Utah State Basketball 2017-18 Season in Review
April 5, 2018

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Another Season in the Books

Utah State finished its 114th season in 2017-18, wrapping up the year with an overall mark of 17-17 and an 8-10 mark in league play.

All Mountain West
Sophomore guards Koby McEwen and Sam Merrill were each recognized with third-team all-Mountain West honors at the end of the season.

All-Time Record
Utah State is 1,583-1,108 all-time in program history.

Winning Record at Home
Utah State was 11-4 at home this season, marking the 36th consecutive season with a winning record at home and the 24th consecutive season with double-digit wins at home.

All-Time in Conference Tournaments
Utah State made its first appearance in the Mountain West semifinals, losing to New Mexico 83-68. All-time, USU is 43-32 in conference tournaments, making appearances in the championship game 14 times. The Aggies are 4-0 all-time in first round games, 17-20 in quarterfinal games, 14-6 in semifinal games and 8-6 in championship games.

Opening on the Road
Utah State played six of its first eight games on the road, including a stretch of five straight from Nov. 18-28. The Aggies were on the road for a total of 13 consecutive days during the five-game stretch with games at Gonzaga, Portland State and Valparaiso, and neutral-site games against Northeastern and New Hampshire in Nashville, Tenn. The six games away from Logan over the first eight are the most since the 2002-03 season.


 

 

So, We Meet Again
Utah  State  faced  three  former  Aggies  during its non-conference state when USU played UC Irvine (Elston Jones), Montana State (Konner Frey) and Utah (David Collette).

What a Season for Sam
Sophomore guard Sam Merrill finished among the leaders of single-season records following the 2017-18 season.

3-point field goals 98 (t-2nd)
Total Minutes 1,202 (4th)
3-point field goal attempts 211 (5th)
3-point field goal percentage .464 (8th)
Points 555 (24th)

What a Season for Sam - Part II
Merrill also finished among the best all-time with some notable single-game performances.

Seven 3-point field goals 6th (3 times)
7-of-8 3-point shooting 5th (@ UNM)
5-of-6 3-point shooting 10th (@BSU)

I Am Sam
Sophomore guard Sam Merrill was one of the best in the Mountain West this season, appearing among the leaders in five statistical categories in league play.

Going to Sam After the Half
Merrill was the go-to player out of the intermission for Utah State, scoring the opening basket in the second half for the Aggies in 14 of 34 games this season.

Sam Merrill Engaged
Merrill became engaged during the year to current Utah State soccer player Kanyan Ward. Ward has appeared in 36 games for the Aggies, scoring one goal and collecting four assists during her career.

Already a 3-point Leader
Merrill is already ranked among the career leaders in 3-point field goal percentage in Utah State history, sitting third in the all-time record books with a career percentage of 46.0 percent (144-of-313) from long range.

3-point National Leader
Merrill ranked No. 7 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 46.4 percent (98-of-211) this season.

Shattering 3-point Records
Utah State set the school record for 3-point field goal attempts in a season this year, totaling 870 3-point attempts this season. The previous school record was 695 attempts, set during the 2015-16 season.

Shattering 3-point Records - Part II
Utah State’s 317 3-point field goals during the year are also a school recording, besting the previous record of 257 set during the 2015-16 season.

Shattering 3-point Records - Part III
Utah State tallied a school- and Mountain West-record 43 3-point attempts at San José State on Feb. 28.

Individual 3-point Records
Individually, sophomore guards Sam Merrill and Koby McEwen attempted 211 and 203 3-point field goals to rank No. 5 and No. 7 in a single season, respectively.

Marathon Man
Sophomore guard Sam Merrill finished second in the Mountain West in minutes per game this season, averaging 35.4 per contest.

Marathon Man - Part II
Merrill is the only Aggie to have played 20 or more minutes in every game for Utah State this season. Furthermore, he has played 30 or more minutes in all but two games this season.

Batman and Batman
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen was also among the best in the Mountain West, appearing among the leaders in seven statistics in conference play.

Stat Stuffer
McEwen led Utah State in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in the same game twice this season. McEwen logged 31 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals against New Mexico on Jan. 31, and 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal at Air Force on Feb. 24.

NABC Second Team All-District 17
McEwen was named second-team all-District 17 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, marking the second consecutive year an Aggie has been named NABC all-District. Then-senior Jalen Moore earned NABC honors following the 2016-17 season.

Among Mountain West Leaders
Junior forward Quinn Taylor is among the leaders in the Mountain West in league games in a pair of statistics. Taylor is sixth in blocks per game (0.9) and eighth in offensive rebounds per game (2.5).

Strong on the Offensive Glass
Taylor has recorded multiple offensive rebounds in all but four league games this season.

Conference Sweeps
Utah State swept UNLV for the first time in school history with its 79-67 victory over the Runnin’ Rebels on March 3. The Aggies have swept at least two conference opponents every year since joining the Mountain West for the 2013-14 season.

Injury Bug Bites
Utah State was without its full arsenal of talent for 105 total man games this season. Furthermore, the Aggies have had at least three players unavailable in every game this season.

Injury Bug Bites Hard
Utah State injury woes include a trio of players who are out with season-ending injuries in junior forward Norbert Janicek (knee), redshirt freshman forward Klay Stall (back) and freshman guard Brock Miller (foot).

Aggie Closers
Utah State showed its closing ability in back-to-back games against Fresno State and UNLV. The Aggies finished regulation against the Bulldogs with a 10-0 run over the final 4:12 to force overtime and then used a 9-0 run over the final 2:01 against UNLV in Las Vegas to post an 85-78 victory.

Aggie Closers - Part II
Utah State scored 50 or more points in the second half six times this season. In all, USU has outscored its opponents 1,305-1,221 during the second half this season.

Mountain West Player of the Week
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Jan. 8, guiding the Aggies to a pair of league victories over Fresno State (81-79 OT) and UNLV (85-78) with 28-point and 21-point performances, respectively.

Mountain West Player of the Week - Again
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Feb. 5 after recording his second career double-double, leading the Aggies to an 89-80 victory over New Mexico with 31 points and 13 rebounds. McEwen also led the Aggies with six assists and a career-high three steals.

Trusting the Process
McEwen’s performance against New Mexico of 31 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals on Jan. 31, is the best line for a player in the NCAA since LSU’s Ben Simmons surpassed those totals during the 2015 season.

Rebounding Guards
McEwen led Utah State with 5.4 rebounds per game, making him the first guard to lead Utah State on the glass since Jaycee Carroll logged 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2006-07 season.

Wire-to-Wire Victories
Utah State had a pair of wire-to-wire victories this season, leading from start to finish against New Hampshire on Nov. 25, and against San José State on Dec. 27.

Starting Scorers
Utah State’s starting five accounted for more than 70 percent of the team’s total points this season, logging 1,866 of Utah State’s 2,489 points, good for 75.0 percent.

Double 20’s
Utah State had four games this season where a pair of players each scored 20 or more points in a game.

vs Utah: DeAngelo Isby (24)/Quinn Taylor (22)
Life Pacific: Dwayne Brown Jr. (24)/Koby McEwen (20)
at UNLV: Koby McEwen (21)/Sam Merrill (20)
Air Force: Sam Merrill (21)/Koby McEwen (20)

Triple 30’s
Sophomore guards Koby McEwen and Sam Merrill have both scored 30 points or more in three games this season as McEwen scored 31 points against New Mexico (1/31) and 32 against Nevada (2/17). Merrill scored 33 at New Mexico (2/14).

Back-to-Back 30’s
Merrill’s 33 points at New Mexico, followed by McEwen’s 32 against Nevada marked the first time Aggie teammates have recorded back-to-back 30-point outings since the 1993-94 season when Nathan Wickizer scored 34 points, followed by a 31-point performance by Corwin Woodard.

Opportunistic Aggies
Utah State’s 36 points off of turnovers against San José State on Dec. 27 were the most by the Aggies in a single game since joining the Mountain West.

Bench Performers
Utah State’s 57 points from the bench in the game against Utah on Dec. 9 are the most scored by the Aggies in recent history. The closest mark came on March 5, 1988, against Pacific, where the bench turned in 55 points in a 102-73 USU victory.

Protecting Victories
Utah State was 5-2 when committing single-digit turnovers.

Winning Wednesday
Utah State recorded the majority of its victories on Wednesday, collecting seven of its wins during the season on Hump Day.

League of Shadows
Utah State had 10 different players lead the team in steals during a game throughout the season.

We’re Going to Overtime
Utah State is 57-45 all-time in overtime contests, including an 81-79 overtime victory over Fresno State at home on Jan. 3.

Against the Mountain West
Utah State is 296-232 all-time against members of the Mountain West and has winning records against all but three schools.

Aggie Longevity
Senior guard Julion Pearre played in his 100th career game as an Aggie when he appeared in seven minutes of action at San Diego State on Dec. 30. Pearre is the 28th player in USU history to appear in 100 games in his career.

Rain Men
The Aggies were committed to the 3-point shot this season, taking 45.7 percent (870-of-1,904) of their overall field goal attempts from behind the arc.

Rain Men - Part II
Utah State recorded 30 or more 3-point attempts in seven games this season.

Clutch Free throws
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen sealed Utah State’s 62-59 victory over UC Irvine on Dec. 6 with a pair of free throws with five seconds on the clock. McEwen leads the Aggies from the free throw line with less than a minute to play, converting 14-of-19 from the charity stripe.

McEwen hit the front end of a one-and-one to send the game against Fresno State into overtime on Jan. 3.

Where the Points Come From
Utah State scored a total of 2,489 points this season with 44.0 percent coming from 2-point baskets (1,096), 38.2 percent coming from 3-point baskets (951), and 17.7 percent coming at the free throw line (442).

Winning Offensively
Utah State was 15-4 this season and 43-11 under head coach Tim Duryea when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

Winning Defensively
Utah State was 10-2 this season and 29-7 under head coach Tim Duryea when holding opponents to less than 69 points.

Winning at the Half
Utah State was 12-1 this season and 37-7 under head coach Tim Duryea when leading at the half.

Winning on the Glass
Utah State was 10-6 this season and 35-15 under head coach Tim Duryea when outrebounding the opposition.

Winning when Sharing the Ball
Utah State was 11-2 this season and 34-10 under head coach Tim Duryea when recording 15 or more assists in a game. Furthermore, Utah State was 12-0 under Duryea when recording 20 or more assists in a game.

Nifty 550
Sophomore guard Sam Merrill’s 550 total points are the most since Preston Medlin tallied 628 during the 2011-12 season.

Nifty 550 - Part II
Merrill’s 550 points also marked the second consecutive year that an Aggie has scored 500 or more points in a season, as Jalen Moore scored 526 points during the 2016-17 campaign.

Winning 50’s
Utah State has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 12 games this season and is 9-3 in those games.

The 80’s
Utah State scored 80 or more points in nine games this season and is 8-1 in those games.

The 90’s
Utah State has surpassed 90 points in two games this season, posting a 91-74 victory over Youngstown State and a 96-62 win over Life Pacific. Overall, USU has scored 90 or more points six times under head coach Tim Duryea and is a perfect 6-0 in those games.

Starting Five
Utah State used nine different starting lineups this season, but has used the starting lineup of Koby McEwen, Sam Merrill, Diogo Brito, Dwayne Brown Jr., and Quinn Taylor the most. That group has started a total of 12 games together, capturing the most victories of any lineup with seven.

Overcoming the Odds
Utah State’s pair of victories in the Mountain West Championships included two games overcoming double-digit deficits. In all, USU came back from double-digit deficits three times during the year. The Aggies trailed Fresno State on Jan. 3 by 10, but came back to win 81-79 in overtime. USU trailed Colorado State by 15 in the first round of the MW Championships, but came back to win 76-65. USU trailed Boise State by 13 in the MW Quarterfinals, but came away with the 78-75 win.

Jump Start to the Season
Utah State was able to have an extra 10 days of practice leading up to the 2017-18 season, preparing for a foreign tour to Italy during the month of August.

Preseason all-Mountain West
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen was named preseason all-Mountain West, the only underclassman on the list. It is the second straight year that McEwen has garnered preseason honors, being named the preseason co-freshman of the year last season.

3-Point Goggles
Utah State shot more 3-point shots in school history over the past three seasons than any other three-year stint in program history. The Aggies shot a then-school-record 695 treys during the 2015-16 season, 618 3-pointers during the 2016-17 season, and a school-record 870 3-pointers in 2017-18.

Home Grown Aggies
Utah State has four players from the state of Utah on its roster, including sophomore guard Sam Merrill (Bountiful), sophomore guard Taylor Larson (Highland), freshman guard Brock Miller (Sandy) and redshirt freshman guard Abel Porter (Farmington).

Around the World
Utah State has seven players on its roster that have served LDS Church missions, covering three states in the U.S., and four countries worldwide.

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