USU Men's Basketball Tips Off 2013-14 Season By Hosting USC Friday
To tip off its 109th season of men's basketball, Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW) will host USC (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Aggies' 2013-14 season-opener. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The season-opening contest between the Aggies and Trojans will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.

 
To tip off its 109th season of men's basketball, Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW) will host USC (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Aggies' 2013-14 season-opener. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The season-opening contest between the Aggies and Trojans will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
 
 

Nov. 4, 2013

LOGAN, Utah -

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USC (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) at Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW)

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 • 7:05 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Aggie Sports Radio Network • CBS Sports Network TV

GAME DAY HEADLINES

• To tip off its 109th season of men's basketball, Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW) will host USC (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Aggies' 2013-14 season-opener. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The season-opening contest between the Aggies and Trojans will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.


• The Aggies have 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.


• Utah State is 79-29 (.729) all-time in season openers and has won 18 of its last 19 season openers dating back to the 1993-94 campaign. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 14-1 (.929) in season openers including an 8-0 mark at home.


• USU also is 31-1 (.968) since the 1957-58 season when starting the season at home and the Aggies have won 13 straight games with its last loss coming against Weber State, 87-86, on Dec. 7, 1993. The Aggies also are 47-9 (.837) in their first home game of the season dating back to 1958, winning 19 straight contests.


• USU has won two of the last three all-time meetings with USC, including the most recent meeting, on Nov. 24, 1999 at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, won by the Aggies, 52-50. Utah State is 6-8 overall vs. USC, including 0-1 at home, with the lone meeting coming during the 1961-62 season, won by the Trojans, 74-72.


• While the last current Pac-12 team to play in the Spectrum was Utah in 2010, the Utes were not in the Pac-12 at the time... The last Pac-12 team to face the Aggies in Logan was Washington on Dec. 17, 1977... Overall, USU is 73-54 at home against current Pac-12 teams, bolstered by a 60-51 home record against Utah, while going 13-3 against the other league members.


• Utah State is 125-31 (.801) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 72-8 (.900) record at home.


• 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 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 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.


• 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
To tip off its 109th season of men's basketball, Utah State (0-0, 0-0 MW) will host USC (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Aggies' 2013-14 season-opener. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The season-opening contest between the Aggies and Trojans will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (analyst) on the call. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, and audio streamed on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through GameTracker, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State continues its two-game homestand to start the season by hosting in-state foe Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:05 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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
The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (analyst) on the call.

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. Friday's game will not be streamed, only televised.

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 missed 26 games. 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).

UTAH STATE PRESEASON RECAP
USU won both of its exhibition games, running its unbeaten streak in exhibition games to 13 in a row. The Aggies opened preseason play by beating Central Methodist, 108-88, on Oct. 25 and then topped Adams State, 86-55, on Nov. 1. Five different players averaged double-figure scoring in the two games, led by senior center Jarred Shaw with nearly a double-double, averaging 15.5 points to go with 9.0 rebounds per game, adding 2.5 blocked shots per game. Shaw shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the field, going a perfect 3-of-3 at the free throw line. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game, making 58.8 percent (10-of-17) of his field goals, including 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from three-point range and also going a perfect 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. Senior guard Preston Medlin netted 14.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, making 12-of-25 (48.0 percent) field goal shooting as well as 2-of-10 (20.0 percent) from three-point range and 2-of-5 (40.0 percent) at the free throw line. Junior forward Danny Berger logged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest, netting 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) of his field goals, including draining 6-of-6 from three-point range. He also made his lone free throw attempt. Freshman forward Jalen Moore averaged 10.0 points per game, posting 10 points in each game. Moore added 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game, shooing 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from the floor, hitting 1-of-4 (25.0 percent) behind the arc and 3-of-4 (25.0 percent) at the free throw line. Junior center Jordan Stone averaged 6.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis led USU with 1.5 steals per contest. As a team, USU averaged 97.0 points per game, in shooting 56.3 percent (76-of-135) from the field, netting 47.6 percent (20-of-42) from three-point range and 66.7 percent (22-of-33) at the free throw line. The Aggies also averaged 43.5 rebounds per game, holding a +15.5 rebounding advantage, as they held the opponent to 28.0 rpg. USU also averaged 21.0 assists per contest. Defensively, Utah State held its opposition to 71.5 ppg, while limiting them to 42.6 percent (46-of-108) from the field, 48.6 percent (18-of-37) from three-point range and 53.2 percent (33-of-62) at the free throw line. USU's defense also averaged 7.0 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

SCOUTING USC
The Trojans are opening the Andy Enfield head coach era on Friday, as Enfield took over the reins of the USC program this summer after two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. Last season, Enfield led the Eagles into the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, upsetting No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State, earning the nickame "Dunk City" for FGCU's style of play with up-tempo offense and lots of slam dunks. At FGCU, Ensfield accumulated a 41-28 (.594) record in his two seasons there.

Ensfield inherits a two returning starters as part of seven returning lettermen at USC, as the Trojans posted a 14-18 overall and a 9-9 Pac-12 mark last season. The two returners starters were second and third in scoring for USC last season, led by senior guard J.T. Terrell, who ranked second on the team averaging 11.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last season, making 37.2 percent (120-of-323) from the floor, including 36.2 percent (67-of-185) from three-point range and 69.0 percent (69-of-100) at the free throw line. Terrell also averaged 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. The Trojans' other returning starter is junior guard Byron Wesley, who was third on the team with 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Wesley made 44.4 percent (119-of-268) field goal shooting, including 39.7 percent (23-of-58) behind the arc and made 72.5 percent (66-of-91) at the free throw line. He also averaged 1.9 assists per game, while also committing 2.0 turnovers per game. The Trojans' other noteable returner is senior center Omar Oraby, who averaged 6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, along with 1.5 blocks per game. USC also has two transfers, including senior guard Pe'Shon Howard, who transferred to USC from Maryland, where he averaged 3.3 ppg and 2.4 assists per game, along with senior center D.J. Haley, who came to USC from VCU, where he averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg. The Trojans also have five incoming freshmen, highlighted by 2013 California Gatorade High School Basketball Player of the Year in wing Roschon Prince.

Friday is USC's first action of the season, as the Trojans did not have any exhibition games, only two scrimmages.

USU-USC SERIES HISTORY
All of their players involved in Friday's game were small children the last time that the Aggies and Trojans played each other, as USU and USC have not met on the basketball court since Nov. 24, 1999 in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Aggies won that meeting, 52-50, when Bernard Rock banked in a three-pointer from the left wing with 9.1 seconds left. USU has won two of the last three meetings and is 6-8 all-time against USC, including 0-1 in known games played at Logan, as locations from the first meeting in 1929 until 1949 are unknown. The lone known occasion that USC visited Logan was during the 1961-62 season, when the Trojans topped the Aggies, 74-72.

UTAH STATE AGAINST THE PAC-12
While the last current Pac-12 team to play in the Spectrum was Utah in 2010, the Utes were not in the Pac-12 at the time... The last Pac-12 team to face the Aggies in Logan was Washington on Dec. 17, 1977... Overall, USU is 73-54 at home against current Pac-12 teams, bolstered by a 60-51 home record against Utah, while going 13-3 against the other 11 league members... Utah State is 143-191 (.428) all-time vs. current Pac-12 teams, going 94-129 (.414) against Utah, while posting a 49-62 (.441) against the other 11 conference teams.

MORRILL AGAINST THE PAC-12
Utah State is 8-8 (.500) against Pac-12 teams under head coach Stew Morrill, going 0-1 vs. Arizona, 0-1 against UCLA, 8-5 vs. Utah, 0-1 against Washington.

Overall Morrill is 16-27 (.372) vs. Pac-12 teams, going 0-1 vs. Arizona at USU; 3-5 vs. Colorado while at Colorado State; 0-2 vs. Oregon while at Montana; 0-1 against Stanford while at Montana; 0-1 vs. UCLA while at USU;13-14 overall vs. Utah, going 5-9 at Colorado State and 8-5 while at USU; 0-2 vs. Washington, going 0-1 at Montana and 0-1 at USU; 0-1 against Washington State while at Montana.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 125-31 (.801) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 72-8 (.900) record at home plus a 44-24 (.647) on California soil

CALIFORNIA AGGIES
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), senior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC) and freshman guard JoJo McGlaston (Dublin, Calif./Dublin HS).

USU LAST MEETING AGAINST USC - Nov. 24, 1999
From the Logan Herald Journal by Jeff Hunter LAHAINA, Hawaii - According to Utah State guard Bernard Rock, the shot that beat Southern Cal at the Maui Invitational was "nothing but net", eventually.

"From where I was at, it looked like it was off when I shot it," Rock explained following USU's 52-50 defeat of the Trojans. "It just went way left and I was like, `Ohhh.' But then it just banked and it was nothing but net.

"I was like, "Wooo,'" Rock added while wiping his forearm across his forehead.

Fortunately for the Aggies, it was Thanksgiving Eve and not Thanksgiving, otherwise all the banks would be closed. Instead, Rock's glass-aided bomb brought Utah State from one down to two up with 9.1 seconds left.

The Aggies then survived the Trojans' last possession when center Shawn Daniels slapped a missed attempt by USC guard Brandon Granville back out of the lane, and Southern Cal failed to chase it down before time expired.

The victory was the second for the Aggies (3-1) during the Maui Invitational and clinched a fifth-place finish in the prestigious preseason tournament. Only No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Florida, No. 22 Purdue and Georgetown finished higher than Utah State.

The win over Southern Cal (2-2) was USU's first victory against a Pac-10 opponent since Rod Tueller guided the Aggies to an 81-72 defeat of Washington at the Great Alaska Shootout in 1986.

"The reason all of us are in sports ... is to see those kids in the locker room," USU head coach Stew Morrill said. "That's what we're all in it for. What a fun thing to come over here, win two and beat a Pac-10 team.

In other action from Maui, Memphis claimed seventh place with an 83-65 win over host Chaminade. Florida beat Georgetown 72-62 for third place, while North Carolina battled Purdue in the championship game.

The Aggies, who lost to Florida, 62-60 on and throttled Chaminade 70-48, trailed the Trojans by as many 12 points in the first half and were down 27-22 at intermission.

But after shooting just 36 percent from the field and going 1 of 7 from 3-point range in the opening half, Utah State started dropping in shots in the second half. The Aggies connected on half of their field goal attempts in the final 20 minutes and dropped in five 3-pointers.

Rolle came out hot in the second half, knocking down a pair of 3-point attempts in the first two minutes to stake USU to a 28-27 lead, the first of the game for the Aggies.

With the offense suddenly clicking, Utah State seemed even more inspired on defense and on the boards. Following a rebound by Daniels, Rock pushed the ball up the court and lobbed up an alley-oop pass to Rolle on the run.

The offering was slightly ahead of Rolle, but the extremely athletic forward hung up in the air long enough and stretched out far enough to knock it home. Moments later, Tony Brown buried a 3-pointer and Rock came up with a steal and a breakaway layup that left Utah State up 35-31 with just under 16 minutes to go.

A three-second violation by the Trojans was turned into an Andre Mahorn score for the Aggies, and following a rebound by Rolle, Mahorn scored again to complete a 17-4 Utah State run that took the Aggies from five points down to eight ahead in just over six minutes.

Utah State managed to hold onto at least a four-point lead until the final four minutes, when USC center Brian Scalabrine closed the gap to 49-47 with a basket underneath, and then put the Trojans ahead by one with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Southern Cal had a good opportunity to add to their lead when Mahorn fouled Brandon Granville with 41 seconds remaining, but the sophomore guard missed the front end of the 1-and-1 and USU's Dion Bailey came up with the rebound.

But it was Rock's day, eventually. The junior point guard called for time after crossing half court with 34.6 seconds to go. Since the Trojans had a foul to give, he was promptly fouled by Granville with 29 seconds on the clock. According to Morrill, the Aggies never really got in sync following the foul, and the ball ended up back in Rock's hands on the left edge of the 3-point line.

Just 1 for 6 from long range during his brief career at Utah State, Rock somehow got his shot to fall when he and the Aggies needed it the most.

Following the basket, the Utah State bench exploded and Morrill had to round some of them back up after Southern Cal called for time.

On the Trojans' final possession, Granville squeezed his way into the lane from up top, briefly lost control of the ball and then tossed up an attempt from the right side of the basket. It came off the rim and was batted around momentarily until Daniels finally managed to knock it up court as the buzzer sounded.

It also ended an already horrible day for Granville. After pumping in 19 points against Memphis Tuesday, Granville went 0-for-10 from the field and finished the game with zero points.

The Trojans played just six players, all five starters logged at least 38 minutes of court time and only four players scored. Conversely, Morrill used 10 different players and seven different Aggies scored.

Rolle went 4 of 9 from the field for 11 points, while Mahorn came off the bench to chip in 10 points.

Back-up point guard Rashaun Thomas also stroked a pair of crucial 3-pointers, Daniel totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five steals and Rock finished with nine points and four assists.

Notes: Utah State center Dimitri Jorssen injured his ankle Tuesday and did not play against the Trojans. He's expected to be out for 4-6 weeks ... A day after Granville set a Maui Invitational record for assists with 15, backcourt mate Jeff Trepagnier broke a tournament record with 10 steals at the Aggies' expense. Trepagnier also led the Trojans with 19 points and four blocks ... In the first half, USC had 13 points off of turnovers to none for Utah State. The Aggies, however, owned a 6-3 advantage in that stat after halftime.

USU LAST TIME OUT - SHAW'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADS UTAH STATE TO 86-55 EXHIBITION WIN OVER ADAMS STATE FRIDAY
Senior center Jarred Shaw had 16 points and 10 rebounds in leading Utah State to an 86-55 win against Adams State in a men's basketball exhibition game at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Friday night. Shaw, who added two blocked shots in just 19 minutes, was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Junior forward Danny Berger added 15 points and four assists off the bench for Utah State, as he was 5-of-6 shooting from the field, including 4-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line. Freshman forward Jalen Moore also scored in double-figures for the home team as he finished with 10 points, while junior center Jordan Stone just missed a double-double as he had nine points to go along with 10 rebounds. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield also came close to a double-double with points and nine rebounds as the Aggies had a 40-26 advantage in points in the paint, and a 17-9 advantage in second-chance points. Chuck Cole had 14 points for Adams State, as he was the only Grizzly to score in double figures. Adams State scored the first points of the game on a layup, before Utah State scored seven-straight points. The Grizzlies closed to within one at 9-8 and later trailed by just two at 17-15 with 12:30 to play in the half, before USU scored five-straight points to open a 22-15 advantage on a Moore three-pointer. USU took its first double-digit lead with 6:54 remaining in the opening half on a Shaw dunk and increased its advantage to 16 at 39-23 following a Berger trey at the 4:17 mark. The Aggies then ended the half on a buzzer-beating jumper from sophomore guard Marcel Davis as it out-scored ASU by 13 points (20-7) during the final 11:07 to take a 45-27 lead into the locker room. Berger and Stone each had nine first-half points for Utah State as it shot 40.5 percent from the field (15-of-37), 33.3 percent from three-point range (4-of-12) and 73.3 percent at the free throw line (11-of-15). Adams State shot just 29.0 percent from the field (9-of-31) in the first 20 minutes, including 41.7 percent from behind the arc (5-of-12), but just 28.6 percent at the charity stripe (4-of-14). Utah State continued to extend its lead in the second half and used a 14-3 run to push its advantage to 73-37 with 8:35 remaining in the game on a layup by sophomore forward Kyle Davis. USU would take its largest lead of the contest with 5:43 to play on a three-pointer from senior guard TeNale Roland and coasted from there for the 31-point win. Utah State shot 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29) in the second half and finished the game shooting 48.5 percent overall (32-of-66). USU also connected on 6-of-10 (.600) three-pointers after halftime to finish the game at 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the arc, and converted 12-of-18 (.667) free throws overall. Adams State finished the game shooting just 31.7 percent (19-of-60), including just 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16) and just 42.9 percent at the line (12-of-28). USU also out-rebounded ASU by 16 (51-36) and had 12 more assists (17-5) in the game.

POST-GAME NOTES - USU vs. ADAMS STATE
TEAM NOTES
* Utah State has won its last 13 exhibition games, with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007 to EA Sports, 86-81.

* USU is now 25-5 (.833) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill.

*Utah State snared 51 rebounds Friday night... The Aggies' season-high last year was 50, vs. Louisiana Tech (1/26/13).

* The Aggies had a +15 rebounding advantage Friday night... Last year, USU was third in the NCAA in rebounding margin at +9.1, leading in rebounds in 27 of its 31 games, including having a double-digit rebounding edge 16 times.

* Utah State limited Adams State to 55 points... Last season Utah State was 7-1 when holding its opponents under 60 points and the Aggies have won 120 of its last 126 games (.952) when keeping the opposition under 60... Overall, USU is 185-16 (.920) under head coach Stew Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.

PLAYER NOTES
* Three of the 10 players to score Friday night posted double-figures, led by senior center Jarred Shaw with game-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

* Last season Shaw led USU with nine double-doubles.

* Junior forward Danny Berger logged 15 points Friday, hitting 4-of-4 from three-point range... Berger's official career-highs are 17 points (done twice, last vs. Oakland 3/25/12) and five three-pointers (also vs. Oakland 3/25/12).

* Freshman forward Jalen Moore tallied 10 points for the second-straight exhibition game.

* Junior center Jordan Stone shared game-high honors with Shaw with 10 rebounds to go with nine points... Stone's official career-highs are eight rebounds (done twice, last vs. UC Santa Barbara 2/18/11) and nine points (done twice, last vs. BYU 2/19/13).

* Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield logged nine points and nine rebounds, one point and rebound shy of a double-double... Last season, Butterfield posted seven double-doubles including streak of five in a row, which was tied for 10th on the Aggies' career consecutive double-doubles list.

* Senior guard Preston Medlin and Berger dished out a game-high four assists apiece... Medlin's official career-high is eight assists (done twice, last vs. Louisiana Tech 3/8/12), while Berger's official career-high is six assists (vs. Kent State 12/22/11).

OTHER USU 2013-14 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 three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

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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