Aggie Men's Basketball Hosts Adams State Friday In Second Exhibition Of Season
Utah State men's basketball hosts Adams State in the Aggies' second and final exhibition of the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 1. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).

 
Utah State men's basketball hosts Adams State in the Aggies' second and final exhibition of the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 1. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
 
 

Oct. 28, 2013

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Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW) vs. Adams State (0-0, 0-0 RMAC)

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball hosts Adams State in the Aggies' second and final exhibition of the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 1. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).

• Utah State has won 12 exhibition games in a row with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007 to EA Sports, 86-81. Overall, USU is 24-5 (.828) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Utah State has an overall record of 1,500-1,032 (.593) in its 2,531 games played. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau with the Aggies' win on March 9, 2013 in their final regular-season game.

• USU is entering its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. Overall, USU posted a 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State posted a 21-10 overall record in 2012-13 and is one of just 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 was the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

• USU has won 63 of its last 72 official games (.873) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 99 of its last 109 home games (.907).

• Utah State has won 91.0 percent of its official home games (224-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 252 of their last 276 games (.913) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 518-115 (.818) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.

• USU ended the 2012-13 season ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin as part of ranking in the top 50 in three categories of the final NCAA Division I statistics. USU's +9.1 rebounding margin ranked the team third in the NCAA, and was also tops in the WAC.

• The Aggies were also 24th in the country in field goal percentage (.469). Utah State also ended 49th in assists per game (14.7), 63rd in won-lost percentage (.677) and 75th in the nation in assists-turnover ratio (1.12) during the 2012-13 season.

• Utah State returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's squad, including senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and senior center Jarred Shaw, who both earned second-team all-WAC accolades and were both named to the conference's all-newcomer team.

THIS WEEK
Utah State men's basketball (0-0, 0-0 MW) hosts Adams State (0-0, 0-0 RMAC) in USU's second and final exhibition of the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). There is no television for Friday's game, but it will be streamed live through the Aggie Digital Network on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, and audio streamed on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State officially opens the season hosting Pac-12 opponent USC on Friday, Nov. 8 in a 7 p.m. tip-off.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

ON TV
Friday's game will not be televised.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Select Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just 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 was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

The 2013-14 edition of Aggie men's basketball will be veteran-led with four seniors returning in guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, guards Preston Medlin and TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw. A fifth senior, forward Sean Harris, is still recovering from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season, and his progress continues entering the year.

Harris' absence from active playing time last season was part of 88 total games lost due to injuries, as junior forward Danny Berger collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest. Medlin suffered a season-ending wrist injury on Jan. 17 and USU's lone senior last season, forward Kyisean Reed, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the same game, while Butterfield missed a game and a half with a hip injury. Those 88 games missed were the second-most in the country behind IUPUI, who finished its season with 125 games missed due to injuries and just ahead of North Texas, who had 82 games missed due to injury. IUPUI finished the season with a 6-26 record, while North Texas ended with a 12-20 record.

Prior to his injury, Medlin was leading USU in scoring at 16.3 ppg, as well as leading the team in three-point shooting at 39.3 percent (33-of-84), averaging 2.06 treys per game, while also leading the WAC in minutes played at 36.06 mpg. Medlin was also shooting 47.4 percent from the field (82-of-173) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (63-of-77). He also snared 3.5 rebounds per game and dished out 3.2 assists per game, while swiping 1.0 steals per contest.

A first-team all-WAC selection in 2012, Medlin enters his senior season ranking fifth all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 41.3 percent. He also ranks seventh all-time at USU in both three-point field goals made (143) and attempted (346). Medlin needs just 30 points to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and would become the 36th player in USU history to do so. He has posted 45 career double-figure scoring games, 19 career 20-point games and one career 30-point game.

Guard Spencer Butterfield and center Jarred Shaw were both named second-team all-WAC as well as to the WAC all-Newcomer Team in 2012-13.

Stepping into Berger's starting spot, Butterfield averaged 14.1 points per game as a starter after averaging 5.0 points per game in the first five games of the season off the bench, finishing with a season-average of 12.2 points per game. He also posted a total of seven double-doubles on the season, including a stretch of five in a row. One of his double-doubles came in the form of 20 rebounds and 10 points. Butterfield's 20 boards was the most by a USU player since 1997 and was the most in the WAC last season, as well as tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA last year. At 6-3, Butterfield was the shortest player on the 19-player list with 20 or more rebounds, and he was just one of four guards on the list.

Butterfield made 49.8 percent of his shots from the field (120-of-241) a year ago, netting 42.5 percent behind the arc (48-of-113) and 83.5 percent at the charity stripe (66-of-79), which led the WAC, one of eight categories that he was in the top 13 among overall league leaders.

Shaw led the team and ranked sixth in the WAC with 14.2 points per game, while also averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, also leading the team in addition to ranking third in the league and 71st in the nation. He posted a 53.9 percent field goal percentage (179-of-332), ranking fourth in the conference and 50th in the NCAA. Shaw was also 81st in the country in double-doubles with nine. At the free throw line, Shaw averaged 72.3 percent (81-of-112). Defensively, Shaw averaged 0.97 blocks per game.

With a final season average of 8.4 rebounds per game (261 rebounds in 31 games) in 2012-13, Shaw registered the highest single-season rebounding mark since Eric Franson in 1995-96 with 8.5 rebounds per game (282 rebounds in 33 games).

ABOUT ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY
Adams State University in an NCAA Division II located in Alamosa, Colo., which is located in south central Colorado, roughly 220 miles southwest of Denver. ASU was founded in 1921, and has an overall enrollment of approximately 2,500. Adams State's athletics teams compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Head coach Louis Wilson (William Jewell, `92) is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Grizzlies' program, coming off a 20-10 overall and 16-6 RMAC record last season, finishing second in the RMAC to national champion runner-up Metro State. Last year's historic season also included Adams State's first national ranking in program history. For the third time in ASU's history, the Grizzlies qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament, falling in the first round to Fort Lewis. The Grizzlies return two players from last season. Wilson has a 59-27 (.686) record in his three seasons at Adams State.

SCOUTING ADAMS STATE
Friday is ASU's first action of the 2013-14 season. The Grizzlies have two returning players from last season, both of whom lettered. Senior forward Bruno Machado averaged 2.3 points and 2.7 rebounds last season in playing 29 games and making two starts. Machado shot 50.0 percent (22-of-44) from the field, as well as 62.9 percent (22-of-35) at the free throw line. Junior guard Justin Kauffman averaged 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Kauffman played in 29 games, making five starts, while shooting 36.5 percent (54-of-148) from the field, while making 36.1 percent (44-of-122) from three-point range. He also shot 86.4 percent (38-of-44) at the free throw line.

Among the Grizzlies' 15 newcomers is junior guard Kenny Morgan, who was a two-time all-Foothill Conference honoree at Chaffey College, averaging 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game last season as a sophomore. Another newcomer is junior guard Mikey Hope, who joined the Grizzlies from North Idaho Junior College, where he averaged 12.6 point per game in shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range.

USU LAST TIME OUT - USU BEGINS EXHIBITION PLAY BY DEFEATING CENTRAL METHODIST, 108-88, FRIDAY
Senior guard Preston Medlin led five Utah State players in double-figure scoring with 22 points as USU defeated Central Methodist, 108-88, in the Aggies' first exhibition game of the preseason at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Friday night. Medlin, who missed the final 15 games of the 2012-13 season with a broken wrist, finished the night shooting 9-of-15 from the field, 2-of-7 from three-point range and 2-for-5 at the free throw line in just 24 minutes of action, to go along with a game-high six assists and no turnovers. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 20 points for Utah State, hitting 4-of-4 behind the three-point arc, while senior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Junior forward Danny Berger added 10 points off the bench in his first action since late November of 2012 after collapsing in practice on Dec. 4 and going into full cardiac arrest. Freshman forward Jalen Moore also scored 10 points off the bench as USU had a dominating 42-16 scoring advantage by its reserves. Central Methodist, an NAIA school from Fayette, Mo., was led by Melvin Tillman's game-high 28 points as the Eagles had four players score in double-figures. Tillman was an honorable mention All-American for CMU last season. Utah State finished the game shooting 63.8 percent overall (44-of-69), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (10-of-20) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (10-of-15). Central Methodist shot 56.3 percent in the game (27-of-48), including 61.9 percent from behind the arc (13-of-21) and 61.8 percent at the charity stripe (21-of-34). Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Central Methodist by 16 (36-20). USU also had 11 more assists (25-14), three more blocks (4-1) and two more steals (6-4), while CMU committing two more turnovers (12-10). Utah State never trailed in the game and opened its first double-digit lead with 9:06 to play in the opening half on a layup by sophomore forward Kyle Davis to make the score 26-15. USU increased its lead to 31-15 as part of an 11-0 run that began with a Moore layup and ended with a Davis layup with 7:56 to play in the half, before CMU answered with an 11-4 run to get within 35-26 at the 5:32 mark. The Aggies then closed the half on a 23-13 run to take a 58-39 lead into the locker room at halftime. Medlin had nine first-half points and Shaw added eight more as Utah State shot a blistering 74.2 percent from the field (23-31) and 62.5 percent from three-point range (5-8), while also going 7-for-7 at the charity stripe. CMU shot 48.0 percent in the first half (12-25), including 6-of-11 (.545) from three and 9-for-19 (.474) at the line. Utah State continued to extend its lead in the second half as a dunk by Moore gave the home team its largest lead of the game at 80-49 with 14:15 to play, and the Eagles never got closer than 16 points the rest of the night as USU coasted to the 20-point win. In the second-half, USU shot 55.3 percent overall (21-of-38), while CMU shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) including converting 7-of-10 (.700) three-pointers.

POST-GAME NOTES - USU vs. ADAMS STATE
TEAM NOTES
* Utah State has won its last 12 exhibition games, with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007 to EA Sports, 86-81... USU is now 24-5 (.828) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill.

*Utah State scored 108 points Friday, scoring 58 points in the first half and 50 points in the second half... Last season's top team scoring outing was 86 points, while their most points scored in the first half was 43 vs. Nicholls State (12/20/12) and their most second half points was 50, at Texas State (12/31/12).

* USU shot 44-of-69 (63.8 percent) from the field... Last year's top team marks were 35 field goals, vs. Western Oregon (12/8/12), 65 field goal attempts, vs. Idaho (1/5/12) and 62.2 percent (28-of-45) at UTSA (12/29/12).

PLAYER NOTES
* All 12 players that were in uniform for Friday's game saw action.

* All 12 scored at least three points with five players in double-digits.

* Two Aggie players made significant returns to action Friday, in senior guard Preston Medlin and junior forward Danny Berger after missing time last season. Berger had not played since late November, after collapsing in practice on Dec. 4 and going into full cardiac arrest. Medlin had not played since mid-January, missing the last 15 games of the season due to a broken wrist.

* Medlin led USU with 22 points, dishing out six assists... Medlin's official season-highs from last year when he played in 16 games were 25 points and six assists... His career highs are 32 points and eight assists.

* Five Aggies made their USU debuts Friday night, including senior forward Sean Harris, who missed last season with a knee injury, tallying fourth points to go with three rebounds. Also seeing the first time on the court for the Aggies were four newcomers in sophomore forward Kyle Davis, who started and posted six points, four points, one steal and one assist. Freshman forward Jalen Moore netted 10 points to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman guard JoJo McGlaston logged seven points and one rebound, while fellow freshman guard Viko Noma'aea notched three points and one assist.

* Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield netted 20 points, hitting 4-of-4 three-pointers... Butterfield's official season and career-highs from last season were 23 points and four three-pointers.

* Freshman forward Jalen Moore had a game-high two dunks Friday night, while sophomore forward Kyle Davis had one.

LOOKING BACK AT UTAH STATE'S 2012-13 EXHIBITION GAMES
VERSUS GRAND CANYON - Oct. 26, 2012
Behind 16 points from junior guard Preston Medlin and 15 points from junior center Jarred Shaw, Utah State men's basketball grounded Grand Canyon, 76-44, in an exhibition game to open the 2012-13 season. USU has won its last 10 exhibition games in a row, with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007 to EA Sports, 86-81. The Aggies also improved to 22-5 (.815) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill. Friday marked the second time in three years that USU has hosted Grand Canyon in an exhibition game, as the Aggies also hosted the Antelopes on Nov. 5, 2010, winning 76-46. Medlin netted 13 of his game-high 16 points in the first half and finished the night 4-of-7 field goal shooting, including hitting both three-point attempts, and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He was one of five USU players who were perfect at the free throw line, as the Aggies shot 23-of-25 (92.0 percent) from the charity stripe. USU shot 44.4 percent (25-of-54) from the field, including 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) behind the arc. Shaw made his first seven free throws before missing his eighth, finishing 7-of-8 from the line, while adding 4-of-8 field goals for his 15 points. He also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, including six on the offensive glass as USU out-rebounded GCU, 43-26. All 12 Aggie players that were in uniform for Friday's game saw action, including seven newcomers. Of the 12, a total of 11 players scored, and seven of them scored six or more points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points as did junior guard TeNale Roland in his first action in a USU uniform, also snaring six rebounds. The Antelopes were led by Barret Robbins with eight points off the bench, while Camyn Boone added six points. Five different GCU players snared three rebounds apiece. GCU made 28.8 percent (15-of-52) of its field goals, hitting 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from three-point range and were 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) at the charity stripe. USU opened the game on an 8-0 run, as GCU did not score until over five minutes into the contest. The Aggie advantage reached double digits at 17-6 with 11:29 on the clock after a bucket by sophomore center Jordan Stone, and grew to 23-9 with 8:23 to go after a fast-break layup by junior forward Marvin Jean, as the junior college transfer finished with four points in his Aggie debut. The Antelopes trimmed the gap to 23-14 at the 7:02 mark on a layup by Killian Larson, but that was the last time the gap was single digits as the Aggies opened up a 36-22 lead at the break after a pair of Clifford free throws. Medlin's only three points of the second half came from the right wing with 15:01 to go that gave USU its first 20-point lead at 51-29 and the Aggies coasted to the exhibition win, getting several reserves playing time as six players played 20 or more minutes. The USU lead hit 30 for the first time at 62-31 with 9:32 remaining after a layup by Jean and an old-fashioned three-point play by Stone gave the Aggies their largest lead of the night at 72-33 with 5:10 to go.

VERSUS SIMON FRASER - Nov. 3, 2012
Junior guard Preston Medlin led a quartet of double-figure scores with a game-high 18 points as Utah State routed Simon Fraser, 92-56, in the Aggies' final exhibition game of the preseason. Medlin finished the night shooting 6-of-10 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line in just 24 minutes of action, to go along with four assists. Junior center Jarred Shaw added 12 points for Utah State, while senior forward Kyisean Reed and junior forward Marvin Jean each had 11. Reed also had a game-high seven rebounds, while junior point guard TeNale Roland finished the night with nine points, three steals and a game-high nine assists with just one turnover in 26 minutes. Simon Fraser, who lost at Utah, 71-36, Friday night, was led by Anto Olah's 13 points while Matt Raivio had 12 points. Utah State finished the game shooting 60.0 percent overall (33-55), including 50.0 percent from three-point range(8-16) and 64.3 percent at the free throw line (18-28). Simon Fraser shot just 32.8 percent in the game (20-61), including just 29.4 percent from behind the arc (7-24) and 64.3 percent at the charity stripe (9-14). Utah State also dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Simon Fraser by 20 (45-25). USU also had five more assists (19-14), four more blocks (4-0) and three more steals (9-6), while committing two more turnovers (15-13). Utah State opened the game by making nine of its first 11 shots in building a 20-11 advantage just six minutes into the game. Three of those nine made field goals were dunks by Reed who led USU with 40 a year ago. USU's lead swelled to 14 at 33-19 with 6:58 to play in the half on a three-pointer by Jean and the Aggies then closed the half on a 12-4 run to lead 47-28 at intermission. Medlin and Reed each had 10 points in the first half for Utah State as it shot a blistering 70.4 percent from the field (19-27) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (4-of-7), while also going 5-of-8 (.625) at the charity stripe. Utah State continued to extend its lead in the second half as a layup by sophomore center Jordan Stone gave the home team its first 30-point margin of the game at 66-36 with 13:55 to play, and the Aggies took its largest lead of the night by doubling up the Clan, 86-43, with 5:43 remaining following a Stone free throw.

OTHER USU RETURNERS NOTES
Junior forward Danny Berger was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game at the time of his medical situation, as well as averaging just shy of one three-pointer per game. He shot 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12).

Senior guard TeNale Roland averaged 6.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game a year ago. He shot 38.9 percent from the field (65-of-167), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (32-of-88), and also shot 66.7 percent at the free throw line (28-of-42).

Roland saved his best games for the last two games of the season, posting a then-season high 14 points, which all came in the second half, in the Aggies' regular-season finale and then netted a career-high 16 points in USU's WAC Tournament loss. Those were two of his five double-digit postings in the last six games of the year, after only posting double-digits in two of the previous 25 games. Roland averaged 8.4 points per game on the road, compared to averaging 4.5 points per game at home.

Other Aggie returners include sophomore point guard Marcel Davis, along with the junior tandem of forward Ben Clifford and center Jordan Stone.

Davis came off bench in the first six games of season before starting the remaining 25 games of the year. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, leading the team in assists with 103 helpers (3.3 apg). He shot 40.4 percent from the field (76-of-188), including 28.4 percent behind the arc (19-of-67), as well as netting 65.8 percent at the free throw line (50-of-76).

Davis had a breakout game against Western Oregon (12/8) with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first treys of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game. The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie during the season at the time and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008.

Clifford gained valuable playing time and experience while filling in for departed senior forward Kyisean Reed, and averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, as well as posting 0.68 blocks per contest. Clifford logged a 47.8 percent field goal shooting percentage (54-of-113), netting 32.3 percent from three-point range (10-of-31) as well as a team-leading 83.6 percent at the free throw line (51-of-61).

Clifford set or tied a new career-high of some sort in six of the last 13 games of the season, including posting a new career-high for points in two of those games. After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, Clifford had at least one blocked shot in 10 of the last 14 games, with 18 total in that span, including seven combined in the last two regular-season games.

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of seven newcomers, with one sophomore and six freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The six freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore, center Carson Shanks, and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

Shanks comes to USU from Prior Lake, Minn., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Prior Lake High School. Shanks was a two-time all-conference honoree, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game as a senior, ranking as the third-ranked prospect in the state of Minnesota.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU PICKED FIFTH IN MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
Utah State men's basketball has been picked fifth in the 2013-14 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll, as selected by a voting panel comprised of Conference media.

Defending Mountain West regular-season and tournament champion New Mexico is the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the MW men's basketball regular-season title again in 2013-14. The Lobos received 23 of 24 first-place votes and 263 points to garner the top spot in the poll. UNLV claimed the remaining first-place vote and 214 points to tie with Boise State at the second spot, while San Diego State garnered 212 points for the No. 4 spot.

Mountain West newcomer Utah State collected 156 points for fifth, followed by Colorado State in sixth (142 points) and Wyoming (112 points) in seventh. Rounding out the poll were Fresno State (96 points) in eighth, Nevada (84 points) in ninth, Air Force (61 points) in 10th and MW newcomer San José State (30 points) in 11th.

The MW also announced a Preseason all-Mountain West team, and due to a tie in the balloting, six players were chosen, led by Preseason Player of the Year, New Mexico senior guard Kendall Williams. Also on the preseason team was New Mexico junior center Alex Kirk, along with Boise State junior guards Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, as well as Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton and UNLV junior forward Khem Birch.

San Diego State senior forward Josh Davis garnered Preseason Newcomer of the Year accolades, while UNLV guard Kendall Smith was tabbed as the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Last season, the Mountain West sent a league-record five teams to the NCAA Tournament, and the league was ranked as the number one RPI conference in the country. With five of its nine teams earning bids to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Mountain West had the highest percentage at 56 percent of its teams included in the Big Dance of any of the 31 conferences. The Mountain West was also one of six conferences with five or more teams participating in March Madness in 2013.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is entering his 28th-year as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 584-267 (.686) record in his 27 years. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 465-253 (.648) in 22 seasons as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 428-267 (.616) overall record, also in 22 seasons, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference 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 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just 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.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew 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.

USU MEN'S BASKETBALL THIRD IN NATION IN REBOUNDING MARGIN
Utah State men's basketball ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin last season as part of ranking in the top 50 in three categories of the final NCAA Division I statistics,

USU's +9.1 rebounding margin ranked the team third in the NCAA, and was also tops in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies' rebounding margin was helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, as part of 27 times overall. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent in 2012-13.

The Aggies were also 24th in the country in field goal percentage (.469). Utah State also ended 49th in assists per game (14.7), 63rd in won-lost percentage (.677) and 75th in the nation in assists-turnover ratio (1.12).

SHAW LONE USU INDIVIDUAL IN TOP 100 OF NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw was ranked 50th in field goal percentage (.539), as well as 71st in rebounds per game (8.4) and 81st in double-doubles (9.0).

USU LED WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
In addition to rebounding margin (+9.1), the Aggies were also tops in the WAC statistics in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 28.4 rebounds per game.

USU was also second in the league in free throw percentage (.723) and field goal percentage (.469), as well as assists (14.68) and assist-turnover ratio (1.11), while ranking third in scoring (68.8), scoring margin (+5.3) and three-point field goal percentage (.356). The Aggies were also fourth in blocks (4.03), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (63.6), field goal percentage defense (.412) and rebounds (37.5), in addition to seventh in three-point field goal percentage defense (.337) and ninth in steals (4.84).

AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In WAC only games, USU ended league play ranked first in rebounding margin (+8.5) and rebounding defense (28.4), while ranking second in scoring defense (62.2), rebounds (37.6) and free throw percentage (.739). The Aggies were also third in assists (13.22) and assist-turnover ratio (1.02), while ranking fourth in scoring margin (+4.2), field goal percentage (.446), three-point field goal percentage (.347) and blocks (3.83). USU was also fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.339), sixth in scoring (66.4) and field goal percentage defense (.413) and ninth in steals (4.50).

BUTTERFIELD LED WAC IN FT PERCENTAGE; UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Guard/forward Spencer Butterfield led the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.835) and league only games (.837). Butterfield ranked 11th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.2), while ranking ninth in league games (13.3). He also was fourth in the conference in overall three-point field goal percentage (.425), while ranking sixth in conference games (.408), in addition to being eighth in overall three-pointers made (1.66) and 10th in WAC only games (1.71). Butterfield ranked sixth in field goal percentage overall (.498) and ninth in league games (.497), as well as ninth in rebounds overall (6.6) and sixth in league contests (7.6), in addition to standing 13th in the WAC overall in assists (2.66) and 10th in WAC only (3.18). Finally, he was eighth in assist-turnover ration in WAC only games (1.69), while ranking ninth in league only games for minutes played (32.53).

Center Jarred Shaw was fourth in overall field goal percentage (.539), while ranking sixth in conference only games (.528), as well as sixth in overall scoring (14.2) and seventh in league games (14.3). He also ranked third in the league in rebounding overall (8.4) and third in conference games (8.1), including ranking second in defensive rebounds both overall (6.19) and WAC only games (6.00). Additionally, Shaw was ninth in overall blocks (0.97) and 11th in conference games (0.83).

Guard Marcel Davis was sixth in the WAC in assist-turnover ratio overall (1.51) and 11th in league only (1.48). He also was seventh in overall assists (3.32) and fifth in league games (3.8).

Forward Ben Clifford ranked ninth in WAC only games in blocks per game (0.94) and 12th in all games in blocks (0.68) Junior guard TeNale Roland was ninth in overall three-point field goal percentage (.364) and 15th in WAC only games (.364).

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State finished the 2012-13 season ... 18-0 when leading at halftime; 1-9 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 18-3 when shooting better from the field; 3-7 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 14-4 when shooting better from three-point range; 7-6 when shooting worse from three-point range; 16-5 when shooting better from the free throw line; 18-9 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 16-8 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 17-3 when having more assists; 15-4 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State was 18-0 during the 2012-13 season when leading at half and has won 84 of its last 86 games (.977) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 291-25 (.921) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State was 1-9 (.100) this year and 47-84 (.359) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies were 2-1 this season when tied at the break.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 229 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.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU was 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 91 of its last 97 games (.938), when reaching 70 points and is 233-31 (.883) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 7-1 this season and has won 120 of its last 126 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 185-16 (.920) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

AGGIES OK IN OT
USU was 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won seven of its last nine extra session games and Utah State is 54-41 (.569) all-time in overtime games.

80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State made 80.0 percent or better in 10 games last season, going 7-3 when doing so. The Aggies shot over 80 percent in three of their last four regular-season games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on March 9 against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
USU finished the season ranked third in the NCAA and tops in the WAC for rebounding margin at +9.1. The Aggies' rebounding margin is helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, going 7-8 over those 15 games. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent.

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the 27 games that USU out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies had a double-digit rebounding edge 16 times, including the first seven games of the season as well as each of the last two regular-season games. Utah State was 12-4 (.750) this season when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 347-112 (.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.

AGGIES TO FACE FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 30, as well as hosting in-state foes Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 14, while playing at fellow Beehive State opponent Weber State on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2013-14 roster, marking the second year in a row for seven newcomers, after not having that many newcomers on the roster since 2008-09

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
Senior guard Preston Medlin enters the 2013-14 season just 30 points away from being the answer to the Jeopardy question, who is the recent member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club, as Medlin currently has 970 career points. He has played in 75 career games, for a 12.9 career points per game career average. Medlin would become the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is at No. 33 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range (143-346) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 134, passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to tie for No. 8 with 340.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 366-129 (.739) at USU.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Jeff Jackson (Furman)
Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)
Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 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.

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for the award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is entering his 28th-year as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 584-267 (.686) record in his 27 years. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 465-253 (.648) in 22 seasons as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 428-267 (.616) overall record, also in 22 seasons, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 122-64 (.656) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force	       14-2
vs. Boise State	       24-10
vs. Colorado State	1-2
vs. Fresno State       16-12
vs. Nevada	       21-14
vs. New Mexico	        3-9
vs. San Diego State    11-2
vs. San José State     22-1
vs. UNLV	        3-2
vs. Wyoming	        7-10
Total	              122-64

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