March 19, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 35 Loyola Marymount (21-12) vs. Utah State (19-15) Wednesday, Mar. 21, 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 1,477-1,021 (.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.
With its CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament wins against CSU Bakersfield (75-69) and Idaho (76-56), Utah State has now won back-to-back postseason games for just the second time in school history joining the 1969-70 team that went 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament advancing to the Regional Final. Furthermore, USU will be playing in its third postseason game for just the fifth time in school history joining the 1960 (NIT), 1962 (NCAA), 1964 (NCAA) and 1970 (NCAA) teams. The only other USU team to win two postseason games was the 1960 NIT team that defeated St. Bonaventure (99-83) in the consolation championship game after it defeated Villanova (73-72) in the quarterfinals and lost to Providence (68-62) in the semifinals.
Utah State is 10-31 (.244) all-time in postseason play with a 6-22 (.214) record in 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, a 2-9 (.182) mark in nine trips to the NIT, and a 2-0 record in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Overall, USU had lost 11 straight postseason games before defeating CSU Bakersfield (75-69) and Idaho (76-56) in this year's CIT.
Utah State is 15-4 at home this year and has won 98 of its last 104 home games. Overall, USU is 208-17 (.924) at home under head coach Stew Morrill including a 103-7 (.936) record in non-conference games. All-time, Utah State is 502-109 (.822) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State will be playing its 20th home game of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday, bettering the previous school record which was 18 set during the 2009-10 season. Furthermore, USU's 15 home wins this year marks the ninth time in school history that USU has won at least 15 home games in a single season. Under Morrill, USU has won 15-plus home games eight times in 14 years including in each of the last five seasons.
Utah State (19-15) will continue action in its 13th-straight postseason as it hosts Loyola Marymount (21-12) in the quarterfinals of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Overall, this is USU's 30th postseason appearance in school history. The game against LMU 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).
UTAH STATE HOSTING THIRD-STRAIGHT POSTSEASON GAME
Utah State will be hosting a postseason game for the seventh time in school history as it went 0-4 in the National Invitation Tournament with losses 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, before defeating CSU Bakersfield (75-69) and Idaho (76-56) in this year's CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Prior to this season, USU had never hosted more than one postseason game in a single year.
TICKETS FOR THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Tickets for the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament are $17 for adults while USU students and current Jr. Aggie members will receive free admission. Fans can 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.
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.
UTAH STATE LOOKING FOR 13TH-STRAIGHT 20 WIN SEASON
With a win against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Utah State would win its 20th game of the season for the 13th-straight year. If USU wins its 20th game, it would be one of just seven teams in the country to win at least 20 games in each of the past 13 seasons along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Syracuse and Texas. Furthermore, it would be the 27th time in school history that USU has won 20 games. Under Morrill, Utah State is 12-4 (.750) when attempting to win its 20th game, while USU is 26-12 (.684) all-time when going for its 20th win of the year.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 19-15 on the season after posting home wins against CSU Bakersfield (75-69) and Idaho (76-56) in the first two rounds of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament last week. 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 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 42.8 percent from three-point range and 78.8 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.3 points and 4.1 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 10.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 67.7 points and shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.1 points and its opponents are shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from three-point range and 66.4 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 4-1 during its last five games and is averaging 70.6 points, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 69.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 63.6 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 43.0 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 69.1 percent at the free throw line.
DID YOU KNOW?
Following games played on Monday, March 19, Utah State will be one of just 36 NCAA Division I teams across the country still playing as the NCAA Tournament is down to its final 16, the NIT and CIT Tournaments are down to its final eight, and the CBI Tournament is down to its final four.
UTAH STATE STATS DURING THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Utah State has won both of its games thus far in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and is averaging 75.5 points, while shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from three-point range and 76.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 62.5 points during the tournament, while its opponents are shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from three-point range and 70.0 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Mar. 19, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.1), second in field goal percentage (.474), second in field goal percentage defense (.418), third in three-point field goal percentage (.364), third in scoring margin (+3.6), third in free throw shooting (.708), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.327), fifth in rebounding margin (+0.3), and fifth in assists (13.00).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Mar. 19, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.428), third in scoring (16.5), sixth in free throw shooting (.788), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.77), ninth in assists (3.38), and 11th in overall shooting (.496). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.617), sixth in blocked shots (1.12), and 14th in rebounding (5.0). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks seventh in the WAC in assists (4.12), eighth in free throw shooting (.773), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.43). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks fourth in the WAC in overall shooting (.553), seventh in rebounding (5.9), and ninth in blocked shots (0.85).
UTAH STATE RANKS 27TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Monday, Mar. 19, Utah State ranks 27th in the nation in field goal percentage (.474), 49th in turnovers per game (12.0), 77th in three-point field goal percentage (.364), 79th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.09), and 91st in scoring defense (64.1).
MEDLIN RANKS 17TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Monday, Mar. 19, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 17th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 58th in three-point field goals made per game (2.53), 74th in field goal percentage (.496), and 96th in scoring (16.5).
UTAH STATE HAS THREE OF THE TOP 11 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has three of the top 11 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 61.7 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 55.3 percent to rank fourth, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 49.6 percent to rank 11th.
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 10 games as it is averaging just 10.4 turnovers per game during that time period and has recorded single-digit turnovers in four of its last eight games.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 15-2 this year and has won 64 of its last 66 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 271-25 (.916) 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 13-3 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 74 of its last 79 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 216-30 (.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 VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 7-3 this year and has won 113 of its last 118 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 178-15 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 19-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt; 15-2 when leading at the half; 15-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 15-6 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 18-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 15-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 15-5 when it has more assists than its opponent; 14-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 12-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is four games over .500 (19-15) for the first time this year as it has won five of its last six and seven of its last 10 games.
LOOKING BACK AT THE IDAHO GAME
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane dished out a career-high 11 assists and sophomore shooting guard Preston Medlin scored 17 points in leading Utah State to a convincing 76-56 home win against Idaho Saturday night in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Overall, Utah State has now won five of its last six games and moves four games over .500 for the first time this year with its 19-15 record. Idaho ends its season with a 19-14 ledger. Junior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for the second time in as many games for Utah State as he finished the night with 15 points and a team-high tying five rebounds. Medlin also had five boards to go along with four assists. Junior center Kyle Barone had nine points and seven rebounds to lead Idaho as no player scored in double-figures for the visitors. Utah State never trailed in the game as it scored the first four points on layups by Reed and Pane and later took its first double-digit advantage of the night at 14-3 following a three-poiint play from freshman center Jordan Stone. USU's lead swelled to 16 at 19-3 following a layup from sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel and the home team led by as many as 24 in the first-half before taking a commanding 39-16 cushion into intermission. Utah State stayed on the offensive as it scored the first seven points of the second-half to take its largest lead at any point this season at 46-16 with 18:17 to play. The Vandals answered with a mini 7-0 run but never got closer than 18 points the rest of the game as USU coasted to the 20-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 49.2 percent (29-59), including 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (12-14). After shooting just 27.3 percent in the first half (6-22) as it missed its first seven shots, Idaho made 51.9 percent of its field goals (14-27) in the second-half and finished the game shooting 40.8 percent (20-49). The Vandals were also 4-of-14 (.286) from behind the arc and 12-of-18 (.667) at the free throw line. Idaho did out-rebound Utah State by three (33-30), marking just the third time in its last 13 games that USU has been beaten on the glass. The Aggies did dish out 21 assists, its second-most in a game this year.
NOTABLES FROM THE IDAHO GAME
Utah State recorded 20-plus assists for the third time this year as its 21 assists is its second-most of the season (23 vs. Kent State)... USU's 30-point lead in the second-half was its largest at any point this season (led Kent State by 29 points)... The 16 first-half points scored by Idaho are the fewest allowed by USU this year and the fewest scored by the Vandals this season... USU is now 53-9 under Morrill against teams from the state of Idaho including a 25-5 record against the Vandals
PANE SETS UTAH STATE POSTSEASON RECORD WITH 11 ASSISTS AGAINST IDAHO
With his 11 assists against Idaho in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, senior point guard Brockeith Pane set a new school record for assists in a postseason game, breaking the previous mark of 10 assists set by Tony Brown against Montana State in the first round of the 2002 National Invitational Tournament.
UTAH STATE TIES SEVERAL POSTSEASON RECORDS IN WIN AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Utah State set or tied a couple of postseason school records in its 75-69 win against CSU Bakersfield in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament Wednesday. In all, USU set a new USU postseason record with its 26 made free throws and tied the postseason record with its seven blocked shots, while senior forward Morgan Grim and junior forward Kyisean Reed both tied the single-game USU postseason record for blocked shots with three.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO REBOUND THE BALL WELL AS OF LATE
Despite being out-rebounded by three (33-30) in its last game against Idaho, Utah State continues to do a good job on the glass as it has out-rebounded 10 of its last 13 opponents. During its last 13 games, Utah State is out-rebounding its opponents by 4.2 boards per game (33.4-29.2). On the season, USU is 12-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
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 35th game of the season Wednesday which is tied for the most in school history. USU also ranks seventh with 108 blocks this year, and is ninth in both three-pointers made (184) and attempted (506).
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 196 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 328-105 (.758) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.2 wins during the last 13 seasons.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Scored in double-figures for the first time in seven games and for the 13th time this year with 15 points against CSU Bakersfield... 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... Tied his career-high with three blocks against CSUB... Has played in 66 games at Utah State with 34 starts and in 107 games during his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored in double-figures for the 17th time this year with 15 points against Idaho... Had a career-high three steals and tied his career-high with three blocks against CSU Bakersfield... 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) - Dished out a career-high 11 assists in his last game against Idaho... Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Tied his season-high with six rebounds against CSU Bakersfield... Has started 65 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 68... Has scored in double-figures in 24 games this year and in 46 games in his career... Also has five 20-point games this season and eight in his career.
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 22 straight games and played in 8.
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 28 times this year and 29 times in his career... Has 11 career 20-point games... Has played in 56 games at Utah State with 34 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 12 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 33.
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 26.
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 51 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 26 minutes against Idaho..Has started nine games during the season and played in 33.
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 31.
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 12 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.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Loyola Marymount is 21-12 on the season after recording home wins against Cal State Fullerton (88-79) and Weber State (84-78 OT) in the first two rounds of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Lions, who have won nine of their last 12 games, are 9-3 on the road and 9-4 away from home this year. LMU finished in fourth-place in the West Coast Conference this year with an 11-5 record. Loyola Marymount is led by sophomore guard Anthony Ireland who is averaging 15.9 points and 5.0 assists, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 77.7 percent at the free throw line. Senior forward Drew Viney is averaging 15.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, junior forward Ashley Hamilton is averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, and junior guard Jarred DuBoise is averaging 10.2 points per game. As a team, Loyola Marymount is averaging 70.7 points and shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three-point range and 74.2 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, LMU is allowing 67.4 points and its opponents are shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three-point range and 71.1 percent at the free throw line. The Lions returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 11-21 overall and finished in a tie for seventh-place in the West Coast Conference with a 2-12 league mark. LMU is coached by Max Good who is 53-74 in this his fourth year with the Lions and 295-297 in 20 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-LOYOLA MARYMOUNT SERIES
Utah State and Loyola Marymount will be meeting for the seventh time in series history Wednesday as USU has a 6-0 record all-time against the Lions with all six of those games being played at home. The first meeting between the two teams was during the 1961-62 season with USU posting a 105-91 win. The last time the two teams played one another was during the championships game of the USU hosted Gossner Foods Holiday Classic on Dec. 30, 2004 with the Aggies winning, 87-42.
VERSUS THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Utah State is 126-155 (.448) against current members of the West Coast Conference as it has a 92-136 record against BYU, a 13-2 record against Portland, a 5-3 record against St. Mary's, a 4-1 record against Gonzaga, a 4-3 record against Santa Clara, a 2-0 record against San Diego, a 2-2 record against Pepperdine, a 3-8 record against San Francisco, and a 1-0 record against LMU. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 28-21 (.571) all-time versus current members of the West Coast Conference including a 13-10 (.565) record at USU. All-time, Morrill is 1-0 versus LMU.
COMMON OPPONENTS BETWEEN UTAH STATE AND LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Utah State and Loyola Marymount have played three common opponnents this year in BYU, Idaho State and Weber State. USU defeated BYU and ISU and lost at Weber State, while LMU won two games against ISU, split its season series with BYU, and defeated WSU in its last game.
VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 121-30 (.801) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 69-7 (.908) 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).
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 49-23 (.681) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 16-4 (.800) home record. USU is also 32-10 (.762) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill, while its game on March 21 will be its first in school history. In fact, March 21 is the latest USU has ever played a basketball game.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Nate Harris scored 21 points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds to lead Utah State to an 87-42 win against Loyola Marymount to claim the 11th annual Gossner Foods Holiday Classic basketball tournament on Dec. 30, 2004. Harris was named the MVP of the tournament as he scored 34 points and added 18 rebounds in two games. Spencer Nelson chipped in 17 points, while Jaycee Carroll drilled four of five three pointers en route to 16 points. Loyola Marymount was led by Charles Brown, who scored 11 points. The Aggies dominated the game shooting 65.3 percent from the field and holding LMU to 29.8 percent shooting and just 42 points, a season low by an Aggie opponent. USU scored 22 straight points in a nine-minute stretch to turn a 10-6 lead into a 34-6 advantage in the first half. In that time, Loyola Marymount missed eight field goals and had six turnovers. USU's lead never dropped below 20 points after that. USU's 87 points were its most since beating Cal State Fullerton 87-61 on Feb. 21, 2004, while the 45-point victory margin was the Aggies' largest since beating Western State by 56 (99-43) on Dec. 15, 2001. The Aggies out-rebounded LMU 41-21 and made 18 of 25 free throws compared to LMU's five of 10 performance from the line.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's four wins during the month of March is its second-most in a month this year, behind the five games it won during December. USU also won four games in January and three games in both November and February.
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 562 points to rank 22nd all-time at Utah State for single season scoring.
MEDLIN SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR THE 28TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST IDAHO
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the 28th time this year and 29th time in his career with 17 points against Idaho (3/17) in his last game. Medlin also had 24 points in his previous game against CSU Bakersfield (3/14), marking the 11th time this year he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Overall, Medlin has scored 20-plus points in five of his last 10 games. During his last five games, he is averaging 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (29-57), 42.4 percent from three-point range (14-33) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (20-24).
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. Thus far this year, Medlin leads USU with 16.5 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.9 percent from three-point range (101-241) 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 fifth all-time at USU for a single-season with 86 made three pointers and fifth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 201. He also ranks third all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,191 behind Jaycee Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008 and 1,255 minutes in 2007.
PANE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 11 ASSISTS AGAINST IDAHO
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane recorded a career-high 11 assists in his last game against Idaho (3/17), which are the most assists by an Aggie since David Pak had 12 assists at Fresno State on Jan. 7, 2006. Overall, Pane now has 256 assists in his career to rank 22nd all-time in school history, while his 140 assists this year rank tied for 16th all-time at USU for a single-season along with Bernard Rock (2000-01).
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 24TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the 24th time this year and 46th time in his career with 15 points against CSU Bakersfield (3/14). 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 13.8 points and 4.8 assists, while shooting 41.3 percent from the field (26-63), 15.4 percent from three-point range (2-13) and 65.2 percent at the free throw line (15-23). During his last 10 games, Pane has 52 assists and just 21 turnovers.
REED RECORDS 17TH DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST IDAHO
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored in double-figures for the 17th time this year with 15 points against Idaho (3/17). 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 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field (16-26) and 68.0 percent at the free throw line (17-25).
REED SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
For the first time in eight games, junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games as he had 16 points against CSU Bakersfield (3/14) and 15 points against Idaho (3/17). During his last two games, Reed is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 76.9 percent from the field (10-13) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). In fact, Reed has shot 84.2 percent from the line (16-19) in his last three games after going 1-of-6 from the line in USU's regular season finale at Hawai'i (3/3).
REED CURRENTLY RANKS EIGHTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed is currently shooting 61.7 percent from the field (124-201) 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 13TH TIME THIS YEAR AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
Senior forward Morgan Grim scored in double-figures for the 13th time this year with his 15 points against CSU Bakersfield (3/14). 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 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 64.0 percent from the field (16-25) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (7-10).
BERGER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 17 POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored a career-high 17 points 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, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while shooting 42.1 percent from the field (8-19), 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-12) and 90.0 percent at the free throw line (9-10). 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 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 5.2 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field (11-19), 33.3 percent from three-point range (1-3) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (3-4).
STONE SCORES CAREER-HIGH NINE POINTS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Freshman center Jordan Stone scored a career-high nine points 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 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (6-9) and 40.0 percent from the free throw line (4-10).
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 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 38.9 percent from the field (7-18), 38.5 percent from three-point range (5-13), and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (5-8).
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.
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.
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 343-118 (.744) 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 75.8 percent with an overall record of 328-105. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 201-63 (.761) 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 208-17 (.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 561 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.7 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 561-256 (.687).
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