Aggie Men's Basketball Hosts Simon Fraser Saturday In Second Exhibition Of Season
Junior forward Danny Berger and Utah State men's basketball will host Simon Fraser in the Aggies' second exhibition game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Saturday is USU's first meeting with Simon Fraser since the 1999-2000 season-opener, won by USU, 78-57. The Aggies and the Clan have met a total of six times, meeting once a November from 1994-99.

 
Junior forward Danny Berger and Utah State men's basketball will host Simon Fraser in the Aggies' second exhibition game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Saturday is USU's first meeting with Simon Fraser since the 1999-2000 season-opener, won by USU, 78-57. The Aggies and the Clan have met a total of six times, meeting once a November from 1994-99.
 
 

Oct. 29, 2012

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Utah State (0-0) vs. Simon Fraser (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) • Aggie Sports Network

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State will host Simon Fraser in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The Aggies enter this season with an overall record of 1,479-1,022 (.591).

• Utah State has won 10 exhibition games in a row with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007 to EA Sports, 86-81. Overall, USU is 22-5 (.815) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Saturday is USU's first meeting with Simon Fraser since the 1999-2000 season-opener, won by USU, 78-57. The Aggies and the Clan have met a total of six times, meeting once a November from 1994-99.

• For the past 42 years, Utah State has called the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum home and has won 82 percent of its games in the building with an impressive 504-111 (.821) record, including a 210-18 (.920) mark under Morrill.

• Utah State returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004).

• Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years.

• USU returns two players who earned WAC honors last season in junior guard Preston Medlin who earned first-team honors as well as senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to the league's all-newcomer team.

• USU junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and senior forward Kyisean Reed was named to the Preseason second-team all-WAC list, as USU was picked first in the WAC's Preseason Media Poll while being tabbed second in the Coaches' Poll.

THIS WEEK
Utah State (0-0) hosts Simon Fraser (0-0) in the Aggies' second exhibition of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. There is no television for Saturday's game, but it will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Saturday's game is also the nightcap to a day-night, outside-inside doubleheader with USU football, which hosts Texas State on Saturday afternoon.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU will officially tip-off the 2012-13 season by hosting border-foe Idaho State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, in the Aggies' first of four-straight home games to open the season.

ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004).

Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.

Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard in Medlin who started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. Medlin, who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156).

As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.

Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference.

After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.

UTAH STATE LOSES TWO STARTERS AND FIVE LETTERWINNERS FROM 2012 CIT RUNNER-UP TEAM
Utah State lost two starters in guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim and three other letterwinners (forward Mitch Bruneel, guard E.J. Farris and guard Adam Thoseby) from last year's CollegeInsiders.com Tournament runner-up team. Pane was a two-time WAC honoree and was MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 and 3.0 rebounds per game in playing all 37 games last season. Grim averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in starting all 37 contests a year ago. USU also lost 2011 starter, forward Brady Jardine, who played in only three games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a career-ending foot injury. Jardine averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games played last season.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.

USU MEN'S BASKETBALL TABBED FIRST BY MEDIA, SECOND BY COACHES IN WAC PRESEASON POLLS
Entering its eighth and final year in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State men's basketball was tabbed to finish first in the league by the conference's media, while the coaches have picked the Aggies second, as the WAC's preseason polls were announced on Oct. 24 by the conference office. This is the fourth year in a row that Utah State has been picked first by at least one of the voting groups, being tabbed first by the media last year, along with being selected first by both groups in 2010-11 and 2009-10. The Aggies were selected as the preseason favorites by the media, receiving 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first-place votes. In the coaches' poll, NMSU edged USU by one point, with New Mexico State collecting five first-place votes and 77 points while Utah State also garnered five first-place votes and 76 points. In the media poll, Denver earned 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in 10th. Denver also took third in the coaches poll with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and 10th, respectively.

MEDLIN NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF YEAR BY BOTH MEDIA AND COACHES
Junior guard Preston Medlin was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches and was named to the first-team preseason all-WAC teams by both. It is also the fifth time in the last six years that an Aggie has been chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year, as Medlin joins former teammates Brockeith Pane last year and Tai Wesley in 2010-11, as well as Gary Wilkinson in 2008-09 and Jaycee Carroll in 2007-08.

SHAW NAMED PRESEASON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR BY THE LEAGUE'S MEDIA
Junior center Jarred Shaw was also chosen as the preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league's media. Shaw's preseason recognition marks the second time in the last three years that USU has had the Preseason Newcomer of the Year as Pane was chosen for the honor in 2010-11.

REED GARNERS PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY CONFERENCE'S COACHES
The conference's coaches also selected a second-team preseason all-WAC list, which included Aggie senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to last year's all-newcomer team.

MORRILL, MEDLIN, BERGER AND REED EARN PRESEASON RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill was named the collegesportsmadness.com WAC Coach of the Year and was joined on the publication's honor list by junior guard Preston Medlin on the preseason first-team all-WAC list, while junior forward Danny Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed were on the third-team list. Collegesportsmadness.com also predicted that USU will win the WAC as it has the Aggies in their preseason NCAA Tournament bracket.

AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.

UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
USU has won 49 of its last 54 games in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season 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 85 of its last 91 home games.

Utah State has won 92 percent of its home games (210-98) under head coach Stew Morrill and have registered a 504-111 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 238 of their last 258 games (.922) in the Spectrum, including 121 of their last 131 (.924) home games against league competition, including 46 of its last 49.

THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.

EIGHT AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has eight newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU also had eight newcomers.

AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).

USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19)... USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2)... The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:

California - 4
vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15
at Santa Clara - Nov. 28
vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21
San Jose State - Jan. 11

Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14

Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31

Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22

Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16

Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8

Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2

Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15

Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2

ABOUT SIMON FRASER
Simon Fraser University is a Division II school in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, that was approved as the NCAA's first international member in August, 2012. SFU is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), the same conference as another USU opponent, Western Oregon, who visits the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Dec. 8.

SCOUTING SIMON FRASER
The Clan was picked 10th in the Preseason GNAC Coaches' Poll. SFU returns five lettermen including two starters from last season's 8-18 squad that finished ninth in the GNAC with a 3-15 league mark. Senior guard Matt Raivio is the top returner and the only returner averaging double-digits scoring, averaging 11.6 points, to go with 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game last year in only 10 games of action, making 19-of-52 (36.5 percent) from three-point range. Junior forward Ibrahim Appiah is the other returning starter, averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game last year, making 47.2 percent (42-of-89) from the field as well as 75.0 percent (30-of-40) at the free throw line. Other returners including sophomre guard John Bantock, who averaged 7.0 points per game, hitting 44-of-127 (34.6 percent) from three-point range, as well as sophomore guard Daniel Deflorimonte, who posted 5.8 points and 2.1 rebounds last year, and junior guard Chris Evans, who tallied 1.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest. Simon Fraser added three transfers including two from Division I programs, junior forward David Gebru (6-9, Jr., Seattle, WA) from Western Illinois and forward Milos Milosevic (6-7, Sr., Montenegro) from Valparaiso. Gebru played in 30 games at Western Illinois, averaging 2.2 points, while Milosevic played in 17 games at Valparaiso in the 2009-10 season, netting 1.1 points per game. SFU also added guard Elijah Matthews (6-1, Jr., Washington, DC) from Pfeifer. Matthews averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds and connected on 52-of-135 three-pointers (39.5 percent) at the Division II school. Simon Fraser head coach James Blake is in his third year at the head of the Clan, having posted an 11-39 record.

VERSUS SIMON FRASER
The Aggies and Clan have faced each other six times in the regular-season, playing once a November from 1994-99, mostly during the second or third week of the month, as Saturday's Nov. 3 date is the earliest meeting. USU has outscored SFU, 492-361, for an average of 82.0-60.2, in the six previous official meetings.

USU LAST TIME OUT - AGGIE MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS 2012-13 SEASON BY ROPING ANTELOPES IN 76-44 EXHIBITION WIN FRIDAY
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, Friday night 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.

LOOKING BACK AT UTAH STATE'S 2011-12 EXHIBITION GAMES
VERSUS UC SAN DIEGO - Oct. 28, 2011 Senior point guard Brockeith Pane led four Utah State players in double-figures with 12 points and senior forward Brady Jardine added 11 points and a game-best seven rebounds in an easy 74-42 exhibition win against Division II UC San Diego inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Oct. 28, 2011. Pane was 5-of-11 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line, while Jardine made 5-of-7 shots, but was just 1-of-5 at the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting including hitting both of his three-point attempts, and freshman guard Adam Thoseby scored 10 points off the bench as he was 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. MacKen McCullough, son of former Aggie Michael McCullough (1981-84) led UC San Diego with 13 points off the bench. Utah State scored the first 11 points of the game and had its first 20-point margin with 7:42 left in the half following a three-pointer from Thoseby. USU extended its lead to 27 on a layup by Jardine with 1:42 to play in the half before UC San Diego hit back-to-back three-pointers to make the score 38-17 at the half. Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field (15-30) in the first 20 minutes including 5-of-8 (.625) from three-point range and 3-of-6 (.500) from the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies held UC San Diego to just 26.9 percent shooting at intermission (7-26) including just 27.3 percent from behind the arc (3-11). UC San Diego scored the first basket of the second-half to trim its deficit to 19, but Utah State scored the next 15 points to push its lead to 34 at 53-19 with 14:53 to play following a three-point from Pane. The Aggies took its largest lead of the game at the 6:53 mark on a jumper by Medlin to make the score 65-27 and coasted from there to the 32-point win. Utah State finished the game by shooting 53.6 percent from the field (30-56), including 58.3 percent from three-point range (7-12), but made just 7-of-20 (.350) free throws. UC San Diego shot just 30.6 percent (15-49) overall, including 35.3 percent from three (6-17) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (6-10). Utah State also out-rebounded UCSD, 35-33, while posting 13 assists, eight turnovers, four blocks and 10 steals. The Tritons finished with 10 assists, 21 turnovers and two steals.

VERSUS ADAMS STATE - Nov. 5, 2011 Senior forward Brady Jardine had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Utah State used a solid second-half effort in its 73-63 exhibition win against Division II Adams State on the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2011 inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Tied 29-29, Utah State began the second-half on a 10-0 run to go ahead 39-29 with 14:25 to play following a pair of free throws from freshman guard Steven Thornton. USU increased its lead to 15 at 53-38 with 6:40 remaining following a layup from senior forward Morgan Grim and the Aggies took its largest lead of the night at 59-41 with 4:28 left in the game following a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Adams State, who got 18 points and nine rebounds from Kaimyn Pruitt, scored eight of the final 11 points in the last 60 seconds to make the final score 73-63. Delray Wilson added 14 points for the Grizzlies. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane finished with 12 points, four assists and two steals for Utah State as he was 5-of-11 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line, and Grim had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with three rebounds. Thornton added six points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Medlin and junior guard E.J. Farris each scored eight points. Jardine, who was 6-of-10 from the field and 1-for-3 at the free throw line, added two blocked shots, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes. Utah State finished the game shooting 45.0 percent from the field (27-60) and 70.4 percent at the free throw line (19-27), but was 0-of-8 from three-point range. Adams State shot 43.1 percent (25-58), including 62.5 percent at the free throw line (10-16), but was just 3-of-16 (.188) from behind the arc. Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded the Grizzlies by 11 (43-32), including a 16-10 advantage on the offensive end. Adams State did finish the game with three more assists (15-12) and three more steals (12-9), while USU had four fewer turnovers (21-17). Utah State scored the first six points of the game and later led 16-10 before Adams State went on a 9-0 run for a 19-16 advantage. USU regained the lead at 22-21 following a Pane jumper and got a late basket from sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel to tie the contest heading into halftime. Utah State shot 40.6 percent (13-32) in the first 20 minutes as compared to 44.8 percent shooting (13-29) by Adams State. Jardine led USU with nine points and nine rebounds at intermission, while Thornton had four points and eight boards.

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).

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
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.

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.

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).

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).

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'S RETURNING PLAYERS IN THE WAC STATISTICS
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). 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).

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.

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 last year appeared to be 70, as in 70 points. On the season, Utah State was 15-3 when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored 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 last year and has won 113 of its last 118 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 178-15 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED IN A SINGLE SEASON WITH 37
Utah State set a single-season school record last 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 last 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 finished the 2011-12 season winning eight of its last 11 games after winning just 13 of its first 26 games.

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 RETURNING PLAYER NOTES
#1 Ben Clifford - SO - F - Played in 36 games, starting four, during his freshman season... Finished the season averaging 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (58-114), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 72.9 percent at the free throw line (35-48)... Ranked 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.47)... Played an average of 16.8 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures three times during the season including a career-high 12 points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line... Recorded a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount (3/21) in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Blocked a career-high four shots against Hawai'i (1/26)... Played a career-high 37 minutes at Idaho State in his first career start as he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds... Led the team in rebounding five times during the season and had five or more boards in 13 games on the year... Earned academic all-WAC honors.

#12 Danny Berger - JR - G - Started 25 of the final 31 games of the season after sitting out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt... Finished the year averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.35 assists per game, while shooting 37.2 percent from the field (64-172), 36.7 percent from three-point range (36-98), and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (40-52)... Played an average of 25.8 minutes per game... Ranked 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting and 13th in assists... Scored in double-figures 10 times during the season including a career-high tying 17 points against Oakland (3/25) in the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Was 5-of-6 from behind the arc against Oakland tying Utah State's single-game postseason record for three-pointers made... That shooting percentage from three against OU (.833) is also tied for the ninth-best single-game performance in school history... Recorded a career-high eight rebounds against Idaho (2/24) and grabbed five-plus rebounds nine times during the year... Had a career-best six assists against Kent State (12/22) and dished out five or more assists four times during the season... Had a career-high three steals against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to go along with a career-high 17 points... Played a career-high 36 minutes twice during the year... Led the team in rebounding twice and in scoring once.

#13 Preston Medlin - JR - G - Became just the second sophomore in school history along with Nate Harris in 2004 to earn first-team all-conference honors... Was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 second team as he finished the year averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-222) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156) in 35.2 minutes per game... Started all 37 games during the year to set a single-season school record for games played and started... Finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), and third in the WAC and 80th in the country in scoring (17.0)... Also ranked 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting (.496), and sixth in the WAC and 55th in the country in three-point field goals made per game (2.57)... Also ranked fourth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.801), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists (3.35)... Scored in double-figures 31 times during the season, including 13 20-point games... Scored a career-high 32 points against Idaho (2/24) as he was 11-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 4-for-5 at the free throw line... Scored 27 of his 32 points in the second-half which are the most points scored by an Aggie in a single-half since Nate Williams scored 29 of his 45 points in the second-half against Saint Peter's on Dec. 8. 1969... Furthermore, those 32 points by Medlin are the most scored by an Aggie since Gary Wilkinson scored 33 points in an 83-77 overtime win at Fresno State on Jan. 31, 2009... Scored in double-figuers in each of his last five games and in 19 of his last 20 to end the season... Also had 20-plus points in three of his final five games of the season as he was named to the CollegeInsider.com all-tournament team... Was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Utah State hosted Athletes In Action Classic as USU defeated UT Arlington (73-69), Saint Peter's (72-47) and Kent State (81-62) to claim the tournament championship... Was 8-of-11 from three-point range at Idaho State (11/26) as those eight made treys are tied for the third-most made in a single-game in school history and were tied for the 17th-most made in a single-game in the NCAA at the Division I level during the year... Went 13-for-14 at the free throw line against both Hawai'i (1/26) and Loyola Marymount (3/21)... That shooting percentage from the free throw line against LMU (.929) is a single-game postseason school record, as are the 13 made free throws... Recorded a career-high nine rebounds three times during the season and had five or more rebounds 14 times overall... Dished out a career-high eight assists twice during the year and had five or more assists eight times overall... Played a career-high 40 minutes twice during the season including against Mercer in the championship game of the CIT... Led the team in scoring 22 times during the year... Was also the team leader in assists 15 times and rebounding six times... Took four charges and had four dunks during the season... Scored 628 points as a sophomore to rank as the 10th-most in a single-season in school history, including the second-most by an underclassmen trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969... Made 95 three-pointers as a sophomore to rank as the third-most in a single-season in school history, and ranks fourth all-time in three-point attempts in a single-season with 222... Also ranks second all-time at USU for a single-season in minutes played with 1,302 during his sophomore season... Became just the sixth underclassmen in school history to lead his team in scoring along with Cornell Green, (1959-60), Wayne Estes (1962-63), Marvin Roberts (1968-69), Greg Grant (1983-84) and Kendall Youngblood (1989-90).

#25 - JR - C - Jordan Stone - Played in 34 games, starting two, during his first season at Utah State... His two starts were in consecutive games at home against Utah Valley (12/6) and at Wichita State (12/10)... Finished the season averaging 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game... Shot 60.5 percent from the field (26-43) and 48.6 percent at the free throw line (18-37)... Scored a career-high nine points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 3-of-4 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line... Had career-highs of eight rebounds against both Utah Valley (12/6) and UC Santa Barbara (2/18), and recorded five-plus rebounds five times during the year... Played a career-high 23 minutes at Pacific (12/3)... Led the team in rebounding twice during the year... Ranked third on the team with six dunks... Earned academic all-WAC honors.

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 NOTES
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 fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. 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.

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 this year's 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).

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).

 

 

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