Aggies Host Mercer Wednesday Night In Championship Game of CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
March 27, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Game Notes vs. Mercer
Mercer (26-11) vs. Utah State (21-15)
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: Fox College Sports
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,479-1,021 (.592). 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), Idaho (76-56), Loyola Marymount (77-69) and Oakland (105-81), Utah State has now won four-straight postseason games for the first time in school history. The previous record for consecutive postseason wins was two during the 1969-70 season as that team went 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament advancing to the Regional Final. Furthermore, this year's USU team will be playing in its fifth postseason game for the first time in school history bettering the 1960 (NIT), 1962 (NCAA), 1964 (NCAA) and 1970 (NCAA) teams that all played three postseason games.
Utah State is 12-31 (.279) 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 4-0 record in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Overall, USU had lost 11 straight postseason games before recording four-straight wins in this year's CIT.
Utah State is 17-4 at home this year and has won 100 of its last 106 home games. Overall, USU is 210-17 (.925) at home under head coach Stew Morrill including a 105-7 (.938) record in non-conference games. All-time, Utah State is 504-109 (.822) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State will be playing its 22nd home game of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday, bettering the previous school record which was 18 set during the 2009-10 campaign. Furthermore, USU's 17 home wins this year are tied for the most in a single-season in school history and marks the fifth-straight year that USU has won 17 home games. Prior to its current run, USU had never won more than 15 home games in a single season.
Utah State (21-15) will conclude action in its 13th-straight postseason as it hosts Mercer (26-11) in the championship game of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Overall, this is USU's 30th postseason appearance in school history. The game against MU will be televised live nationally on Fox College Sports (Comcast Ch. 263, DirecTV Ch. 623) with Dave Baker (play-by-play), Kyle Macy (analyst) and Dave Callaway (reporter) calling the action.
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 LOOKING FOR FIRST-EVER POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
Utah State will be looking for its first-ever postseason tournament championship on Wednesday when it faces Mercer in the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The closest USU has come to a postseason championship was in 1960 when it lost in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament to Providence, 68-62, and in 1970 when it advanced to the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament losing to UCLA, 101-79.
UTAH STATE LOOKING TO BECOME THIRD WAC SCHOOL TO WIN POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
With a win against Mercer in the championship game of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Utah State would become the third Western Athletic Conference member to win a postseason tournament championship along with Tulsa who defeated Alabama to win the 2001 National Invitational Tournament and BYU who defeated NYU to win the 1966 National Invitational Tournament. The WAC is celebrating its 50th year this season.
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament expanded to 32 teams for the first time in this its fourth year. The winner of Wednesday's championship game between Utah State and Mercer will join Old Dominion (2009), Missouri State (2010) and Santa Clara (2011) as tournament champions.
UTAH STATE HOSTING FIFTH-STRAIGHT POSTSEASON GAME
Utah State will be hosting a postseason game for the ninth 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), Idaho (76-56), Loyola Marymount (77-69) and Oakland (105-81) in this year's CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Prior to this season, USU had never hosted more than one postseason game in a single year.
UTAH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Along with qualify for postseason play 30 times in school history (20-NCAA, 9-NIT, 1-CIT), Utah State has also had great success during the regular season as it has won 16 regular season conference championships with four as a member of the WAC (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), seven as a member of the Big West Conference (1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004), and five as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936). USU has also won eight conference tournament championships all-time with two as a member of the WAC (2009, 2011) and six as a member of the Big West (1988, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005).
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 21-15 on the season after defeating Oakland (105-81) in the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Sunday. 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 17.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 49.9 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from three-point range and 80.1 percent at the free throw line. Utah State has two other players scoring in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 12.6 points and 4.3 assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed is averaging 9.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1. blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 9.1 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 69.0 points and shooting 47.7 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.7 points and its opponents are shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 66.3 percent at the free throw line.
DID YOU KNOW?
Heading into Wednesday's championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Utah State will be one of just 10 NCAA Division I teams across the country still playing as the NCAA Tournament is down to its final four, the NIT will be down to its final two, the CIT is down to its final two, and the CBI Tournament is down to its final two.
UTAH STATE NOTCHES 13TH-STRAIGHT 20 WIN SEASON
With its 77-69 home win against Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Utah State won its 20th game of the season for the 13th-straight year and is one of just seven teams in the country to accomplish that feat along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Syracuse and Texas. Furthermore, it is the 27th time in school history that USU has won 20 games.
UTAH STATE ONE OF FIVE SCHOOLS WITH 13 STRAIGHT 21-WIN SEASONS
With its 105-81 win against Oakland in its last game, Utah State has now won 21 games in each of its last 13 seasons and is one of just five schools nationally to accomplish that feat along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State is 4-1 during its last five games and is averaging 80.6 points, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from three-point range and 81.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 69.4 points during its last five games while its opponents are shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 66.3 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE STATS DURING THE COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
Utah State has won all four of its games thus far in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and is averaging 83.2 points, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from three-point range and 80.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 68.8 points during the tournament, while its opponents are shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 67.1 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Mar. 26, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.7), second in field goal percentage (.477), second in field goal percentage defense (.416), second in three-point field goal percentage (.370), third in scoring margin (+4.3), third in free throw shooting (.719), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.331), fifth in rebounding margin (+0.6), fifth in assists (13.39) and fifth in blocks (3.28).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Mar. 26, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.435), third in scoring (17.1), fourth in free throw shooting (.801), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68), ninth in assists (3.36), and 10th in overall shooting (.499). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.608), sixth in blocked shots (1.17), and 14th in rebounding (5.0). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks fifth in the WAC in assists (4.28), seventh in free throw shooting (.785), and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.47). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks third in the WAC in overall shooting (.572), seventh in rebounding (6.1), and eighth in blocked shots (0.89). Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranks 15th in the WAC in assists (2.30) and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranks 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.49).
UTAH STATE RANKS 21ST IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Monday, Mar. 26, Utah State ranks 21st in the nation in field goal percentage (.477), 59th in three-point field goal percentage (.370), 68th in turnovers per game (12.2), 73rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10), 82nd in free throw shooting (.719), and 96th in field goal percentage defense (.416).
MEDLIN RANKS 12TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Monday, Mar. 26, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 12th in the nation in three-point shooting (.435), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.58), 74th in field goal percentage (.499), and 74th in scoring (17.1).
UTAH STATE HAS THREE OF THE TOP 10 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC
Utah State has three of the top 10 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference as junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 60.8 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim is shooting 57.2 percent to rank third, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 49.9 percent to rank 10th.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 21-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scores its opponent's backcourt; 17-2 when leading at the half; 17-2 when it commits fewer fouls than its opponents; 17-6 when it has more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 19-7 when it shoots better from the field than its opponent; 17-4 when it blocks more shots than its opponent; 17-5 when it has more assists than its opponent; 15-4 when it shoots better from three-point range than its opponent; and 14-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is six games over .500 (21-15) for the first time this year as it has won seven of its last eight and nine of its last 12 games.
LOOKING BACK AT THE OAKLAND GAME
Scoring the most points since 1997 and breaking the century mark for the first time this season boosted Utah State to a 105-81 rout of Oakland Sunday afternoon in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament semifinals at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU's 105 points was not only the most scored this season, but the most since netting 111 against Southern Oregon in 1997. Utah State also scored a season-high 60 points in the first half, matching the most in school history according to available records, last scoring 60 against Houston Baptist in the second half in 2008. The Aggies also set season-bests for field goals made (37), three-point percentage (.750) and assists (26). Utah State won its school-record fourth-straight postseason game, as the four postseason games is also a new top mark in the program's history. The Aggies improved to 21-15 in winning for the seventh time in their last eight games. Oakland ended its season at 20-16. Four Aggies posted double-digits, led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin's game-best 26 points, netting 20-plus points for the seventh time in the last 12 games and 13th time this season. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 20 points to go with 10 assists, one shy of his career-best. Fellow senior forward Morgan Grim added his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, tying for game-best honors, as he has scored in double-digits in three of the last four games. Grim's 10 boards helped USU to a 39-34 rebounding advantage, as Medlin tied a career-high with nine rebounds. Grim also took three charges on defense. Sophomore guard Danny Berger drained a career-high five three-pointers on the way to a career-high tying 17 points. Medlin added four treys as the Aggies torched the nets from behind the arc to the tune of 9-of-11 (.818) in the first half, finishing the day 12-of-16 (.750) as that shooting percentage from three ranks tied for seventh all-time in USU history and the best postseason mark in school history. Oakland was led by 23 points and nine assists from Reggie Hamilton, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer. Travis Bader matched Hamilton in hitting four three-pointers each, as Bader finished with 22 points. Ryan Bass added 12 points while Drew Valentine chipped in 10 points. Corey Petros pulled down 10 rebounds. USU shot 63.8 percent (37-58) from the field, hitting better from behind the arc at 75.0 percent (12-16) and were 76.0 percent (19-25) at the free throw line. Oakland made 26-of-71 (.366) field goals, also shooting better from outside the three-point line at 37.1 percent (13-35) and the Grizzlies were 16-of-22 (.727) at the charity stripe. After Oakland took its lone lead of the game at 3-2, the Aggies opened up a 13-3 lead just three minutes in as Pane, Berger and Medlin hit three's in successive order. The Grizzlies got within six at 16-10 after a jumper by Bass, but the Aggies then went on a 15-4 spurt, capped by a three-point play from freshman center Jordan Stone for a 31-14 lead with 10:36 on the clock and Oakland never got within single digits the rest of the game. Junior guard E.J. Farris hit a trey at the 8:15 mark for USU's only 20-point lead of the half at 38-17. The Aggies took a 60-43 lead into halftime, as USU has now won 17 of 19 games this season and 66 of its last 68 contest when holding an intermission advantage. After the Grizzlies trimmed the gap to 12 just over a minute into the second stanza, the Aggies put the game out of reach with a 17-7 run, capped by a Medlin layup for a 77-55 lead with 13:06 to go. Stone hit a pair of free throws to hit the 100-point plateau at the 4:10 mark and two free pitch shots by Berger gave USU its largest lead of the day at 30 with 3:20 left at 105-75, and the Aggies glided to victory.
NOTABLES FROM THE OAKLAND GAME
Utah State's 105 points are the most since scoring 111 points against Southern Oregon on Nov. 22, 1997 and it is the 97th time in school history that USU has scored 100 points including the first since USU defeated Montana Western, 100-66, on Feb. 16, 2011... USU shot 75.0 percent from three-point range (12-16) which is a season-high and new postseason school record, not to mention tied for the seventh-best single-game shooting performance for three-point range in school history... USU shot over 60.0 percent from the field (.638) for the second time this year as it shot a season-high 65.1 percent (28-43) against Fresno State at home... USU has now shot 50 percent from the field 11 times this season... USU made a season-high 37 field goals, while its 12 made three-pointers are its second-most in a game this year (13 at Idaho State)... USU's 26 assists are a season-high and it is the fourth-time this year USU has recorded at least 20 assists in a game... USU's 60 first-half points are the most in school history according to available records matching the 60 points scored in the second half against Houston Baptist on Dec. 30, 2008... Oakland's 81 points are the second-most scored against Utah State this year (83 by Wichita State) and the fourth-time this year that a USU opponent has scored 80-plus points... Oakland's 35 three-point attempts are the most by an Aggie opponent this year.
UTAH STATE SETS POSTSEASON RECORDS AGAINST OAKLAND
Utah State set four school postseason records in its last game against Oakland with its 105 points, 26 assists, 12 made three-pointers and 75.0 percent shooting from three-point range (12-16). The previous postseason school record for points was 99 against St. Bonaventure in the 1960 NIT, while the previous record for assists was 25 against Louisiana-Lafayette in the 1984 NIT. The previous school record for three-pointers was seven against Arizona in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, and the previous record for three-point shooting was 45.5 percent (5-11) against Ohio State in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 330-105 (.759) 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 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
UTAH STATE'S PROBABLE STARTERS
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Recorded his fourth career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Oakland... Overall, he has scored in double-figures 15 times this year including three times in his last four games... Had 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 68 games at Utah State with 36 starts and in 109 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) - Recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 assists against Oakland... 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 67 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 70... Has scored in double-figures in 26 games this year and in 48 games in his career... Also has six 20-point games this season and nine in his career... Is averaging 8.4 assists in his last three games as he has 25 assists and eight turnovers... Is 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line in his last two games.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Tied his career-high with 17 points against Oakland for his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season... Also had 17 points against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... 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 24 games and played in 30 this season.
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 Oakland... Has scored in double-figures 30 times this year and 31 times in his career... Has 13 career 20-point games, including five in his last eight games... Has played in 58 games at Utah State with 36 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 seven of his last 15 three-point attempts... Had a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount... Has started four games this year and played in 35.
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 28.
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 53 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 35.
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 33.
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 13 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.
Mercer is 26-11 overall after defeating Tennessee State (68-60) and Georgia State (64-59) at home, and Old Dominion (79-73) and Fairfield (64-59) on the road in the first four rounds of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Bears, who have won 15 of their last 19 games, are 11-8 on the road this year. MU finished in second-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference this year with a 13-5 record. Mercer is led by sophomore guard Langston Hall who is averaging 11.3 points and 4.2 assists, while shooting 37.7 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 75.4 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Justin Cecil is averaging 10.9 points and sophomore forward Jakob Gollon is averaging 10.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. As a team, Mercer is averaging 68.1 points and shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 71.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, MU is allowing 62.7 points and its opponents are shooting 38.6 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent at the free throw line. The Bears returns one starter and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-18 overall and finished in fifth-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference with an 11-9 league mark. MU is coached by Bob Hoffman who is 74-61 in this his fourth year at the school.
UTAH STATE-MERCER SERIES
Utah State and Mercer will be meeting for just the second time in series history this week as the first meeting between the two teams was on Dec. 28, 1999 in Logan in the opening round of the 1999 Gossner Foods Holiday Classic with USU winning, 74-55.
LAST MEETING AGAINST MERCER
Junior center Dimitri Jorssen recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots in leading Utah State to a 74-55 home win against Mercer in the opening night of the USU hosted Gossner Foods Holiday Classic. Senior guard Troy Rolle added 12 points for Utah State, while sophomore guard Tony Brown scored 11. Junior forward Shawn Daniels finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the home team. Korey McCray had a game-high 19 points for Mercer, while Scott Emerson and Chris Hill each scored 12. USU finished the game shooting 49.2 percent (29-59), including 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14), but just 43.5 percent at the free throw line (10-23). Mercer shot 37.7 percent (20-53), including 30.8 percent from behind the arc (4-13) and 64.7 percent at the line (11-17). USU finished the game with four more rebounds (39-35), five more assists (15-10) and two more blocks (4-2), while MU had seven more turnovers (20-13).
VERSUS THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE
Utah State is 1-1 against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference as it is 1-0 against Mercer and 0-1 against Jacksonville, while USU head coach Stew Morrill's only game against current members of the Atlantic Sun was USU's win against Mercer (74-55) on Dec. 28, 1999.
VERSUS THE STATE OF GEORGIA
Utah State is 3-1 all-time against teams from the state of Georgia with a 1-0 record against Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech and Mercer, and an 0-1 record versus Georgia. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 3-1 all-time against teams from the state of Georgia with a 2-0 record against Georgia Southern, a 1-0 record against Mercer, and an 0-1 record versus Georgia Tech. The last time USU played a team from the state of Georgia was on Dec. 28, 1999 when it defeated Mercer at home, 74-55.
UTAH STATE CONNECTIONS WITH THE STATE OF GEORGIA
Utah State assistant coach Tarvish Felton grew up in Perry, Ga., and attended Perry High School where he graduated from in 1994.
FORMER AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA
Dating back to the 1957-58 season, Utah State has had three players from the state of Georgia and all three played for current head coach Stew Morrill. Rick Randall (Washington) was at USU during the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Ryan Wheeler (Marietta) was at USU during the 2002 season, and Robert Cox (Macon) was at USU during the 2005 season.
UTAH STATE IN MARCH
Utah State is 51-23 (.689) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes an 18-4 (.818) home record. USU is also 33-10 (.767) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. USU will also being playing its first-ever game on March 28, which is the latest USU has ever played a basketball game.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 198 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's six wins during the month of March is its most in a single month this year. USU won five games in December, four in January and three in both November and February.
MEDLIN SCORES 600TH POINT OF THE SEASON AGAINST OAKLAND
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season in his last game against Oakland (3/25) and now has 614 points this year to rank 13th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 614 points are the third-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969 and Cornell Green who scored 615 points as a sophomore in 1960. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN SCORES 26 POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 26 points in each of his last two games against Loyola Marymount (3/21) and Oakland (3/25) marking the third time in his last four games and seventh time in his last 12 games that he has scored 20-plus points. Overall, Medlin now has 13 20-point games this year to go along with 30 double-figure scoring games on the season and 31 in his career. During his last four games, Medlin is averaging 23.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field (28-52), 50.0 percent from three-point range (13-26) and 82.8 percent from the free throw line (24-29).
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.5 percent from three-point range (108-254) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history. Medlin is also just four made three-pointers and 14 three-point attempts shy of entering the career top 10 in each category.
MEDLIN RANKS AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 93 made three pointers along with Jaycee Carroll (2005-06) and fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 214. He also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,262 behind Jaycee Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM RECORDS FOURTH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST OAKLAND
Senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his fourth career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in his last game against Oakland (3/25). Overall, it was the third time in his last four games and 15th time this year he has scored in double-figures. During his last two games, Grim is averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 77.8 percent from the field (14-18) and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (6-9). During his last four games, Grim is averaging 13.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 76.7 percent from the field (23-30) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (9-12).
PANE RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST OAKLAND
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 assists in his last game against Oakland (3/25) marking the sixth time this year and ninth time in his career he has scored 20-plus points. It was also his 26th double-figure scoring game of the season and 48th of his career, not to mention his second double-digit assist game in his last three outings. Overall, Pane has now scored in double-figures nine times in his last 10 games. During his last six games, Pane is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting 42.5 percent from the field (31-73), 26.3 percent from three-point range (5-19) and 73.5 percent at the free throw line (25-34). During his last three games, Pane has 25 assists to just eight turnovers and is averaging 8.3 assists. He is also 14-of-16 (875) from the free throw line in his last two games.
PANE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 11 ASSISTS AGAINST IDAHO
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane recorded a career-high 11 assists 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. Those 11 assists are also a new postseason school record, breaking the previous mark of 10 assists set by Tony Brown against Montana State in the first round of the 2002 National Invitational Tournament. Overall, Pane now has 270 assists in his career to rank 18th all-time in school history along with Jaycee Carroll (2005-08), while his 154 assists this year rank eighth all-time at USU for a single-season. Pane also ranks fifth all-time at USU for a single-season with 1,162 minutes played.
BERGER TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH 17 POINTS AGAINST OAKLAND
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 17 points in his last game against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. Overall, Berger has now scored in double-figures nine times this year including twice in his last five outings. During his last five games, Berger is averaging 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 52.0 percent from the field (13-25), 58.8 percent from three-point range (10-17) and 91.7 percent at the free throw line (11-12). 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).
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 four games, Reed is averaging 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field (15-24) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (15-18).
REED RANKS EIGHTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed is currently shooting 60.8 percent from the field (129-212) to rank first in the WAC and that percentage ranks as the eighth-best single-season shooting percentage in school history. Reed also ranks tied for ninth all-time at USU for a single-season with 41 blocks along with Cass Matheus (2005-06).
CLIFFORD GRABS CAREER-HIGH NINE REBOUNDS AGAINST LMU
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount (3/21) to go along with seven points. Clifford also 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 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (12-24), 40.0 percent from three-point range (2-5) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (5-6).
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 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 75.0 percent from the field (6-8) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7-8).
BRUNEEL SCORES 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 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 30.0 percent from the field (3-10), 0-of-5 from three-point range, and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7-8).
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO REBOUND THE BALL WELL AS OF LATE
Utah State continues to do a good job on the glass as of late as it out-rebounded Oakland by five (39-34) in its last game, marking the 12th time in its last 15 outings that it has out-rebounded the opposition. During its last 15 games, Utah State is out-rebounding its opponents by 4.4 boards per game (34.1-29.6). On the season, USU is 14-6 when it out-rebounds its opponent.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 17-2 this year and has won 66 of its last 68 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 273-25 (.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 15-3 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 76 of its last 81 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 218-30 (.879) 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.
AGGIES 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 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 including playing its 37th game of the season, which will be the most in school history. USU also ranks sixth this season with 118 blocks, sixth in three-pointers attempted (543), seventh in three-pointers made (201), and eighth in total points (2,484). Individually, senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin will both set single-season school records for games played and started at 37, as will senior guard Brockeith Pane for games played with 37.
MEDLIN EARNS 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 AT USU
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 IN 2012
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 345-118 (.745) 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 13 straight 20-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 75.9 percent with an overall record of 330-105. 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 210-17 (.925) at home, which includes a 105-10 (.913) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 17 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 563 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 17 20-win seasons. His current streak of 13 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 563-256 (.687).