April 26, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball capped the 2012-13 season with a team-only dinner Thursday night to honor the 2012-13 edition of USU Aggie men's basketball that posted a 21-10 overall record, its 14th-straight season with at least 21 wins.
Utah State is just one of five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.
With its 108th season of basketball complete, Utah State has an overall record of 1,500-1,032 (.593) in its 2,531 games played. USU's win on March 9 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.
During Thursday night's dinner, USU head coach Stew Morrill recognized three players who earned weekly player of the week accolades from the Western Athletic Conference throughout the season in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Dec. 16-23), junior guard Preston Medlin (Dec. 31-Jan. 6) and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield (Feb. 4-10 and March 4-10).
Morrill also recognized Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw for their postseason WAC honors. Butterfield and Shaw were both tabbed to the second-team all-WAC lists and were both also named to the WAC's all-newcomer team.
Following the WAC honors, the Aggies also presented their team honors, as voted on by the players, with Butterfield earning the team's Best Defender award. Butterfield was also chosen for the Most Valuable Player award, which is named in honor of the late H. Cecil Baker who played at Utah State from 1923-25 and later coached at USU from 1951-61.
The team votes were a tie for the Best Represents Aggie Basketball Award between Medlin and Stone, while the Most Inspirational Award was also a tie between Clifford and junior forward Danny Berger.
The Aggies finished the year with an 11-7 league ledger in its eighth and final season in the WAC. USU will join the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, the Aggies posted a 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in their eight years in the league. Utah State leaves the league with four WAC regular-season championships in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.
Utah State won 11 WAC games this season, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.
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Utah State Team Honors H. Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player - Spencer Butterfield Most Inspirational - Ben Clifford and Danny Berger Best Defensive Player - Spencer Butterfield Best Represents Aggie Basketball - Preston Medlin and Jordan Stone
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