March 12, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
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#1 Utah State (23-9) vs. #8 San Jose State (13-18)
Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Las Cruces, N.M. Pan American Center (12,482)
Aggie Radio Network ESPN FullCourt
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 103rd season of basketball and has an overall record of 1,369-987 (.581). USU has not had a losing season since the 1992-93 campaign, a span of 14 years, when that team finished with a 10-17 record.
Utah State is one of just three teams to win at least 23 games in each of the last nine seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last nine years, Utah State has averaged 24.6 wins and ranks fifth in the nation with a 75.7 (221-71) winning percentage.
Utah State has now won at least 20 games for the ninth straight year, extending its current school record. Overall, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won at least 20 games. The previous school record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962-64.
Utah State is looking for its seventh tournament championship as it won six postseason titles in 27 years as a member of the Big West Conference. Under head coach Stew Morrill, Utah State has advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament in seven of the last eight seasons, and has won four tournament championships (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005).
Utah State is 30-23 (.566) all-time in conference tournaments, which includes a 13-14 (.481) record in the quarterfinals. Over the last eight years, Utah State has posted a 17-4 (.810) record in conference play and is 17-5 (.773) in conference tournaments under Morrill. Overall, Morrill is 24-16 (.600) in tournament play.
Utah State is 12-8 (.600) against current members of the WAC in tournament play, which includes a 3-4 record against San Jose State. USU is 1-0 against the Spartans in WAC Tournament play as it defeated SJSU, 76-69, in the quarterfinals of the 2006 tournament.
Utah State is leading the nation in overall shooting at 51.5 percent and in free throw shooting at 79.3 percent, and is fifth in the nation with 18.1 assists per game. USU also leads the WAC and ranks 18th in the nation in three-point shooting at 39.4 percent and is allowing 67.8 points per game to rank first in the WAC as well.
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is currently shooting 50.2 percent from three-point range which ranks first in the nation. Carroll also ranks third nationally in free throw shooting at 92.3 percent and is 12th in the nation in scoring with 22.7 points per game, all of which lead the WAC. Carroll also ranks ninth in the WAC in overall shooting at 53.2 percent.
Utah State (23-9, 12-4) is the top seed at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M., and will face eighth-seeded San Jose State (13-18, 4-12) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 2:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be carried live as part of ESPN's FullCourt package as well as on sirius satellite radio on channel 143.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, Utah, KFAN (1320 AM) or ESPN Radio (1230 AM) in Salt Lake City and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games.
ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 23-9 on the season and tied for first-place in the WAC with a 12-4 league record following its 78-58 win at Idaho Saturday. USU is led by senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll who is averaging 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and shooting 53.2 percent from the field, 50.2 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the free throw line, while junior forward Gary Wilkinson is averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds and shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. Freshman forward Tai Wesley is also scoring in double-figures for USU as he is averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds and shooting 66.0 percent from the field. As a team, Utah State is averaging 73.9 points and shooting 51.5 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from three-point range and 79.3 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are averaging 67.8 points and shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from three-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current five-game winning streak, Utah State is averaging 80.6 points and shooting 57.5 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 84.5 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are averaging 62.2 points and shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 67.5 percent from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE LEADING THE NATION IN BOTH FIELD GOAL AND FREE THROW SHOOTING
Utah State is once again the top shooting team in the nation as it ranks first in both field goal and free throw shooting according to the latest NCAA statistics released Monday. On the season, USU is shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The last time a Division I team finished the season leading the nation in two of the three statistical shooting categories was 1999 when Northern Arizona was first in both field goal shooting (.523) and three-point shooting (.445). The last time a team led the nation in field goal and free throw shooting was 1986 when Michigan State shot 56.1 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. Overall, there have been only three teams in the history of the NCAA (Auburn, 1960; Ohio State, 1970; and Michigan State, 1986) to lead the nation in both field goal and free throw shooting and only one team to lead the nation in both field goal and three-point shooting (Northern Arizona, 1999). No team has ever led the nation in all three categories. Utah State also ranks fifth in the nation with 18.1 assists per game, 18th in three-point shooting at 39.4 percent and 20th with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.28.
UTAH STATE AS THE NUMBER ONE SEED
Utah State is the number one seed in a conference tournament for the seventh time in school history and for the first time since 2004 when it lost to Cal State Northridge, 63-62, in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament. Overall, Utah State is 8-4 (.667) in tournament play as a number one seed, losing in the quarterfinals twice, the semifinals once and the championship game once. USU has also won two tournament championships as the one seed (1998, 2000).
UTAH STATE HAS WON SIX TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and those six tournament championships are tied with Louisiana Tech for the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC tournament championships, while Nevada has won two WAC Tournament championship and New Mexico State one. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San Jose State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the first team in the history of the Western Athletic Conference to play in its postseason tournament championship game in each of its first two years in the league. Including the WAC and Big West Conference, Utah State has played in the championship game of its conference tournament seven times in the last eight years.
RECAPPING THE IDAHO GAME
Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 23 points to lead Utah State to a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 78-58 win against Idaho at the Cowan Spectrum Saturday night. Utah State, who finished the regular season with five straight wins, has now won at least 23 games in each of the last nine years. The Aggies concluded WAC play by winning three games in six days to create a four-way tie at the top of the league standings as USU, Nevada, New Mexico State and Boise State all have 12-4 conference records. Utah State will enter next week's WAC Tournament as the top seed due to its 4-2 record against the three other co-WAC Champions. Nevada will be the second-seed in the tournament, followed by host New Mexico State who is the third seed and Boise State who is the fourth seed. The bottom half of the bracket will feature fifth-seeded Hawai'i, sixth-seeded Idaho, seventh-seeded Fresno State, eighth-seeded San Jose State and ninth-seeded Louisiana Tech. Gary Wilkinson added 17 points for Utah State as he and Carroll, who had 16 of his points in the second-half, were the only two Aggies to reach double-figures. Trevor Morris led Idaho with 14 points off the bench, while Clyde Johnson scored 13 and Mike Hall had 10. Utah State began the game with a 10-2 run and led by 12 at 17-5 with 14:20 to play following a dunk by Tyler Newbold. The visitors, who made eight of its first 11 shots in the game, increased its lead to 39-19 on a dunk by Stephen DuCharme and went into the locker room with a 41-24 halftime advantage. In the first-half, Utah State shot a blistering 65.4 from the field (17-26) and limited Idaho to just 34.5 percent shooting (4-14). USU was also 3-5 (.600) from three-point range and 4-4 from the free throw line in the opening period, while UI was 4-14 (.286) from behind the arc. The Vandals did not attempt a single free throw in the first period. Wilkinson and Newbold each scored eight points in the first-half for Utah State, while Johnson had nine for Idaho. Utah State was never threatened in the second-half as Idaho never got closer than 16 points. USU took its biggest lead of the game at 24 points on a layup by Carroll to make the score 71-47 with 4:59 remaining and the Aggies coasted to the 20-point win. Utah State finished the game by shooting 63.6 percent from the field (28-44) as compared to just 37.7 percent shooting (20-53) for Idaho. USU was also 19-22 (.864) from the free throw line as compared to 14-19 (.737) shooting at the charity stripe for the Vandals. USU once again dominated the boards, out-rebounded Idaho, 34-19.
AGGIES NEED TO KEEP THEIR OPPONENT UNDER 70 POINTS
Utah State's magic number, defensively, seems to be 70 as it is 19-0 on the season when allowing fewer than 70 points, but 4-9 when its opponent scores 70 or more points in a game.
FOUR AGGIES RANK AMONG TOP NINE SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has four of the top nine field goal shooters in the WAC in Tai Wesley who is second (.660), Gary Wilkinson who is fourth (.579), Stephen DuCharme who is fifth (.571), and Jaycee Carroll who is ninth (.532).
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO SCORCH THE NETS
Utah State continues to shoot an unbelievable percentage from the field and has now shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in 16 of its last 22 games. USU began the year by shooting 50.0 percent or better in just two of its first 10 games. During its first 10 games of the season, Utah State was shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three-point range. During its last 22 games, USU is shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from behind the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DOMINATING THE BOARDS
Utah State has been dominating the boards during its last five games as it is out-rebounding its opponents by 12.2 boards per game during that stretch. During its last five games, USU is averaging 36.0 rebounds per game as compared to just 23.8 for its opponents.
UTAH STATE HOLDING A BLOCK PARTY AS OF LATE
Utah State is averaging 4.0 blocks during its last five games (20 total) after registering just nine blocks in its previous nine games. On the year, USU is 8-0 when recording more blocks than its opponents.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 32-16 (.667) in the month of March under Coach Morrill, which includes a 17-5 (.673) record on neutral courts.
UTAH STATE ON NEUTRAL COURTS
Utah State is 1-1 thus far this year on neutral courts as it lost to Vanderbilt, 77-56, and defeated Iowa, 75-62, at the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational in South Padre Island, Texas.
UTAH STATE IN THE PAN AMERICAN CENTER
Utah State is 9-16 (.360) all-time in the Pan American Center, which includes a 2-1 record in tournament play.
As of Wednesday, Mar. 12, Utah State has an RPI of 71 and a strength of schedule of 172, while the WAC is currently ranked 20th in the nation out of 32 conferences.
CARROLL NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - WILKINSON EARNS SECOND-TEAM HONORS
A day after leading Utah State to a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, Jaycee Carroll was named the conference's player of the year it was announced by the league office on March 9, while teammate Gary Wilkinson was named to the second-team. It is the second time in the last three years that USU has had two players earn all-WAC honors. Carroll, a 6-2 senior guard from Evanston, Wyo., becomes the fourth player in school history to earn player of the year honors joining Dean Hunger (1980), Greg Grant (1986) and Eric Franson (1995) who were each recognized as the Big West Conference's top player. Carroll, who was tabbed by both the coaches and media as the league's preseason player of the year, earned first-team all-WAC honors for the second straight season. He also was named second-team all-WAC as a sophomore and was a second-team all-Big West honoree as a freshman in 2005, along with earning freshman of the year honors. Utah State has now had 15 first-team all-conference selections over the last nine years and it is the ninth straight year that USU has had at least one first-team all-league selection. Overall, Utah State has had 27 first-team all-conference selections in the last 30 years as it was a member of the Big West Conference/Pacific Coast Athletic Association for 27 seasons from 1979-2005 before joining the WAC prior to the 2005-06 campaign. Carroll currently leads the nation in three-point shooting at 50.2 percent, is third in free throw shooting at 92.3 percent and 12th in scoring with 22.7 points per game. He also ranks ninth in the WAC in overall shooting at 53.2 percent and ended the regular season by scoring 20 or more points in 10 of his last 11 games. Wilkinson, a 6-9 junior forward from South Jordan, Utah, ranks eighth in the WAC in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game and 13th in scoring with 13.4 points per contest. He is also fourth in the WAC in overall shooting at 57.9 percent and sixth in free throw shooting at 81.7 percent. Wilkinson, who led Utah State with six double-doubles and scored 10 or more points 25 times during the season, was also named to the league's all-newcomer team.
CARROLL NAMED DISTRICT 14 SECOND-TEAM
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced March 4 its Division I All-District teams and Utah State's Jaycee Carroll was named to the District 14 second-team for the second year in a row. Carroll, a 6-2, 175-pound, senior guard from Evanston, Wyo., currently leads the nation in three-point shooting at 50.2 percent. He also ranks third in the nation in free throw shooting at 92.3 percent and is 12th in scoring at 22.7 points per game. The NABC recognized 150 student-athletes from 15 districts, who are now eligible for selection to the NABC Division I All-American team which will be announced at the end of the season. Carroll was one of five players from the Western Athletic Conference recognized by the NABC along with Marcelus Kemp of Nevada (District 13 First-Team), Reggie Larry of Boise State (District 13 First-Team), Kevin Bell of Fresno State (District 13 Second-Team) and Justin Hawkins of New Mexico State (District 15 Second-Team). Carroll was also one of four players from the state of Utah to be honored joining Trent Plaisted and Lee Cummard of BYU (District 13 First-Team), and Luke Nevill of Utah (District 13 Second-Team).
CARROLL NAMED TO USBWA DISTRICT VIII TEAM
Jaycee Carroll was named an All-District VIII selection by the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA) it was announced on March 11. It is the second year in a row that Carroll has been named to the team. District VIII includes schools from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In all 10 players were named to the team which include J.R. Giddens (New Mexico) who was named the Player of the Year in the district. Other players honored include Wink Adams (UNLV), Lee Cummard (BYU), Brandon Ewing (Wyoming), Justin Hawkins (New Mexico State), Marcelus Kemp (Nevada), Reggie Larry (Bosie State), Trent Plaisted (BYU) and Carlos Taylor (Montana State). The Coach of the Year in District VIII was UNLV head coach Lon Kruger.
CARROLL AND SPICER NAMED TO 2007 WAC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jaycee Carroll and Chaz Spicer were both named to the 2007 Western Athletic Conference's all-tournament team after Utah State lost to New Mexico State, 72-70, in the league's championship game. USU opened the tournament with a 73-70 win against Hawai'i, followed by a 79-77 win against top-seeded and 10th-ranked Nevada in the semifinals. In the tournament, Carroll averaged 24.7 points and 7.3 rebounds, and shot 47.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 91.3 percent from the free throw line. Spicer averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, and shot 46.3 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range and 92.9 percent from the free throw line.
CARROLL 2005 BIG WEST TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll became the first freshman in the history of the Big West Conference to be named the tournament's Most Valuable Player in 2005 as he scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in USU's 84-77 semifinal win against Cal State Fullerton, and had a game-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds in the Aggies' 65-52 win against then 16th-ranked Pacific in the championship game. For the tournament, Carroll averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State is 13-18 on the season after defeating Louisiana Tech, 64-62, in the play-in game of the 2008 WAC Tournament. SJSU finished league play in eighth-place with a 4-12 record. The Spartans, who are 6-13 away from home and 2-2 on neutral courts, had lost five straight games before defeating the Bulldogs Tuesday night. San Jose State is led by junior forward Tim Pierce who is averaging 11.5 points and sophomore center C.J. Webster who is averaging 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Two other players are scoring in double-figures for the Spartans as freshman guard Justin Graham is averaging 10.9 points and sophomore forward Chris Oakes is averaging 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. As a team, SJSU is scoring 66.8 points and shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 71.7 points and shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. San Jose State returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 5-25 overall and finished in eighth-place in the WAC with a 4-12 record. George Nessman is 25-70 in his third year as a collegiate head coach at San Jose State.
UTAH STATE-SAN JOSE STATE SERIES
Utah State and San Jose State will be meeting for the 61st time Thursday with the Aggies owning a 39-21 all-time advantage, which includes a 3-4 record in tournament play. Utah State had won six straight games against SJSU, before losing at San Jose State, 70-67, on Feb. 18. The last time the two teams played in a conference tournament was in the quarterfinals of the 2006 WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., as USU notched a 76-69 win. Overall, Utah State has won 21 of the last 25 games played in the series and is 3-3 all-time against the Spartans in quarterfinal games. San Jose State is also the last team to defeat USU.
AGGIES ON THURSDAY
Utah State is 65-15 (.813) in games played on Thursday under Coach Morrill, including a 7-1 record this year. USU is also 1-4 (.200) in known games played on March 13.
VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 93-24 (.795) against teams from the state of California during the last nine years, which includes a 10-2 (.833) record on neutral courts.
LAST MEETING AGAINST THE SPARTANS
Despite a game-high 31 points from Jaycee Carroll, including 18 in the second-half, Utah State lost its third-straight game falling at San Jose State, 70-67, on Feb. 18. It is the first time since the end of the 1998-99 season that a Utah State team has lost three straight contests, a span of 287 games. Chris Oakes led San Jose State with a career-high 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds, while Tim Pierce scored 16 points and C.J. Webster added 15 points for the home team. Kris Clark and Tyler Newbold joined Carroll in double-figures for Utah State as Clark had 12 points and seven assists, while Newbold recorded 10 points and four assists. San Jose State took its biggest lead of the game at 47-32 with 17:34 to play on a jumper by Webster and the Spartans led by 12 with just over 13 minutes to play before Utah State went on a 13-4 run to get within 60-57 with 8:42 remaining. SJSU was able to extend its margin back to eight and led 70-63 with 1:01 remaining before USU made one last charge as Clark made two free throws and Carroll scored on a baseline jumper to get the visitors within three. San Jose State kept the game interesting by missing three straight free throws in the final 49 seconds, but Utah State missed three straight three's by Carroll, Clark and Gary Wilkinson that would have tied the game. Following Wilkinson's three-point attempt, San Jose State's Pierce grabbed the rebound but ran out of bounds with three seconds remaining giving Utah State one last chance, but Carroll's inbounds pass was intercepted and USU was never able to get another shot to tie the contest. Utah State finished the game by shooting just 42.1 percent from the field (24-57) and just 35.0 percent from three-point range (7-20), while San Jose State shot 43.9 percent overall (25-57) and 41.7 percent from behind the arc (5-12). USU was also 12-of-14 (.857) from the free throw line, while SJSU was 15-28 (.536) from the charity stripe. Wilkinson got the visitors on the board first with a pair of free throws, but San Jose State scored the next six points to take the lead. SJSU's margin grew to 12 at 23-11 on a three-pointer by Pierce with 9:51 to play and the Spartans took its biggest lead of the half with 2:40 to go on a pair of free throws from Lance Holloway to extend the margin to 39-24. USU did cut the lead to nine at 39-30 but gave up a layup just before the half to Oakes to trail by 11 at intermission. In the first-half, San Jose State shot 46.2 percent from the field (12-26) as compared to 38.5 percent (10-26) for Utah State. The Spartans were also 4-of-9 (.444) from three-point range and 13-of-21 (.619) from the free throw line, while USU was just 1-of-5 (.200) from behind the arc and 9-of-10 (.900) from the charity stripe. Carroll led the Aggies with 13 points at the break, while Pierce had 13 for the Spartans. Utah State freshman forward Tai Wesley played just 90 seconds as he was ejected for throwing an elbow.
NUMBER ONE SEEDS IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT
The first Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament was held in 1984 and over the last 24 years, the top seed has won the tournament 10 times, while the second seed has won it eight times, the third seed has won it once, the fourth seed has won it three times and the fifth seed has won it once. There has never been a seed lower than the fifth seed win the postseason tournament. Last year, second-seeded New Mexico State defeated fourth-seeded Utah State, 72-70, in the championship game.
COACH MORRILL IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 24-16 (.600) all-time in conference tournaments, which includes a 4-4 record while the head coach at the University of Montana, a 3-7 record in the Western Athletic Conference while the head coach at Colorado State, and a 17-5 record while the head coach at Utah State. Morrill won one tournament championship while at Montana and has won four thus far at Utah State.
CARROLL BECOMES UTAH STATE'S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll became Utah State's all-time leading scorer on Jan. 19, 2008 at home against Idaho as he made a three-pointer from the left wing with 13:35 to play in the first-half to eclipse Greg Grant's (1983-86) record of 2,127 points. Carroll now has 2,463 career points and is one of just three players in school history to score 2,000 points along with Grant and Wayne Estes (1963-65) who scored 2,001 career points.
CARROLL CURRENTLY THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCORING IN THE STATE OF UTAH
With his 2,463 career points, senior guard Jaycee Carroll currently ranks third all-time in the state of Utah in scoring. In fact, Carroll is one of just 10 collegiate players in the "Beehive State" to ever score 2,000 points. Utah's Keith Van Horn holds the state's scoring record with 2,542 points, followed by BYU's Danny Ainge (2,467) and Carroll's 2,463 points. Other 2,000 point scorers from the state include Utah's Billy McGill (2,321), BYU's Michael Smith (2,319), BYU's Devin Durrant (2,285), USU's Greg Grant (2,127), Weber State's Bruce Collins (2,019), USU's Wayne Estes (2,001) and Utah's Josh Grant (2,000).
CARROLL CONTINUES HIS ASSAULT ON UTAH STATE'S RECORDS BOOK
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll continues to put his name at the top of Utah State's records book as he is now the school's all-time leader in points scored (2,463), three-pointers made (357), three-pointers attempted (767), three-point percentage (.465), field goals made (859), field goals attempted (1,675), 10-point games (118), games started (129), games played (131) and total minutes played (4,480). Overall, Carroll currently holds 10 career school records which is the most in school history.
MORE CARROLL RANKINGS AT UTAH STATE
Along with all of his school records, Carroll also ranks third all-time at Utah State in free throw percentage (.862) and is third in minutes per game (34.2). He also ranks seventh in steals (121), eighth in points per game (18.8), eighth in free throws made (388), 13th in rebounding (666) and 17th in assists (264).
CARROLL RANKS FOURTH IN NCAA HISTORY IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is shooting 46.5 percent from three-point range during his career, which ranks fourth all-time in the history of the NCAA at the Division I level. Tony Bennett of Green Bay holds the NCAA record for three-point shooting at 49.7 percent (290-584), followed by Stephen Sir of Northern Arizona at 46.9 percent (323-689), David Olson of Eastern Illinois (262-562), and Carroll at 46.5 percent (357-767).
CARROLL 17TH ALL-TIME IN NCAA HISTORY IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has made 357 three-pointers in his career to rank 17th all-time in NCAA Division I history for most made three-pointers in a career. Duke's J.J. Redick holds the NCAA record with 457 made three-pointers.
CARROLL CLOSING IN ON 2,000 WAC POINTS
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has scored 1,993 points since Utah State joined the WAC prior to his sophomore season and those 1,993 points rank 13th in the history of the league. If you could count his 470 points from his freshman season he would rank fourth in scoring (2,463), first in three-pointers made (357), second in three-point shooting (.465), second in three-pointers attempted (767), fourth in free throw percentage (.862), fourth in field goals made (859) and eighth in field goals attempted (1,675). Since joining the WAC, Carroll also ranks second all-time in the WAC in three-point shooting at 46.3 percent (278-601), third in free-throw shooting at 88.2 percent (343-389), and fourth in three-pointers made (278).
CARROLL THIRD IN THE NATION AMONG ACTIVE PLAYERS IN SCORING
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll ranks third in the nation in scoring among active players at the Division I level with 2,463 points, behind Bo McCalebb of New Orleans who has 2,679 career points and Reggie Williams of VMI who has 2,556 career points. Carroll also ranks first in the nation among active players in career three-point shooting at 46.5 percent.
CARROLL HAS 56 CAREER 20-POINT GAMES AND 10 CAREER 30-POINT GAMES
Jaycee Carroll has scored 20 or more points in a game 56 times during his Utah State career, including 22 times thus far this year. He also has 10 career 30-point games and one career 40-point game as he scored 44 points against New Mexico State on Feb. 5, 2007. Overall, Utah State is 18-4 this season and 46-10 all-time when Carroll scores 20-plus points in a game.
CARROLL CONTINUES DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has scored in double-figures in all 32 games this year and in 36 straight games dating back to last season. Overall, Carroll has scored in double-figures in 66 of his last 67 games and in 118 games during his Utah State career. His 36 game streak of double-figure scoring ranks sixth all-time in school history. As a junior he scored in double-figures in 31 straight games, which ranks eighth all-time in school history.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll has made at least one three-point basket in 53 straight games and in 120 of his 131 career games at Utah State.
STATISTICALLY, CARROLL IS THE BEST SHOOTER IN THE NATION
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is without a doubt one of the best shooters in the nation as he is making 53.2 percent of his field goals, 50.2 percent of his three-pointers and 92.3 percent of his free throws. Overall, Carroll is the only player in the nation to shoot over 50 percent from both the field and three-point range, and over 90 percent from the free throw line.
CARROLL RANKS AMONG TOP ALL-AROUND SHOOTERS IN NCAA HISTORY
Along with being the only player in the nation to shoot over 50 percent from both the field and three-point range, and better than 90 percent from the free throw line this season, senior guard Jaycee Carroll is on the verge of becoming just the second player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat along with Arizona's Salim Stoudamire. During Stoudamire's senior season of 2004-05, he shot 50.4 percent from the field (210-417), 50.4 percent from three-point range (120-238), and 91.0 percent from the free throw line (122-134).
CARROLL HAS SCORED AT LEAST 20 POINTS IN 10 OF HIS LAST 11 GAMES
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll has been on fire as of late, scoring at least 20 points in 10 of his last 11 games and at least 30 points in three of his last six games. During his last 11 games, Carroll is averaging 25.7 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from three-point range and 91.4 percent from the free throw line.
CARROLL ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY
Jaycee Carroll is one of the most efficient players in the country as he scores 22.7 points per game on just 14.44 shots, which averages out to 1.57 points per attempt. Of the 22 players nationally who average at least 21.0 points, only Eric Gordon of Indiana and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina are more efficient than Carroll. On the year, Hansbrough is averaging 23.1 points on just 13.48 shots, while Gordon is averaging 21.5 points on just 13.23 shots per game.
NO REST FOR CARROLL
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll hasn't been getting much rest as of late as he had played all but seven minutes in his last 11 games. During that time, Carroll has played 40 minutes six times, 39 minutes three times and 38 minutes twice.
CARROLL BREAKS SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINTERS MADE RECORD
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has made 102 three-pointers this season, breaking the old record of 98 made three's set by Reid Newey during the 1988-89 season. Carroll also ranks first for a single-season in three-point shooting at 50.2 percent, is fourth with his 726 points, fourth in three-point attempts with 203, and eight in scoring with 22.7 points per game.
CLARK NINTH IN THE NATION IN ASSISTS
Senior guard Kris Clark is averaging 6.44 assists per game which leads the WAC and ranks ninth nationally. Clark also ranks second in the WAC and 29th in the nation with a 2.29-to-1.00 assist to turnover ratio.
CLARK SETS SINGLE-SEASON ASSISTS RECORD AND ARE 13TH MOST IN WAC HISTORY
Senior guard Kris Clark has 206 assists this year setting a new single-season record at Utah State. The previous record was 185 set by Jay Goodman (1992-93) and Oscar Williams (1976-77). His 206 assists are also tied for the 13th-most in a single-season in WAC history.
CLARK SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Senior point guard Kris Clark has 352 assists in his Utah State career to rank sixth all-time in school history. Clark is now 12 assists shy of tying Jay Goodman (1991-93) for fifth-place on USU's all-time list with 364 career assists. Clark also has a career average of 5.25 assists per game, which ranks second all-time in school history.
WILKINSON CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL
Junior forward Gary Wilkinson continues to play well for Utah State as he scored in double-figures for the 15th time in his last 16 games at Idaho with 17 points. Overall, Wilkinson has now scored in double-figures 25 times this season.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY MUCH IMPROVED SINCE BEING INSERTED INTO STARTING LINEUP
Freshmen Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley have been putting up solid numbers since being inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 8 prior to USU's game at Cal State Bakersfield. In 21 games as a starter, Wesley is averaging 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds and is shooting 68.4 percent from the field, while Newbold is averaging 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds and is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. Prior to inserting the two freshmen into the starting lineup, USU was 5-5 on the season but has since gone 18-4.
NEWBOLD DOES A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
Freshman guard Tyler Newbold is doing whatever he can to help the team, which lately has been assists, as he is averaging 3.7 assists during his last six games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has seven freshmen on its 2007-08 roster, which is the most-ever on a USU team dating back to the 1957-58 season.
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last nine years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 221-71 (.757) record. Those 221 wins are the seventh-most in the country, while the 75.7 percent winning percentage is fifth-best behind Duke (.835), Gonzaga (.803), Kansas (.801) and Florida (.764). USU has also been among the top-13 teams in the country in points allowed in six of the last eight years and among the top-35 teams in the country in winning percentage in six of the last eight seasons.
UTAH STATE HAS DOMINATED CONFERENCE PLAY SINCE 2000
Utah State has had tremendous success in league play over the last nine years recording a 116-36 (.763) record, which includes an 84-20 record in the Big West Conference as it won three regular season championships and four tournament titles and a 32-16 record in the WAC. Here is a look at how the current members of the Western Athletic Conference has done in league play dating back to the 1999-2000 season. Note: Utah State and Idaho's league record includes six years in the Big West Conference (2000-2005); Boise State's record includes two years in the Big West (2000-2001); Nevada's record includes one year in the Big West (2000); Louisiana Tech's record includes two years in the Sun Belt Conference (2000-01); and New Mexico State's record includes one year in the Big West (2000) and five years in the Sun Belt (2001-05).
UTAH STATE TRENDS DURING THE LAST NINE YEARS
USU is 91-6 when holding its opponents below 60 points.
USU is 183-21 when leading at the half.
USU is 195-19 when shooting better from the field than its opponent.
USU is 161-33 when out-rebounding its opponent.
USU is 150-17 when shooting better from three-point range than its opponent.
USU is 114-17 when blocking more shots than its opponent.
USU is 95-18 when scoring 70-plus points in a game.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State played 32 games during the regular season, which is tied for the most by any Division I team in the nation.
CARROLL NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK THREE TIMES, DUCHARME ONCE
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has been named the WAC Player of the Week three times this season and senior forward Stephen DuCharme has won it once. Carroll's first honor came on Dec. 24 as he averaged 32.5 points and 5.5 rebounds en route to being named the Most Valuable Player of the Gossner Classic as USU defeated Utah Valley (87-65) and Northern Arizona (78-62). During the tournament he shot an unbelievable 74.2 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from three-point range. He was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. His second honor came on Jan. 21 after averaging 25.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of wins against Boise State (82-78) and Idaho (79-64). Carroll's third honor came on Feb. 11 as he averaged 24.0 points and 10.0 rebounds and shot 50.0 percent from the field (16-32), 53.3 percent from three-point range (8-15) and 88.9 percent from the free throw line (8-9) in a pair of wins at Fresno State (77-72) and against San Jose State (78-73). DuCharme was named the WAC Player of the Week on Nov. 26 as he helped Utah State record a 2-1 record and a third-place at the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational with wins against Austin Peay (71-68) and Iowa (75-62) and a loss to Vanderbilt (77-56). DuCharme was named to the all-tournament team as he averaged 20.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 64.3 percent from the field (18-28).
HISTORIC WEEK IN UTAH STATE BASKETBALL
The weekend of Jan. 17-19 was without a doubt one of the most historic times in Aggie Basketball history as Stew Morrill became the school's all-time winningest coach in Utah State's 82-78 win against Boise State, and senior guard Jaycee Carroll became the school's all-time scoring leader in USU's 79-64 win against Idaho. Morrill passed E. Lowell Romney's (1920-41) 225 career wins, while Carroll passed Greg Grant's (1983-86) 2,127 career points.
CARROLL NAMED FINALIST FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Jaycee Carroll is one of 10 finalists for the men's 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award it was recently announced. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excel both on and off the court. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. Ten finalists in both the men's and women's division were selected from a list of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. The four primary areas of criteria include: classroom, community, character and competition. The other men's finalists are: Shan Foster of Vanderbilt, A.J. Graves of Butler, Roy Hibbert of Georgetown, Chris Lofton of Tennessee, Drew Neitzel of Michigan State, DeMarcus Nelson of Duke, Brian Roberts of Dayton, Sean Singletary of Virginia and Peyton Stovall of Ball State. The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ballot for a nationwide vote beginning February 6 and concluding March 21. Fan balloting, available on the award's official web site www.seniorclassaward.com will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Men's and Women's Final Four, scheduled on April 5-7 in San Antonio, Texas, for men and April 6-8 in Tampa, Fla., for women. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team will also be recognized.
UTAH STATE DROPS THIRD STRAIGHT CLOSE GAME
Prior to playing at Nevada on Feb. 11, Utah State was 6-0 on the season and had won 23 of its last 30 games decided by six or fewer points. However, since then Utah State has lost three straight games decided by six points or less with a pair of five-point setbacks at Nevada (85-80) and at Hawai'i (71-66), followed by a three-point loss at San Jose State (70-67). USU, has however, won four straight games decided by a single point.
AGGIES TRADITIONALLY BOUNCE BACK WELL FROM A LOSS
Over the last nine years, Utah State is 48-15 (.762) following a loss and 9-1 following consecutive losses. This season, Utah State lost three straight games for the first time since the end of the 1998-99 season, a span of 287 games. When Utah State plays at home following a loss under Coach Morrill, its record is 34-1 (.971), with its lone loss coming against Idaho (52-51) on Mar. 1, 2003.
UTAH STATE FINISHES 2008 WITH SEVEN STRAIGHT SELLOUTS
During its last seven home games, Utah State has played in front of a sold-out Dee Glen Smith Spectrum crowd of 10,270, marking the first time in the 37-year history of the building that USU has had seven straight sellouts. On the season, USU is averaging 9.012 fans which ranks second in the WAC and is the highest average in school history.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State finished its 2007-08 regular season with a 17-0 home record, which is a school record for most wins in a single-season, marking just the fourth time in the 37 year history of the building that an Aggie team has gone undefeated at home. Utah State is now 142-12 (.922) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Coach Morrill, which includes a 76-8 (.905) record against conference opponents and a 21-3 (.875) record against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 436-105 (.806) in 37 years in the building. The other three times USU has gone undefeated at home was in 1973-74 (14-0), 1997-98 (15-0), and 2000-01 (15-0). Overall, USU's 17 game winning streak at home is the eighth-longest in the nation.
CARROLL IN THE PAN AMERICAN CENTER
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has played six games in the Pan American Center, including the 2007 WAC Tournament, and has scored at least 24 points in five of those game. In his six games in the Pan American Center, Carroll is averaging 25.5 points (153) and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field (49-98), 52.1 percent from three-point range (25-48), and 88.9 percent from the free throw line (30-34).
VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 177-99 (.641) 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.
Stew Morrill VERSUS THE WAC
Stew Morrill is 93-73 (.560) all-time in WAC games, which includes a 31-16 (.660) record at Utah State and a 62-57 (.521) record at Colorado State. Morrill is 92-64 (.590) all-time against current members of the WAC, which includes a 63-26 (.708) record at USU.
MORRILL RECORDS 20 WINS YET AGAIN
Utah State's Stew Morrill has now won at least 20 games 13 times as a collegiate head coach. In his 22 years as a head coach, he has had 21 winning seasons and won at least 17 games 19 times. Entering the 2007-08 campaign, Morrill was one of just 13 active coaches to notch 12 20-win seasons, while his streak of eight straight 20-win seasons entering the year was tied for the ninth-longest active streak in the nation.
UTAH STATE WINS EIGHTH REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
Utah State won a share of its eighth regular season championship last weekend with its 12-4 WAC record. It is the fourth regular season champioship under head coach Stew Morrill and first in the WAC. The last time Utah State won a regular season conference championship was during the 2003-04 season when USU went 17-1 in the Big West Conference and shared the regular season conference championship with Pacific.
UTAH STATE RECORDS DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS AGAIN
Utah State recorded double-digit conference wins for the eighth time in the last nine years as it went 12-4 in the WAC this season. Those 12 WAC wins are the most in its three years in the WAC.
MORE SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS FOR CARROLL
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is shooting 92.3 percent from the free throw line this year, which currently ranks first all-time in school history. He also ranks second all-time in minutes played with 1,188, trailing only the 1,255 minutes he played last year. He also ranks third in minutes played per game at 37.1, and is one made field goal shy of entering the single-season top 10 in that category as he has currently made 246 shots this year.
UTAH STATE SETS SINGLE SEASON ASSISTS RECORD
With its 37 assists last weekend, Utah State now has 580 assists this year which is a single-season school record. The previous record was 552 set during the 2005-06 season. USU is also averaging 18.1 assists per game which would break the school record of 17.4 set during the 1976-77 season. The Aggies are also shooting 79.3 percent from the free throw line which would break last year's record of 78.0 percent. Utah States also ranks tied for third in field goal percentage (.515), sixth in three-pointers made (182), and tied for sixth in both three-point field goal attempts (462) and three-point percentage (.394). USU has also scored 2,365 points this year to rank tied for ninth all-time.
UTAH STATE WILL PLAY ITS 33RD GAME OF THE SEASON THURSDAY
Utah State will play its 33rd game of the season Thursday which is tied for the fourth-most in school history, while its 23 wins this year are tied for the eighth-most in school history.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #42 Tai Wesley (6-6, 230, Fr., Provo, Utah) - Has started 21 games for Utah State... Has scored in double-figures 17 times this year and has three 20-point games... Also has two double-doubles on the year... Scored a career-high 27 points against Hawai'i on Jan. 3 and had a career-high 11 rebounds against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 15... Ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (.660) and is eighth in the league in blocks (0.78).. Leads the team with 18 charges taken this year.
F #55 Gary Wilkinson (6-9, 240, Jr., South Jordan, Utah) - Earned second-team all-WAC honors and was also named to the league's all-newcomer team... Has started all 32 games for Utah State... Scored a career-high 23 points against Nevada on Feb. 2... Has scored in double-figures 25 times this year, including in 15 of his last 16 games overall... Also has four career 20-point games and leads the team with six double-doubles... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal shooting (.579), is sixth in free throw shooting (.817), eighth in rebounding (6.8) and 13th in scoring (13.4)... Leads the team with 13 dunks on the year.
G #10 Kris Clark (6-2, 180, Sr., Wilmington, N.C.) - Has started 57 straight games for Utah State at the point and 65 in his career... Scored a career-high 16 points at Fresno State on Feb. 7 and has scored in double-figures three times this season... Has recorded 10 assists three times this year, including at Nevada on Feb. 11... Ranks first in the WAC and ninth in the nation with 6.44 assists per game... Also ranks second in the WAC and 29th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.29)... Has 206 assists this year which is a new single-season school record and the 13th-most assists in a single-season in the history of the WAC... Also ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 352 career assists.
G #20 Jaycee Carroll (6-2, 175, Sr., Evanston, Wyo.) - Named the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year... Also earned first-team all-WAC honors in 2007 and was named second-team all-WAC as a sophomore in 2006... Named to the NABC District 14 second-team and to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VIII team... Leads the nation in three-point shooting at 50.2 percent and is third in free throw shooting at 92.3 percent... Also ranks 12th in the nation in scoring with 22.7 points per game... Has scored in double-figures in all 32 games this year and in 36 straight dating back to last season, and has had at least 20 points in 10 of his last 11 games... Owns 10 career school records.
G #24 Tyler Newbold (6-4, 200, Fr., Payson, Utah) - Has started 22 straight games for Utah State... Scored a career-high 20 points at New Mexico State on Jan. 26... Also had a career-high seven rebounds in that game... Has scored in double-figures four times this season.
UTAH STATE ALUMNI
Merlin Olsen, Football, 1961 Outland Trophy Winner, NFL Hall of Fame.
Wayne Estes, Basketball, First player ever to be named AP All-America before the end of the regular season as he was electrocuted and killed less than two hours after scoring a Nelson Fieldhouse record 48 points against Denver on Feb. 8, 1965.
Jay Don Blake, Golf, 1980 NCAA Individual Champion, current member of the PGA Tour.
Cornell Green, Basketball, Two-time All-American and school's career rebound leader, who went on to an NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys where he was named to the Pro Bowl seven times.
RECAPPING THE 2007 WAC TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinal Game Versus Hawai'i
Behind Jaycee Carroll's game-high 24 points and career-high 13 rebounds, fourth-seeded Utah State held off pesky fifth-seeded Hawai'i, 73-70, in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament. After Carroll missed the second of two free throws with :05.9 seconds left, he grabbed the offensive rebound before stepping out of bounds. Hawai'i had one last chance to tie the game, but Matt Lojeski's half-court three-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the back rim. It was Carroll's fourth double-double of the season and fifth of his career. USU had three other starters in double-figures, as Chaz Spicer posted 20 points, while Durrall Peterson and Stephen DuCharme netted 10 points apiece. The Aggies shot 45.5 percent (25-55) from the field, including 44.4 percent (4-9) behind the arc. After Hawai'i shot 50.0 percent (15-30) from the field in the first half, USU's defense put the clamps on, limiting the Rainbow Warriors to just 29.7 percent (11-37) in the second half. Hawai'i finished the game 26-of-67 (38.8 percent) from the field, hitting 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) from three-point range. Utah State outscored Hawai'i, 19-10 at the free throw line (19-25 to 10-13).
Semifinal Game Versus 10th-Ranked Nevada
For the second time in just over a week, Chaz Spicer calmly drained two free throws in the waning moments against Nevada, this time with :02.5 seconds left to give fourth-seeded Utah State a 79-77 upset win over top-seed and 10th-ranked Nevada in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament. Nevada's Marcelus Kemp hit five three-pointers on the night, the last with :24.4 seconds left. After a USU turnover on the inbounds play, Kemp stole the ball at mid-court and drove to the basket, hitting a spinning jumper in the middle of the lane with :19.3 seconds left. Utah State took a timeout to set up the final play and ran the clock down until Spicer drove the right wing and got fouled. After Spicer made both free throws, Nevada got the ball to Ramon Sessions, who missed a running three-pointer at the buzzer. Spicer was of three Aggies in double figures, finishing with 20 points, while Jaycee Carroll tallied 24 points for the second night in a row. Durrall Peterson had 13 points, including four three-pointers. Spicer was 6-of-6 at the free throw line for the night, while Carroll was 7-of-7, as Utah State shot 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) from the charity stripe. The Aggies were 7-of-8 at the free pitch line in the final 1:36 of the game. The Aggies were 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) from the field, hitting 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) behind the three-point arc, while Nevada was 28-of-60 (46.7 percent) from the field and 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from three-point range. The Wolf Pack was also 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) at the free throw line. Kemp shared game-high scoring honors with Carroll, netting 24 points for the game, including 21 in the second half. Nick Fazekas tallied 20 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season. Utah State tied its season-low with six turnovers, while forcing 14 Nevada miscues, leading to a 19-12 USU advantage in points off turnovers.
Championship Game Versus New Mexico State
Utah State's Jaycee Carroll missed an off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer, as fourth-seeded Utah State lost to second-seed and host New Mexico State 72-70 in the championship game of the WAC Tournament on Saturday. Utah State had the ball out-of-bounds with :01.6 seconds left under its basket, and ran an inbounds play with Carroll passing to Chris Session, who passed back to Carroll for the trey attempt that came up short. The Aggies had gotten the ball under their own basket after New Mexico State's inbounds pass sailed out-of-bounds at the other end, giving Utah State a chance. Down 35-25 at halftime, Utah State battled back and took the lead for the first time in the game at 47-46, as it capped a 12-0 run with a bucket by Stephen DuCharme. Carroll ended with 26 points and was named to the WAC all-tournament team, along with teammate Chaz Spicer, who had 13 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. DuCharme ended the night with 16 points, while Durrall Peterson added 15 points, draining five three-pointers. Utah State shot 64.0 percent (16-of-25) in the second half to claw back from trailing by as much as 17 in the first half. The navy-clad Aggies ended the game 26-of-55 (47.3 percent) from the field, hitting 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from three-point range. At the free throw line, Utah State was a perfect 9-of-9. New Mexico State was 28-of-59 (47.5 percent) from the field, hitting 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) three-point shots and were 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. New Mexico State had four players in double-figures, led by Justin Hawkins with 20 points, while Elijah Ingram tallied 18 to go with five assists. Tyrone Nelson had 16 points while Ted Knauber chipped in with 10 points, including hitting a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds left.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach and 10th year at Utah State, Stew 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 10th year at USU, Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 236-84 (.738) record, including a 124-44 (.738) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. While at Utah State, he has guided the Aggies to nine straight 23-win seasons and nine straight postseason appearances (NCAA-5, NIT-3), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fifth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last nine years at 75.7 percent with an overall record of 221-71. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 141-49 record with four regular season league championships and four tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game seven times in the last eight years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched eight of the top 10 seasons in school history during the last eight 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 notched the eighth-most wins in school history during the 2007 season with 23 victories. During the 2006-07 season, Morrill guided Utah State to a fourth-place finish in the WAC during the regular season, followed by its second straight appearance in the WAC Tournament championship game. The 2006-07 Aggie basketball team also set a school record by shooting 78.0 percent from the free throw line, which ranked second in the nation. For the ninth straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jaycee Carroll was named the WAC Player of the Year in 2008. Overall, Morrill has coached 10 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 15 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 10 years, USU is an amazing 142-12 (.922) at home, which includes a 76-8 (.905) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 13 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 19 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 23rd in the nation among active coaches and 96th all-time with his 454 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 67.2 percent ranks 28th among active coaches and 100th all-time. He is also one of 27 active coaches with 400 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 13 active coaches to notch at least 13 20-win seasons. His current streak of nine 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) twice in his eight years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991.
Head coach Stew Morrill (236-84) is the winningest coach in school history as he recorded his 226th win on Jan. 17, 2008 in an 82-78 home win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons at USU. Morrill is also second all-time in games coached (320) at USU and is the longest tenured coach at Utah State (entering 10th season) since the Ladell Andersen era (1962-71).
Entering his 10th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 236-84 (.738) overall record, a 124-44 (.738) conference record and a 17-5 (.773) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 454-222 (.672) record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 23rd in the nation with his 454 career wins and 28th in winning percentage at 67.2 percent.
Morrill is one of just 27 active coaches with 400 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 13 active coaches to notch 13 20-win seasons, while his current streak of nine straight 20-win seasons is tied for the ninth-longest active streak in the nation.
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year three times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000 and 2002 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 10 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 15 times. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson and Jaycee Carroll (twice).
Utah State is 142-12 (.922) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to nine straight 20-win seasons and nine straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 11 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006 and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004 and 2007.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#5 Pooh Williams - Averaging 2.1 points and 0.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 35.7 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three-point range and 64.3 percent from the free throw line... Scored a season-high eight points against Montana-Western... Averaging 3.8 points during his last five games.
#10 Kris Clark - Has started 64 games at Utah State... Scored a career-high 16 points at Fresno State... Tied his career-high with 10 assists at Nevada... Averaging 5.8 points, 6.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 25.5 percent from three-point range and 78.7 percent from the free throw line... Has recorded at least four assists in 30 of USU's 32 games this year... Ranks first in the WAC in assists and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.29)... Averaging 5.2 points and 6.0 assists during his last five games.
#11 DeUndrae Spraggins - Scored a season-high 14 points against Iowa and had a season-high five assists against Vanderbilt... Averaging 2.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 35.6 percent from the field, 26.5 percent from three-point range and 72.4 percent from the free throw line... Has scored just four points in his last nine games.
#15 Desmond Stephens - Had a season-high four assists against Louisiana Tech... Tied his season-high with nine points against New Mexico State... Also had a season-high five boards against NMSU... Averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 assists, while shooting 31.1 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line... Averaging 1.8 points in his last five games.
#20 Jaycee Carroll - Tied his season-high with 33 points against Fresno State... Averaging 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, while shooting 53.2 percent from the field, 50.2 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the free throw line... Is playing a team-high 37.1 minutes per game... Has scored in double-figures in all 32 games this year, including 22 20-point games... Tied his career-high with eight assists against Austin Peay... Ranks first in the WAC in scoring, free throw shooting and three-point shooting... Averaging 24.8 points and 5.4 rebounds during his last five games, while shooting 55.3 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from three-point range and 93.3 percent from the free throw line.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Scored a career-high 20 points at New Mexico State to go along with a career-high seven rebounds... Averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 47.2 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line... Averaging 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds as a starter, and 4.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in his last five games.
#34 Modou Niang - Had season-highs in points (4), rebounds (3), blocked shots (3) and minutes played (17) against Cal Poly... Averaging 0.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
#40 Stephen DuCharme - Tied his career-high with 22 points at Cal Poly and had a season-high 11 rebounds at UC Irvine... Recorded his fifth career double-double against Santa Clara as he had 12 points and 10 rebounds... Has scored in double-figures 13 times this season and 31 times in his career... In his career, he has six 20-point games, six double-figure rebounding games and five double-doubles... This season he is averaging 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the free throw line... Ranks fifth in the WAC in field goal shooting... During his last five games he is averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 rebounds.
#42 Tai Wesley - Scored a career-high 27 points against Hawai'i... Recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Nevada... Had a season-high six assists against Utah Valley... Averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and shooting 66.0 percent from the field and 71.6 percent from the free throw line... Ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting and eighth in blocked shots (0.78)... Averaging 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds during his last five games, while shooting 74.4 percent from the field.
#44 Matt Formisano - Recorded season-highs with eight points and four rebounds in 25 minutes at New Mexico State... Averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds and is shooting 36.0 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the free throw line.
#55 Gary Wilkinson - Recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Fresno State... Scored a season-high 23 points against Nevada and had a season-high 13 rebounds against Idaho... Recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Utah... Averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the free throw line... Ranks fourth in the WAC in overall shooting, is sixth in free throw shooting, eighth in rebounding and 13th in scoring.... Averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds during his last five games.