USU Hosts NMSU In Nationally Televised Showdown Saturday On ESPNU
Utah State men's basketball (17-6, 8-5 WAC) will play the second of its four-games in nine days stretch, hosting New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2 WAC) on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. Tip-off for the all-Aggie clash is at 9 p.m. (MT) from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

 
Utah State men's basketball (17-6, 8-5 WAC) will play the second of its four-games in nine days stretch, hosting New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2 WAC) on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. Tip-off for the all-Aggie clash is at 9 p.m. (MT) from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
 
 

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New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2 WAC) at Utah State (17-6, 8-5 WAC)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 • 9 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
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Utah State Men's Basketball 13-Game Win Streak Snapped With 64-51 Loss At New Mexico State Thursday
Utah State men's basketball's 13-game win streak was snapped with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State Thursday night at NMSU's Pan American Center in Western Athletic Conference action.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball (17-6, 8-5 WAC) will play the second of its four-games in nine days stretch, hosting New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2 WAC) on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a nationally televised game on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/755 HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208). Tip-off for the all-Aggie clash is at 9 p.m. (MT) from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The USU-NMSU game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as 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 1,496-1,028 (.593) in its 2,524 games played.

• Utah State is now 10-4 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 68 games (.868) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 95 of its last 105 home games (.905).

• USU has won 90.9 percent of its home games (220-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 272 games (.912) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 58 (.879) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 140 (.900). USU has registered a 514-115 (.817) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.

• Utah State has now won 45 of its last 57 WAC games (.789) and is 71-20 (.780) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 91-32 (.740) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 2-1 in the second month of the year and is 74-30 (.712) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 46-7 (.868) home record. The Aggies are 8-3 in games played on Saturday this season, winning in their last game on a Saturday at Seattle after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 143-54 (.726) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Feb. 16 for the second time in the last three years, beating Montana Western, 100-66, in their last game on the date. USU is 10-2 (.833) all-time in known games played on Feb. 16.

• Utah State and New Mexico State will be the 66th time in series history on Saturday, in what is the 10th-oldest rivalry in USU history. The first game played in the series was during the 1960-61 season with the Utah State Aggies posting a 74-65 home win.

• USU owns a 35-30 all-time advantage, including 22-8 at Logan. The maroon Aggies have won three in a row in the series, winning earlier this season at Las Cruces, 64-51, on Jan. 17, and NMSU swept last season's meetings, winning 80-60 at Las Cruces on Jan. 12, 2012 and 80-69 at Logan on Feb. 11, 2012. The navy Aggies' last win in the series was at Las Cruces, 58-54 on March 2, 2011 and USU's last home win over NMSU was on Jan. 22, 2011, winning, 59-49.

THIS WEEK
USU is in the midst of a stretch of four games in nine days, including three of them at home, and will conclude its two-game weekend homestand against New Mexico State on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a nationally televised game on ESPNU, in an all-Aggie clash that will tip at 9 p.m. (MT). The game will also 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?
USU steps out of conference action to play at in-state foe BYU on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., nationally televised on BYU-TV, in a rescheduled game from Dec. 5 that was postponed due to a medical situation with USU junior forward Danny Berger the day before.

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

Saturday's Utah State game will air 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
Saturday's clash of the Aggies will be nationally televised on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/755 HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208). Roxy Bernstein will handle play-by-play duties while Corey Williams will provide color commentary.

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 91-32 (.740) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 45 of its last 57 WAC games (.789) and is 71-20 (.780) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

A QUICK GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies had their three-game win streak halted with a heartbreaking 63-60 OT loss at home to Denver on Thursday, as DU's Brett Olson hit a 30-foot three-pointer as time expired for the win. With the loss, USU is now 17-6 on the season and 8-5 in league play. Junior center Jarred Shaw led three Aggies in double-figures with a game-high 18 points. Shaw, who was 8-of-12 from the field, added a game-high nine rebounds for Utah State, but was just 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 16 points and six rebounds, as his double-double streak was snapped at five-straight games. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added a career-high 14 points and tied his career-high with three assists. Utah State is now 2-1 in overtime this season, including 1-1 at home. USU is now 54-41 all-time in overtime games. The three-pointer by Spencer Butterfield late in OT was USU's lone trey of the night, extending its streak of making at least one three-pointer in 222 straight games, as the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006. It was the second game this season that USU had a season-low one three-pointer, also only making one trey against Weber State (Nov. 24). Thursday was USU's first loss of the season when shooting better from the field, 48.9 percent-46.8 percent, and the Aggies are now 14-1 this season when having a better field goal percentage than their opposition. USU's +17 rebounding advantage was its fifth-straight game with a double-digit rebounding advantage and was the 14th time with a double-figure rebounding edge this season. The Aggeis are now 14-5 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last seven games (3-4). USU is 1-4 this season when trailing at halftime, and is 47-80 (.370), in the last 13 years when trailing at the break.

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 was averaging 16.3 ppg, as well as shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, 39.3 percent (33-of-84) behind the arc and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. He was averaging 2.06 made three-pointers per game. Medlin was also leading 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 averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.75 blocked shots and 1.63 steals per game. Reed made 58.2 percent (71-of-122) of his field goals, netting 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. He averaged 30.4 minutes per game.

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 sustained on Jan. 17, 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 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, adding 1.1 blocks per game as well. Shaw has scored in double-figures in each of the last five games, tallying a game-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds against Denver, just missing his eighth double-double, as he has a team-leading seven double-doubles this season. Shaw topped his career-high in back-to-back games, posting 21 points to go with 14 rebounds in the loss to LA Tech and then netted a career-best 27 points at Idaho, adding nine rebounds. He has at least seven rebounds in 16 games this season, including seven double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 53.9 percent (130-of-241) from the field in addition to 69.7 percent (53-of-76) 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, but did not have one at SJSU nor against DU.

This week's reigning WAC Player of the Week, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had his streak of five-straight double-doubles halted in the loss to DU, with 16 points and six rebounds, adding three assists and two steals. Butterfield averages 11.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He started his spurt of five double-doubles in a row with a career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds against UT Arlington, then posted 16 points and a new career-high with 15 rebounds in loss to LA Tech. Butterfield logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho, then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle before 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU. Butterfield now has 13 double-digit scoring outings in the last 17 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last nine games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 224 points in 17 games as a starter, averaging 13.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 37 made three-pointers (37-of-84), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.0 percent behind the arc.

Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.9 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.2 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in 10 of the last 15 games, including six against Denver for his fourth game with six or more assists. He now has 64 assists in 17 games as a starter (3.8) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).

Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has replaced Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 6.3 ppg on 44 points in the last seven 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 slightly better behind the arc (42.9 percent) than his overall field goal percentage (40.5 percent), making 24-of-56 from distance and 34-of-84 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 ranked in the top 25 in three categories of the most recent NCAA Division I statistics, updated and released Friday by the NCAA. USU is ranking sixth in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+9.5), and also is tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies also are 21st in field goal percentage (.477), along with 33rd in three-point field goal percentage (.382). Utah State is additionally 62nd in assists (14.7) and 63rd in assist-turnover ratio (1.15).

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is ranked 44th in field goal percentage (.539), in addition to ranking 73rd in double-doubles (7.0) and 88th in rebounds per game (8.3).

USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for rebounding margin (+9.5) and USU also tops the league in three-point field goal percentage (.382).

The Aggies also rank second in field goal percentage (.477), assists (14.70) and assist-turnover ratio (1.15). USU is also third in scoring (68.7), scoring defense (61.8), scoring margin (+6.9) and free throw percentage (.715). The Aggies are also fourth in blocks (3.78), while ranking sixth in field goal percentage defense (.416) and rebounds (36.8), as well as seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.335) and ninth in steals (4.83).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In WAC only games, USU is first in rebounding margin (+7.9), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.379). The Aggies are third in free throw percentage (.720), assists (12.92) and assist-turnover ratio (1.04), while ranking fourth in scoring defense (61.1), scoring margin (+5.6) and field goal percentage (.459), as well as fifth in scoring (66.7) and rebounds (36.2). Additionally, Utah State is sixth in field goal percentage defense (.419), three-point field goal percentage defense (.332) and blocks (3.23), while ranking ninth in steals (4.46).

BUTTERFIELD LEADS WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, this week's reigning WAC Player of the Week, is first in the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.839) and WAC only games (.854). He also is second in the league for over three-point field goal percentage (.440) and seventh in conference only games (.418). Additionally, Butterfield is sixth in overall field goal percentage (.500) and ninth in WAC only games (.517), while ranking 13th in overall scoring (11.4) and ninth in league contests (13.7), as well as seventh in three-pointers made both overall (1.68) and WAC only games (1.77). Butterfield also is 12th in rebounds overall (6.0) and eighth in league games (7.2), in addition to ranking 14th in WAC only assists (2.77) and ninth in WAC only minutes played (32.15).

Junior center Jarred Shaw is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.539), while ranking seventh in conference only games (.523), as well as eighth in scoring both overall (13.7) and in league games (14.0). He also is fourth in the league in rebounding overall (8.3) and fifth in conference games (7.8), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.09) and 10th in conference games (0.92), while ranking tied for 15 in overall free throw percentage (.697).

Freshman guard Marcel Davis is third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.80), while ranking fifth in league games (1.79). Davis also is eighth in overall assists (3.22) and fourth in league games (4.00). Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.429), while ranking 11th in WAC only games (.405). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.62).

DOUBLE-BUTTER
USU junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's streak of five double-doubles is among the most in the NCAA among players with double-doubles this season:

7	O.D. Anosike - Siena
	Earl Brown - Saint Francis (PA)

6 Jerrelle Benimon - Towson Josh Davis - Tulane Shawn Long - La.-Lafayette Edward Daniel - Murray State Augustine Rubit - South Alabama *Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee

5 Spencer Butterfield - Utah State *Jack Cooley - Notre Dame Mike Muscala - Bucknell Colton Iverson - Colorado State Johnny O'Bryant III - LSU Michael Carter-Williams - Syracuse^ Desharick Guidry - McNeese State

All points/rebounds unless noted w/ ^ for points/assists * = active as of 2/15

BUTTERING UP THE RECORD BOOKS
With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is tied for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, doing so four different times, joining Bob Lauriski (1971-72) and Eric Franson with five each. Franson had two separate five-game streaks, one in 1993-94 and one in 1995-96. Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list.
Consecutive Double-Doubles
	Name 	          Years 	 Games
1.  Marvin Roberts 	  1970-71 	 17
2.  Marvin Roberts 	  1969-70 	 13
3.  Shaler Halimon 	  1967-68 	 11
4.  Greg Grant 	          1984-85 	 10
5.  Mike Santos 	  1976-77 	  9
    Mike Santos 	  1976-77 	  9
    Ed Gregg 	          1975-76 	  9
8.  Silas Mills 	  1994-95 	  6
    Marvin Roberts 	  1968-69 	  6
10. Spencer Butterfield	  2012-13	  5
    Eric Franson 	  1995-96 	  5
    Eric Franson 	  1993-94 	  5
    Bob Lauriski 	  1971-72 	  5
	
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 five-straight games, having his streak halted with 16 points and six rebounds. Butterfield has scored 224 points in 17 games as a starter, averaging 13.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 37 made three-pointers (37-of-84), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.0 percent behind the arc. He started his spurt of five double-doubles in a row with a career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds against UT Arlington, then posted 16 points and a new career-high with 15 rebounds in loss to LA Tech. Butterfield logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho, then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle before 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU. Butterfield now has 13 double-digit scoring outings in the last 17 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last nine games.

The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 17 of his last 18 games and has 10 multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State, Seattle and San Jose State. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season.

Butterfield is first in the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.839) and WAC only games (.854). He also is second in the league for over three-point field goal percentage (.440) and seventh in conference only games (.418). Additionally, Butterfield is sixth in overall field goal percentage (.500) and ninth in WAC only games (.517), while ranking 13th in overall scoring (11.4) and ninth in league contests (13.7), as well as seventh in three-pointers made both overall (1.68) and WAC only games (1.77). Butterfield also is 12th in rebounds overall (6.0) and eighth in league games (7.2), in addition to ranking 14th in WAC only assists (2.77) and ninth in WAC only minutes played (32.15).

DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING AND DIME-DROPPING DAVIS
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has his streak of scoring in double-digits at three games with only five points in the Denver game, but has seven double-figure scoring games this season.

Davis has distributed at least four assists in 10 of the last 16 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 and home against Denver. Davis now has 60 assists in the last 16 games, averaging 3.8 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.1 apg on the season.

Davis is third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.80), while ranking fifth in league games (1.79). Davis also is eighth in overall assists (3.22) and fourth in league games (4.00).

CHAIN-SHAW ATTACK
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-figure scoring for the fifth-straight game and 18th game this season with a game-high 18 points against Denver, just missing his eighth double-double with nine rebounds. Thursday was the fourth game this season in which Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound. Thursday's double-digit scoring outing came after posting 12 points at SJSU. He also tallied a game-high 16 points at Seattle to go with seven rebounds, and that game came on the heels of his career-high 27 points at Idaho, topping the 20-point mark for the second game in a row. Shaw has led USU in scoring in seven games this season. He 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.

CLIFFORD THE BIG BLUE AGGIE
With the recent injuries, sophomore forward Ben Clifford has the most playing time of any active player in an Aggie jersey, having now played in 59 games in his two-year career. Clifford has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in three of the last six games, posting a new career-high for points with 14 against Denver, topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington, 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 three times this season and six times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds seven times this season and 20 times in his career, including most recently with seven against Denver.

ROLAND ROLLING ON THE ROAD
Junior guard TeNale Roland netted a career-high 12 points in last week's win at Seattle, netting 5-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and added four assists. Roland most recently tallied seven points, four rebounds and two assists in the win at San Jose State, and also drained back-to-back crucial three-pointers at Idaho as part of his eight points. Roland is averaging 7.1 ppg on 64 points in nine road games, scoring eight or more points in four games, compared to averaging 2.8 ppg on 39 points in 14 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 on 12 assists in nine road games, dishing out a road-season high four assists at Seattle, while posting 2.6 apg on 37 assists in 14 in home games, including his season-high seven vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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, then logged six points on a pair of three-pointers at SJSU but was limited to just two points against DU, giving him 44 points in the last seven games as a starter (6.8 ppg).

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

Jean is third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.429), while ranking 11th in WAC only games (.405), highlighted by netting a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in game at Denver and home against UTA. He also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games.

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. Thursday was the fourth game this season in which Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound with game highs of 18 points and nine rebounds against Denver. He posted his career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho, along 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 NEW MEXICO STATE
The maroon Aggies are 18-8 overall and 12-2 in WAC play, winning their 12th-straight game with a 67-57 win at San Jose State Thursday night. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings netted a team-high 15 points, one of four NMSU players in double-figures. Junior forward Renaldo Dixon logged his first career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, adding three blocks and two steals, while senior forward Bandja Sy logged 13 points, nine boards and five assists, while freshman center Sim Bhullar netted 10 points.

NMSU is fifth in the league in both scoring (68.3 ppg) and scoring defense (62.5), while ranking fourth in scoring margin (+5.8). The maroon Aggies are also fourth in field goal percentage, 10th in three-point percentage (.309) and seventh in free throw percentage (.661). NMSU's defense leads the WAC in blocked shots (5.42), while ranking second in field goal percentage defense (.396), sixth in three-point percentage defense (.328), and eighth in steals (5.46). The maroon Aggies also are fourth in rebounding (38.2), second in rebounding margin (+6.8), as well as seventh in assists (12.12), assist-turnover ratio (0.82) and turnover margin (-2.42).

Individually, Mullings is sixth in the WAC overall in scoring (14.4), while also ranking eighth in both field goal percentage (.491) and free throw percentage (.764), as well as second in steals (2.19) and 14th in assists (2.62). Sy is 14th in the league in scoring (11.3), while ranking sixth in rebounding (7.4) and 13th in blocked shots (0.69). Bhullar leads the WAC in field goal percentage (.607), as well as ranking fourth in blocked shots (2.12) and is 11th in rebounding (6.0).

NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies is in his sixth season leading the NMSU program, posting a 120-76 (.612) record.

ROCKING THE REBOUNDING
Utah State and New Mexico State are the top two teams in the WAC for rebounding margin, as USU leads the league with a +9.5 rebounding advantage while NMSU is second with a +6.8. In WAC only games, Utah State is first at +7.9 while New Mexico State is second at +5.9.

USU is also sixth in the NCAA in rebounding margin, while NMSU is 19th in the nation.

UTAH STATE'S RIVALRY WITH NEW MEXICO STATE THE 10TH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and New Mexico State will be playing for the 66th time in series history this weekend, in what is the 10th-oldest rivalry in USU history. The first game played in the series was during the 1960-61 season with the Utah State Aggies posting a 74-65 home win.

UTAH STATE-NEW MEXICO STATE SERIES
Utah State and New Mexico State will be meeting for the 66th time this weekend with USU owning a 35-30 all-time advantage, including 22-8 at Logan. The maroon Aggies have won three in a row in the series, winning earlier this season at Las Cruces, 64-51, on Jan. 17, and NMSU swept last season's meetings, winning 80-60 at Las Cruces on Jan. 12, 2012 and 80-69 at Logan on Feb. 11, 2012. NMSU has won four of the last six match-ups as USU won both meetings in 2011, which when the navy Aggies' last win in the series was, winning at Las Cruces, 58-54 on March 2, 2011 and USU's last home win over NMSU was on Jan. 22, 2011, winning, 59-49.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 212-121 (.637) 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 153-88 (.635) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 91-32 (.740) record at Utah State and a 62-57 (.517) record at Colorado State.

LAST MEETING AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE
Utah State men's basketball's 13-game win streak was snapped with a 64-51 loss at New Mexico State on Jan. 17 at NMSU's Pan American Center in Western Athletic Conference action. USU is now 14-2 overall and 5-1 in WAC play, sliding into third-place in the league standings behind conference leader Louisiana Tech (6-0) and Denver (6-1), who USU plays Saturday afternoon. New Mexico State won its fifth in a row and sixth in the last eight games to improve to 11-8 overall and 5-2 in league play. Thursday was USU's third loss in a row to NMSU, but the navy Aggies still lead the all-time series, 35-30, in what is the 10th-oldest rivalry in USU history. Utah State's 13-game win streak entering Thursday was the second-longest active streak in the country behind Kansas with 14 in a row, but that was halted. The 13-game streak is the sixth-longest under USU veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the sixth-longest in school history with the 1974-75 team. In addition to losing the game, USU also lost its top two leading scorers in senior forward Kyisean Reed and junior guard Preston Medlin, with injuries. In scoring a season-low 51 points, USU shot just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field, hitting 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from three-point range, as well as a season-low 1-of-4 (25.0 percent) at the free throw line. NMSU hit a scorching 69.6 percent (16-of-23) in the second half, finishing the night 26-of-45 (57.8 percent), a season-high percentage by a USU opponent this season. The maroon Aggies were 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from behind the arc and 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) at the charity stripe. USU was led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 14 points, with seven in each half, while junior center Jarred Shaw added 11 points and co-led USU in rebounds with four. Those were matched by junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, who was one of three USU players with five points, while senior forward Kyisean Reed added six points to go with a team-leading and season-high tying three assists, his first time leading USU in helpers this season. NMSU had four players in double-figure scoring, led by Bandja Sy with 16 points while Tyrone Watson and Daniel Mullings tallied 12 points each and K.C. Ross-Miller added 10 points. Sy and Sim Bhullar snared seven rebounds each, as NMSU had a 33-26 rebounding advantage. It was just the fourth time this season that USU has been out-rebounded and it was its first loss doing so and was also the largest rebounding differential of the four occasions. Bhullar also had five blocks for NMSU.Utah State took a 9-7 lead at the 14:35 mark on a Butterfield bucket, but that would be the visiting Aggies' last lead, as the home team went on a 9-2 run to open a 16-9 lead at the 8:21 mark on a jumper by Mullings. The NMSU advantage grew to eight at 23-15 with 25 seconds to go in the half before Shaw both shot and made his first three-pointer of the season right before the buzzer to send USU into halftime trailing, 23-18. That would be the closest the navy Aggies would get, as NMSU opened up a 12-point lead at 34-22 with 16:11 to go on a trey from Ross-Miller. USU trimmed the gap to 34-26 after a dunk by Reed with 15:07 on the second half clock, but then NMSU pulled away and opened up its largest lead of the night at 56-35 on an old-fashioned three-point play by Ross-Miller with 5:54 left, and USU didn't trail by anything less than 13 the rest of the night for the win-streak halting loss.

LAST MEETING VERSUS NMSU AT LOGAN
Wendell McKines had 20 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico State used a 15-3 run over the final 4:07 of the game in posting an 80-69 road win at Utah State on Feb. 11, 2012 in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. New Mexico State improves to 18-8 on the season and 7-3 in Western Athletic Conference action with the win, while Utah State falls to 13-13 overall and 5-6 in league play with the loss. For USU, it was its third home loss of the season marking the first time since the 1995-96 campaign that an Aggie team has lost three or more home games. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led four Utah State players in double-figures with 16 points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored a career-high 14 points. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added 11 points, while senior forward Morgan Grim finished with 10 points, four rebounds and a career-high four assists. Utah State took its only lead of the second-half at 66-65 with 6:00 remaining following a free throw from Reed. From there, New Mexico State controlled the game as Utah State went 0-of-4 from the field and committed four turnovers down the stretch. Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent from both the field (26-52) and three-point line (10-20), but was just 7-of-13 (.538) from the free throw line. New Mexico State shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field (30-54) and 63.6 percent from three-point range (7-11), both season-highs for a USU opponent. NMSU was also 13-of-21 (.619) from the charity stripe. Utah State also got out-rebounded for the first time in five games (34-21) as its 21 rebounds were a season-low. USU did have 20 assists, its third-most in a game this year. Both teams finished with 10 turnovers and four blocked shots. After three ties and four lead changes early on, New Mexico State broke a 12-12 tie to lead 23-17 with 9:58 to play in the half. Utah State then scored 12 straight points to take its largest lead of the game at 29-23 with 7:00 remaining in the half and later led 33-27 before NMSU finished the first-half on an 11-0 run as USU did not score for the final 4:53. Berger led Utah State with 10 first-half points, while Medlin and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel each scored six. New Mexico State scored the first four points of the second-half to lead 42-33 and the visitors later held a 47-40 advantage before Utah State went on an 8-2 run to get within one. NMSU maintained a small advantage over the next eight minutes before USU scored four-straight points on a pair of Medlin hoops to knot the score at 65-65 with 6:44 remaining.

A LOOK BACK AT THE DENVER GAME
Junior center Jarred Shaw led three Aggies in double-figures with a game-high 18 points, but Denver's Brett Olson hit a 30-foot three-pointer as time expired to defeat Utah State, 63-60, in overtime inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday. Denver, who has now won 12 of its last 13 games, improves to 16-8 overall and 12-2 in Western Athletic Conference play with the win. Utah State had its modest three-game winning streak snapped with the loss and is now 17-6 on the season and 8-5 in league play. Shaw, who was 8-of-12 from the field, added a game-high nine rebounds for Utah State, but was just 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 16 points and six rebounds, as his double-double streak was snapped at five-straight games. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added a career-high 14 points and tied his career-high with three assists. Olson led a quartet of Denver players in double-figure scoring with 17 points. Royce O'Neale netted 14 points, while Chase Hallam tallied 13 and Chris Udofia posted 10 before fouling out in overtime. Utah State scored three of the first four points of overtime to lead 57-55 before Denver scored the next five points to take a 60-57 advantage with 0:43 to play. Butterfield then tied the game on USU's next possession as his three-pointer from the top of the key hit the front of the rim and rolled over into the net, leading up to DU's winning three-pointer. Trailing 47-38 late in the second-half, Utah State used a 16-7 run over the final 6:42 of regulation to send the game into overtime as it held the Pioneers to just one field goal during that stretch. USU actually had two chances to win the game in regulation as Shaw missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 4.6 seconds to play, but freshman guard Marcel Davis corralled the offensive rebound and was fouled with 1.6 ticks remaining. Davis, who was awarded two shots, missed the first free throw before making the second to send the game into overtime. For the game, Utah State shot 48.9 percent (23-of-47), but was just 1-of-7 (.143) from three-point range and just 61.9 percent at the free throw line (13-of-21). Denver shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47), including 36.8 percent from three (7-of-19) and 66.7 percent at the charity stripe (12-18). USU also dominated the glass and out-rebounded DU by 17 (36-19), including by nine on the offensive end (15-6), as the Aggies had a 36-28 advantage on points in the paint. However, USU also committed six more turnovers in the contest (13-7), which led to a 19-4 scoring advantage on points off turnovers for DU. The Pioneers also recorded five more assists (20-15) and six more steals (9-3), while USU had one more blocked shot (2-1). Denver began the game by scoring the first six points before USU scored the next five. DU pushed its lead back to five on three separate occasions in the first half before the Aggies tied the game at 19-all on a Shaw layup. Utah State then took its first lead of the game with 1:35 to play in the half following a pair of Clifford free throws, but DU scored the final three points of the half to lead 25-23 at the break. Butterfield and Shaw each had seven first-half points for the Aggies as they shot 45.0 percent from the field (9-of-20) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (5-of-9), and missed its only three-point attempt. Denver shot 40.9 percent in the first 20 minutes (9-of-22), including 33.3 percent from three (2-6) and was 5-of-7 (.714) at the line. Both teams exchanged buckets early on in the second half before Denver went on a 20-11 run over the next 10:33 to take its largest lead of the game at 47-38 with 7:25 remaining, before USU forced overtime with its 16-7 run to end regulation.

FIRST LOSS WHEN SHOOTING BETTER THAN OPPOSITION
• Thursday was USU's first loss of the season when shooting better from the field than its opponent, as USU made 48.9 percent of its field goals compared to Denver's 46.8 percent. The Aggies are now 14-1 this season when having a better field goal percentage than their opposition.

LONE TREY
• The three-pointer by Spencer Butterfield late in OT was USU's lone trey of the night, extending its streak of making at least one three-pointer in 222 straight games, as the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006.

• It was the second game this season that USU had a season-low one three-pointer, also only making one trey against Weber State (Nov. 24).

• The Aggies' 14.3 percent was its season-low, taking over from a 18.8 percent (3-of-16) outing against Saint Mary's (Nov. 15).

REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND
• USU's +17 rebounding advantage was its fifth-straight game with a double-digit rebounding advantage and was the 14th time with a double-figure rebounding edge this season.

• The Aggeis are now 14-5 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last seven games (3-4).

OTHER NOTES FROM DENVER GAME
• Utah State is now 2-1 in overtime this season, including 1-1 at home. USU is now 54-41 all-time in overtime games.

• USU is 1-5 this season when trailing at halftime, and is 47-80 (.370), in the last 13 years when trailing at the break.

• Thursday was the second OT game in the series with Denver, and both have come in the middle of February, as USU had won the previous extra session meeting, 94-93, on Feb. 19, 1976.

• Sophomore forward Ben Clifford scored a career-high 14 points and tied his career-high with three assists. Overall, it was his third double-figure scoring game of the season and sixth of his career. He also had seven rebounds, marking the sixth time this year and 19th time in his career he had recorded at least five rebounds.

• Junior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the team-leading 18th time this year with 18 points. He also played a season-high 40 minutes and recorded five-plus rebounds for the 19th time this year with his nine boards.

• Thursday was the fourth game this season in which Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound.

• Shaw has led USU in rebounding a team-leading 12 times this season, as well as leading the team in scoring for the seventh time.

• Shaw had USU lone dunk on the night and now has eight jams on the season.

• Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the sixth-straight game and 13th time this year with 16 points. He also played a season-high 44 minutes and tied his season-high with two steals.

• Butterfield also had his streak of five straight double-doubles snapped in the game as he only had six rebounds, but has now recorded at least five rebounds in 12 games this year.

• Junior guard Marvin Jean tied his season-high with five rebounds and played a season-high 37 minutes.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 14-0 when leading at halftime; 1-5 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 14-1 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 11-2 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-4 when shooting worse from three-point range; 12-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 14-5 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 13-4 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 13-2 when having more assists; 12-3 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 14-0 this year and has won 80 of its last 82 games (.976) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 287-25 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 47-80 (.370) when trailing at the half including a 1-5 (.200) record this year. The Aggies are now 2-1 this season when tied at the break, losing the UTA game after being even at intermission.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 221 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

UTAH STATE IN FEBRUARY
Utah State is 2-1 in the second month of the year and is 74-30 (.712) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 46-7 (.868) home record. The Aggies are 8-3 in games played on Saturday this season, winning in their last game on a Saturday at Seattle after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 143-54 (.726) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies are playing on Feb. 16 for the second time in the last three years, beating Montana Western, 100-66, in their last game on the date. USU is 10-2 (.833) all-time in known games played on Feb. 16.

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 6-1 this season and has won 119 of its last 125 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 184-16 (.920) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

AGGIES OK IN OT
USU is now 2-1 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, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won seven of its last nine extra session games and Utah State is 54-41 (.569) 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 at the time 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 10 of the last 15 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 and against Denver, but then limited to just two at NMSU, before bouncing back with four in the game at Denver, plus the UTA and LA Tech games... Had streak of double-digit scoring snapped at three in a row in Denver game with five points, but did dish out six assists... Has seven double-figure scoring games this season... Averaging 8.2 ppg on 156 total points in last 19 games after posting 11 points in his previous five games (2.2 ppg)... Third in the WAC overall for assist-turnover ratio (1.80), while ranking fifth in league games (1.79). Davis also is eighth in overall assists (3.22) and fourth in league games (4.00).

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Has tied or set a new career-high of some sort in three of the last six games, posting a new career-high for points with 14 against Denver, topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington, 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... Added eight points, six boards, two assists and one block in LA Tech game... Has scored in double figures three times this season and six times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds seven times this season and 20 times in his career, most recently in home game against Denver with seven... Made first start of season in the Santa Clara game... Ranks 14th in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.62).

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Tallied career-highs in back-to-back games with 21 points against LA Tech and topping that with 27 points at Idaho, then posted game-high 16 points at Seattle, adding 12 at SJSU and then game-high 18 vs. Denver to give him 18 games with double-figure scoring... 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 a double-double with one rebound shy four other times, most recently in Denver game with 18 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 double-digit rebounds in seven games, posting his double-doubles all seven times... Led USU in rebounding in 12 games this season, including first five games of season... 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 44th in the NCAA stats in field goal percentage (.539), in addition to ranking 73rd in double-doubles (7.0) and 88th in rebounds per game (8.3)... In the WAC stat rankings, is fourth in overall field goal percentage (.539), while ranking seventh in conference only games (.523), as well as eighth in scoring both overall (13.7) and in league games (14.0)... Is also fourth in the league in rebounding overall (8.3) and fifth in conference games (7.8), in addition to ninth in overall blocks (1.09) and 10th in conference games (0.92), while ranking tied for 15 in overall free throw percentage (.697).

#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, then drained to three's at SJSU for six points but was limited to two points against DU, to give him 44 points in the last seven games as a starter (6.8 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 third in overall three-point field goal percentage (.429), while ranking 11th in WAC only games (.405).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Is this week's reigning WAC Player of the Week... Has streak of five-straight double-doubles halted with 16 points and six rebounds in Denver game, adding three assists and two steals... Averages 11.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.... He started his spurt of five double-doubles in a row with a career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds against UT Arlington, then posted 16 points and a new career-high with 15 rebounds in loss to LA Tech... Logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho, then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle before 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU... Now has 13 double-digit scoring outings in the last 17 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last nine games... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 224 points in 17 games as a starter, averaging 13.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench... Recently took over the team lead in three-pointers from Preston Medlin, as Butterfield now has 37 made three-pointers (37-of-84), and is also first on the team in three-point percentage, making 44.0 percent behind the arc... Has 10 multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State, Seattle and SJSU... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season... Leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.839) and WAC only games (.854). He also is second in the league for over three-point field goal percentage (.440) and seventh in conference only games (.418). Additionally, Butterfield is sixth in overall field goal percentage (.500) and ninth in WAC only games (.517), while ranking 13th in overall scoring (11.4) and ninth in league contests (13.7), as well as seventh in three-pointers made both overall (1.68) and WAC only games (1.77). Butterfield also is 12th in rebounds overall (6.0) and eighth in league games (7.2), in addition to ranking 14th in WAC only assists (2.77) and ninth in WAC only minutes played (32.15).

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, before tallying seven points, four rebounds and two assists at SJSU... Also hit back-to-back treys on pivotal possessions in win at Idaho... Averaging 7.1 ppg on 64 points in nine 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 at Seattle and adding three at SJSU, 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 52 career games, second most of any currenty active Aggie player behind Ben Clifford... 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 each at SJSU and vs. TAMU-Corpus Christi contests and has a total of 19 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 last three 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 362-125 (.743) at USU.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FEB. 11
Utah State's Spencer Butterfield has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10, announced by the conference office. Butterfield, a junior forward from Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), posted his fifth-straight double-double with game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead USU to its palindromic 63-36 road win at San Jose State on Friday. He also added one steal and one assist in the victory. Butterfield's 22 points were one shy of his season-high 23 points, and came off a season-high nine made field goals on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Butterfield averaged 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game heading into Friday's match-up with San Jose State. He topped that average and nearly had a double-double in the first half with 13 points and seven rebounds, almost single-handedly matching SJSU's 16 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. During USU's 25-2 run that broke the game open in the first half, Butterfield started the spurt with a three-pointer and later netted six of the last nine points in the streak for USU's 31-11 lead.

Butterfield now has 12 double-figure scoring outings and five double-digit rebound games, posting double-doubles in all five. Butterfield netted three three-pointers for the second-straight game and it was his 10th multi-three-pointer game. It was also his sixth game with three or more treys, including second game going 3-for-3 from distance.

With five double-doubles in a row, Butterfield is now tied for 10th in the USU record books for consecutive double-doubles, becoming one of three different Aggie players who have accomplished the streak of five in a row, doing so four different times, joining Bob Lauriski (1971-72) and Eric Franson with five each. Franson had two separate five-game streaks, one in 1993-94 and one in 1995-96. Butterfield is the only guard on USU's top 10 consecutive double-doubles list. This is Butterfield's first career WAC Player of the Week accolade. It is USU's third WAC Player of the Week honor this season, joining senior forward Kyisean Reed on Dec. 23 and junior guard Preston Medlin on Jan. 7.

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 lived up to the billing in conference play, prior to breaking bone in wrist on Jan. 17 at NMSU and hasn't played since. Medlin posted 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.

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.

19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (1) - 2012-13
12 (1) - 2000-01
10 (1) - 2007-08
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.
19 (2) - 1999-2000, 2008-09
17 (3) - 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11
13 (2) - 1974-75, 2012-13
12 (2) - 1959-60, 2000-01
11 (2) - 1966-67, 1970-71
10 (1) - 2007-08
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 346-112 (.756) 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

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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