Aggie Men Look To Claim Third-Straight WAC Championship As They Host Fresno State Monday Night
Feb. 28, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
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Utah State (23-6, 12-2) vs. Fresno State (14-16, 6-8)
Monday, Mar. 1, 2010 7:05 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 105th season of basketball and has an overall record of 1,424-1,000 (.587). USU hasn't had a losing season since the 1992-93 campaign, a span of 16 years, when that team finished with a 10-17 record.
With a victory against Fresno State, Utah State will claim a share of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference regular season title and notch its third-straight WAC regular season championship.
Utah State is receiving votes in both polls this week and is currently ranked 29th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with 18 votes and tied for 35th in the Associated Press poll with Oklahoma State with four votes.
Utah State is riding a season-high 13-game winning streak and has won 17 of its last 19 games after starting the year with a 6-4 record. USU's 13-game winning streak is currently tied with New Mexico for the second-longest in the nation behind Butler who has won 18 straight.
Utah State's current 13-game winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team. USU's longest winning streak is 19 games which was set during the 1999-2000 season and tied during the 2008-09 campaign. The 2003-04 team won 17 straight games which is the third-longest winning streak in school history.
Utah State has won 12 straight WAC games and 30 of its last 34 WAC games dating back to the 2007-08 season. During the last three years, USU is 38-8 (.826) in WAC play.
Utah State has won 12 straight home games and 64 of its last 66 home games overall with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's, 68-63, on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State, 71-66, on March 3, 2007. Saint Mary's snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak earlier this year, which was the second-longest in the nation at the time.
Utah State is 174-13 (.930) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 90-8 (.918) record against conference opponents and a 35-3 (.921) mark against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 467-106 (.815) in this its 40th year in the building.
Utah State has now won 20 or more games in each of the last 11 seasons to extend its current school record and USU's 23 wins this year are tied for the 10th-most in school history. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, it is the 26th time in school history that USU has won 20 games.
Utah State (23-6, 12-2) will play its final two games of the regular season at home this week as it hosts Fresno State (14-16, 6-8) on Monday, Mar. 1 and New Mexico State (19-9, 11-3) on Saturday, Mar. 6 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU's game against the Bulldogs will not be televised, but its game against NMSU will be shown live on CW30.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 23-6 on the season and in first-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 12-2 league record following its 61-50 road win at Hawai'i Thursday night. USU is led by junior forward Tai Wesley who is averaging 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 72.3 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Jared Quayle is averaging 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 44.5 percent from three-point range and 88.5 percent at the free throw line, and junior forward Nate Bendall is averaging 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 73.0 points and is shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three-point range and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 60.1 points per game and its opponents are shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent from the free throw line.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE DURING ITS CURRENT 13-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current 13-game winning streak, Utah State is scoring 74.5 points and shooting 50.6 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from three-point range and 75.2 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 58.6 points during its last 13 games and its opponents are shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent at the free throw line. USU is also out-rebounding its opponents by 6.1 boards (34.8-28.8) during its 13-game winning streak and out-scoring its opponents by 15.9 points per game.
UTAH STATE ONE OF JUST THREE TEAMS TO WIN 23-PLUS GAMES IN EACH OF THE LAST 11 YEARS
Following its 61-50 win at Hawai'i Thursday, Utah State notched its 23rd win of the season, marking the 11th-straight year that USU has won at least 23 games. With the win, Utah State joins Gonzaga and Kansas as the only teams in the country to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons. During the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.0 wins per season.
UTAH STATE HAS FOURTH-LONGEST CONFERENCE WINNING STREAK IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's current 12-game winning streak in Western Athletic Conference play ranks fourth all-time in school history. The 1999-2000 team holds the school record for consecutive league wins as it went a perfect 16-0 in the Big West during the 1999-2000 seasons and won 23 straight conference games during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The 2008-09 team won its first 12 WAC games and had a conference winning streak of 16 straight from the 2008 to the 2009 season, while the 2003-04 team won its first 12 Big West games and had a winning streak of 14 straight from the 2003 to the 2004 season.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Feb. 28, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (60.1), scoring margin (+12.9), field goal percentage (.485), field goal percentage defense (.408), free throw shooting (.768), three-point field goal percentage (.423), rebound margin (+5.9) and assists (16.45). USU is also second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.333) and fifth in blocks (3.48). Individually, senior guard Jared Quayle ranks first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.55), fourth in three-point shooting (.445), fourth in free throw shooting (.885), fifth in assists (4.14), 10th in steals (1.14), 13th in rebounding (6.1) and 15th in scoring (12.0). Junior forward Tai Wesley ranks fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84), eighth in blocked shots (1.28), eighth in field goal shooting (.557), 11th in rebounding (6.4), 13th in assists (3.10) and 13th in scoring (13.0). Junior forward Nate Bendall ranks fourth in field goal shooting (.579), eighth in free throw shooting (.807) and 11th in blocked shots (0.96). Junior guard Brian Green ranks first in three-point shooting (.494), junior guard Tyler Newbold ranks eighth in three-point shooting (.412), junior guard Pooh Williams ranks 13th in three-point shooting (.398), and sophomore forward Brady Jardine ranks 15th in blocked shots (0.62).
UTAH STATE LEADING THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Feb. 26, Utah State is leading the nation in three-point shooting at 42.3 percent and ranks third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.59). Overall, USU ranks among the top 10 nationally in four statistical categories and among the top 20 in 10 statistical categories. USU also ranks fifth in free throw shooting (.768), sixth in turnovers per game (10.3), 12th in field goal shooting (.485), 14th in scoring defense (60.1), 14th in scoring margin (+12.9), 15th in assists per game (16.4), 20th in rebounding margin (+5.9) and 20th in winning percentage (.793). Individually, junior forward Tai Wesley ranks 19th in field goal shooting (.557) and senior guard Jared Quayle ranks 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.55). Overall, USU and BYU are the only teams in the nation to rank among the top 12 nationally in all three shooting categories.
As of Feb. 28, Utah State has an RPI of 33 and a strength of schedule of 97 according to RealTiimeRPI, while the WAC is ranked 10th as a conference. USU also has a sagarin rating of 43 according to USAToday.com.
RECAPPING THE HAWAI'I GAME
Senior guard Jared Quayle scored 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and junior guard Pooh Williams had 12 points, including nine in the second half, to lead Utah State to a 61-50 road win at Hawai'i Thursday night. Hiram Thompson led Hawai'i with 13 points, Brandon Adams and Adhar Mayen each had 12 points, and Roderick Flemings scored 11 points. Trailing 25-17 at the half, Hawai'i made four of its first five shots of the second half to get within 27-21, but USU answered with a 7-1 run to increase its lead to 12 at 39-27 with 13:16 to play following a three-pointer from Williams. The Warriors cut the lead to seven at 39-32 with 11:42 remaining but a Quayle three-pointer gave the visitors a double-digit lead at 44-32. USU later led 51-38 following a jumper from sophomore forward Brady Jardine and neither team scored for the next 2:59 before Flemings scored on a dunk to break the drought. On the next possession, junior guard Brian Green hit his only three-pointer of the night to make the score 54-40 with 3:42 to play and USU held on from there for the win. The Aggies' largest lead of the game came with just 46 seconds to go following a layup from Williams to make the score 59-44. Utah State finished the game by shooting 43.8 percent from the field (21-48), 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18). Hawai'i shot 40.9 percent overall (18-44), including 50.0 percent from behind the arc (6-12) and 50.0 percent at the charity stripe (8-16). UH did out-rebounded USU, 30-28. Utah State scored the first three points of the game on a trey from junior guard Tyler Newbold and led 5-3 following a put-back dunk from junior forward Tai Wesley before Hawai'i went on a 10-4 run over the next 4:04 to take its largest lead of the game at 13-9. Hawai'i later led 17-15 following a free throw from Flemings at the 6:40 mark, but Utah State held the Rainbow Warriors scoreless from that point on as the Aggies closed the half on a 10-0 run to take a 25-17 lead into the locker room. Quayle had seven first-half points to go along with five rebounds to lead Utah State, while Wesley had five points and three assists. USU shot 40.0 percent (8-20) in the first half, including 77.8 percent at the free throw line (7-9), but was just 2-of-7 (.286) from three-point range. Hawai'i shot just 28.0 percent (7-25) during the first 20 minutes, including 33.3 percent from three (2-6) and 20.0 percent at the free throw line (1-5).
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE HAWAI'I GAME
Utah State was out-rebounded for just the fourth time this year... USU committed single-digit turnovers (5) for the fourth straight game and 11th time this year... The 21 field goals made by USU are tied for the fewest in a game this year (21 at Long Beach State)... Tai Wesley tied his season-high in minutes played with 35... Wesley also took two charges in the game to give him a team-leading 11 this year, and had his eighth dunk of the season as well.
AGGIES HAVE SINGLE-DIGIT TURNOVERS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME
Utah State committed just five turnovers in its last game and has now committed single-digit turnovers in each of its last four games and in 11 games this year. USU's current streak of four straight games with single-digit turnovers is the longest in school history. In its last four games, USU is averaging just 7.0 turnovers per game.
UTAH STATE PLAYING SOLID DEFENSE DURING ITS LAST FOUR GAMES
During its last four games, Utah State has held all four of its opponents under 65 points and less than 43.0 percent shooting from the field. During its last four games, USU's opponents are shooting just 40.2 percent from the field (84-209) and averaging 58.5 points.
UTAH STATE'S MAGIC NUMBER AS OF LATE HAS BEEN FIVE
Utah State's magic number as of late has been five, as in five made three-pointers. During its last 23 games, USU is 19-0 when making at least five three-pointers in a game, but 0-4 during that time period when it makes less than five treys in a game.
UTAH STATE UNDEFEATED THIS YEAR WHEN SCORING AT LEAST 70 POINTS
Utah State is 16-0 this year and is 172-20 (.896) during the last 11 years when scoring at least 70 points in game. Overall, USU has won 20 straight games when scoring at least 70 points.
AGGIES ALMOST UNBEATABLE WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 12-1 this year when holding its opponents under 60 points with its one loss coming at New Mexico State, 55-52. In fact, USU has won 85 of its last 87 games and is 150-12 (.926)under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.
UTAH STATE GETTING BALANCED SCORING DURING ITS 13-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current 13-game winning streak, Utah State has seven players averaging at least eight points a game in junior forward Tai Wesley (12.8), senior guard Jared Quayle (12.4), junior guard Pooh Williams (11.1), junior forward Nate Bendall (10.2), junior guard Brian Green (8.7), sophomore forward Brady Jardine (8.6) and junior guard Tyler Newbold (7.7).
UTAH STATE RECORDS DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAGUE WINS AGAIN
Utah State's has won at least 10 league games 22 times in school history and 15 times during the last 17 years, which includes a streak of 10 times in the last 11 years under Morrill. Furthermore, its 12 league wins this year are tied for the 10th-most in school history.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's 23 wins this year are tied for the 16th-most in the nation.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
Fresno State is 14-16 on the season and in a tie for fifth-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-8 league record following its 72-45 loss at San Jose State Saturday. The Bulldogs, who are 3-10 on the road this year, are led by sophomore forward Paul George who is averaging 16.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Senior forward Sylvester Seay is averaging 14.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, freshman center Greg Smith is averaging 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, and sophomore guard Mike Ladd is averaging 10.2 points per game. As a team, FSU is scoring 67.2 points per game and shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 66.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing 66.6 points and its opponents are shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from three-point range and 66.9 percent at the free throw line. Fresno State returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-21 overall and finished in ninth-place in the WAC with a 3-13 league record. Steve Cleveland, who is 7-12 all-time against Utah State, is 77-79 in his fifth year at Fresno State and 215-187 in 13 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. FRESNO STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Fresno State will be playing for the 47th time this week in what is the 15th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against FSU was on December 12, 1963.
UTAH STATE-FRESNO STATE SERIES
Utah State and Fresno State will meet for the 47th time this week with the Aggies owning a 27-19 all-time advantage, which includes an 18-5 record at home. USU won the first meeting between the two teams this year, 69-43, in Fresno on Jan. 21. Overall, USU has won six straight games in the series, including two straight at home. The last time FSU won a game in the series was on Mar. 3, 2007 in Logan, 71-66, as the Bulldogs are the last WAC team to defeat USU at home. Stew Morrill is 12-11 all-time against Fresno State, which includes an 8-4 record at USU.
VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 108-27 (.800) against teams from the state of California during the last 11 years, which includes a 61-6 (.910) record at home.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State Director of Athletics Scott Barnes played basketball at Fresno State from 1984-85, and averaged 7.4 rebounds during his senior year to lead the team. He also earned second-team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association honors as a senior. Barnes also ranks seventh all-time in FSU history with 92 career blocks and 10th all-time in shooting percentage at 51.9 percent.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 37-19 (.661) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 12-4 (.750) record at home. Utah State is also 7-4 (.636) in known games played on Mar. 1 and 14-6 (.700) in games played on Monday under Morrill.
VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 208-104 (.667) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. And in 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 119-77 (.607) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 58-20 (.744) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 120-69 (.635) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 91-31 (.746) record at USU.
LAST MEETING AGAINST FRESNO STATE
Junior reserve guard Brian Green scored a season-high 17 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead Utah State to an easy 69-43 road win at Fresno State on Jan. 21, 2010. The 26-point road win for USU is its largest away from home since defeating Idaho on the road by 38 points (80-42) during the 2005-06 season. Green, who also had three assists and two rebounds in the game, was 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range in 19 minutes off the bench. Senior guard Jared Quayle had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in just 28 minutes. Junior forward Tai Wesley added 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in just 23 minutes, while junior guard Tyler Newbold had 10 points and six boards. Greg Smith was the only Fresno State player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Leading 32-18 at the break, Newbold hit his second three-pointer of the game on Utah State's first possession of the second half to give the Aggies a 17-point lead. Fresno State then went on a 13-2 run to get within six at 37-31 with 14:44 remaining, only to see USU go on a 32-6 run over the next 11:51 to take its biggest lead of the game at 69-37 on a layup from sophomore center Modou Niang. The Bulldogs then scored the final six points of the game to make the final margin 26. Utah State finished the game by shooting 48.0 percent from the field (24-50), 60.0 percent from three-point range (12-20) and 64.3 percent at the free throw line (9-14). Fresno State shot just 28.6 percent for the game (14-49), including just 23.5 percent from behind the arc (4-17) and 57.9 percent at the free throw line (11-19). The 12 made three-pointers by Utah State are its second-most this year and tied for the eighth-most in a single-game in school history. USU out-rebounded FSU, 38-29. The Aggies also had 17 assists, seven steals, six blocks and just 10 turnovers in the game after committing three in its first four possessions. With the game tied at five early on, Utah State scored eight straight points to lead 13-5 with 12:29 to play in the half as Quayle hit a pair of three-pointers and Wesley scored on a jump hook. The Bulldogs scored the next four points and trailed by four at 15-11 with 9:00 minutes remaining before the Aggies finished the half on a 17-7 run to take a 14-point advantage into the locker room. Quayle led Utah State with nine first-half points and Wesley had six as USU shot 42.9 percent (12-28) overall and was 6-of-11 (.545) from three-point range. Fresno State made just 6-of-24 (.250) field goals in the first half, including just 2-of-8 from behind the arc.
LAST MEETING AGAINST FRESNO STATE AT HOME
Utah State trailed the entire first half before taking the lead early in the second stanza and the Aggies fought off Fresno State for a 65-61 home victory on Jan. 15, 2009. Junior guard Jared Quayle matched his jersey number with 21 points, including USU's last five points and seven of its last 10 of the game, netting a three-pointer with 2:13 to play and a pair of free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to seal the win. Sophomore forward Tai Wesley and senior forward Gary Wilkinson joined Quayle in the double-digit scoring column with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Tyler Newbold snared a team-leading seven rebounds and dished out four assists, matched by junior guard Stavon Williams. The trio of Aggies in double-figure scoring offset a career night from Fresno State's Sylvester Seay as he scored 32 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Seay was the lone Bulldog in double-digits while Dwight O'Neil distributed a game-best six assists. Seay's 17 first-half points helped Fresno State lead the whole half, building a lead of as much as seven on two different occasions, however the Aggies battled back and trailed 32-28 at intermission. Quayle spearheaded USU's second-half charge as he drained a three-pointer from the top of the arc on the Aggies' first possession of the half. He then had a steal and coast-to-coast layup, getting fouled and making the ensuing free throw to cap the old-fashioned three-point play and USU had its first lead of the night at 34-32 just two minutes into the second period. The score was tied several times from there on out, but USU wouldn't relinquish the lead, opening an eight-point margin at 60-52 with 4:47 to go on a Wesley layup. After Fresno State pulled to 60-58 with 3:36 on the clock after a three-point play by Seay, Quayle's three-pointer from the top of the arc with 2:13 left gave the Aggies some breathing room and they hung on for the win. USU was 46.2 percent (24-52) from the field, matching that with a 46.7 percent (7-15) three-point shooting outing. The Aggies also were a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe. Fresno State shot 24-of-51 (.471) from the floor, netting 5-of-15 (.333) of its three-pointers while making 8-of-9 (.889) at the free pitch stripe. The Bulldogs had a slight, 28-27, rebounding edge, but had nine turnovers compared to six miscues for the Aggies.
TWO OF THE TOP SHOOTERS IN LEAGUE GAMES COME OFF UTAH STATE'S BENCH
Two of the WAC's top field goal shooters during league play are reserves for Utah State as sophomore forward Brady Jardine ranks first in WAC games in shooting at 62.0 percent (49-79), while junior guard Brian Green is shooting 58.8 percent (40-68) to rank third.
UTAH STATE HAS FOUR OF THE TOP 13 THREE-POINT SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State, statistically, has four of the top 13 three-point shooters in the WAC as junior guard Brian Green ranks first (.494), senior guard Jared Quayle ranks third (.445), junior guard Tyler Newbold ranks ninth (.412) and junior guard Pooh Williams ranks 13th (.398).
GREEN LEADS THE WAC IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior reserve guard Brian Green is torching the nets in conference play as he is shooting 64.3 percent from three-point range (27-42) to rank first in the WAC. On the season, Green is shooting 49.4 percent from behind the arc (41-83) to rank first in the conference.
WILLIAMS PLAYING WELL DURING WINNING STREAK
Junior guard Pooh Williams has played solid basketball for Utah State during its 13-game winning streak as he has scored at least seven points in 12 of those contests and has scored in double-figures eight times. During his last eight games, Williams is averaging 12.0 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (36-72), 40.6 percent from three-point range (13-32) and is 11-of-16 (.688) at the free throw line. Overall, Williams has scored at least seven points in 18 games this year and has scored in double-figures 12 times.
WESLEY LEADS THE TEAM WITH 24 DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES
Junior forward Tai Wesley has scored in double-figures 24 times this year including 11 times in his last 13 games. Overall, Wesley has scored in double-figures 68 times in his career. During his last five games, Wesley is averaging 12.6 points, 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field (24-45) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (15-21). Wesley has also recorded at least four assists in each of his last five games.
QUAYLE SECOND-BEST REBOUNDING POINT GUARD IN THE NATION
Senior Jared Quayle is averaging 6.1 rebounds to rank as the second-best rebounding point guard in the nation behind Jesse Sanders of Liberty who averages 6.7 boards per game. Last year, Quayle averaged 6.0 rebounds to rank as the fourth-best rebounding point guard in the nation.
QUAYLE HAS JUST ONE TURNOVER IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
Senior guard Jared Quayle has done a great job of taking care of the ball as of late as he has committed just one turnover in his last four games while recording 15 assists. During his last five games, Quayle has scored in double-figures four times and is averaging 12.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field (18-44), 44.0 percent from three-point range (11-25) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (14-18). Overall, Quayle has scored in double-figures 18 times this year and 43 times in his career, to go along with three 20-point games this year and eight in his career.
GREEN HAS BEEN INSTANT OFFENSE FOR UTAH STATE OFF THE BENCH
Junior guard Brian Green has been instant offense for Utah State when he enters the game as of late as he is averaging 9.2 points during his last 11 games, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (36-63) and 61.5 percent from three-point range (24-39). Overall, Green has scored in double-figures six times this year and has scored at least eight points in eight of his last 11 games.
JARDINE RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN SHOOTING IN LEAGUE GAMES
Sophomore forward Brady Jardine is playing the best basketball of his career during USU's 14 WAC games as he is averaging 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, while shooting 62.0 percent from the field (49-79) to rank second in the WAC. Jardine also ranks 10th in the WAC in blocked shots during league games. Prior to WAC play beginning, Jardine played in 14 games and averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field (16-34) in 11.1 minutes.
JARDINE HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FIVE OF HIS LAST 11 GAMES
Sophomore forward Brady Jardine has scored in double-figures in five of his last 11 games including a career-high 17 points against San Jose State on Jan. 30. Overall he has scored at least eight points in nine of his last 12 games. During his last 12 games, Jardine is averaging 8.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks, while shooting 61.8 percent from the field (47-76).
BENDALL MISSES TWO GAMES DUE TO HEART SURGERY
Junior forward Nate Bendall missed two games (Weber State - 12/23; Western Oregon - 12/29) due to heart surgery on December 23 as he had a minor procedure called a heart ablation to treat an atrial flutter. Since returning from his surgery 14 games ago, Bendall has scored in double-figures seven times. During his last five games, he has scored in double-figures three times and is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 55.8 percent from the field (24-43) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (9-12).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 17-2 this season and 38-6 overall when senior guard Jared Quayle scores in double-figures, but just 6-4 this year and 15-5 overall when he doesn't. Furthermore, USU is 11-1 this year when Quayle has at least five assists in a game.
FOUR RETURNING STARTERS IN THE LINEUP
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has started 89 straight games at Utah State, which is the longest streak on the team. Junior forward Tai Wesley has started 69 straight games and 88 of the last 89 overall. Senior guard Jared Quayle has started 62 straight games and junior forward Pooh Williams has started 60 games during his career.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY WILL PLAY IN 100TH GAME MONDAY NIGHT
Juniors Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley will both play in their 100th game at Utah State Monday night against Fresno State and both will be tied with Keith Hood (1978-81) for 21st all-time for most games played in at Utah State. Newbold also ranks 10th all-time at USU with 89 games started along with Reid Newey (1984, 1987-89) and Gilbert Pete (1986-89)
WESLEY RANKS 24TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SCORING
Junior forward Tai Wesley scored his 1,000th career point at Nevada on Jan. 13, 2010 to become the 34th player in school history to reach the milestone. Wesley now has 1,149 career points to rank 24th all-time in scoring at USU and is now 15 points shy of tying Jimmy Moore (1973-75) for 23rd-place with 1,164 career points. In 99 career games, Wesley is averaging 11.61 points.
WESLEY ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
In his third season at Utah State, junior forward Tai Wesley has 1,149 career points, 556 career rebounds and 256 career assists and is among some elite company as he is one of just seven players in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists along with Jaycee Carroll (2005-08), Greg Grant (1983-86), Nate Harris (2003-06), Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05), Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) and Marvin Roberts (1969-71). If you added Wesley's 99 career blocks to the equation, Wesley is one of just two players in school history with 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 200 career assists and 90 career blocks along with Nate Harris who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career.
WESLEY RANKS 19TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN REBOUNDING
With his six rebounds against Hawai'i, junior forward Tai Wesley now has 556 career rebounds to rank 19th all-time at Utah State. Wesley is now 27 rebounds shy of tying Dan Conway (1986-89) for 18th-place with 583 career rebounds.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE AND IN THE WAC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Junior forward Tai Wesley is shooting 59.2 percent from the field (424-716) during his USU career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Nate Harris (2003-06) who shot 64.1 percent, Greg Houskeeper (1988-89) who shot 62.2 percent, and Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who shot 61.7 percent. That percentage also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
In 99 career games, junior forward Tai Wesley ranks fourth all-time at Utah State with 99 career blocks. Wesley is now 18 blocks shy of tying Shawn Daniels (2000-01) for third all-time with 117 blocks. His average of 1.00 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
NEWBOLD RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Tyler Newbold is shooting 42.4 percent (143-337) from three-point range during his career, which ranks fourth all-time at Utah State. Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) is the school's all-time leader in three-point shooting at 46.5 percent.
NEWBOLD RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has made 143 three-pointers in his Utah State career, which ranks sixth all-time. He also ranks sixth all-time in three-point attempts with 337. Newbold is now 40 made three-pointers shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth-place all-time with 183 made three-pointers and 71 three-point attempts shy of tying Jones for fifth-place all-time with 408 three-point attempts.
QUAYLE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Jared Quayle is shooting 41.4 percent from three-point range (116-280) during his USU career to rank sixth all-time in school history. He also ranks seventh all-time at Utah State in three-pointers made with 116 and is in eighth-place all-time with 280 three-point attempts. Quayle is now 27 made three-pointers shy of tying Tyler Newbold for sixth-place in career made three-pointers with 143 and 24 three-point attempts shy of tying Troy Rolle (1999-2000) for seventh-place in that category.
QUAYLE RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior guard Jared Quayle is shooting 88.5 percent from the free throw line (69-78) this year, which would rank fifth all-time at Utah State for a single-season. Overall, Quayle ranks ninth all-time at USU in free throw shooting at 81.1 percent (163-201).
QUAYLE, NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 25 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Utah State has three players on its current roster who rank among the top 25 all-time at Utah State in assists as junior forward Tai Wesley has 256 career assists to rank 19th all-time, senior guard Jared Quayle has 253 career assists to rank 20th all-time, and junior guard Tyler Newbold has 251 career assists to rank 21st all-time.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#5 Pooh Williams - Scored in double-figures for the 12th time this year and 20th time in his career with 12 points at Hawai'i... Had a career-high tying 17 points against Southern Utah... Tied his career-high with six assists against Idaho at home... Made a career-high four three-pointers against SUU... Averaging 9.1 points and 2.5 assists, while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 56.0 percent at the free throw line... Has started 60 games during his USU career... Ranks 13th in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#12 Brian Green - Scored a season-high 17 points at Fresno State... Had a season-high four rebounds against Utah Valley... Had season-highs with four assists and three steals against Southern Utah... Averaging 7.0 points and shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 49.4 percent from three-point range and 93.3 percent at the free throw line... Ranks first in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#13 Preston Medlin - Scored a career-high 17 points against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range... Averaging 4.1 points and shooting 40.3 percent, including 39.5 percent from three-point range.
#15 Modou Niang - Had career-highs with 13 points and seven rebounds against Weber State... Made his first career start against Western Oregon and played a career-high 26 minutes... Tied his career-high with three blocks against Idaho... Averaging 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field and 54.5 percent at the free throw line.
#21 Jared Quayle - Recorded his fifth-career double-double against Louisiana Tech as he had 13 points and 10 rebounds... Also has six career double-figure rebounding games... Tied his season-high with seven assists against Wichita State... Has scored in double-figures 19 times this year and 44 times in his career... Has eight career 20-point games... Averaging 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 44.5 percent from three-point range and 88.5 percent from the free throw line... Currently ranks first in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.55), is fourth in three-point shooting, fourth in free throw shooting, fifth in assists, 10th in steals, 13th in rebounding and 15th in scoring... Has started 62 straight games for USU.
#22 Brady Jardine - Scored a career-high 17 points against San Jose State... Tied his season-high with eight rebounds against Nevada... Had a season-high two blocks against Utah Valley, Cal State Bakersfield and Fresno State... Has scored in double-figures six times in his career... Averaging 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 58.0 percent from the field and 76.6 percent at the free throw line... Ranks 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.62).
#23 Tyrone White - Has played in 14 games this year and is averaging 4.5 minutes per contest... Tied his season-high with two points against Boise State.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Recorded his first career double-double against Western Oregon with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds... Tied his career-high with 11 boards at Nevada... Averaging 8.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from three-point range and 89.5 percent at the free throw line... Scored a season-high 15 points at Weber State, and against Morehead State and Hawai'i... Has scored in double-figures 12 times this year and 32 times in his career, including two 20-point games... Has started 89 straight games for USU which is the longest active streak on the team... Ranks eighth in the WAC in three-point shooting.
#25 Jaxon Myaer - Scored a season-high nine points at Northeastern as he tied his career-high with three made treys against the Huskies... Averaging 1.8 points and is shooting 39.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent at the free throw line... Has scored in double-figures twice in his career.
#35 Nate Bendall - Had a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high tying 10 rebounds against San Jose State for his third career double-double... Had a career-high five blocks against Morehead State... Posted his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Utah... Had 14 points and 10 rebounds against BYU... Has scored in double-figures 15 times this year... Averaging 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 80.7 percent at the free throw line... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal shooting, eighth in free throw shooting and 11th in blocked shots (0.96).
#42 Tai Wesley - Scored a season-high 22 points at Long Beach State.... Recorded his first double-double of the season at Cal State Bakersfield as he had 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds... Averaging 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 72.3 percent from the free throw line... Has scored in double-figures 24 times this year and 68 times in his career... Has scored 20-plus points six times in his career and has seven double-doubles... Has started 69 straight games and 88 of its last 89 overall... Ranks fifth in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84), eighth in blocked shots (1.28), eighth in field goal shooting, 11th in rebounding, 13th in assists (3.10) and 13th in scoring.
#44 Matt Formisano - Made his first career start against Weber State... Scored a season-high seven points against Morehead State... Had a season-high four rebounds against BYU and Saint Mary's... Averaging 2.8 points and 1.6 rebounds, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 80.0 percent at the free throw line.
AGGIES GETTING SOLID PRODUCTION FROM ITS BENCH
Utah State is 16-3 on the year when its bench out-scores its opponent's bench and 7-3 when its bench is out-scored. Overall, USU's bench is averaging 20.3 points (588) and 8.7 rebounds (253) and had season-highs of 39 points against Southern Utah and 18 rebounds versus Idaho State.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH PLAYING WELL DURING 12 GAME WINNING STREAK
Utah State's bench has been playing very well during its 13-game winning streak as USU's reserves are averaging 20.4 points and 11.3 rebounds over the last 13 games, while shooting 53.9 percent from the field (103-191) and 56.6 percent from three-point range (30-53).
UTAH STATE PLAYING SOLID DEFENSE WITHOUT FOULING
One of Utah State's trademarks under head coach Stew Morrill is to play solid defense without fouling and that is exactly what this year's team is doing. During its first three games of the year, USU was averaging 20.7 fouls per game, but during its last 26 games it is averaging just 15.7 fouls and had a season-low seven fouls against Nevada at home. On the season, USU is 12-0 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents.
UTAH STATE RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVERS PER GAME
After averaging 16.3 turnovers during its first three games, Utah State is averaging just 9.7 turnovers during its last 26 games and just 10.3 turnovers per game on the season which ranks sixth in the nation. Overall, USU has committed single-digit turnovers in 11 games this year.
AGGIES UNDEFEATED WHEN SHOOTING 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD THIS YEAR
Utah State has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in seven of its last 13 games, and in 12 games on the season, and is undefeated (12-0) this year when shooting 50 percent.
AGGIES AT THE HALF
Utah State is 21-2 this year and 229-23 (.909) over the last 11 years when leading at the half. Conversely, USU is 2-4 this year and 39-58 (.402) during the last 11 years when trailing at the half.
UTAH STATE IN CLOSE GAMES
Utah State was 0-4 on the season in games decided by five or fewer points before winning at Boise State, 72-67, on Feb. 11, 2010. Prior to its one point loss to Marquette (58-57) in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Utah State had won 10 of its previous 12 games decided by two or fewer points including five straight wins in games decided by just one point.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Utah State is 4-2 this year and 56-18 (.757) over the last 11 years following a loss, and has dropped back-to-back games just 15 times during that time period. The last time USU lost three straight games was during the 2007-08 season when it dropped road games at Nevada (85-80), Hawai'i (71-66) and San Jose State (70-67). Overall, USU has lost three consecutive games just once in the last 11 years.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 124 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State had six players earn academic all-WAC honors during the 2008-09 season (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Jared Quayle, Gary Wilkinson, Stavon Williams), while the other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC honorees.
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 275-84 (.766) record. Those 275 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 76.6 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.831), Kansas (.813), and Gonzaga (.802). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the second-best record in WAC games during the last five years with a 58-20 (.744) mark. During its first four years in the league, Utah State has won two regular season championships (2008, 2009), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game three times (2006, 2007, 2009).
AGGIES LEAD THE NATION IN SHOOTING FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
Utah State shot 49.6 percent from the field during the 2008-09 season to lead the nation for the second straight year (USU shot 51.4 percent in 2008 to lead the nation). USU also led the nation in field goal shooting during the 2004-05 season as it shot 52.5 percent. Utah State is the first team to lead the nation in shooting in consecutive seasons since UCLA did it in 1996 and 1997, and just the eighth team in the history of the NCAA to accomplish the feat. George Washington is the only school to lead the nation in three straight years as it accomplished that feat from 1954-56. USU's current run of being the top shooting team in the nation in three of the last five years is the best-ever streak in the history of NCAA Division I basketball.
UTAH STATE'S FALL SIGNING CLASS RANKED BEST IN THE WAC BY ESPN.COM
Utah State's fall recruiting class has been tabbed as the best in the WAC according to ESPN.com. The results are based solely on high school players. Utah State announced three players during the early signing period including a pair of prep stars in Ben Clifford and James Walker. USU also signed one junior college player in Brockeith Pane. Clifford is a 6-8, 215-pound senior forward at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah and Walker is a 6-2, 180-pound senior guard at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, Calif. Both players will enroll as freshman at USU in the fall of 2010. Scouts Inc.'s Paul Biancardi, Joel Francisco, Reggie Rankin, Michael LaPlante, John Stovall and Adam Finkelstein all contributed to the ESPN.com report.
AGGIES WIN OLD OQUIRRH BUCKET FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR AND NINTH TIME OVERALL
Following its 85-73 win against Weber State on Dec. 23, Utah State's men's basketball team finished the 2009-10 season with a 5-1 record against in-state opponents to win the Old Oquirrh Bucket for the second-straight season and ninth time overall. Utah State's other in-state wins this year include victories against Weber State (66-60), Southern Utah (89-49), Brigham Young (71-61) and Utah Valley (87-56), while its only loss was at Utah (68-67). The Old Oquirrh Bucket (named after the Oquirrh Mountains located to the west of Salt Lake City) is the symbol of in-state basketball supremacy in Utah. Every year since the 1974-75 season the trophy has been awarded to the in-state college team (Brigham Young, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley and Weber State), which has the best winning percentage against in-state competition. Of Utah State's nine Old Oquirrh Bucket titles, four have come under the direction of current head coach Stew Morrill (2002, 2005, 2009, 2010). USU also won the title three straight years under Rod Tueller (1983, 1984, 1985) and Dutch Belnap's 1975 and 1976 teams won the first two titles in the trophies history. Utah has won the bucket 14 times, followed by Utah State and BYU with nine victories each, and Weber State with four.
NEWBOLD EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Junior guard Tyler Newbold has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team it was announced Feb. 5. Newbold joins Luke Babbit (Nevada), Kurt Cunningham (Boise State) and Nedeljko Golubovic (Fresno State) as the only players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors. Newbold, who has twice earned academic all-WAC honors, was also the only player from the state of Utah recognized. Newbold has a cumulative 3.46 grade-point average in journalism.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had seven different players led the team in scoring this season.
UTAH STATE CLOSING IN ON SINGLE-SEASON TEAM RECORDS
Utah State is closing in on setting several single-season records this year and currently ranks in the top 10 in three-point shooting, free throw shooting and blocks. USU is currently shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range which ranks second all-time in school history behind the 1997-98 team that shot 42.9 percent. USU is also shooting 76.8 percent from the free throw line to rank third behind the school record of 79.2 percent set during the 2007-08 season. USU has also made 202 three-pointers this year which ranks fifth (the school record is 232 set during the 2005-06 season), has 101 blocks which ranks seventh (the school record is 139 set during the 1989-90 season), and is seventh in three-point attempts with 477 (the school record is 579 set during the 2005-06 season).
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
During its last five games, Utah State is averaging 69.8 points and shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 46.1 percent from three-point range and 73.4 percent at the free throw line, while its opponents are averaging 60.2 points and shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 69.6 percent at the free throw line. USU is also out-rebounding its opponents by 2.6 boards (30.8-28.2) during its last five games and winning by a margin of 9.6 points per game.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won six straight road games and is 8-5 on the road this year. Overall, USU is 84-68 (.553) on the road under Morrill, which includes a 60-40 (.600) record against conference opponents and a 23-17 (.575) WAC record. During the last three years, Utah State is 19-8 (.704) on the road and 21-10 (.677) away from home.
QUAYLE & WESLEY NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior guard Jared Quayle was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 18, 2010 as he led USU to home wins against Hawai'i (98-54) and Boise State (81-59), and an overtime win at Nevada (79-72). For the week, Quayle averaged 14.0 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (16-29), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and was 3-of-3 at the free throw line. Junior forward Tai Wesley was named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after leading the Aggies to wins against Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73) in its own Basketball Travelers Invitational last week en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors. For the tournament, Wesley averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting 65.4 percent from the field (17-26) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23).
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which ranks tied for the fourth-most by any current Division I coach in college basketball. Morrill's former assistants who are current head coaches include Terry Dunn (Dartmouth), Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho). Arizona State's Herb Sendek has the most assistants who are currently Division I head coaches with eight, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino with seven and Connecticut's Jim Calhoun with six. Other coaches with five assistants as current Division I head coaches include Ben Braun of Rice, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Jay Wright of Villanova.
UTAH STATE GRADUATES WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN
Utah State lost three lettermen from last season, including one starter in Gary Wilkinson who was named the WAC's Player of the Year as he averaged 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and shot 58.0 percent from the field and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. USU also lost the WAC Player of the Year in 2008 in guard Jaycee Carroll who averaged 22.4 points and 6.0 rebounds, and shot 52.6 percent from the field, 49.6 percent from three-point range and 91.9 percent from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE TRENDS DURING THE 2009-10 SEASON
Utah State is 12-0 when committing fewer fouls than its opponent.
Utah State is 14-2 when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent.
Utah State is 13-2 when it blocks more shots than its opponent.
Utah State is 10-1 when it has more steals than its opponent.
Utah State is 20-3 when it has more assists than its opponent.
Utah State is 20-2 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent.
Utah State is 20-2 when it shots better from the field than its opponent.
Utah State is 19-2 when it shots better from three-point range than its opponent.
Utah State is 15-1 when its backcourt outscores its opponents backcourt.
Utah State is 20-2 when its frontline outscores its opponents frontline.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 24th season as a collegiate head coach and 12th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 290-97 (.749) record, including a 150-48 (.758) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his 12 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 10 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-6, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 11 years at 76.6 percent with an overall record of 275-84. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 171-54 record with five regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game eight times in the last 10 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 10 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 10 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2008-09 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its second straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 10th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Gary Wilkinson was named the WAC Player of the Year in 2009, while Jaycee Carroll was named the league's MVP in 2008. Overall, Morrill has coached 11 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 16 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 12 years, USU is an amazing 174-13 (.930) at home, which includes a 90-8 (.918) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 71st all-time with his 508career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.4 percent ranks 28th among active coaches and 100th all-time. He is also one of just 13 active coaches to notch at least 15 20-win seasons. His current streak of 11-straight 20-win seasons ranks ninth among active coaches and is tied for the 13th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC) three times in his 11 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 508-235 (.684).