Aggie Men Looking For Third-Straight Win In Regular Season Finale At Hawai'i Saturday Night
March 2, 2012
Game Notes vs. Hawai'i
Utah State (16-14, 7-6) vs. Hawai'i (15-14, 6-7)
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012 * 10 p.m. (MT) * Honolulu * Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network * TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,474-1,020 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State will be looking to win three-straight games for just the second time this year as it had a season-long four-game winning streak in December with home wins against Seattle, UT Arlington, Saint Peter's and Kent State. Overall, USU has posted consecutive wins just three times this season and will be looking for its first back-to-back road wins of the year.
Utah State has won 20 of its last 33 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 98-81 (.547) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 69-45 (.605) record against conference opponents and a 32-22 (.593) mark against WAC teams. USU is 3-10 on the road thus far this year.
Utah State has won 36 of its last 43 WAC games and is 61-15 (.803) against teams from the WAC during the last five seasons.
Utah State is 13-2 this year and has won 62 of its last 64 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 269-25 (.915) when leading at the half and 45-74 (.378) when trailing at the half including a 3-11 (.214) record this year.
Utah State is 6-3 this year and has won 112 of its last 117 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 177-15 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
As of Friday, Mar. 2, Utah State has an RPI of 145 and a strength of schedule of 115, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 12th overall. USU also has a sagarin rating of 141.
Utah State is 46-22 (.676) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes an 8-4 (.667) road record. USU is also 132-52 (.717) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 5-4 (.556) all-time in known games played on March 3.
Utah State will be either the fourth or the fifth seed in next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena and face either Hawai'i or Louisiana Tech in the final quarterfinal game of the day on Thursday, Mar. 8 at 9:30 p.m. (MT). USU has been the top seed in the tournament each of the last four years and has won two of the past three tournament championships (2009, 2011).
Utah State (16-14, 7-6) will conclude its regular season this weekend with a Western Athletic Conference game at Hawai'i (15-14, 6-7) on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 10 p.m. (MT The game will not be televised but fans can listen to the game live on the Aggie Sports Network.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 16-14 on the season and 7-6 in Western Athletic Conference play following its 71-61 road win at San Jose State in its last game. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists, while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from three-point range and 78.4 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.1 points and 4.1 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 10.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 67.3 points and shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.1 points and its opponents are shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 66.5 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 3-2 during its last five games and is averaging 68.2 points, while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range and 68.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.2 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 66.2 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Friday, Mar. 2, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.1), second in field goal percentage defense (.415), second in three-point field goal percentage (.374), third in scoring margin (+3.2), third in field goal percentage (.474), third in free throw shooting (.709), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.325), and fifth in rebounding margin (-0.4).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Friday, Mar. 2, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks first in the WAC in three-point shooting (.438), third in scoring (16.5), seventh in free throw shooting (.784), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.60), 10th in assists (3.10), and 10th in overall shooting (.502). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.622), sixth in blocked shots (1.07), and 13th in rebounding (4.8). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks fifth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.802), seventh in assists (4.07), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.44). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks seventh in the WAC in overall shooting (.537), eighth in rebounding (6.1), and 10th in blocked shots (0.80). Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranks 13th in assists (2.50), and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranks 14th in blocked shots (0.52).
RANKING UTAH STATE IN WAC ONLY GAMES
As of Friday, Mar. 2, Utah State ranks first in WAC only games in scoring defense (64.4), first in free throw shooting (.728), first in three-point field goal percentage (.387), first in field goal percentage (.489), second in field goal percentage defense (.419), second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.322), third in scoring margin (+2.9), fourth in blocks (3.69), fourth in assists (14.00), and fifth in rebounding margin (-0.4).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN WAC ONLY GAMES
As of Friday, Mar. 2, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks first in WAC only games in scoring (18.5), second in three-point shooting (.470), second in free throw shooting (.822), 10th in overall shooting (.529), and 13th in assists (2.54). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks first in WAC only games in free throw shooting (.824), fourth in assists (4.92), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.83), and 15th in scoring (12.2). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks second in WAC only games in field goal shooting (.629), fourth in blocked shots (1.46), 13th in rebounding (5.5), and 15th in free throw shooting (.718). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks fourth in WAC only games in overall shooting (.600), 11th in blocked shots (0.77), and 14th in rebounding (5.3). Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel ranks first in WAC only games in three-point shooting (.667), freshman forward Ben Clifford ranks eighth in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.85), and sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranks 13th in WAC only games in assists (2.54).
UTAH STATE RANKS 29TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Friday, Mar. 2, Utah State ranks 29th in the nation in field goal percentage (.474), 40th in turnovers per game (11.9), 47th in three-point field goal percentage (.374), 78th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.09), 95th in scoring defense (64.1), 97th in field goal percentage defense (.415), and 97th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.325).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Friday, Mar. 2, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 10th in the nation in three-point shooting (.438), 54th in three-point field goals made per game (2.6), 75th in field goal percentage (.502), and 97th in scoring (16.5).
LOOKING BACK AT THE SAN JOSE STATE GAME
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 26 points in leading Utah State to a 71-61 road win at San Jose State Thursday giving the Aggies consecutive wins for just the third time this season as USU improved to 16-14 overall and 7-6 in Western Athletic Conference play. SJSU falls to 9-20 and 1-12 in league play with the loss. Utah State also increased its winning streak against San Jose State to 10 straight games, including four straight on the road, as the Aggies improved to 3-10 on the season away from home. Medlin, who added five rebounds and two assists in the game, was 9-of-13 from the field, 5-of-8 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 14 points and six assists and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored 12 points off the bench as the Aggie reserves out-scored San Jose State's bench 18-5. Overall, Bruneel was 4-of-5 from three-point range. James Kinney had 24 points and Wil Carter notched a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Jose State. Utah State shot 50 percent from the field for the third time in its last six games and for the ninth time this year as it finished the game shooting 55.1 percent (27-49), including 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (8-12). USU also had 18 assists and just eight turnovers, marking its fourth-straight game and ninth time this year it finished a contest with single-digit turnovers. After shooting 44.8 percent in the first-half, San Jose State finished the game shooting just 38.6 percent (22-57), including just 27.8 percent from three-point range as Utah State has now held 15 of its opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and under 30 percent shooting from three-point range. SJSU did make 85.7 percent of its free throws (12-14). The Spartans also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Aggies by 13 (34-21), as Utah State entered the game having out-rebounded seven of its previous eight opponents. Medlin scored 11 of Utah State's first 13 points as the Aggies built an early 13-8 advantage. USU took a 21-11 lead with 11:43 to play following Bruneel's second three-pointer of the half and the Aggies later led by 10 at 23-13 before San Jose State finished the half on a 17-10 run to make the score 33-30 at the break. San Jose State continued its run with four straight points to start the second-half to take its only lead of the game at 34-33 following a pair of Carter free throws. Medlin then hit a trey on Utah State's next possession, followed by a layup from Carter to make the score 36-36. From there, USU went on a 12-0 run and the Spartans never got closer than eight points the remainder of the game as the Aggies posted the 71-61 win after leading by as many as 15 at 60-45 following a free throw from senior forward Morgan Grim with 7:48 remaining. With the win, Utah State improved to 13-2 on the season when leading at the half and 11-2 this year when scoring 70-plus points in a game.
NOTABLES FROM THE SAN JOSE STATE GAME
Utah State was out-rebounded for just the second time in its last nine games (34-21) as its 21 rebounds ties a season-low... USU is now 4-8 on the season when it gets out-rebounded... USU committed single-digit turnovers (8) for the fourth-straight game and ninth time this year... USU shot 50 percent from the field (.551) for the third time in its last six games and for the ninth time this season... USU held San Jose State to 38.6 percent shooting from the field and 27.8 percent shooting from three-point range, marking the 15th time this year that USU has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting from the field and less than 30 percent from three-point range.
UTAH STATE SHOOTS OVER 50 PERCENT AT SAN JOSE STATE
Utah State shot 55.1 percent from the field (27-49) in its last game against San Jose State, marking the third time in its last six games that USU has shot at least 50 percent from the field. Overall, USU has now shot at least 50.0 percent from the field nine times this year.
UTAH STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM BEHIND THE ARC DURING ITS LAST TWO GAMES
Utah State has shot the ball very well from behind the arc during its last two games as it shot 47.4 percent from three against both Idaho and San Jose State as it was 9-of-19 from deep in each of those games. In its previous two games, USU shot just 23.7 percent from three-point range (9-38).
UTAH STATE PLAYING SOLID DEFENSE DURING ITS LAST TWO GAMES
Utah State has played very good defense during its last two games as it has held each of its last two opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field as each of its last two opponents are shooting a combined 37.4 percent from the field (40-107) and a combined 33.3 percent from three-point range (11-33).
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number this year appears to be 70, as in 70 points. On the season, Utah State is 11-2 when it scores 70 or more points in a game and just 5-12 when it scores less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 72 of its last 76 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 214-29 (.881) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-46 (.361) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has been doing a much better job of taking care of the ball during its last six games as it is averaging just 8.8 turnovers per game during its last six outings and has recorded single-digit turnovers in each of its last four games. In its previous two games, USU had 16 turnovers each in a pair of road losses at Nevada and at Fresno State.
MEDLIN SCORES 25-PLUS POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored 25-plus points in each of his last two games as he had 26 points in his last game at San Jose State (3/1) and scored a career-high 32 points in his previous game against Idaho (2/24). The last time USU had a player score 25 or more points in consecutive games was when Jaycee Carroll had back-to-back 30 point games at home against Louisiana Tech (30) and Fresno State (33) during the 2007-08 season.
MEDLIN'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK NOW AT 13 STRAIGHT GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in each of his last 13 games which is the longest streak by an Aggie since Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) scored in double-figures in the final 39 games of his career. Overall, Medlin has now scored in double-figures in 23 of his last 25 games. He also has 25 double-figure scoring games this year and 26 in his career, not to mention 10 career 20 point games. Medlin, who has scored 20-plus points in four of his last six games, is averaging 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists during his last six games, while shooting 55.4 percent from the field (46-83), 46.9 percent from three-point range (23-49) and 85.0 percent from the free throw line (17-20).
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. Thus far this year, Medlin leads USU with 16.5 points per game.
MEDLIN HAS MADE AT LEAST ONE THREE-POINTER IN ALL BUT TWO GAMES THIS YEAR
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 18 games and in all but two games on the season as he was 0-of-1 from behind the arc at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and against Saint Peter's.
MEDLIN CLOSING IN ON 500 POINTS FOR THE SEASON
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored 496 points this year and is now just four points shy of scoring 500 points, which would mark the 48th time in Utah State history that someone has accomplished that feat.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.6 percent from three-point range (92-216) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history. Medlin also ranks tied for eighth all-time at USU for a single-season with 77 made three pointers along with Justin Jones (1995-96), and ranks ninth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 176.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 21ST TIME THIS YEAR AT SAN JOSE STATE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the 21st time this year and 43rd time in his career with 14 points at San Jose State (3/1). Pane also has four 20-point games this year and seven in his career. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 assists, while shooting 38.8 percent from the field (19-49), 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 83,3 percent at the free throw line (15-18).
PANE DISHING IT OUT AND TAKING CARE OF THE BALL DURING LAST SIX GAMES
During his last six games, senior point guard Brockeith Pane has done a great job of not only creating shots for others, but limiting his turnovers as well, as he has recorded 34 assists and just eight turnovers.
REED RECORDS 15TH DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST UC SANTA BARBARA
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored in double-figures for the 15th time this year with 10 points against UC Santa Barbara (2/18). Reed, who has three 20-point games this year after scoring 20 points against Louisiana Tech (2/9), also has one double-double this season as he had 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds to go along with a career-high three blocked shots against Fresno State (1/5). During his last five games, Reed is averaging 7.6 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 64.0 percent from the field (16-25) and 54.5 percent at the free throw line (6-11).
REED CURRENTLY RANKS SEVENTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed is currently shooting 62.2 percent from the field (112-180) to rank first in the WAC and that percentage ranks as the seventh-best single-season shooting percentage in school history.
BERGER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 14 POINTS AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored a career-high 14 points against New Mexico State (2/11) for his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season. During his last five games, Berger is averaging 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while shooting 32.4 percent from the field (11-34), 25.0 percent from three-point range (4-16) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (6-9). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
BRUNEEL SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR THIRD TIME WITH 12 POINTS AT SAN JOSE STATE
Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored in double-figures for the third time this year with 12 points at San Jose State (3/1). Bruneel also had a career-high three steals and tied his career-high with two assists against the Spartans, while playing a career-high 25 minutes. Bruneel also scored a career-high 15 points in his first game against San Jose State (1/28). Those 15 points for Bruneel are the most for an Aggie reserve this year and his 12 points against SJSU on March 1 marks the 11th time this season that a USU bench player has scored in double-figures. During his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 6.2 points and 1.0 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field (11-19) and 60.0 percent from three-point range (9-15).
GRIM SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 12TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE
Senior forward Morgan Grim scored in double-figures for the 12th time this year with his 10 points against New Mexico State (2/11). Grim has also recorded three double-doubles this year including a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points against Kent State. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field (11-19) and 57.9 percent at the free throw line (11-19).
CLIFFORD RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS WITH 11 POINTS AND FOUR BLOCKS AGAINST HAWAI'I
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had one of his best games of the season against Hawai'i (1/26) as he scored a career-high 11 points and blocked a career-best four shots. For Clifford, it was the second time in his career that he has scored in double-figures. During his last five games, Clifford is averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field (7-12), 50.0 percent from three-point range (1-2) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (5-7).
STONE TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH EIGHT REBOUNDS AGAINST UC SANTA BARBARA
Freshman center Jordan Stone tied his career-high with eight rebounds against UC Santa Barbara (2/18). During his last five games, Stone is averaging 2.4 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 75.0 percent from the field (6-8).
TWO AGGIES HAVE EARNED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS THIS YEAR
Utah State has had two players earn WAC Player of the Week honors this year as senior point guard Brockeith Pane won the award on Nov. 14 after leading USU to a season-opening home win against BYU as he had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC Player of the Week on Jan. 30 after leading USU to a pair of home wins against Hawai'i and San Jose State. For the week, Medlin averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game as he had 25 points against the Rainbow Warriors and 15 against the Spartans.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 16-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt; 13-2 when leading at the half; 13-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 13-5 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 15-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 13-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 13-4 when it has more assists than its opponent; 13-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 10-5 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
FROM THE BENCH
Utah State's bench has been very productive for the most part this year as it has scored in double-figures in all but seven games and is averaging 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Overall, USU's bench scoring ranks sixth in the WAC behind Louisiana Tech (24.0), Hawai'i (20.7), New Mexico State (18.2), Idaho (17.5), and San Jose State (16.0). Fresno State's bench is averaging 14.2 points to rank seventh in the WAC and Nevada's bench is averaging 11.0 points to rank eighth overall.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State finished the regular season with a 13-4 home record marking the eighth-straight year that USU has won at least 13 home games. Overall, USU has won 96 of its last 102 home games and is 206-17 (.924) at home under Morrill including a 105-10 conference mark and a 50-5 record against WAC teams. All-time, USU is 500-110 (.820) in 42 years inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
UTAH STATE HAS THREE OF THE TOP 10 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has three of the top 10 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 62.2 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 53.7 percent to rank seventh, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 50.2 percent to rank 10th. In WAC games, Reed is shooting 62.9 percent to rank second, Grim is shooting 60.0 percent to rank fourth, and Medlin is shooting 52.9 percent to rank 10th.
DID YOU KNOW?
Junior forward Kyisean Reed's 92.3 percent shooting percentage (12-13) against Kent State ranks as the fourth-best single-game effort in the NCAA this year, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin's eight made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for the 11th-most in the NCAA this year behind three players who made 10 and seven players who made nine.
Hawai'i is 15-14 on the season and 6-7 in Western Athletic Conference play following its 82-63 home loss to Idaho Thursday. The Rainbow Warriors, who are 10-6 at home this year, are led by junior center Vander Joaquim who is averaging 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds, while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 63.3 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Zane Johnson is averaging 14.1 points, and junior forward Joston Thomas is averaging 13.8 points per game. As a team, Hawai'i is averaging 73.9 points and shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from three-point range, and 66.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, UH is allowing 74.6 points and its opponents are shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 72.0 percent at the free throw line. Hawai'i returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 19-13 overall and finished in a tie for fifth-place in the WAC with an 8-8 record. The Rainbow Warriors finished its season with a 77-74 home loss to San Francisco in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament. Gib Arnold is in his second year as a collegiate head coach at Hawai'i and has an overall record of 33-27.
UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I SERIES
Utah State and Hawai'i will be meeting for the 18th time this weekend, with USU holding a 13-4 advantage, which includes a 3-3 record on the road. Overall, USU has won seven straight and 10 of the last 11 games played in the series, including three straight on the road. USU won the first meeting between the two team, 77-72, in Logan on Jan. 26, 2012. The last time Hawai'i defeated the Aggies was on Feb. 16, 2008 in Honolulu, 71-66.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's Stew Morrill recorded his 400th career victory as a collegiate head coach against Hawai'i (63-52) on Jan. 30, 2006 in Logan. All-time, Morrill is 16-13 against Hawai'i, which includes an 11-4 record at Utah State and a 5-9 record at Colorado State.
UTAH STATE 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 again advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. 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. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And last year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record, to go along with its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 143-83 (.633) all-time in WAC games, which includes an 82-27 (.752) record at Utah State and a 61-57 (.517) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 119-66 (.643) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 96-34 (.738) record at USU.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 192 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST HAWAI'I
With a game-high 25 points, sophomore guard Preston Medlin was one of five Utah State players in double-figures as the Aggies notched a 77-72 home win against Hawai'i on Jan. 26, 2012. Medlin was joined in double-digits by sophomore guard Danny Berger, who hit four three-pointers for 12 points. Redshirt freshman forward Ben Clifford netted a career-high 11 points off the bench to go with a career-high four blocks. Senior guard Brockeith Pane and junior forward Kyisean Reed added 10 points apiece. Pane pulled down a team-leading six rebounds. Utah State was out-rebounded by Hawai'i, 48-28, the Aggies' largest rebounding differential since at least the 1994-95 season. Hawai'i was led by Vander Joaquim's double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Joston Thomas also registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Hauns Brereton tallied 15 points off the bench, as UH's reserves out-scored USU's bench players, 21-16. UH's rebounding advantage led the way for a 24-4 second-chance points. The Warriors committed 10 turnovers compared to eight miscues for the Aggies, which ties a season-low, but USU had a 10-4 points off turnovers advantage. Utah State shot 24-of-49 (.490) from the field, hitting 6-of-16 (.375) of its three-pointers. The Aggies also were 23-of-29 (.793) at the free throw line. Hawai'i made 40.8 percent (29-71) of its field goals, netting 17.6 percent (3-17) from three-point range. UH was also 11-of-19 (.579) at the free-pitch stripe. The lead traded hands several times in the game's early going, with Medlin throwing down a jam at the 15:40 mark for a 10-9 USU advantage, but UH regained the lead on a Thomas layup. That would be the Warriors last lead of the game, as Clifford hit a long jumper from the top of the arc, the first two of seven unanswered by the Aggies. Medlin hit three free throws and Clifford netted a layup for a 17-11 USU lead with 10:58 to go. The Aggie advantage grew to 10 on several different occasions, but the Warriors whittled away at the deficit, cutting it to three at 31-28 after a pair of free pitch shots by Davis Rozitis. USU stretched its lead out to 38-30 at intermission. After Hawai'i cut the gap to six on three different times, Utah State pushed its lead to its largest of the night of 15 at 61-46 after a coast-to-coast layup by Pane. UH steadily cut into the gap, trimming it to 66-61 with 2:58 to go on a layup by Trevor Wiseman. Clifford thwarted the Warrior threat with a layup with 2:26 left, then senior forward Morgan hit two free throws at the 1:37 mark for a 70-61 USU lead. After a free throw by UH's Brereton, Pane hit another layup for a 10-point lead. Hawai'i got within 73-69 with 21.4 seconds to go, but Medlin iced the win with two free pitches with 18 ticks to play. Clifford tallied two free throws with 7.5 seconds left for a 77-69 lead before Brereton hit a three-pointer in the waning seconds for the final score.
LAST MEETING AT HAWAI'I
Senior reserve guard Brian Green scored 22 points, including a pair of game-tying shots at the end of regulation and again at the end of the first overtime to lead 25th-ranked Utah State to a thrilling 89-84 double overtime win at Hawai'i on Jan. 29, 2011. Senior guard Tyler Newbold had 17 points, five rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Brady Jardine had 13 points and nine rebounds to go with two blocked shots. Senior forward Tai Wesley had 12 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in the second overtime, and junior guard Brockeith Pane scored 11 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. Zane Johnson led all scorers with 25 points for Hawai'i, while Bill Amis posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jeremiah Ostrowski also scored in double-figures for the home team, finishing with 15 points and six assists. Utah State used a 15-5 run midway through the second-half to take its largest lead of the game at 56-44 with 8:44 to play following a Pane layup, but Hawai'i answered with a 17-4 run over the next 6:33 to take its first lead since the 8:15 mark of the first-half on a jumper by Bill Amis for a 61-60 advantage with 2:11 to play. UH later went up two at 66-64 with 1:15 remaining on a Bo Barnes three-pointer only to see Green hit the game-tying shot with 38 seconds to play. Green's basket was originally called a three, but overturned by the officials after looking at the replay. Amis then missed a jumper sending the game into overtime. Hawai'i led for the majority of the first overtime and had a 71-68 advantage following an Amis dunk with 1:38 to play and later led by three at 73-70 on a pair of free throws by Ostrowski with just 27 seconds remaining. Green then followed with an NBA three-pointer from the top of the key with 15 seconds to play, forcing a second overtime. Utah State scored the first four points of the second overtime on a three-point play by Wesley and a Green free throw. Hawai'i answered one more time with six straight points for an 81-79 lead with 1:23 to play. USU quickly tied the game on a 17-foot jumper from senior forward Nate Bendall at the top of the key and took the lead for good on its next possession courtesy of a running jumper off the glass from Pane with 31 seconds left. Hawai'i had a chance to tie the game at 83-all, but Johnson made just one of two free throws. UH then had to foul and the Aggies made six straight free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal the win as Pane made two free tosses and Green made four. Utah State finished the game shooting 45.2 percent from the field (28-62), 45.0 percent from three-point range (9-20) and 77.4 percent at the free throw line (24-31). Hawai'i shot 43.8 percent (28-64), including 53.3 percent from behind the arc (8-15) and 66.7 percent at the charity stripe (20-30). USU also out-rebounded UH, 38-36, and had four more assists (17-13). Hawai'i took an early 8-4 lead and later led by four at 14-10 before Utah State went on a 10-2 run to go up 20-16 with 9:14 to play following a three-pointer from senior guard Pooh Williams. The Rainbow Warriors answered with a 6-0 run of their own which was answered with an 11-0 run by USU to take its largest lead of the half at 31-22 with 1:53 remaining on a dunk by junior forward Morgan Grim. During USU's run, Hawai'i went 7:21 without scoring. UH then scored five straight points to get back within four but went into the locker room down six as Green stole a pass in the backcourt and hit a running left-handed layup at the buzzer for a 33-27 Aggie lead.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Scored in double-figures for the 12th time this year with 10 points against New Mexico State... Recorded his third career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds against Kent State... Scored a career-high 20 points and played a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Had a career-high three blocks against Fresno State and at Louisiana Tech... Has played in 62 games at Utah State with 30 starts and in 103 games during his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored in double-figures for the 15th time this year with 10 points against UC Santa Barbara... Has three 20-point games on the season... Recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds against Fresno State to go along with a career-high three blocks... Scored a career-high 27 points against Kent State... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a career-best 10 rebounds.
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Had a season-high six rebounds at Idaho and against Hawai'i... Has started 61 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 64... Has scored in double-figures in 21 games this year and in 43 games in his career... Also has four 20-point games this season and seven in his career... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Has 34 assists and eight turnovers in his last six games.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Scored a career-high 14 points against New Mexico State for his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season... Had a career-high eight rebounds against Idaho to go along with a career-high six assists against Kent State... Sat out during the first six games of the season as a potential redshirt... Has started 20 straight games and played in 24... Has 13 assists and two turnovers in his last four games.
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 32 points against Idaho... Tied his career-highs with eight assists against UC Santa Barbara and nine rebounds against Montana Tech... Has scored in double-figures 25 times this year and 26 times in his career... Has 10 career 20-point games... Has scored in double-figures in 24 of his last 26 games... Has played in 52 games at Utah State with 30 starts.
OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Scored a career-high 11 points and had a career-high four blocks against Hawai'i... Has made five of his last nine three-point attempts... Tied his career-high with seven rebounds at No. 15 Mississippi State... Has started four games this year and played in 29.
G #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in 22.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Made his first career start against Montana Tech... Scored a career-high nine points against Fresno State and Seattle...Tied his career-high with five rebounds at Fresno State and against San Jose State... Played a season-best 18 minutes against Saint Peter's... Has played in 47 games during his Aggie career.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Scored a career-high 15 points against San Jose State... Made his first career start at Weber State and had eight points... Had a career-high six rebounds at Nevada... Played a season-high 25 minutes at San Jose State...Has started seven games during the season and played in 29.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Tied his career-high with eight rebounds against UC Santa Barbara... Made his first career start against Utah Valley and recorded a career-high eight rebounds... Had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had a season-high seven points to go along with seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes... Has started two games this year and played in 27.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Scored his first points as an Aggie at Louisiana Tech as he was 1-of-1 from the field... Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had a season-high two rebounds against Montana Tech... Has played in 10 games overall this year.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 340-117 (.744) record, including a 174-55 (.760) 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 first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, 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 13 years at 75.8 percent with an overall record of 325-104. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 199-62 (.762) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 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, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 206-17 (.924) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 558 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.6 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 558-255 (.686).