Aggie Men End 2011-12 Season Advancing to 13th-Straight Postseason and Recording 13th-Straight 20-Win Season
April 3, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
End of Season Release
UTAH STATE AGGIES (21-16, 8-6)
END OF SEASON NOTES
Utah State finished 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 19 years.
Utah State recorded its 13th-straight 20-win season in 2012, extending its current school record, 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. USU's previous school record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962-64. During the last 13 years, USU has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
Utah State ended the 2012 season with a 21-16 record marking the 13th-straight year that USU has won at least 21 games. Overall, USU is one of just five schools nationally to accomplish that feat along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
Utah State played in its 13th-straight postseason in 2012, 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 made its 30th postseason appearance all-time in 2012, having qualified for the NCAA Tournament 20 times, the National Invitation Tournament nine times and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament once. USU's overall postseason record is 12-32 (.273), which includes 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 4-1 (.800) record in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Overall, USU had lost 11 straight postseason games before recording four-straight wins in this year's CIT.
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 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 five postseason games are the most in school history bettering the 1960 (NIT), 1962 (NCAA), 1964 (NCAA) and 1970 (NCAA) teams that all played three postseason games.
Utah State went 17-5 at home this year and has won 100 of its last 107 home games. Overall, USU is 210-18 (.921) at home under head coach Stew Morrill including a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference games. All-time, Utah State is 504-110 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State set a new school record by playing 22 home games during the 2011-12 season, bettering the previous mark of 18 home games 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.
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin earned first-team all-WAC honors, becoming just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors along with Nate Harris who was named first-team all-Big West Conference in 2004. Overall, USU has now had 21 first-team all-conference selections over the last 13 seasons, and its marks the 13th-straight year USU 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. Medlin was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 6 second-team as a sophomore.
Senior guard Brockeith Pane earned all-WAC honors for the second-straight year as he was named an honorable mention selection in 2012 after being named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while junior forward Kyisean Reed was named to the league's all-newcomer team.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State finished the 2012 season with a 21-16 record after losing at home to Mercer, 70-67, in the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. USU finished in fourth-place in the WAC during the regular season with an 8-6 league record and lost in the first round of the WAC Tournament to fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech, 72-70. Utah State was led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who averaged 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 42.8 percent from three-point range and 80.1 percent at the free throw line. Utah State had two other players score in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds, while junior forward Kyisean Reed averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Senior forward Morgan Grim averaged 9.1 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds on the season. As a team, Utah State averaged 68.9 points and shot 47.5 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU allowed 64.9 points and its opponents shot 41.5 percent from the field, 33.0 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE HAS 11TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK IN THE NATION
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 13 seasons as it has played in eight NCAA Tournaments, four National Invitation Tournaments and one CollegeInsider.com Tournament. That streak of 13 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 24 with 20 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 23 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 21 with 20 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Syracuse (15-NCAA, 4-NIT) is fourth with 19 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks fifth with 17 straight NCAA trips, while Creighton (8-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT, 1-CBI) and Gonzaga (14-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for sixth with 15 straight postseason trips. Florida (12-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (14 NCAA) and Wisconsin (14-NCAA) are all tied for eighth with 14 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (8-NCAA, 5-NIT).
UTAH STATE HOSTS FIVE-STRAIGHT POSTSEASON GAMES
Utah State hosted a school-record five postseason games during the 2012 season and had never hosted more than one postseason game in a single season prior to this year. USU's other home postseason games were all 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.
UTAH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Along with qualifying 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.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS 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.
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 the 2011-12 season.
TWO AGGIES 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.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season ranking first in the WAC in scoring defense (64.9), second in field goal percentage (.475), second in field goal percentage defense (.415), third in scoring margin (+4.1), third in free throw shooting (.719), third in three-point field goal percentage (.367), third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.330), fourth in assists (13.43) fifth in rebounding margin (+0.7), and sixth in blocks (3.22).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking second in the WAC in three-point shooting (.428), third in scoring (17.0), fourth in free throw shooting (.801), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70), ninth in assists (3.35), and 10th in overall shooting (.496). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranked first in the WAC in field goal shooting (.614), sixth in blocked shots (1.14), and 14th in rebounding (5.1). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranked fifth in the WAC in assists (4.30), seventh in free throw shooting (.777), and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranked third in the WAC in overall shooting (.568), seventh in rebounding (6.1), and ninth in blocked shots (0.86). Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranked 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting (.367) and 13th in assists (2.35), and freshman forward Ben Clifford ranked 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.47).
RANKING UTAH STATE IN WAC ONLY GAMES
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season ranking first in WAC only games in scoring defense (64.1), first in field goal percentage (.486), second in three-point field goal percentage (.374), second in field goal percentage defense (.421), second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.322), third in free throw shooting (.700), third in scoring margin (+2.8), fourth in blocks (3.71), fourth in assists (13.50), and fourth in rebounding margin (+0.4).
RANKING UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN WAC ONLY GAMES
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking first in WAC only games in free throw shooting (.843), second in scoring (18.5), third in three-point shooting (.462), ninth in overall shooting (.524), and 12th in assists (2.64). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranked third in WAC only games in free throw shooting (.816), fourth in assists (4.64), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.71), and 14th in scoring (12.7). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranked second in WAC only games in field goal shooting (.620), third in blocked shots (1.50), and 12th in rebounding (5.8). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranked third in WAC only games in overall shooting (.614), eighth in blocked shots (0.86), and 14th in rebounding (5.2). Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel ranked first in WAC only games in three-point shooting (.591), freshman forward Ben Clifford ranked ninth in WAC only games in blocked shots (0.79), and sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger ranked 15th in WAC only games in assists (2.43).
UTAH STATE FINISHES THE YEAR RANKED 24TH IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season ranking 24th in the nation in field goal percentage (.475), 59th in turnovers per game (12.1), 66th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.11), 67th in three-point field goal percentage (.367), 80th in free throw shooting (.719), and 96th in field goal percentage defense (.415).
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
UTAH STATE HAD THREE OF THE TOP 10 FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS IN THE WAC IN 2012
Utah State had three of the top 10 field goal percentage shooters in the Western Athletic Conference during the 2011-12 season as junior forward Kyisean Reed shot 61.4 percent to rank first, senior forward Morgan Grim shot 56.8 percent to rank third, and sophomore guard Preston Medlin shot 49.6 percent to rank 10th.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State was ... 21-7 on the season when its backcourt out-scored its opponent's backcourt; 17-2 when leading at the half; 17-2 when it committed fewer fouls than its opponents; 17-7 when it had more defensive rebounds than its opponent; 19-8 when it shot better from the field than its opponent; 17-4 when it blocked more shots than its opponent; 17-6 when it had more assists than its opponent; 15-5 when it shot better from three-point range than its opponent; and 14-7 when it out-rebounded its opponent.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season winning eight of its last 11 games after winning just 13 of its first 26 games.
LOOKING BACK AT THE MERCER GAME
After an 8-0 run gave Utah State its first lead of the second half, Mercer stopped the Aggies' rally to regain the lead, and held on for a wild, 70-67, win Wednesday, March 28 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Championship game at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan. The Bears hit 7-of-8 free throws in the game's final 23 seconds and USU senior guard Brockeith Pane's game-tying three-point attempt came up just short at the buzzer to end the Aggies' historic postseason run. Utah State had won a school-record four postseason games to reach Wednesday's title game, but Mercer made history of its own with its fifth-straight win to improve to 27-11 overall. USU ends with a 21-16 mark, as the Aggies remain one of five schools with 13 consecutive 21-win seasons in the country, joined by Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Mercer's Langston Hall was named the CIT MVP, as he netted 16 points to go with six rebounds and four assists Wednesday night. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Justin Cecil and Travis Smith, as Smith netted a game-high 17 points, including hitting a jumper and a deep three-pointer in the final minute and a half, while Cecil tallied six points and six rebounds. Three Aggies earned all-tournament honors, as Pane scored 10 points and dished out five assists, and was joined by senior forward Morgan Grim who had nine points and six rebounds, as Pane and Grim were playing their final games in a USU uniform and are the Aggies' only two seniors. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin joined the senior duo in all-tournament award collecting, tallying 14 points and five rebounds, hitting two three-pointers. Junior forward Kyisean Reed posted 15 points, including three dunks on successive Aggie possessions during their second-half rally. Reed also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds, helping USU to a slight, 36-33, rebounding edge, just the seventh loss this season for the Aggies when they out-rebounded the opponent, compared to 14 wins when doing so. Sophomore guard Danny Berger added 13 points, hitting three treys in the game, to go with six rebounds. USU shot 22-of-53 (.415) from the field, including 7-of-23 (.304) behind the three-point arc, and the Aggies were 16-of-22 (.727) at the free throw line. Bud Thomas added 10 points for the Bears, who made 40.4 percent (23-57) of their field goals, making 28.6 percent (6-21) of their three-pointers and were 18-of-23 (.784) at the charity stripe, including 14-of-17 (.824) in the second half. An old-fashioned three-point play by Medlin gave USU a 13-12 lead with 13:48 to go, but Mercer scored the next six points to take an 18-13 lead at the 10:11 mark, and the Bears stretched their advantage to 31-22 at the half after a runner by Hall with eight seconds left. Mercer took its largest lead of the night at 10 points on two occasions, the last at 39-29 with 16:47 on the clock. Berger later hit a three-pointer to pull USU within, 41-38, at the 14:20 mark, but Thomas netted back-to-back buckets for a 45-38 Bears lead with 12:19 to go. Exactly five minutes later Travis Smith hit a deep three from the left wing in the waning seconds of the shot clock to put Mercer ahead, 48-43, with 7:19 left. Later, down 49-47, Berger hit a bucket then Reed jammed home a dunk for his fourth slam in the last five Aggie scoring possessions to spark USU's 8-0 run. The spurt gave Utah State its first lead since 13-12, and a Medlin free throw was later followed by a Berger trey from the left corner for a 55-49 Aggie advantage. Mercer scored 11 of the game's next 13 points, with Travis Smith capping the streak with a runner from the left side followed by a jumper from the right elbow for a 60-57 Bears lead with 1:38 to go. Two Reed free pitches pulled USU within 60-59, but Smith drained a trey from the right wing with 50 seconds to go for a 63-59 lead. The Aggies got within two points on three different possessions, but Mercer hit free throws to seal its CIT title.
NOTABLES FROM THE MERCER GAME
Utah State is now 51-24 in March, including a 19-5 record at home... USU out-rebounded Mercer by three (36-33) marking the 13th time in its last 16 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent... Overall, USU is 14-7 on the season when it out-rebounds its opponent... USU committed single-digit turnovers (9) for the first time in seven games and for the 10th time this year... USU is now 4-13 on the season and 46-76 during the last 13 years when trailing at the half.
THREE AGGIES NAMED TO COLLEGEINSIDER.COM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Utah State had three players named to the CollegeInsider.com all-tournament team in senior forward Morgan Grim, senior guard Brockeith Pane and sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Others named to the all-tournament team include Reggie Hamilton (Oakland), Justin Cecil (Mercer), Travis Smith (Mercer), and Langston Hall (Mercer) who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. During the CIT, Medlin averaged 21.4 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 51.6 percent from the field (32-62), 44.1 percent from three-point range (15-34) and 82.4 percent at the free throw line (28-34). Pane averaged 13.8 points and 6.6 assists, while shooting 37.0 percent from the field (20-54), 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18), and 71.9 percent at the free throw line (23-32). And Grim averaged 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 71.4 percent from the field (25-35) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (14-20).
AGGIES FINISH SEASON WITH YET ANOTHER CLOSE LOSS
Utah State's nemesis during the 2011-12 season ended up being close games as the Aggies were 2-6 in games decided by three or fewer points. In fact, each of USU's last two losses were within three points as it dropped a 72-70 decision to Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the 2012 WAC Tournament, along with its 70-67 loss to Mercer in the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Furthermore, of its six league losses two were by three or fewer points and four were by seven or fewer points.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
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 against Idaho... Scored a career-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech... Tied his season-high with six rebounds against CSU Bakersfield... Started 68 games for Utah State during his career and played in 71... Scored in double-figures in 27 games this year and in 49 games in his career... Also had six 20-point games this season and nine in his career.
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... Had a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount... Started four games this year and played in 36.
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... Started two games this year and played in 28.
G/F #12 Danny Berger (6-6, 205, So., Medford, Ore.) - Tied his career-high with 17 points against Oakland and scored 13 points against Mercer for his 10th 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... Started 25 games and played in 31 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... Scored in double-figures 31 times this year and 32 times in his career... Has 13 career 20-point games... Has played in 59 games during his USU career with 37 starts.
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 54 games during his Aggie career, including 33 this season.
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... Had three double-figure scoring games on the season... Started nine games during the year and played in 35.
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 scored in double-figures 15 times this year including three times in his last five 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... Played in 69 games at Utah State with 37 starts and in 110 games during his collegiate career.
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... 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... Missed the final 34 games of the season after suffering a career-ending foot injury against Southern Utah.
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... Started two games this year and played in 33.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored in double-figures for the 18th time this year with 15 points against Mercer... Had a career-high three steals and tied his career-high with three blocks against CSU Bakersfield... Had 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.
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... Played in 13 games this year.
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. 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 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. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.0 percent from three-point range (110-262) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history. Medlin is also just two made three-pointers and six 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 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
PANE RANKS 17TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane concluded his career with 275 assists to rank tied for 17th all-time in school history along with Jared Quayle (2009-10), while his 159 assists this year rank eighth all-time at USU for a single-season. Pane also ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 1,194 minutes played.
REED RANKS EIGHTH AT UTAH STATE FOR SINGLE-SEASON SHOOTING
Junior forward Kyisean Reed finished the 2011-12 season shooting 61.4 percent from the field (135-220) 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).
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Senior forward Brady Jardine finishes his career ranking sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117 and Nate Harris (2003-06) with 90.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED IN A SINGLE SEASON WITH 37
Utah State set a single-season school record this year as it played 37 games. The previous record for games played in a single-season was 35 set during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season. USU also had several other categories this year that ranked among the top 10 all-time in school history for a single-season including ranking third in three-pointers attempted (566), fourth in three-pointers made (208), sixth in blocks (119), sixth in total points (2,551), and 10th in assists (497).
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 IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 31 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin finished his sophomore season scoring in double-figures in each of his last five games and in 31 games overall. He also scored 20-plus points three times in his last five games to give him 13 20-point games this year to go along with 32 career double-figure scoring games. During his last five games, Medlin averaged 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists, while shooting 51.6 percent from the field (32-62), 44.1 percent from three-point range (15-34) and 82.4 percent from the free throw line (28-34).
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 against Oakland (3/25) marking the sixth time this year and ninth time in his career he has scored 20-plus points. Pane finished his career with 10 points against Mercer (3/28) for his 27th double-figure scoring game of the season and 49th of his career Overall, Pane scored in double-figures 10 times in his last 11 games to go along with two double-figure assist games in his final four outings. During his last five games, Pane averaged 13.8 points, 6.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 37.0 percent from the field (20-54), 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 71.9 percent at the free throw line (23-32).
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.
REED RECORDS 18TH DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST MERCER
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored in double-figures for the 18th time this year with 15 points against Mercer (3/28). Reed, who had three 20-point games this year after scoring 20 points against Louisiana Tech (2/9), also had 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 averaged 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, while shooting 65.6 percent from the field (21-32) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (18-21).
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points 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. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). 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).
GRIM RECORDS FOURTH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST OAKLAND
Senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his fourth career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Oakland (3/25). Overall, Grim finished his career scoring in double-figures in three of his final five games and in 15 games during the year. During his last five games, Grim averaged 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, while shooting 71.4 percent from the field (25-35) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (14-20).
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. During his last five games, Clifford averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 34.8 percent from the field (8-23), 20.0 percent from three-point range (1-5) and was 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
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 averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (3-5) and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
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 averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds, while shooting 36.4 percent from the field (4-11), 0-of-7 from three-point range, and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-6).
UTAH STATE FINISHES THE YEAR REBOUNDING THE BALL WELL
Utah State finished the 2011-12 season rebounding the ball very well and out-rebounded Mercer by three (36-33) in its last game, marking the 13th time in its last 16 outings that it has out-rebounded the opposition. On the season, USU was 14-7 when it out-rebounded its opponent.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State was 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 4-13 (.235) record this year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number this year appeared to be 70, as in 70 points. On the season, Utah State was 15-3 when it scores 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 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.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State was 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.
USU TIES SEVERAL POSTSEASON RECORDS 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. 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.
USU SETS POSTSEASON RECORDS AGAINST LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Utah State set a couple team and individual postseason records against Loyola Marymount in the third round of the CIT as its 32 made free throws set a new postseason school record, as did its 22 turnovers. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin also set two postseason records in the game with his 13 made free throws and his 92.9 percent shooting from the free throw line (13-14). Wayne Estes held the previous school records with 10 made free throws and a 90.9 shooting percentage from the line against Arizona State in the first round of the 1964 NCAA Tournament. Max Perry also made 10 free throws against Villanova in the first round of the 1960 NIT.
UTAH STATE SETS POSTSEASON RECORDS AGAINST OAKLAND
Utah State set four school postseason records against Oakland in the semifinals of the CIT 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.
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 13 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 330-106 (.757) record. Those 330 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 75.7 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.833), Kansas (.823) and Gonzaga (.792). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last seven years with a 83-27 (.755) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), two tournament championships (2009, 2011), and has played in the tournament championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fourth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has nine assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Rick Pitino (Louisiville) with seven, Mike Montogmery (California) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Jim Calhoun (Conneticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and John Calipari (Kentucky) all with five.
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 199 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 330-106 (.757) 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.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach and 14 years at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 345-119 (.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 14 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 75.7 percent with an overall record of 330-106. 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 13 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 210-18 (.921) 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 563-257 (.687).