at Moscow. The two teams split its regular season series last year as Idaho won, 57-54, in Moscow on Jan. 21 and USU won in Logan, 67-50, on Feb. 24, and then the Aggies beat the Vandals, 76-56, in the second round of the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament on March 17, 2012. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 26-5 against Idaho at USU and 29-15 against the Vandals all-time.

UTAH STATE-IDAHO CONNECTIONS
Idaho head coach Don Verlin spent 10 years as an assistant at Utah State and 15 years as an assistant for USU head coach Stew Morrill at both USU and Colorado State.

MORRILL VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State is 54-10 (.857) versus teams from the state of Idaho under Morrill, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 26-5 record against Idaho and an 11-0 record versus Idaho State.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 208-120 (.634) 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 149-87 (.631) all-time in WAC games, which includes an 88-31 (.739) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points, including the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, and he then scored nine points in overtime to rally Utah State past Idaho, 82-75, in a Western Athletic Conference match-up in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night. In all, the contest featured 18 ties and 10 lead changes. For Medlin, it is 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. Trailing, 69-61, with 3:38 to play, Utah State finished regulation on an 8-0 run as sophomore center Jordan Stone made a layup at the 3:12 mark and junior center Jarred Shaw added another layup at the 2:39 mark. Senior forward Kyisean Reed then went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 1:52 to play and Medlin sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer from the left corner with 0:02 remaining. During the final 3:12 of the game, UI was 0-of-3 from the field with two turnovers, and allowed an offensive rebound by Stone that he converted into two points. Idaho scored the first bucket of overtime and led 72-71 with 3:38 to play before Medlin struck again with nine-straight points on a layup and a three-pointer in back-to-back possessions, followed by four free throws to give the home team an 80-75 advantage with 0:42 left and USU went on to post the 82-75 win despite missing 6-of-12 free throws in the extra period. In all, USU out-scored UI, 13-6, in overtime. With the win, Utah State improves to 13-1 on the season and remains in first-place in the WAC with a 4-0 league mark. Idaho, who falls to 6-7 on the season and 2-1 in WAC play with the loss, was led by Connor Hill's 18 points. Kyle Barone added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Vandals, while Mike McChristian finished with 11 points and 10 boards. All five of Utah State's starters scored in double-figures led by Medlin's 22 points as he was 5-of-14 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range and 9-for-14 at the free throw line. Medlin also had seven rebounds in the game. Reed scored 17 points for USU, while Shaw posted his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield finished with 11 points and five boards. Utah State finished the game shooting just 41.5 percent (27-65), including just 25.0 percent from three-point range (4-16), but did convert 24-of-33 free throws (.727). Idaho shot 48.3 percent (29-60), which is a season-high for a USU opponent. UI also shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc (8-24), but was just 9-for-18 (.500) at the charity stripe. USU also out-rebounded UI by 10 (46-36), including a 20-11 advantage on the offensive glass that led to a 22-11 scoring margin for the Aggies in second-chance points. The Vandals did post six more assists in the game (20-14), but also had five more turnovers (11-6), as those six giveaways by Utah State are tied for its fewest this year. Utah State scored the first two points of the game on a pair of free throws from Davis, before Idaho scored the next six points to take its largest lead of the half. USU tied the score at 8-all on a Medlin basket only to see UI push its lead back to four at 14-10. Utah State then scored six-straight points to take a 16-14 lead at the 8:37 mark. The Vandals regained the lead and held a three-point advantage three different times in the final 4:20 of the first half, including at 30-27, before Utah State got a free throw from Medlin and a layup from Butterfield to tie the score at 30 at intermission. Utah State shot just 29.7 percent (11-37) in the first 20 minutes, including just 1-of-8 from three-point range (.125), but stayed in the game at the free throw line going 7-of-8 (.875). Idaho shot 41.4 percent in the first half (12-29), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (3-10), but was just 3-for-8 from the line (.375). Neither team led by more than three points for the first seven minutes of the second-half before Idaho scored five-straight points to lead 50-45 with 12:08 remaining. Idaho later led 56-54 at the 6:49 mark and went on a 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 62-54 with 6:01 to play following a Hill three-pointer. USU cut the lead to five twice during the next 2:51, but UI extended its lead back to eight each time including at 69-61 with 3:12 remaining before the Aggies scored the final eight points to send it into overtime. In the second-half, Idaho shot a blistering 62.5 percent from the field (15-24), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (5-10) and was 4-for-6 (.667) at the free throw line. USU shot 56.5 percent in the second-half (13-23), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (2-6) and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe (11-13). In the overtime period, Utah State was 3-of-5 (.600) from the field, 1-of-2 (.500) from three-point range and 6-for-12 (.500) at the free throw line. Idaho made just 2-of-7 (.286) field goals in overtime, including going 0-of-4 from three and just 2-for-4 (.500) at the line.

LAST MEETING VERSUS THE VANDALS AT MOSCOW
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 17 points and seven rebounds, but Utah State was out-scored 10-1 down the stretch in a 57-54 Western Athletic Conference road loss at Idaho Saturday night. With the setback, Utah State has now lost consecutive games for the third time this season as the Aggies fall to 2-3 in league play and 10-10 on the season. Idaho improves to 3-2 in the WAC and 10-9 overall with the win. Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger was the only other Aggie to score in double-figures as he finished with 10 points, while senior forward Morgan Grim had nine points. USU also got six points and a season-high six rebounds out of senior point guard Brockeith Pane, while freshman forward Ben Clifford added six points, six rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots off the bench. Overall, the Aggie reserves were out-scored 25-7. With his 17 points, Medlin has now scored in double-figures 15 times this year and 16 times in his career, while Berger notched his fifth double-figure scoring game of the season. Utah State was 9-1 on the season when leading at the half entering Saturday's game and had won 110 of its last 113 games, including four of five this year, when holding its opponents to under 60 points before its loss tonight. Djim Bandoumel had 16 points, including 11 in the second-half to lead Idaho. After trailing 2-0, Utah State led for the entire game including at 53-47 with 3:55 remaining following a pair of free throws from Berger. However, USU turned it over on its next four possessions and Idaho regained the lead with 26 seconds to play on a three-pointer from Stephen Madison to give the Vandals a 56-54 advantage. UI then hit 1-of-2 free throws with 10 seconds to play and Medlin's running three-pointer bounced off the rim to make the final score 57-54. Utah State finished the game shooting 48.8 percent (21-43), but just 41.2 percent in the second-half as the Aggies were just 7-of-17 from the field in the final 20 minutes. USU also shot a season-low 15.4 percent from three-point range (2-13) as its two made treys ties its season-low. USU did shoot 71.4 percent from the free throw line (10-14). Idaho shot 40.8 percent overall (20-49), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 65.0 percent at the free throw line (13-20). Utah State out-rebounded Idaho by seven (33-26) and had six blocked shots in the game, but also committed 16 turnovers to just eight for the home team. USU also tied its season-low with its 54 points scored. After trailing by double-digits early on in each of its last two games, Utah State had a much better start Saturday as it lead 9-5 early on. USU later used a 6-0 run to take a 23-17 lead with 6:06 to play in the half following a Pane layup and took its largest lead of the half at 29-21 with 2:12 to play after another 6-0 run. However, Idaho scored the final four points to make the score 29-25 at the break. Utah State got six points each from Grim, Medlin and Pane in the first-half as USU shot 53.8 percent from the field (14-26), despite shooting 0-of-6 from three-point range. The Aggies were also 1-for-2 (.500) from the free throw line in the first-half. Idaho shot 41.7 percent (10-24) in the first 20 minutes, including 25.0 percent from three-point range (2-8) and 60.0 percent at the line (3-5). Utah State's largest lead of the game came at 39-30 with 15:26 to play in the game following a three-point play from Medlin. From there, Idaho went on a 10-2 run to get within one at 41-40 and eventually tied it at 44-44. The game was later tied at 47-47 before USU scored six straight points, including four straight from Clifford to give the visitors the 53-47 advantage with 3:55 to play.

THREE FALLING
A remix of Tom Petty's song could be the theme song Thursday night, as the top three individuals in the WAC and two of the top three teams in the league for three-point field goal percentage will be on the court. Idaho sophomore guard Connor Hill leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage at 44.7 percent, while USU junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is second at 43.3 percent and junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is third with 43.2 percent. USU is tops in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage at 37.7 percent, while Idaho is third at 35.9 percent. In WAC only games, Idaho is second (.370) while Utah State is third (.368).

EFFICIENT NETTING
Idaho and Utah State are 1-2, respectively, in field goal percentage in the WAC, as the Vandals lead with 48.0 percent while the Aggies are second at 46.9 percent. In conference games, UI is also first (.495) while USU is fifth (.434).

DAVIS DISHING DIMES
With four assists against Louisiana Tech, freshman guard Marcel Davis has distributed at least four assists in each of the last three games as well as eight of the last nine outings and nine of the last 11 games. Included 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 the Denver, UTA and LA Tech games. Davis now has 47 assists in the last 11 games, averaging 4.3 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.2 apg on the season.

DOUBLE-THREAT SHAW
Junior center Jarred Shaw logged his seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds in the loss to LA Tech, adding a career-high four blocks as well. Shaw leads the team with seven double-doubles this season and all seven have come when he's posted double-digit rebounds. He just missed his another double-double on 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.

DOUBLING UP ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw both registered double-doubles against LA Tech, with Butterfield tallying 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds while Shaw logged a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds. It was the second time this season that the Aggies had two players log double-doubles in the same game as Shaw and senior forward Kyisean Reed posted double-doubles in the Nicholls State game on Dec. 20, with Reed tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds while Shaw recorded 19 points and 11 boards.

A LOOK BACK AT THE LOUISIANA TECH GAME
Utah State junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw combined for 37 points and 29 rebounds, but the Aggies were unable to send the game into overtime as a three-pointer from sophomore forward Ben Clifford hit the front of the rim at the buzzer in a 51-48 home loss to league-leading Louisiana Tech Saturday night inside a spirited Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State falls to 14-5 overall and 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, while Louisiana Tech improves to 18-3 on the season and 9-0 in league with the win. Overall, LA Tech has now won nine-straight games. Shaw recorded his seventh double-double of the season for Utah State and scored in double-figures for the 14th time with a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. Shaw also added a career-high four blocked shots as he was 9-of-16 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line. Butterfield posted his second double-double in as many games as he scored 16 points to go along with a career-best 15 rebounds, giving him nine double-figure scoring games this year. Clifford finished with six points and eight rebounds. USU also got three points from junior guard TeNale Roland and two points from sophomore center Jordan Stone. Brandon Gibson scored 20 points to lead Louisiana Tech, while Raheem Appleby added 10 points off the bench as the Bulldog reserves had a 34-5 advantage in bench points. Utah State trailed 48-40 with 6:42 to play in the game before Shaw and Butterfield each scored four points to tie the game at 48-all with 1:42 remaining. On Louisiana Tech's next possession, Appleby hit a three-pointer from the right corner to give the visitors a 51-48 lead. Butterfield had his three-pointer blocked on USU's next possession, but the Aggies were able to hold LA Tech without scoring, giving Clifford his three-point attempt at the buzzer. In the final 20 minutes, Utah State held Louisiana Tech to just 18.5 percent shooting from the field (5-27) and just 16.7 percent shooting from three-point range (2-12) as the Aggies outscored the Bulldogs by 10 points (26-16) after intermission. USU also held LA Tech without a field goal for 6:33 late in the game before Appleby's deciding three-pointer. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-low 27.3 percent from the field (15-55), including just 21.4 percent from three-point range (3-14), but did convert on 88.2 percent of its free throws (15-17). Louisiana Tech shot just 33.3 percent (19-57), which is also season-low for a USU opponent, but the Bulldogs did make 9-of-27 (.333) three-pointers. LA Tech also was just 4-of-7 (.571) from the charity stripe, which is tied for a USU opponent season-low in both free throws made and attempted. Utah State dominated the glass and out-rebounded Louisiana Tech by 19 (50-31), including by 10 on the offensive end (19-9). The 50 rebounds is also a season-high for USU. LA Tech ended the game with four more assists (14-10), two more steals (5-3) and one more blocked shot (7-6), while committing seven fewer turnovers (11-4) as the Aggies had 10 giveaways in the first half and just one in the final 20 minutes. Utah State scored the first points of the game on a tip-in by Shaw before Louisiana Tech scored 12 of the next 14 points to go up 12-4 early on. USU eventually got back within four points including at 21-17 with 5:53 remaining in the half only to see LA Tech go on a 10-0 run to take its largest lead of the night at 31-17 and went into the locker room with a 35-22 advantage. Gibson had 17 of his 20 points in the first half as he was 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from behind the arc as Louisiana Tech shot 46.7 percent from both the field (14-30) and three-point range (7-15). USU shot just 29.2 percent in the first half (7-24), including 37.5 percent from three (3-8) and 83.3 percent at the line (5-6). Utah State began the second-half on an 8-0 run to get within 35-30, before Louisiana Tech scored its first points of the half on a Kenneth Smith layup at the 13:42 mark. LA Tech followed with a Gibson three to push its lead back to 10, only to see USU score the next six points to close within 40-36 at the 10:46 mark. The Aggies later trailed by four at 44-40 with 8:21 to play following two Clifford free throws, but the Bulldogs pushed their lead back to eight at 48-40 with 6:42 remaining setting up USU's final run.

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, then adding six swats against Louisiana Tech, including getting a career-high four rejections from junior center Jarred Shaw.

OTHER NOTES FROM LA TECH GAME
• Louisiana Tech's 16 points in the second half was Utah State's defense first time holding an opponent under 20 points this season and the fewest points in a half since holding Idaho to 16 first-half points on March 17, 2012.

• Utah State's 50 rebounds are its season-high, topping the 49 in the Saint Mary's game on (11/15/12), and most since it had 55 rebounds against Troy on Dec. 23, 2010.

• USU's +19 rebounding advantage tied its second-best of the season, also having a +19 advantage on the boards in the Saint Mary's game, and behind the +22 advantage in the Western Oregon game on (12/8/12).

• LA Tech's 33.3 percent field goal shooting is a season-low by a USU opponent, as the Aggie defense bettered its previous mark of 34.0 percent against Weber State (11/24/12)

• LA Tech's 4-of-7 free throw shooting ties USU opponent season-lows for both free throws made and free throws attempted, and is the third time this season that the Aggies' opposition has four made free throws.

• Sophomore center Jordan Stone swiped his first steal of the season, tying his career-high for the third time after snaring a steal in two games last season, and his last two steals have come in home games against LA Tech, also swiping a steal against the Bulldogs on March 8, 2012.

• Freshman guard Marcel Davis also tied his season-high with two steals for the fifth time this season, last swiping two against Seattle (1/3/13).

• Sophomore forward Ben Clifford played a season-high 34 minutes and his eight rebounds marks his 17th game with five or more boards. Clifford now has 17 rebounds (8.5 rpg) in the last two games as his eight boards Saturday came on the heels of his season-high and career-best tying nine rebounds in Thursday's game against UT Arlington. Clifford has scored 26 points in the last three games (8.7 ppg) as a starter after averaging 2.1 ppg in the previous 16 games as a reserve.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 11-0 when leading at halftime; 1-4 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 11-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-2 when shooting better from three-point range; 5-3 when shooting worse from three-point range; 10-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 11-4 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 10-3 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 47-79 (.373) when trailing at the half including a 1-4 (.200) 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 3-4 this season and 91-30 (.752) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 37-24 (.607) road record. USU is 2-3 this season on Thursday's and 89-22 (.802) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are also 8-7 (.533) all-time in known games played on Jan. 31.

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 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-1 this season and has won 117 of its last 123 games (.951) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 182-16 (.919) 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 against Idaho on Jan. 5 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 each of the last three games as well as eight of the last nine outings and nine of the last 11 games... Included 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 the Denver, UTA and LA Tech games... Averaging 7.5 ppg on 112 total points in last 15 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Third in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (1.85), while ranking fifth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.86)... Also third in WAC only games in assists (4.33), while ranking tied for seventh overall (3.21).

#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 then-season-high 33 minutes of action against UTA, bettering previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block... Added eight points, six boards, two assists and one block while playing a new season-best 34 minutes in LA Tech game... Has scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds four times this season and 17 times in his career... Added eight points in Denver game, making all four of field goals, adding two rebounds... 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 13th in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.67).

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Leads USU with seven 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), then against LA Tech (21 p/14r)... Netted career-high 21 points against LA Tech while posting career-best 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's game, 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 14 games and had double-digit rebounds in seven games, posting his double-doubles all seven times... Led USU in rebounding in 11 games this season, including first five games... Set a new career-high with four blocked shots in LA Tech game after not having a swat in any of the previous four games... Added three blocked shots in Weber State and Seattle games and has at least rejection in 15 games... Ranks 41st in the NCAA in double-doubles (7.0), as well as 72nd in rebounds per game (8.4) and 79th in field goal percentage (.505)... In the WAC stats, ranks fourth in the league overall in rebounds (8.4) while ranking second in WAC only games for rebounds (8.0)... Also 10th in scoring overall (12.7) while ranking 11th in WAC only games (12.1), as well as fifth in overall field goal percentage (.505), eighth in overall blocked shots (1.21), 10th in WAC only blocks (1.11), while also ranking 15th in overall free throw percentage (.727) and 14th in league games (.690).

#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 8.3 ppg in the last three games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench... Netted 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games... Swatted a career-high three blocks in UTA game 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, Denver and LA Tech contests... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game... Ranks third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.432), while ranking 12th in WAC only games (.400).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Has posted a double-double in each of the last two games, posting a career-high 23 points to go with a then-career-high 11 rebounds in UTA game, adding 16 points and new career-best 15 rebounds against LA Tech... Has started last 13 games played in, missing the 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... Logged a then 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 162 points in 13 games as a starter, averaging 12.5 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 29 made three-pointers (29-of-67), and leads the team in three-point percentage, making 43.3 percent behind the arc... Has scored in double-digits in nine of his last 13 games played... The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 games and has eight 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 seven games (3.1 apg), adding five against Idaho... Ranks second in the WAC in both overall free throw percentage (.830) and overall three-point field goal percentage (.433), while also ranking fourth in WAC only free throw percentage (.844) and 13th in league only three-point field goal percentage (.395)... Is also ninth in conference only games for scoring (12.9), as well as ranking ninth in overall field goal percentage (.480) and 11th in league games field goal percentage (.493)... In three-pointers made, ranks 10th overall (1.61) and tied for 11th in WAC only games (1.67), and is also 12th in league games for rebounding (6.3) and tied for 13th in conference games for assists (2.89).

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 11 games, including career-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 48 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 at New Mexico State on Jan. 17. 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 359-124 (.743) at USU.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 219 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.

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.

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-ppd/Feb. 19), 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-ppd/Feb. 19 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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