Aggie Men's Basketball Continues Road Stretch At San Jose State Friday
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, a native of Loomis, Calif., will be going for his fifth-straight double-double on Friday, Feb. 8 when he leads Utah State into his home state as the Aggies continue their road swing at San Jose State. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) at SJSU's Event Center.

 
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, a native of Loomis, Calif., will be going for his fifth-straight double-double on Friday, Feb. 8 when he leads Utah State into his home state as the Aggies continue their road swing at San Jose State. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) at SJSU's Event Center.
 
 

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Utah State (16-5, 7-4 WAC) at San Jose State (9-13, 3-8 WAC)
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 • 8 p.m. (MT) • San Jose, Calif.
Event Center (5,000) • Aggie Sports Network • No TV

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Medlin Scores Season-High 25 Points In Leading Utah State Men Past San Jose State, 66-60, Friday
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead Utah State past San Jose State, 66-60, in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball match-up inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Friday night.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Continuing its three-game road swing, Utah State men's basketball will have just one game this week, traveling to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State on Friday, Feb. 8. The Aggies and Spartans' match-up tips off at 8 p.m. (MT) at SJSU's Event Center (5,000). Friday's game between USU and SJSU will not be televised, but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,495-1,027 (.593) in its 2,522 games played.

• USU is 6-2 on the road this season and Utah State has won 27 of its last 42 road games (.643) and is 105-83 (.559) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, including a palindromic 74-47 (.612) record against conference opponents and a 37-22 (.627) mark against WAC teams.

• Utah State has won 44 of its last 55 WAC games (.800) and is 70-19 (.787) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 90-31 (.744) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 1-0 in the second month of the year and USU is 73-29 (.716) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 29-23 (.557) record on the road.

• The Aggies are 2-0 this season on Fridays, including a 66-60 win over San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 11, and are 35-9 (.795) in games played on Friday under head coach Stew Morrill.

• USU is playing on Feb. 8 for the first time since 2003, and the Aggies are an even 7-7 (.500) all-time record in known games played on Feb. 8.

• Friday's match-up between the Aggies and Spartans is the sixth-oldest rivalry in USU history, meeting for the 72nd time this week. USU's first game against SJSU was on Dec. 23, 1935 with the Aggies posting a 40-36 road win. Utah State owns a 50-21 all-time advantage, winning the last 11 overall match-ups, including the last four at San Jose. USU has won 31 of the last 35 games played in the series.

• Utah State is 124-31 (.800) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, including 43-24 (.642) on California soil.

• USU has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) and junior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC). However, both Reed and Harris are out for the season with injuries. San Jose State has one player from Utah in junior forward Louis Garrett (St. George, Utah/ Pine View HS/ Salt Lake CC).

THIS WEEK
In its only game this week, Utah State men's basketball heads to San Jose, Calif., to play at San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 8 to complete USU's three-game road swing. Tip-off from SJSU's Event Center (5,000) is slated for 8 p.m. (MT). Friday's game between the Aggies and Spartans will not be televised, but will be video streamed on the Internet, and the game will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live audio streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The Aggies return home to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, hosting Denver on Thursday, Feb. 14 and New Mexico State on Saturday, Feb. 16. Thursday's game is slated for a 7 p.m. (MT) tip-off, while Saturday's game is a 9 p.m. tip. Thursday's game will be televised regionally on KMYU TV while Saturday's game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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.

Friday's Utah State game will be aired 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
Friday's game will not be televised.

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 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 a 90-31 (.744) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 44 of its last 55 WAC games (.800) and is 70-19 (.787) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies swept both games of their road trip to the Pacific Northwest, improving to 16-5 overall and 7-4 in WAC action after winning at Idaho, 77-67, on Thursday to halt a four-game losing skein, then winning at Seattle, 68-46, on Saturday, for USU's first win in the Emerald City since 1975. USU used solid defense and rebounding along with a balanced offense in both games to earn the win. In Saturday's win at Seattle, the 46 points scored by Seattle is a season-low for the USU defense and fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011, holding Louisiana Tech to 30 points. Seattle's 31.0 field goal percentage and 10.0 three-point field goal percentage are also season-lows for the Aggie defense, while the 18 field goals ties a season-low for the second time and the two three-pointers allowed ties a season-low for the third time this season. Utah State had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the third-straight game and the 12th time this season with its 44-25 rebounding advantage Saturday. The +19 rebounding advantage Saturday was its second +19 rebounding advantage on the glass in the last three games and is the third +19 outing this season, ranking tied for the second-most this season. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his fourth straight double-double w/ his 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Seattle. Butterfield also hit three three-pointers Saturday for his ninth multi-three-pointer game and his fifth game with three or more treys. Junior center Jarred Shaw posted 16 points Saturday for his third-straight double-digit game, on the heels of his career-high 27-point outing at Idaho on Thursday, posting his 16th game this season with double-digit points, and added seven rebounds and one block. Junior guard TeNale Roland netted a career-high 12 points, coming up big again after hitting a pair of huge three-pointers on back-to-back possessions at Idaho to secure the win. Roland is now averaging 7.1 ppg on the road compared to 3.2 ppg at home.

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 was averaging 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He was 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 ranked fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg). He also is second in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh (.393), as well as fourth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played (36.06).

Reed averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, and still holds the team lead for both blocked shots (28 total) and steals (26 total). At the time of the injury, he was 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 still 10th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.1 ppg), while ranking ninth in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg). He also ranks third in field goal percentage (.582). Reed is sixth in the WAC in both blocked shots (1.75) 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 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, adding 1.2 blocks per game as well. Shaw nearly registered his eighth double-double of the season with a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho Thursday, topping his career-high for the second game in a row, and then added a game-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds and one block in Saturday's win at Seattle. He 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 last Saturday's loss to LA Tech. He has at least seven rebounds in 15 games this season, including seven double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 53.7 percent (116-of-216) from the field in addition to 73.9 percent (51-of-69) 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 and added one each at Idaho and Seattle.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 10.6 ppg, posting double-doubles in each of the last four games for his four career double-doubles. Butterfield tallied 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in Saturday's win at Seattle, after logging 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho on Thursday. He registered a career-high 23 points and adding a then-career-best 11 rebounds in the loss to UT Arlington on Jan. 24, then adding 16 points and a new career-high 15 rebounds in the loss to LA Tech on Jan. 26. Butterfield now has 11 double-digit scoring outings in the last 15 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last seven games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 186 points in 15 games as a starter, averaging 12.4 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is tied for the team lead with 33 made three-pointers (33-of-77), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.9 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.8 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.1 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in nine of the last 13 games. He now has 55 assists in 15 games as a starter (3.7) 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 7.2 ppg on 36 points in the last five 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 four tenths of a percent better behind the arc (42.3 percent) than his overall field goal percentage (41.9 percent), making 22-of-52 from distance and 31-of-74 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, ranking in the top 30 in three categories, including eighth in rebounding margin (+8.9). USU is also 26th in field goal percentage (.475) and 29th in three-point field goal percentage (.382). The Aggies are also 44th in won-lost percentage (.762), 57th in assists per game (15.0) and 60th in assist-turnover ratio (1.17).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw ranks 48th in field goal percentage (.537), as well as 55th in double-doubles (7.0) and 69th in rebounds per game (8.4).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+8.9) and USU also tops the league in three-point field goal percentage (.382).

USU also ranks second in field goal percentage (.475) and assist-turnover ratio (1.17). The Aggies are also third in the conference in scoring, 69.4), scoring margin (+6.4), free throw percentage (.723) and assists (14.95), in addition to ranking fourth in scoring defense (63.0) and blocks (4.0). USU is also sixth in both field goal percentage defense (.419) and rebounds (36.8), while ranking eighth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.340) and ninth in steals (5.0).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In WAC only games, Utah State is second in rebounding margin (+6.5), as well as ranking third in free throw percentage (.735), three-point field goal percentage (.379), assists (13.09), assist-turnover ratio (1.03). USU is also fourth in scoring defense (63.2), scoring margin (+4.5), field goal percentage (.451) and tied for fourth in rebounds (36.0). The Aggies are also fifth in scoring (67.6) and blocks (3.55), while ranking seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.341), eighth in field goal percentage defense (.427) and ninth in steals (4.73).

BUTTERFIELD LEADS WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is first in the WAC overall in free throw percentage (.827), while ranking second in league only games (.838). Butterfield also is 10th in WAC only games in scoring (12.7), as well as second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 12th in conference only games (.396), as well as 12th in overall field goal percentage (.469) and 15th in WAC only games (.474). He also is ninth in the conference for three-pointers made (1.65), as well as tied for seventh in WAC only games (1.73), as well as ranking 14th overall in rebounds (5.8) and seventh in league games (7.1). With a 1.67 assist-turnover ratio in WAC game, Butterfield is eighth in the league only games stats.

Junior center Jarred Shaw ranks third in the conference for overall rebounds (8.4), in addition to ranking tied for third in league only games (8.0), as well as ranking ninth in the league overall for scoring (13.5), while ranking seventh in conference games (13.8). He also is fourth in the WAC overall for field goal percentage (.537) and seventh in league only games (13.8), as well as eighth overall in blocks (1.19) and tied for ninth in WAC only games (1.09). Shaw is 12th overall in free throw percentage (.739), and also ranks tied for 12th in WAC only free throw percentage (.719).

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is fourth in the league for overall assist-turnover ratio (1.76), as well as ranking eighth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.72). Davis also is fourth in WAC only games in assists (4.91), while ranking 10th overall (3.10). Additionally, Davis ranks tied for 12th in WAC only free throw percentage (.719).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is fourth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.423), while ranking 14th in WAC only games (.394). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is tied for 13th in WAC games for blocks (0.67).

DOUBLE THE BUTTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has logged four-straight double-doubles, averaging 15.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in each of the last four games, for his first four double-doubles of his USU career. Butterfield is also averaging 34.0 minutes per game, topping the 30-minute mark in each of the last five games and six of the last eight games.

ROLAND ROLLING ON THE ROAD
Junior guard TeNale Roland netted a career-high 12 points in Saturday's win, netting 5-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and added four assists. Roland also drained back-to-back crucial three-pointers at Idaho as part of his eight points. Roland is averaging 7.1 ppg in eight road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 3.0 ppg in 13 home games, netting eight or more points only twice, including his previous season high 11 vs. UC Davis. On the flip side, Roland is averaging 1.3 assists per game on the road, dishing out a road-season high four assists Saturday at Seattle, while posting 2.8 apg in home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

CHAIN-SHAW ATTACK
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-figure scoring for the third-straight game and 16th of the season with a game-high 16 points Saturday at Seattle to go with seven rebounds. That game came on the heels of his career-high 27 points Thursday at Idaho, just missing his eighth double-double of the season with nine rebounds, but topping the 20-point mark for the second game in a row. Thursday was also the fifth time that Shaw has led the team in scoring. Shaw also had the Aggies' lone blocked shot in both the Idaho and Seattle games and now has at least one rejection in 17 games this season.

SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has posted a double-double in each of the last three games. Butterfield has scored 186 points in 15 games as a starter, averaging 12.4 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is tied for the team lead with 33 made three-pointers (33-of-77), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.9 percent behind the arc. Butterfield has scored in double-digits in 11 of his last 15 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. He then posted 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho and added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at Seattle to give him 11 double-figure scoring games this year.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 games and has nine multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at both Texas State and Seattle. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season.

He is first in the WAC overall in free throw percentage (.827), while ranking second in league only games (.838). Butterfield also is 10th in WAC only games in scoring (12.7), as well as second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 12th in conference only games (.396), as well as 12th in overall field goal percentage (.469) and 15th in WAC only games (.474). He also is ninth in the conference for three-pointers made (1.65), as well as tied for seventh in WAC only games (1.73), as well as ranking 14th overall in rebounds (5.8) and seventh in league games (7.1). With a 1.67 assist-turnover ratio in WAC game, Butterfield is eighth in the league only games stats.

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. Against Idaho, Jean netted a pair of treys for six points, and added five points at Seattle on a three-pointer and a pair of free throws, giving him 36 points in the last five games as a starter (7.2 ppg).

Jean also swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle and tied a career-high with four assists.

Jean is fourth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.423), while ranking 14th in WAC only games (.394), highlighted by 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
With the recent injuries, sophomore forward Ben Clifford has the most player of any active player in an Aggie jersey, having played in 57 games in his two-year career. Clifford had a career night against UT Arlington, tying a career-best in points (12), while snaring a then-career rebounds (9) and posting a new career-best in blocks (4). He then topped his career-high in rebounds with 10 at Seattle, playing a new career-high 35 minutes as well.

Clifford has scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds five times this season and 18 times in his career.

DAVIS DISHING DIMES
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has distributed at least four assists in nine of the last 13 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, before being only credited with one at Idaho and then tallying three at Seattle. Davis now has 51 assists in the last 13 games, averaging 3.9 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.1 apg on the season.

Davis is fourth in the league for overall assist-turnover ratio (1.76), as well as ranking eighth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.72). Davis also is fourth in WAC only games in assists (4.91), while ranking 10th overall (3.10).

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 another double-double on the season with his career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho, marking the third time this season that he was one board shy of a double-double, with a 10-point, nine-rebound game at Denver, 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.

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans are 9-13 overall and 3-8 in WAC action, having lost its last seven after a 9-6, 3-1 WAC start to the season, but have been without leading scorer senior guard James Kinney for the last seven games, for failure to meet team policies. Kinney would lead the WAC at 20.6 ppg overall, but hasn't played in enough games to qualify for the league stats. SJSU was swept on the road this past weekend, falling at Seattle, 56-48, on Thursday and getting nipped at Idaho, 66-63, on Saturday. Junior forward Chris Cunningham logged a double-double at Seattle with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard D.J. Brown added 10 points. In the loss at Seattle, Cunningham pulled down a season-high tying 18 rebounds, but was limited to five points, while Brown netted 18 points.

SJSU is eighth in the WAC in scoring (64.4 ppg), ranking sixth in the league in scoring defense (67.3 ppg), to rank eighth in scoring margin (-2.9). The Spartans are last in the conference in field goal shooting (.387), , sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.317)and eighth in free throw percentage (.655). SJSU is fourth in the league in rebounding (38.5), sixth in rebounding margin (+1.6), eighth in assists (11.86), sixth in assist-turnover ratio (0.86), seventh in steals (6.45) and sixth in blocks (3.59).

In WAC only stats, the Spartans are 10th in scoring offense (58.6 ppg), while ranking sixth in scoring defense (66.4 ppg), to rank eighth in scoring margin (-7.7). SJSU is also 10th in field goal percentage (.363), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.284), sixth in rebounding (35.0), sixth in rebounding margin (-2.4), ninth in assists (10.09), ninth in assist-turnover ratio (0.84), eighth in steals (6.0) and eighth in blocked shots (2.73).

Individually, Cunningham is just out of the WAC scoring leaders at 10.4 ppg, but is second in the league in rebounding with 9.0 per game. He also is eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (.768). In WAC only games, Cunningham is tied for 15th in scoring (11.0 ppg), while ranking second in rebounding (9.0), and sixth in free throw percentage (.803). D.J. Brown adds 9.3 ppg overall and is third in the league in assists (4.18) and is 14th in three-pointers made (1.32), making 33.0 percent (29-of-88) behind the arc, while shooting just 30.6 percent (52-of-170) overall field goal percentage. In league games, D.J. Brown is seventh in assists (3.55). Junior center Alex Brown is fourth in the WAC in blocked shots (2.05) overall and sixth in league only (1.73).

SJSU head coach George Nessman is in his eighth season leading the Spartans, posting an 86-154 (.358) record.

UTAH STATE VS. SAN JOSE STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The Utah State-San Jose State is the sixth-oldest rivalry in USU history, meeting for the 72nd time this week. USU's first game against SJSU was on Dec. 23, 1935 with the Aggies posting a 40-36 road win.

USU-SJSU SERIES
Utah State and San Jose State will be meeting for the 72nd time this week with the Aggies owning a 50-21 all-time advantage, which includes a 30-4 mark at Logan as well as a 15-13 advantage at San Jose. Utah State has won 32 of the last 36 games played in the series, including 11 straight overall and four in a row at San Jose. The Aggies won this season's first meeting, 66-60, on Jan. 11 in Logan. Last year's first meeting of the season was also in Logan, won by USU, 82-65, on Jan. 28, 2012 in Logan, and the Aggies won at San Jose on March 1, 2012, 71-61. The last time San Jose State won in the series and at San Jose was on Feb. 18, 2008 in San Jose, 70-67. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 20-2 all-time against the Spartans, which includes a 17-1 record as the Aggies head coach.

VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 124-31 (.799) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, including 43-24 (.642) on California soil.

HOME STATERS
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) and junior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC). San Jose State has one player from Utah in junior forward Louis Garrett (St. George, Utah/ Pine View HS/ Salt Lake CC).

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 210-120 (.636) 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 152-87 (.636) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 90-31 (.744) record at Utah State and a 62-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead Utah State past San Jose State, 66-60, in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball match-up inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Jan. 13, 2013. 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. With the win, Utah State improves to 14-1 on the season and remains in first-place in the WAC with a 5-0 mark. San Jose State, who falls to 9-7 on the season and 3-2 in WAC play with the loss, was led by D.J. Brown's 16 points. Chris Cunningham added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Xavier Jones finished with 14 points. It was USU's 22nd home win in a row over SJSU, including the last 11 in a row overall to improve to 50-21 all-time against the Spartans. Junior center Jarred Shaw notched his sixth double-double of the season and second in a row for Utah State with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 13 points. Senior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for USU as he finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds and a career-high tying four blocked shots. Utah State finished the game shooting just 47.7 percent (21-44), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (4-12), and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (20-25). San Jose State shot 35.9 percent from the floor (23-64), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-11) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (12-14). USU also out-rebounded SJSU by one (33-32), and had three more assists (14-11) and four more blocked shots (5-1) in the game, but also committed seven more turnovers (13-6). The Spartans finished the game with a 32-22 advantage with points in the paint, a 12-2 advantage on points off turnovers and a 20-11 advantage in second-chance points. Butterfield scored four quick points for Utah State to give the home team an early 6-2 advantage before San Jose State went on an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 13-8 with 12:51 to play in the half. USU answered with a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 17-13. SJSU than used a 6-1 run to take its final lead of the game at 19-18 with 8:00 to play. Utah State later led by four points three separate times during the final 6:05 including at 27-23 with 3:35 to play. The Spartans scored the next four points to tie the game at 27-all before the Aggies scored the final points of the half on a Medlin jumper to take a 29-27 lead into intermission. Utah State shot 46.2 percent from the field in the first half (12-26), including 33.3 percent from three (2-6) and 75.0 percent at the line (3-4), but committed nine turnovers as compared to just two for San Jose State, as the Spartans shot just 35.3 percent in the first 20 minutes (12-34), including just 1-of-6 from behind the arc (.167) and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe. San Jose State got within one early on in the second half at 35-34 with 16:12 remaining only to see Utah State go on a 9-2 run to go up 44-36 with 11:26 to play. The Spartans got back within four at 49-45 at the 6:33 mark, but USU answered with a 5-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 54-45 with 4:27 to play on a Butterfield three-pointer. From there, SJSU never got closer than five points as USU made all six of its free throws in the final 1:14 to post the 66-60 win.

LAST MEETING VERSUS THE SPARTANS AT SAN JOSE
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 26 points in leading Utah State to a 71-61 road win at San Jose State on March 1, 2012 giving the Aggies consecutive wins for just the third time this season as USU improved to 16-14 overall and 7-6 in Western Athletic Conference play. SJSU falls to 9-20 and 1-12 in league play with the loss. Utah State also increased its winning streak against San Jose State to 10 straight games, including four straight on the road, as the Aggies improved to 3-10 on the season away from home. Medlin, who added five rebounds and two assists in the game, was 9-of-13 from the field, 5-of-8 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 14 points and six assists and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored 12 points off the bench as the Aggie reserves out-scored San Jose State's bench players 18-5. Overall, Bruneel was 4-of-5 from three-point range. James Kinney had 24 points and Wil Carter notched a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Jose State. Utah State shot 50 percent from the field for the third time in its last six games and for the ninth time this year as it finished the game shooting 55.1 percent (27-49), including 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (8-12). USU also had 18 assists and just eight turnovers, marking its fourth-straight game and ninth time this year it finished a game with single-digit turnovers. After shooting 44.8 percent in the first-half, San Jose State finished the game shooting just 38.6 percent (22-57), including just 27.8 percent from three-point range as Utah State has now held 15 of its opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and under 30 percent shooting from three-point range. SJSU did make 85.7 percent of its free throws (12-14). The Spartans also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Aggies by 13 (34-21), as Utah State entered the game having out-rebounded seven of its previous eight opponents. Medlin scored 11 of Utah State's first 13 points as the Aggies built an early 13-8 lead. USU later took a 21-11 lead with 11:43 to play following Bruneel's second three-pointer of the half and the Aggies later led by 10 at 23-13 before San Jose State finished the half on a 17-10 run to make the half-time score 33-30. San Jose State continued its run with four straight points to start the second-half to take its only lead of the game at 34-33 following a pair of Carter free throws. Medlin then hit a trey on Utah State's next possession, followed by a layup from Carter to make the score 36-36. From there, USU went on a 12-0 run and the Spartans never got closer than eight points the remainder of the game as the Aggies posted the 71-61 win after leading by as many as 15 at 60-45 following a free throw from senior forward Morgan Grim with 7:48 remaining.

A LOOK BACK AT THE SEATTLE GAME
A dominating defense and rebounding effort combined with a balanced offense was the recipe for success for Utah State in a 68-46 win over Seattle at the Key Arena Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference men's basketball action. The 46 points was a USU opponent season-low and the Aggies' defense limited the Redhawks to just 31.0 field goal percent, also a season-low for the Utah State defense in winning its second game on the road trip to improve to 16-5 overall and 7-4 in WAC play. Seattle dropped to 7-14 overall and 2-9 in league action. Utah State won in Seattle for the first time since 1975, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Redhawks in the Emerald City, as the Aggies now lead the all-time series, 17-14, after sweeping the season meetings, but Seattle still holds a 10-5 advantage on its home court. Junior center Jarred Shaw tallied a game-high 16 points while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield registered a double-double for the fourth-straight game with a game-best 11 rebounds to go with 13 points. Junior guard TeNale Roland netted a career-high 12 points off the bench while freshman guard Marcel Davis posted 11 points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford snared a career-high 10 rebounds, helping USU to a dominating, 44-25, rebounding advantage, as Shaw added seven and sophomore center Matt Lopez logged a career-best five boards. Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean led the USU defense with a career-high four steals, and added a career-high tying four assists on offense, sharing team-high honors with Roland. Seattle was led by 10 points Chad Rasmussen's 10 points while reserve Jarell Flora tallied eight points. T.J. Diop led the Redhawks with six rebounds. Utah State shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the floor, netting 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) behind the arc and 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) at the free throw line. The Aggie defense limited Seattle to 31.0 percent (18-of-58) field goal shooting, hitting just 2-of-20 (10.0 percent) from distance while making 80.0 percent (8-of-10) at the charity stripe. The 31.0 field goal percentage and 10.0 three-point field goal percentage by Seattle were also season-lows for the Aggie defense, while the 18 field goals ties a season-low for the second time and the two three-pointers allowed ties a season-low for the third time this season. Holding a 12-11 lead, USU went on a 10-2 run, to open a 22-13 advantage after a Shaw layup at the 7:10 mark. Seattle got within 22-17 with 4:54 left in the half on a jumper by Prince Obasi, but the Aggies closed out the half with eight of the next 10 points, getting a runner by Butterfield with seven seconds to go and then Jean blocked a three-point attempt by Obasi at the buzzer. Seattle sliced the gap to 36-26 with 14:48 on the second half clock after a pair of free pitch shots by Rassmussen, but that would be the closest the Redhawks would get. A trey by Butterfield and then back-to-back buckets by Shaw gave Utah State its first 20-point lead of the night at 53-33 with 8:05 left. Two Davis free throws gave the Aggies their largest lead of the night at 64-40 at the 2:43 mark and Utah State secured the win.

CLAMPING DOWN ON D
Seattle's 46 points is a season-low for the USU defense and fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011, holding Louisiana Tech to 30 points. The 31.0 field goal percentage and 10.0 three-point field goal percentage by Seattle are also season-lows for the Aggie defense, while the 18 field goals ties a season-low for the second time and the two three-pointers allowed ties a season-low for the third time this season.

REBOUNDING AGGIES
Utah State had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the third-straight game and the 12th time this season with its 44-25 rebounding advantage Saturday. The +19 rebounding advantage Saturday was its second +19 rebounding advantage on the glass in the last three games and is the third +19 outing this season, ranking tied for the second-most this season behind a season-high +22 against Western Oregon (12/8/12). USU is now 13-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last five games (2-3).

OTHER NOTES FROM SEATTLE GAME
• USU won in Seattle for the first time since 1975, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Redhawks in the Emerald City, as the Aggies now lead the all-time series, 17-14, but the Redhawks still hold a 10-5 advantage on their home court.

• The Aggies are now 38-22 (.633) all-time against teams from the state of Washington.

• Utah State won its first game of the second month and is now 73-29 (.716) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 29-23 (.557) record on the road.

• The Aggies are now 8-3 in games played on Saturday this season, breaking a two-game losing streak on Saturday's, but USU is now 143-54 (.726) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean swiped a career-high four steals Saturday and tied a career-best with four assists.

• Freshman guard Marcel Davis scored in double-digits for the second game in a row and now has six double-figure scoring games this season.

• Davis also dished out three assists for his 13th game with three or more helpers this season.

• Roland shared team-high honors with Jean with four assists each, for Roland's ninth game with three or more helpers.

• Sophomore center Matt Lopez tied his USU career-high with five rebounds.

• Clifford also recorded his seventh rejection in the last four games with one Saturday.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 13-0 when leading at halftime; 1-4 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 13-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 10-2 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-3 when shooting worse from three-point range; 12-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 13-4 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 12-3 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 12-2 when having more assists; 12-2 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 13-0 this year and has won 79 of its last 81 games (.975) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 286-25 (.920) 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 FEBRUARY
Utah State is 1-0 in the second month of the year and USU is 73-29 (.716) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 29-23 (.557) record on the road. The Aggies are 2-0 this season on Friday, including a 66-60 win over San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 11, and are 35-9 (.795) in games played on Friday under Morrill. USU is playing on Feb. 8 for the first time since 2003, and the Aggies are an even 7-7 (.500) all-time record in known games played on Feb. 8.

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 11-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 87 of its last 92 games (.945) when reaching 70 points and is 229-30 (.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 5-1 this season and has won 118 of its last 124 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 183-16 (.920) 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 nine of the last 13 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... Posted double-digit points for the first time since last meeting vs. Idaho on Jan. 5 with 16 points Thursday at Idaho and then netted 11 at Seattle for his fifth and sixth double-digit scoring outings this season... Averaging 8.2 ppg on 139 total points in last 17 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Fourth in the league for overall assist-turnover ratio (1.76), as well as ranking eighth in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.72). Davis also is fourth in WAC only games in assists (4.91), while ranking 10th overall (3.10)... Additionally ranks tied for 12th in WAC only free throw percentage (.719).

#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... He then topped his rebounding mark with a career-best 10 boards at Seattle in playing a new career-high 35 minutes... Added eight points, six boards, two assists and one block 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 five times this season and 18 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... Ranks 14th in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.64).

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Tallied career-highs in each of the two of the last games with 21 points against LA Tech and topping that with 27 points at Idaho, then posted game-high 16 points at Seattle... 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), just missing another double-double at Idaho with 27 points and nine rebounds... Netted career-high 27 points at Idaho 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 16 games and has 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 17 games... Ranks 48th in field goal percentage (.537), as well as 55th in double-doubles (7.0) and 69th in rebounds per game (8.4)... In the WAC stats, ranks third in the conference for overall rebounds (8.4), in addition to ranking tied for third in league only games (8.0), as well as ranking ninth in the league overall for scoring (13.5), while ranking seventh in conference games (13.8)... Is also fourth in the WAC overall for field goal percentage (.537) and seventh in league only games (13.8), as well as eighth overall in blocks (1.19) and tied for ninth in WAC only games (1.09)... Ranks 12th overall in free throw percentage (.739), and also ranks tied for 12th in WAC only free throw percentage (.719).

#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... Did not score in LA Tech game, but netted pair of treys at Idaho and scored five points at Seattle to give him 36 points in the last five games as a starter (7.2 ppg) after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench... 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... 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... Swiped a career-high four steals at Seattle and tied career-high with four assists... 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 fourth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.423), while ranking 14th in WAC only games (.394).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Has posted a double-double in each of the last four 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 and then tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho to go with 13 points and a game-high 13 boards at Seattle... Has started last 15 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 186 points in 15 games as a starter, averaging 12.4 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Ranks tied for the team lead with 33 made three-pointers (33-of-77), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.9 percent behind the arc.... Has scored in double-digits in 11 of his last 15 games played... The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 games and has nine multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at both Texas State and Seattle... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season... Ranks first in the WAC overall in free throw percentage (.827), while ranking second in league only games (.838). Butterfield also is 10th in WAC only games in scoring (12.7), as well as second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 12th in conference only games (.396), as well as 12th in overall field goal percentage (.469) and 15th in WAC only games (.474)... Also is ninth in the conference for three-pointers made (1.65), as well as tied for seventh in WAC only games (1.73), as well as ranking 14th overall in rebounds (5.8) and seventh in league games (7.1)... With a 1.67 assist-turnover ratio in WAC game, is eighth in the league only games stats.

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 both at home and at 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.) - Netted career-high 12 points at Seattle, tallying two three-pointers... Also hit back-to-back treys on pivotal possessions in win at Idaho... Averaging 7.1 ppg in eight road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 3.0 ppg in 13 home games, netting eight or more points only twice, including his previous season high 11 vs. UC Davis... On the flip side, is averaging 1.3 assists per game on the road, dishing out a road-season high four assists Saturday at Seattle, while posting 2.8 apg in home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Has started in six games of Aggie career... Has seven total games 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.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 50 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 home game, blocking one shot and snaring three rebounds in critical times, and then was huge in win at Idaho, scoring four points, including first dunk of season, and played a huge role in defensive success in both Idaho and Seattle road wins.

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 361-124 (.744) at USU.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 220 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.

GOING STREAKING
Utah State's 13-game win streak was its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, and ranking as the sixth-longest under Morrill, and the longest since the 2010-11 squad won 17-straight.

LEAVING STREAKS IN THE RECORD BOOK
USU's 13-game win streak also tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 346-111 (.757) 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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