March 12, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 33 CSU Bakersfield (16-14) vs. Utah State (17-15) Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) 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 1,475-1,021 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is playing in its 13th straight postseason, extending its current school record, which is tied for the 11th longest active streak in the nation. During the last 13 years, USU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), the National Invitation Tournament four times (2002, 2004, 2007, 2008), and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament once (2012). USU's previous school record for consecutive postseason appearances was three from 1962-64 (3-NCAA) and from 1978-80 (2-NCAA, 1-NIT).
Utah State is making its 30th postseason appearance all-time, having qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times, the National Invitation Tournament nine times and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament once.
Utah State is 8-31 (.205) all-time in postseason play with a 6-22 (.214) record in 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and a 2-9 (.182) mark in nine trips to the NIT. Overall, USU has lost 11 straight postseason games with its last win coming against Ohio State, 77-68 OT, in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Utah State will be hosting a postseason game for the fifth time in school history with its previous four home games all being part of the National Invitation Tournament as it lost to Louisiana-Lafayette (94-92) in 1984, Illinois State (93-87 OT) in 1995, Montana State (77-69) in 2002, and Hawai'i (85-74) in 2004.
Utah State is 13-4 at home this year and has won 96 of its last 102 home games. Overall, USU is 206-17 (.924) at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 101-7 (.935) record against non-conference opponents. All-time, Utah State is 500-109 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is 10-4 (.714) on the season and 69-23 (.750) during the last 13 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games 20 times in the past 13 years.
Of the 32 teams in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, five are teams that Utah State has already played this season as it defeated Idaho (67-50), Kent State (81-62) and Utah Valley (63-54), and lost to Idaho (57-54), UC Santa Barbara (72-64) and Weber State (73-63).
Utah State (17-15) will participate in postseason action for a school-record 13th-straight year after receiving and accepting an invitation to continue its season in the fourth annual CollegeInsider.com Tournament and host CSU Bakersfield (16-14) on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Overall, this will be USU's 30th postseason appearance in school history. The game against CSU Bakersfield will not be televised, but live streaming will be available via the CollegeInsider.com Tournament web site at http://www.collegeinsider.com/tournament/.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast live on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
TICKETS FOR THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Tickets for the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, March. 12. Ticket prices for the game are $17 for adults and $5 for USU students with a valid student ID, while current Jr. Aggie members will receive free admission. Fans can also purchase tickets on-line 24 hours a day at UtahStateAggies.com.
ABOUT THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
The CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament was established in 2009 and is now in its fourth year. The CIT was created because of the great number of programs that continued to receive no consideration for postseason play. In 1985 when the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, there were 282 Division I programs. Combined with the NIT, 96 teams participated in postseason basketball. Today the number of Division I programs has grown to nearly 350. The competitive balance is better than ever and yet the number of teams participating in the NCAA and NIT has increased by only four. The year before the creation of the CIT, 67 teams that finished .500 or better did not participate in postseason play. Eleven of those 67 teams won 20 or more games, with an additional 20 teams amassing at least 18 wins.
ADVANCING IN THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
The fourth annual CollegeInsider.com Tournament will once again use the old NIT model in which matchups in future rounds are determined by the results of the previous round and as such there is no formal bracket for the tournament.
UTAH STATE VERSUS POSTSEASON TEAMS
Utah State has a combined 5-9 (.357) record against postseason teams on its 2011-12 schedule as it went 1-3 against the 68-team NCAA Tournament field (1-0 vs. BYU, 0-1 vs. Wichita State, 0-2 vs. New Mexico State); 1-3 against the 32-team NIT field (1-0 vs. UT Arlington, 0-1 vs. Mississippi State, 0-2 vs. Nevada); and 3-3 against the 32-team CIT field (1-0 vs. Kent State, 1-0 vs. Utah Valley, 1-1 vs. Idaho, 0-1 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 0-1 vs. Weber State).
MORRILL IN POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has been involved in postseason action 16 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008, and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2012.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 17-15 on the season after losing to fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech (72-70) in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. USU finished in fourth-place in the WAC during the regular season with an 8-6 league record. Utah State is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from three-point range and 79.5 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.4 points and 3.9 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 8.6 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 67.2 points and shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 70.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.0 points and its opponents are shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from three-point range and 66.2 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 66.6 points, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from three-point range and 67.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 63.0 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 65.6 percent at the free throw line.
As of Monday, Mar. 12, Utah State has an RPI of 144 and a strength of schedule of 127, while the Western Athletic Conference is ranked 12th overall. USU also has a sagarin rating of 140.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Sunday, Mar. 11, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.2), second in field goal percentage defense (.419), second in three-point field goal percentage (.368), third in scoring margin (+3.0), third in field goal percentage (.472), third in free throw shooting (.703), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.329), and fifth in rebounding margin (+0.2).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Sunday, Mar. 11, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.426), third in scoring (16.3), fifth in free throw shooting (.795), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.72), ninth in assists (3.28), and 12th in overall shooting (.493). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.606), seventh in blocked shots (1.06), and 14th in rebounding (4.9). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks sixth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.794), seventh in assists (3.94), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks sixth in the WAC in overall shooting (.541), seventh in rebounding (5.9), and 10th in blocked shots (0.81). Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranks 15th in assists (2.35), and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranks 15th in blocked shots (0.48).
UTAH STATE RANKS 32ND IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Monday, Mar. 12, Utah State ranks 32nd in the nation in field goal percentage (.472), 44th in turnovers per game (11.8), 63rd in three-point field goal percentage (.368), 90th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.07), and 95th in scoring defense (64.2).
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Monday, Mar. 12, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.426), 61st in three-point field goals made per game (2.5), and 80th in field goal percentage (.493).
UTAH STATE HAS THREE OF THE TOP 12 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has three of the top 12 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 60.6 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 54.1 percent to rank sixth, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 49.3 percent to rank 12th.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO DO A GOOD JOB TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Utah State has been doing a much better job of taking care of the ball during its last eight games as it is averaging just 9.5 turnovers per game during that time period and has recorded single-digit turnovers in four of its last six games.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
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 46-75 (.380) when trailing at the half including a 4-12 (.250) record this year.
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 11-3 when it scores 70 or more points in a game and just 6-12 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 77 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 214-30 (.878) 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.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 17-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt; 13-2 when leading at the half; 14-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 14-6 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 16-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 14-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 13-5 when it has more assists than its opponent; 13-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 11-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won 21 of its last 34 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 99-81 (.550) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 70-45 (.609) record against conference opponents and a 33-22 (.600) mark against WAC teams. USU is 4-10 on the road thus far this year.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 47-23 (.671) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 14-4 (.778) home record. USU is also 31-10 (.756) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill and 2-3 (.400) all-time in known games played on March 14.
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
SCOUTING CSU BAKERSFIELD
CSU Bakersfield is 16-14 on the season after finishing its regular season with a home win against San Diego (72-63), a road win against New Jersey Tech (72-70 OT), and a home win against Nebraska Omaha (84-63). The Roadrunners, who are 6-11 on the road this year, are led by junior guard Stephon Carter who is averaging 12.2 points and shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 20.0 percent from three-point range and 64.7 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Issiah Grayson is also scoring in double-figures for CSUB as he is averaging 10.4 points per game. As a team, CSU Bakersfield is averaging 68.4 points and shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 68.1 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, CSUB is allowing 69.3 points and its opponents are shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent at the free throw line. The Roadrunners return two starters and four letterwinners from last year's team that went 9-19 overall. Rod Barnes is in his first year as a collegiate head coach at CSU Bakersfield. CSUB went 0-5 versus WAC teams this year.
UTAH STATE-CSU BAKERSFIELD SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and CSU Bakersfield will be meeting for the seventh time ever this week, as the Aggies have won each of the first six games played in the series, including a 77-58 home win on Dec. 11, 2010 in the last meeting between the two teams. The first game between the two teams was played in Logan on Jan. 4, 1977 with USU notching a 110-89 win.
VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 120-30 (.800) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 68-7 (.907) record at home.
FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State has two players on its current roster from the state of California in junior guard E.J. Farris (Newark, Calif./Newark HS/College of Sequoias) and junior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC).
DID YOU KNOW?
CSU Bakersfield's Tyrone White spent his freshman season (2009-10) at Utah State as he appeared in 17 games and scored 11 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists in 74 minutes.
LAST MEETING AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Double-doubles from senior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley led Utah State to a 77-58 home win against the Roadrunners from CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 11, 2010. Bendall tallied a season-high 13 points while snaring a career-high 14 rebounds, while Wesley netted 16 points to go with 12 rebounds for his second-straight double-double. Senior guard Tyler Newbold tallied a season-high 18 points while fellow senior guard Pooh Williams added 12 points. Junior forward Brady Jardine pulled down 11 rebounds. USU had a dominating 55-27 rebounding advantage, including 19-5 on the offensive glass. The Aggies matched their offensive rebounds with second-chance points with a 19-6 edge. The 55 rebounds is a season-high and the most under head coach Stew Morrill. Newbold and freshman guard James Walker III dished out four assists each. CSU Bakersfield was led by Rashard Savage's 14 points, the only double-digit scorer, as the Roadrunners had their two-game win streak halted. USU shot 26-of-62 (.419) from the floor. The Aggies made just 1-of-8 (.125) of their three-pointers in the first half, but heated up to 4-of-8 (.500) in the second frame, finishing the night at 31.3 percent (5-16). USU also shot 64.5 percent (20-31) at the free throw line. CSUB shot 24-of-61 (.393) field goal shooting, netting 5-of-12 (.417) behind the arc, as well as 5-of-11 (.455) at the charity stripe. The Aggies pulled away from an 11-8 lead with a 10-0 run, started by a Wesley putback and capped by three makes from the free pitch stripe by Newbold for a 21-8 advantage at the 8:44 mark. The closest the Roadrunners got from there on out was 11, as Williams hit a runner in the lane in the waning seconds of the first half for the Aggies' first 20-point lead at 37-16. A Newbold layup with 12:58 on the clock gave USU its largest lead of the night at 56-30. CSUB trimmed the deficit to 17 on two occasions, but didn't get any closer, as the Aggies coasted to the win.
LOOKING BACK AT THE LOUISIANA TECH GAME
Fourth-seeded Utah State rallied from a 10-point deficit in the last four minutes, but couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer, as the defending Western Athletic Conference tournament champions were knocked off by fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech, 72-70, Thursday in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev. Down 69-59 with 4:05 to play, USU rallied within one, but Louisiana Tech's Trevor Gaskins hit the first of two free throws, missing the second. The Aggies couldn't get a shot off before the horn sounded to end the game. Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger led a trio of Aggies in double-digits with a career-high 17 points, followed by senior guard Brockeith Pane with 13 points, including 11 in the second half. Redshirt-freshman forward Ben Clifford netted a career-best 12 points, while freshman center Jordan Stone joined in on the career-high scoring with nine points off the bench, as the Aggie reserves out-scored their Bulldog counterparts, 38-8. Louisiana Tech was led by 16 points from both Gaskins and Romario Souza, while Brandon Gibson and Raheem Appleby tossed in 13 points, as the Bulldogs earned their first win of the season over the Aggies, as well as in the WAC Tournament. USU now holds a 14-3 all-time series advantage over LTU, as Thursday's loss snapped an Aggie six-game win streak against the Bulldogs. Utah State found itself down 10-0 in the early going, but rallied with a 20-3 run, capped by a three-pointer by Clifford from the left wing to take a 20-13 lead. LTU's Gibson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to knot the score at 24-all. A tip-in by Stone with 2:44 left tied it at 30, the fourth even score of the half. Stone hit a pair of charity stripe shots for a 32-30 Aggie advantage with 2:24 to go, but a three from the left corner by Appleby followed by a pair of free throws from Cordarius Johnson with 1:03 on the first half clock put LTU up at the break, 35-32. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt to extend its lead to 44-34 after a Kenneth Smith bucket at the 17:21 mark. USU couldn't get any closer than seven points but wouldn't let LTU pull away, as the Bulldogs took their last 10-point lead at 69-59 with 4:05 remaining after an old-fashioned three-point play by Appleby. Pane hit a spinning layup and then later hit 1-of-2 free throws to pull the Aggies within one at 71-70 with nine seconds left. Gaskins was fouled on the in-bounds play, hitting the first free throw with 6.1 on the clock, but missing the second. USU corralled the rebound, but couldn't get a final shot off before the buzzer. Utah State shot 22-of-48 (.458) from the field, including 4-11 (.364) from three-point range, making 22-of-27 (.815) free throws, its fourth game this season shooting 80 percent or better. Louisiana Tech netted 52.9 percent (27-51) of its field goals, draining 47.1 percent (8-17) behind the arc. The Bulldogs were also 10-of-16 (6.625) at the free pitch stripe. Utah State had a 34-23 rebounding edge, including 13 on the offensive glass which led to a 13-6 second-chance points advantage. Both teams committed 11 turnovers, with USU swiping six steals while LTU had five. The Aggies had 13 assists on the night, including a career-high tying eight from sophomore guard Preston Medlin.
NOTABLES FROM THE WAC TOURNAMENT GAME
Utah State fell to 12-5 (.706) in the WAC Tournament and did not advance to the championship game for just the second time in its seven years in the league... USU had won nine straight quarterfinal games in conference tournament's prior to its loss to Louisiana Tech.
UTAH STATE'S BENCH ERUPTS FOR 38 POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State's bench had its most productive game of the season in its last outing against Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as USU's reserves scored a season-high 38 points. Against LTU, Utah State had three reserves score career-high points as sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger had 17 points, redshirt freshman forward Ben Clifford had 12 points and freshman center Jordan Stone had nine points. Overall, the trio combined to shot 13-of-16 (.813) from the field, 4-of-4 from three-point range and 8-for-10 (.800) at the free throw line, to go along with 16 rebounds. USU's previous season-high for points from its bench was 31 against Southern Utah and Seattle at home.
AGGIES DROP ANOTHER CLOSE GAME
Utah State thought its recent string of bad luck in late game situations was over after posting a 61-60 win at Hawai'i in its regular season finale. However, USU found itself on the short end of another close game in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as it lost to Louisiana Tech, 72-70. On the season, Utah State is now 1-5 in games decided by three of fewer points and 1-7 in games decided by seven or fewer points.
ANOTHER OPPONENT SHOOTS 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD AGAINST UTAH STATE
For the third time in its last seven games and for the fifth time this year, Utah State allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field as Louisiana Tech made 52.9 percent of its field goals (27-51) in its 72-70 win against Utah State in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament. Overall, USU is 0-5 this year when allowing its opponents to shoot 50 percent from the field.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO REBOUND THE BALL WELL AS OF LATE
Utah State continues to do a good job on the glass as it has now out rebounded nine of its last 11 opponents after out rebounding Louisiana Tech by 11 (34-23) in its last game. During its last 11 games, Utah State is out rebounding its opponents by 4.8 boards per game (33.5-28.6). On the season, USU is now 11-6 when it out rebounds its opponent.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 194 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
MEDLIN SCORES 500TH POINT OF THE SEASON AT HAWAI'I
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored his 500th point of the season against Hawai'i (3/3), marking the 48th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year. On the season, Medlin now has 521 points to rank tied for 39th-place all-time at Utah State for single season scoring along with Jaycee Carroll (2005-06) and LeRoy Walker (1964-65).
MEDLIN'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT 14 GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had scored in double-figures in each of his last 14 games, which was the longest streak by an Aggie since Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) scored in double-figures in the final 39 games of his career, before scoring just six points in his last game against Louisiana Tech (3/8). Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures 26 times this year and 27 times in his career, not to mention 10 career 20 point games. Medlin, who has scored 20-plus points in four of his last eight games, is averaging 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists during his last five games, while shooting 52.7 percent from the field (29-55), 42.9 percent from three-point range (15-35) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (24-28).
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 16.3 points per game.
MEDLIN'S THREE-POINT STREAK ENDS AT 19 GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin had made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 19 games before going 0-of-4 from behind the arc in his last outing against Louisiana Tech (3/8).
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range (95-228) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history.
MEDLIN RANKS AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE SEASON CATEGORIES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks tied for sixth all-time at USU for a single-season with 80 made three pointers along with Tony Brown (2000-01) and ninth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 188. He also ranks ninth all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,119.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 23RD TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the 23rd time this year and 45th time in his career with 13 points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in his last game. Pane also has five 20-point games this year and eight in his career after scoring 20 points at Hawai'i (3/3) in USU's regular season finale. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 14.4 points and 3.8 assists, while shooting 44.3 percent from the field (27-61), 29.4 percent from three-point range (5-17) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (13-16).
PANE DISHING IT OUT AND TAKING CARE OF THE BALL DURING LAST EIGHT GAMES
During his last eight 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 38 assists and just 14 turnovers.
BERGER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 17 POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored a career-high 17 points in his last game against Louisiana Tech (3/8) for his eighth double-figure scoring game of the season. Berger also added five rebounds and a career-best three steals in the game against the Bulldogs as he was 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. During his last five games, Berger is averaging 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting 34.6 percent from the field (9-26), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 72.7 percent at the free throw line (8-11). 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).
CLIFFORD SCORES CAREER-HIGH 12 POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford scored a career-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds in his last game against Louisiana Tech (3/8) for his third double-figure scoring game of the season. Against the Bulldogs, Clifford was 5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line. During his last five games, Clifford is averaging 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (11-17), 33.3 percent from three-point range (1-3) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (2-4).
STONE SCORES CAREER-HIGH NINE POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Freshman center Jordan Stone scored a career-high nine points in his last game against Louisiana Tech (3/8) to go along with five rebounds as he was 3-of-4 from both the field and free throw line. During his last five games, Stone is averaging 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 75.0 percent from the field (6-8) and 27.3 percent from the free throw line (3-11).
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). During his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 5.4 points and 2.2 rebounds, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (9-21), 50.0 percent from three-point range (7-14), and 50.0 percent from the free throw line (2-4).
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 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 48.0 percent from the field (12-25) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (10-18).
REED CURRENTLY RANKS EIGHTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed is currently shooting 60.6 percent from the field (114-188) to rank first in the WAC and that percentage ranks as the eighth-best single-season shooting percentage in school history.
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 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (12-21) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11).
MEDLIN SECOND SOPHOMORE IN UTAH STATE HISTORY TO EARN FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
For just the second time in school history, Utah State had a sophomore earn first-team all-conference honors as Preston Medlin was named to the Western Athletic Conference first-team Sunday. Medlin joins Nate Harris (2003-06) as the only two Aggie sophomores ever to be named first-team all-conference as Harris was named to the Big West Conference all-first team following the 2003-04 season.
PANE NAMED TO WAC'S HONORABLE MENTION TEAM
For the second straight year, senior point guard Brockeith Pane has earned all-WAC honors as he was named to the league's honorable mention team this year. Pane earned first-team all-WAC honors as a junior in his first year at Utah State.
REED NAMED TO WAC'S ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Junior forward Kyisean Reed became the sixth Aggie in the last five years named to the WAC's all-newcomer team joining Gary Wilkinson (2008), Jared Quayle (2009), Nate Bendall (2010), Brian Green (2010) and Brockeith Pane (2011).
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO PILE UP ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
With sophomore guard Preston Medlin's first-team honor, Utah State has now had 21 first-team all-conference selections over the last 13 seasons. For USU, it is the 13th straight year it has had at least one first-team all-league selection. Overall, Utah State has had nine first-team all-WAC players in its seven years in the league and 33 first-team all-conference selections in the last 34 years.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS WHILE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 21 times in his 14 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
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 ENTERS SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES
Utah State has several categories this year that rank among the top 10 all-time in school history for a single-season as it will play its 33rd game of the season Wednesday which is tied for eighth. USU is also tied for ninth with 100 blocks this year, and is ninth in both three-pointers made (175) and attempted (475).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State had claimed player of the year honors from the WAC three times in the last four seasons as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008, Gary Wilkinson in 2009 and Tai Wesley in 2011, while Stew Morrill had won three-straight Don Haskins Coach of the Year awards prior to this season.
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 64 games at Utah State with 32 starts and in 105 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 63 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 66... Has scored in double-figures in 23 games this year and in 45 games in his career... Also has five 20-point games this season and eight in his career... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Has 38 assists and just 14 turnovers in his last eight games.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Scored a career-high 17 points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament for his eighth 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 26.
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 Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament and nine rebounds against Montana Tech... Has scored in double-figures 26 times this year and 27 times in his career... Has 10 career 20-point games... Has played in 54 games at Utah State with 32 starts.
OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Scored a career-high 12 points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Has made six of his last 11 three-point attempts... Tied his career-high with seven rebounds at No. 15 Mississippi State and at Hawai'i... Has started four games this year and played in 31.
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 24.
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 49 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 nine games during the season and played in 31.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Scored a career-high nine points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... 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... Has started two games this year and played in 29.
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 11 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 341-118 (.743) record, including a 175-55 (.761) 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 13 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4, CIT-1), 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 75.6 percent with an overall record of 326-105. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 200-63 (.760) 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 13 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 13th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Preston Medlin was named first-team all-WAC in 2012. USU has also had three WAC Players of the Year under Morrill in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Overall, Morrill has coached 15 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 21 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 22 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 559 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 559-256 (.686).
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