Nov. 8, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 1 Utah State (0-0) vs. Weber State (0-0) Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) KLGN 1390 AM
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is beginning its 106th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,428-1002 (.588). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 17 years.
Utah State is 76-29 (.724) all-time in season openers and has won 15 of its last 16 season openers dating back to the 1993-94 campaign. Under head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 11-1 (.917) in season openers which includes a 5-0 record at home.
Since the 1957-58 season, Utah State is 28-1 (.966) when it starts the season at home and has won 10 straight games with its last lost coming against Weber State, 87-86, on Dec. 7, 1993. USU is also 44-9 (.830) in its first home game of the season dating back to 1958, winning 16 straight contests.
Utah State has won 21 straight home games against in-state competition and is 23-1 (.958) at home against teams from the state of Utah under Morrill. The only in-state team to defeat USU at home under Morrill was Brigham Young, 82-73, on Jan. 8, 2000.
Utah State has won 23 of its last 29 games versus in-state opponents and is 30-10 (.750) against the state of Utah during the last 10 years. During that time period, USU is 6-4 versus Brigham Young, 6-4 versus Utah, 10-2 versus Weber State, 5-0 against Utah Valley and 3-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 31-15 (.674) versus teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.
Since the 1947-48 season, Utah State will be starting a year with an in-state opponent for just the 12th time and is 6-5 (.545) in those games, which includes a 3-1 home record. The last time USU began the season at home against an in-state opponent was on Nov. 9, 2007 when it defeated Southern Utah, 60-49. As for Weber State, this is just the third time that USU has begun its season against WSU as it defeated the Wildcats at home, 91-84, in overtime on Nov. 30, 1979 and posted a 66-60 win in Ogden last year.
Utah State has won 14 straight home games and 66 of its last 68 overall with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007. Saint Mary's snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak.
Utah State is 176-13 (.931) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill, which includes a 84-5 (.944) record against non-conference opponents. Overall, USU is 470-106 (.816) in this its 41st year in the building.
Utah State (0-0) will begin the 2010-11 season at home as its hosts in-state rival Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on CW30 with Mychal Clayton (play-by-play) and Brooks Hansen (color) calling the action. The game can also be listened to live on KLGN 1390 AM in Cache Valley with Evan Nyman (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (color).
AGGIES LOOK TO EXTEND REGULAR SEASON WINNING STREAK
Utah State has won 15 straight regular season games dating back to the 2009-10 season with its last regular season loss coming at Louisiana Tech, 82-60, on Jan. 4, 2010.
UTAH STATE IN THE PRESEASON
Utah State won both of its exhibition games this year as it defeated Universite Laval, 93-51, and Grand Canyon University, 76-46. Senior forward Tai Wesley led USU during the preseason as he averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 88.2 percent from the field (15-17) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (4-5). Junior forward Brady Jardine averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, while junior guard Brockeith Pane averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 assists, and senior guard/forward Pooh Williams averaged 11.5 points.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
After posting its 11th straight 23-win season, winning its third-straight WAC regular season championship, and playing in its 11th straight postseason (7-NCAA, 4-NIT), Utah State will be looking to make another run at the NCAA Tournament this year. Despite the loss of senior guard Jared Quayle, who was a first-team all-WAC player in 2010, Utah State does return seven of its top eight scorers from last season including senior forward Tai Wesley. Wesley, who was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year in 2010, earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior as he finished the year ranking fourth in the WAC and 12th in the nation in field goal shooting at 57.4 percent. He also ranked fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.86), sixth in blocked shots (1.31), 10th in rebounding (6.6), 11th in assists (3.34), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 15th in free throw shooting (.701). Wesley was also named to the WAC's all-tournament team in 2010, along with receiving first-team all-league honors from both Sporting News and NetScouts Basketball, as well as second-team all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Joining Wesley as returning starters is senior forward Nate Bendall, and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams. USU's four other returning lettermen are senior forward Matt Formisano, senior guard Brian Green, junior forward Brady Jardine and sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Bendall was named to the WAC's all-newcomer team in 2010 as he finished the year averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, while ranking seventh in the league in field goal shooting (.562), eighth in free throw shooting (.815) and 11th in blocked shots (0.88). Newbold finished the year averaging 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, while ranking fifth in the WAC in three-point shooting at 42.1 percent. He also shot 44.4 percent from the field and 88.1 percent at the free throw line during the season. Williams became the first Aggie ever named to the WAC's all-defensive team in 2010 and he finished the year averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three-point range and 54.7 percent at the free throw line. Along with being named to the league's all-defensive team, he was also named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News. Green was also named to the WAC's all-newcomer team in 2010 as he averaged 7.6 points and 1.6 rebounds, and shot 47.7 percent from the field and 84.0 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in three-point shooting at 50.0 percent, which is a USU single-season record. Formisano has played in 82 games during his USU career and averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds as a junior. Jardine has played in 57 games during his first two years at Utah State, and averaged 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore, while Medlin averaged 3.7 points in 22 games last season. Joining Utah State's eight returnees are two redshirts in junior forward Morgan Grim and freshman forward Brad Brown, and six newcomers in junior guards Antonio Bumpus and Brockeith Pane, sophomore guard E.J. Farris, freshman forward Ben Clifford, and freshmen guards Leon Cooper Jr., and James Walker III.
UTAH STATE RETURNS PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE
Utah State's four returning starters have a combined 353 games played while at USU including 288 starts, while its four other returnees have a total of 195 games played at USU. Furthermore, Utah State's eight returning lettermen from the 2009-10 roster are the most since the 2002-03 season when USU also returned eight lettermen. Utah State also has six seniors on its 2010-11 roster which are the most for a USU team since the 2004-05 and 2000-01 teams had six seniors, and the 1995-96 team had seven seniors.
UTAH STATE PICKED TO REPEAT AS WAC CHAMPIONS
For the second year in a row, Utah State's men's basketball team is the overwhelming favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference according to both the league's coaches and media, while senior forward Tai Wesley was tabbed as the coaches preseason Player of the Year Utah State, who has won three-straight regular season WAC titles, received eight first-place votes and 64 points in the coaches poll, while New Mexico State received one first-place vote and 55 points. Nevada received 47 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Boise State (36), Fresno State (36), San Jose State (32), Louisiana Tech (24), Idaho (19) and Hawai'i (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 19 first-place votes and 259 points, while New Mexico State was second with 237 points and eight first-place votes. Nevada, who received 190 points and two first-place votes was picked third, while San Jose State received 135 points and one first-place vote and was picked to finish fourth. Fresno State was picked fifth (133), followed by Boise State (129), Louisiana Tech (116), Idaho (78) and Hawai'i (73).
WESLEY NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR - FOUR OTHER AGGIES HONORED
Senior forward Tai Wesley was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches and a first-team all-league selection by the media, while senior forward Nate Bendall and senior guards Tyler Newbold and Pooh Williams were all named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Junior college transfer Brockeith Pane was also honored by the media as he was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
AGGIES BEGIN SEASON WITH FOUR IN-STATE GAMES
Utah State will begin the 2010-11 season with four-straight in-state games as it hosts Weber State (11/13), plays at Brigham Young (11/17) and Southern Utah (11/20) and hosts Utah (11/24). Those four in-state games to start the year are the most for USU since the 1991-92 team began its season with five-straight in-state opponents.
AGGIES SCHEDULE LOADED WITH POSTSEASON GAMES
Of its 31 regular season games scheduled this year, Utah State will play at least 11 games against teams who participated in postseason action last year. Overall, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of five games against postseason teams from a year ago as it will host Northeastern, Troy and Weber State, and play at Brigham Young along with its game at Georgetown. Both the Cougars and Hoyas played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Northeastern, Troy and Weber State all participated in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2010. Utah State will also host Utah at home during the preseason, a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament two years ago. In all, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of nine teams with winning records in 2010, including six who won at least 20 games. Other postseason teams from the 2009-10 season on Utah State's schedule include New Mexico State who played in the NCAA Tournament, Nevada who played in the NIT, and Louisiana Tech who played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State has won 14 straight home games and 66 of its last 68 home games overall with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's, 68-63, on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State, 71-66, on March 3, 2007. Saint Mary's snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak last year, which was the second-longest in the nation at the time. USU has also won 24 straight WAC games at home and 33 of its last 34 overall. Utah State is 176-13 (.931) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 92-8 (.920) record against conference opponents and a 37-3 (.925) mark against WAC teams. Overall, USU is 470-106 (.816) in this its 40th year in the building.
AGGIES RECEIVING VOTES IN BOTH PRESEASON POLLS
Utah State's men's basketball team garnered four votes in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll to rank tied for 43rd in the country along with Miami, Fla., Xavier and Ohio. Duke is ranked No. 1 in the poll, while preseason opponents Georgetown and Brigham Young are ranked 20th and 24th, respectively. Utah State also received six top 25 votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll to rank 40th in the country, marking the first time since the 2005-06 season that USU received preseason votes in both polls.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Ben Braun of Rice and Jim Calhoun of Conneticut with seven, John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville with six, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Mike Montgomery of California with five, and Stew Morrill and Trent Johnson of LSU with four.
FOUR AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2010
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Preston Medlin, Tyler Newbold) on the academic all-WAC team in 2010. The other eight teams in the league combined for 13 academic all-WAC selections.
SCOUTING WEBER STATE
Weber State returns two starters and six letterwinners from last year's Big Sky Conference regular season champion as the Wildcats had a 20-11 record including a 13-3 league mark. WSU ended its season with a 76-62 loss at Cincinnati in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. Weber State is picked to repeat as Big Sky champions this year by both the coaches and media. Among those returning for Weber State is junior guard Damian Lillard who was named the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009 and the league's Most Valuable Player in 2010. Lillard was named the Big Sky's Preseason Player of the Year this season. As a sophomore, Lillard averaged 19.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 85.3 percent at the free throw line. Also returning for the Wildcats is junior forward Kyle Bullinger who averaged 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds as a sophomore, while senior guard Lindsey Hughey averaged 7.8 points last season. During the 2009-10 campaign, WSU averaged 76.2 points and shot 44.5 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, WSU allowed 71.0 points per game and its opponents shot 43.9 percent overall, including 36.4 percent from behind the arc and 73.0 percent at the free throw line.
WEBER STATE IN THE PRESEASON
Weber State won both of its exhibition games this season as it defeated Universite Laval (86-57) and Western New Mexico (94-78). Junior guard Damian Lillard led Weber State during the preseason as he averaged 25.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, and shot 51.6 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line. Senior guard Lindsey Hughey averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, and shot 57.9 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Weber State averaged 90.0 points during the preseason and shot 47.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 74.3 percent at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE VS. WEBER STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Weber State will be playing for the 63rd time this weekend in what is the ninth-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against WSU was on Feb. 23, 1971.
UTAH STATE-WEBER STATE SERIES
Utah State and Weber State will be meeting for the 63rd time this weekend, with the Aggies owning a 37-25 all-time advantage. USU has won nine of the last 10 games played in the series, including an 85-73 win in Logan the last time the two teams met on Dec. 23, 2009. The first game played in the series was on Feb. 23, 1971, with the Wildcats posting a 63-62 road win. Utah State is 22-8 all-time against Weber State at home and has won seven straight meetings between the two teams in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The last time WSU won a game in the series was on Nov. 10, 2007 in Ogden, 78-71.
VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 189-98 (.659) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, while Morrill is 68-20 (.773) all-time against the league. At Utah State, Morrill is 20-6 (.769) versus the Big Sky and 10-4 (.714) against Weber State. All-time, Morrill is 17-8 (.680) against the Wildcats, which includes a 7-3 record while at Montana, an 0-1 record while at Colorado State and a 10-4 record at Utah State.
UTAH STATE-WEBER STATE CONNECTIONS
Weber State head coach Randy Rahe spent six years as an assistant at Utah State (1999-2004), and 13 years as an assistant to USU head coach Stew Morrill at Utah State and Colorado State. Weber State assistant Eric Duft spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and coached former Aggie Stephen DuCharme. Furthermore, Duft spent two of those seven years at Hutchinson CC as an assistant for then head coach Tim Duryea. Duryea is now in his 10th year as an assistant coach at Utah State.
UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 43-13 (.768) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes a 21-0 record at home. In fact, USU has won 24 straight home games during November and the last team to beat the Aggies at home during the 11th month was Utah, 60-41, on Nov. 26, 1996. Utah State is 112-43 (.723) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 2-0 (.800) in games played on Nov. 13.
LAST MEETING AGAINST WEBER STATE
Sparked by sophomore center Modou Niang's career night, Utah State collected an 85-73 win against Weber State at home on Dec. 23, 2009. Niang tallied career-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Junior forward Tai Wesley logged 19 points, eight rebounds and a season-high six assists, while senior guard Jared Quayle posted 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior guards Tyler Newbold and Brian Green tossed in nine points each as well. Sophomore forward Brady Jardine added a career-high eight points and six rebounds, all in the first half, helping the Aggies to a 46-29 halftime lead, while junior guard Pooh Williams added seven points. Weber State was led by Damian Lillard's 22 points, including 15 in the second half as well as hitting four three-pointers. Kyle Bullinger added 21 points, while Nick Hansen chipped in 11. Both Bullinger and Hansen hit three treys as the Wildcats went 11-of-25 (44.0 percent) from behind the arc. After the Wildcats scored the first two points of the game on free throws, it was all Aggies, as they hit their first six shots of the night, in opening a 14-2 lead just over three minutes in. The closest Weber State got from there on out was eight points on three different occasions. USU built a 17-point lead three times in the first half, the first at the 7:13 mark on a Quayle jumper for a 33-16 Aggie advantage, the second at 39-22 with 4:09 to go on a Jardine tip-in and the last in the final second of the half on a three-pointer from Quayle in the corner for the 46-29 intermission lead. The Wildcats clawed back to 55-46 with 13:58 on a layup by Trevor Morris, but back-to-back buckets by Newbold, the second on a soaring tip-in at the 12:04 mark regained control for USU. The Aggies extended their lead to 23 on a long jumper by Green for a 71-48 lead with 8:09 to play. Weber State cut the gap to 10 at 78-68 with 2:10 on the clock after a three in the left corner from Bullinger, but a pair of Green free throws preceded a three-pointer from Newbold to seal the win. Utah State ended the night making exactly half of its shots (29-58), hitting 5-of-13 (.385) from three-point range. The Aggies, who entered the week leading the nation in free throw percentage, made 22-of-27 (.815) on the night. Weber State was 21-of-46 (.457) from the field, as well as 11-of-25 (.440) behind the arc and 20-of-28 (.714) at the charity stripe. USU's bench out-scored its counterparts, 30-13, and the Aggies' 38-27 rebounding advantage included 13 offensive boards which contributed to a 19-6 second-chance points edge. Utah State had a 21-11 points off turnovers edge as well.
LAST MEETING AGAINST THE WILDCATS IN OGDEN
Utah State had four players score in double-figures led by junior guard Tyler Newbold's 15 points in its season-opening 66-60 win against Weber State Friday night. Junior forward Nate Bendall had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with five rebounds, while senior guard Jared Quayle added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Brian Green finished with 10 points in his first career game at USU. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 20 points to lead Weber State. Following a layup from Lillard to begin the game, Newbold scored back-to-back buckets for Utah State to give the visitors a lead it would never relinquish. Leading 24-21 late in the first-half, USU scored the final four points on a bucket by Quayle and a pair of free throws from Newbold to lead by seven at intermission. Utah State had more turnovers (10) than field goals (9) in the first-half as it shot 40.9 percent overall (9-22). Weber State shot 30.0 percent in the first-half (9-30). Newbold led the Aggies with 10 first-half points, while Bendall and Quayle each had seven. Utah State began the second-half on an 8-1 run to extend its lead to 36-23 following a baseline jumper from Green. USU increased its margin to 15 on a layup by Quayle with 12:29 to play and led by 10 at 59-49 with 1:39 remaining after Newbold hit his third three-pointer of the game from the left corner. Weber State then scored seven of the next eight points to cut the lead to four at 60-56 with :26 seconds to play, but Green hit four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Utah State finished the game shooting 47.7 percent from the field (21-44), 33.3 percent from three-point range and 87.0 percent from the free throw line (20-23). Weber State shot just 33.3 percent overall (21-63), including just 10.0 percent from behind the arc (2-20). WSU did make 16-of-19 (.842) free throws. USU also had one more rebound (35-34) in the game, while the Wildcats had four more steals (7-3), three more assists (8-5) and six fewer turnovers (17-11). Both teams had two players foul out in the game as a total of 45 fouls were called.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN GAMES STARTED
Seniors Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley both rank among the top 10 all-time at Utah State in games started as Newbold has started 95 games to rank seventh all-time, while Wesley has started 94 games and ranks tied for eighth all-time. Both players have also played in 105 games at USU which ranks tied for 16th all-time in school history.
WESLEY RANKS 20TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SCORING
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored his 1,000th career point at Nevada on Jan. 13, 2010 to become the 34th player in school history to reach the milestone. Wesley now has 1,247 career points to rank 20th all-time in scoring at USU and is now eight points shy of tying Rich Haws (1973-75) for 19th-place with 1,255 career points. In 105 career games, Wesley is averaging 11.88 points.
WESLEY THE MOST COMPLETE PLAYER IN UTAH STATE HISTORY
In three seasons at Utah State, senior forward Tai Wesley has 1,247 career points, 602 career rebounds, 283 career assists and 108 career blocks and is the only player in school history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The only Aggie player other than Wesley who can come close to his numbers is Nate Harris (2003-06) who had 1,475 points, 722 rebounds, 220 assists and 90 blocks in his career.
WESLEY RANKS 18TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN REBOUNDING
Senior forward Tai Wesley has 602 career rebounds to rank 18th all-time at Utah State and is 44 rebounds shy of tying Preston Bailess (1976-79) for 17th-place with 646 career rebounds.
WESLEY RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES
Senior forward Tai Wesley scored in double-figures for the 73rd time in his career with 14 points against Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament and he now ranks tied for 10th all-time at Utah State in double-figure scoring games along with Marvin Roberts (1969-71) and Wayne Estes (1963-65).
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE AND IN THE WAC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Senior forward Tai Wesley is shooting 59.6 percent from the field (468-785) during his USU career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Nate Harris (2003-06) who shot 64.1 percent, Greg Houskeeper (1988-89) who shot 62.2 percent, and Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) who shot 61.7 percent. That percentage also ranks fourth all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
WESLEY RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
In 105 career games, senior forward Tai Wesley ranks fourth all-time at Utah State with 108 career blocks. Wesley is now nine blocks shy of tying Shawn Daniels (2000-01) for third all-time with 117 blocks. Wesley had 46 blocks as a junior which ranks tied for fifth all-time at USU for a single season along with Nate Wickizer (1992-93) and Dimitri Jorssen (1999-2000). His average of 1.02 blocks per game ranks fourth all-time in school history.
NEWBOLD RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Tyler Newbold is shooting 42.7 percent (153-358) from three-point range during his career, which ranks fourth all-time at Utah State.
NEWBOLD RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE
Senior guard Tyler Newbold has made 153 three-pointers in his Utah State career, which ranks sixth all-time. He also ranks sixth all-time in three-point attempts with 358. Newbold is now 30 made three-pointers shy of tying Justin Jones (1996-98) for fifth-place all-time with 183 made three-pointers and 50 three-point attempts shy of tying Jones for fifth-place all-time with 408 three-point attempts.
NEWBOLD AND WESLEY RANK AMONG TOP 20 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Utah State has two players on the 2010-11 roster who rank among the top 20 all-time at Utah State in assists as senior forward Tai Wesley has 283 career assists to rank 14th and senior guard Tyler Newbold has 270 career assists to rank 17th all-time along with Jaycee Carroll (2005-08).
GREEN RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Brian Green ranks first all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting as he shot 50.0 percent (53-106) from behind the arc last year which is the best overall and single-season shooting percentage from three-point range in school history. Jaycee Carroll (2005-08) held the previous records as he shot 46.5 percent from three-point range during his career and 49.8 percent during his senior season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State senior forward Tai Wesley is the only active player in the nation with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds, 250 career assists and 100 career blocks. Entering his senior season, Wesley has 1,247 career points, 602 career rebounds, 283 career assists and 108 career blocks. In fact, there are only three other active players at the Division I level with at least 1,200 career points, 600 career rebounds and 100 career blocks and those players are Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech (1,248 points, 781 rebounds, 125 blocks), Keith Benson of Oakland (1,275 points, 749 rebounds, 244 blocks), and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State (1,404 points, 1,165 rebounds, 159 blocks).
UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Utah State enters the 2010-11 season as one of the most experienced teams in the country as its average age of 21 years and four months ranks first in the nation ahead of Bradley who has an average age of 20 years and 10 months. Furthermore, USU's six seniors this year are tied for the third-most in the country with Texas State. St. John's leads the nation with 10 seniors, while Cincinnati has seven seniors. St. John's also ranks first in the nation as its returners have started 386 career games and played in 746. Lipscomb is second on this list with 317 career games started and third with 625 career games played, while Pennsylvania ranks third with 306 career games started and fifth with 505 career games played. Utah State is fourth overall in both career games started (292) and played (548), followed by Cincinnati who has 223 career starts among its returners to rank fifth, but has 633 career games played to rank second.
UTAH STATE ONE OF NINE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN THREE-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Entering the 2010-11 season, Utah State is one of nine teams in the nation to win at least three-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 10 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with six straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won four-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC), Cornell (Ivy), Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), Robert Morris (Northeast Conference) and Siena (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) have all won three-straight league titles.
Utah State returns four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams) and eight lettermen from the 2009-10 team that went 27-8, won its third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season title with a 14-2 record, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last 11 years as it lost to Texas A&M (69-53) in the first round.
UTAH STATE RETURNS FOUR PLAYERS WHO RECEIVED ALL-WAC HONORS A YEAR AGO
Utah State returns four players from last season who was honored by the Western Athletic Conference in senior forward Tai Wesley (First-Team All-WAC); senior forward Nate Bendall (WAC All-Newcomer Team); senior guard Brian Green (WAC All-Newcomer Team); and senior guard Pooh Williams (WAC All-Defensive Team).
UTAH STATE'S THREE-STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS A SCHOOL RECORD
Utah State's current run of winning three-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history. The previous record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
AGGIES ROSTER FULL OF SENIORS
After having just one senior on each of its last two teams, Utah State has six seniors on its 2010-11 roster which are the most for a USU team since the 2004-05 and 2000-01 teams also had six seniors, and the 1995-96 team had seven seniors.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR LETTERWINNERS AND ONE STARTER FROM 2010 TEAM
Utah State lost four lettermen from last season, including one starter in guard Jared Quayle who earned first-team all-WAC honors as he averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists, while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point range and 90.1 percent from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE HAS 13TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 11 season as it has played in seven NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 11 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 22 with 18 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 21 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 19 with 18 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Maryland (14-NCAA, 3-NIT) and Syracuse (13-NCAA, 4-NIT) are tied for fourth with 17 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks sixth with 15 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is seventh with 14 straight (10-NCAA, 4-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT) and Gonzaga (12-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for eighth with 13 straight postseason trips. Florida (10-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (12 NCAA) and Wisconsin (12-NCAA) are all tied for 10th with 12 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (6-NCAA, 5-NIT).
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 279-86 (.764) record. Those 279 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 76.4 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.833), Kansas (.814), and Gonzaga (.799). 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 second-best record in WAC games during the last five years with a 59-20 (.747) mark. During its first four years in the league, Utah State has won two regular season championships (2008, 2009), one tournament championship (2009), and has played in the tournament championship game three times (2006, 2007, 2009).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 212-105 (.669) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship, and in 2010 Utah State won its second straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record.
UTAH STATE HAS BEST TWO-YEAR STRETCH IN THE WAC THIS DECADE
Utah State has had an unbelievable run in WAC play during the last two years as it has gone 14-2 in league play in each of the last two seasons. That combined two-year record of 28-4 (.875) is the best by a WAC school since the 1998 and 1999 seasons when Utah went a combined 26-2 with a 14-0 record in 1998 and 12-2 mark in 1999.
AGGIES SET SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS DURING A TWO-YEAR PERIOD
Utah State had a 57-13 (.814) record during the last two years, which is the most wins during a two-year span in school history. During the 2000 and 2001 seasons, USU posted back-to-back 28-6 records and consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill (294-99) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (393) behind the legendary E. Lowell Romney (382). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (entering 13th season) behind Romney (1920-41).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. During the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include senior forward Nate Bendall (Salt Lake City/Skyline HS), senior guard Brian Green (Kaysville/Davis HS), senior guard Tyler Newbold (Payson/Payson HS), senior forward Tai Wesley (Provo/Provo HS), junior forward Morgan Grim (Riverton/Riverton HS), sophomore center Leland Miller (St. George/Snow Canyon HS) and freshman forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS).
WESLEY AND QUAYLE RANK AMONG TOP 20 NATIONALLY IN 2010
Utah State had two players who ranked among the best nationally in specific categories in 2010 as junior forward Tai Wesley finished the year ranking 12th in the nation in field goal shooting (.571), while senior guard Jared Quayle ranked 18th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.57).
UTAH STATE RANKS FIRST IN THE NATION IN ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO
Utah State finished the 2009-10 season leading the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.63 and ranked third nationally in three-point shooting at 41.4 percent. Overall, USU ranked among the top 10 nationally in seven statistical categories and among the top 30 in 11 statistical categories. USU also ending the year ranking sixth in turnovers per game (10.2), seventh in assists per game (16.7), eighth in scoring margin (+13.2), ninth in field goal shooting (.488), 10th in free throw shooting (.758), 14th in scoring defense (59.9), 16th in rebounding margin (+5.9), 23rd in winning percentage (.771) and 27th in fewest fouls per game (16.1).
UTAH STATE ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION TO RANK AMONG TOP 10 IN SHOOTING
Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking first in the WAC in scoring defense (59.9), scoring margin (+13.2), field goal percentage (.488), field goal percentage defense (.405), free throw shooting (.758), three-point field goal percentage (.414), three-point field goal percentage defense (.322), rebound margin (+6.0) and assists (16.69). USU was also fourth in blocks (3.51) and fifth in scoring (73.1). Individually, senior guard Jared Quayle ranked first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.57), third in free throw shooting (.901), fifth in assists (4.11), sixth in three-point shooting (.421), 10th in steals (1.11), 13th in rebounding (6.2) and 15th in scoring (12.4). Junior forward Tai Wesley ranked fourth in field goal shooting (.574), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.86), sixth in blocked shots (1.31), 10th in rebounding (6.6), 11th in assists (3.34), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 15th in free throw shooting (.701). Junior forward Nate Bendall ranked seventh in field goal shooting (.562), eighth in free throw shooting (.815) and 11th in blocked shots (0.88). Junior guard Brian Green ranked first in three-point shooting (.500), junior guard Tyler Newbold ranked fifth in three-point shooting (.421) and sophomore forward Brady Jardine ranked 15th in blocked shots (0.69).
UTAH STATE TRADITION
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins and is one of just three schools in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of those seasons joining Gonzaga and Kansas.
Over the past 11 years, Utah State has won six regular season conference championships and five tournament championships.
Utah State has advanced to 11 straight postseason appearances, which is a school record, going to the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and to the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has gone 23-6 (.793) in conference postseason tournaments and has advanced to the championship game nine times.
The Aggies have won 23-plus games in each of the last 11 seasons, which is a school record, bettering the old mark of three straight 20-win seasons from 1962-64.
Over the past 11 seasons, Utah State has gone 279-86 overall and 144-42 in conference play. Those 279 wins are the sixth-most in the country over that time period, while its 76.4 percent winning percentage is the fourth-best in the country.
Over the last 11 years, Utah State has recorded 11 of the 13 winningest seasons in school history.
Over the past 11 years, Utah State has had four All-American selections, 18 first-team all-conference selections, 27 all-conference selections (first and second team) and 37 conference player of the week honorees, not to mention Coach Morrill being named the league's Coach of the Year on four separate occasions (2000, 2002, 2009, 2010).
RECAPPING THE UNIVERSITE LAVAL GAME
Junior guard Brockeith Pane led six Utah State players in double-figure scoring with 16 points and junior forward Brady Jardine posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in an easy 93-51 exhibition win against Universite Laval in front of 6,888 fans Saturday night. Pane, a transfer from Midland (Texas) Junior College, was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line. Jardine, who made his first collegiate start Saturday, finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green added 15 points off the bench for Utah State on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, while fellow senior guard Pooh Williams scored 14 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Tai Wesley finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, and junior forward Morgan Grim had 11 points and four boards. Freshman guard James Walker III also had a solid game finishing with six points and a game-high seven assists. Jean-Francois Baulieu-Maheu led Universite Laval with 19 points and Jerome Turcotte-Routhier had 17 points. Utah State never trailed in the game as it led by 10 early on at 19-9 following a three-pointer from Green and extended its lead to 19 at 36-17 on a layup by Green with 7:35 to play in the half. USU shot 54.3 percent from the field (19-35) in the first 20 minutes as Jardine had seven points and nine rebounds. Utah State scored the first four points of the second half and increased its advantage to 30 at 64-34 with 13:20 to play following a layup by senior guard Tyler Newbold. USU took its largest lead of the game at 91-41 following a layup from Grim with 2:50 to play before Universite Laval scored 10 of the final 12 points. Utah State finished the game by shooting 56.7 percent from the field (34-60), 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19) and 68.0 percent at the free throw line (17-25). Universite Laval shot 34.6 percent overall (18-52), but was held to just 25.0 percent (6-24) in the final 20 minutes. The Red and Gold were also 7-of-24 from behind the arc (.292) and a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line. Utah State out-rebounded Universite Laval by 17 (40-23) and finished the game with 20 assists, eight turnovers, seven steals and three blocks. The Red and Gold had 10 assists, 16 turnovers and four steals.
RECAPPING THE GRAND CANYON GAME
While it was only an exhibition game, Utah State's defense was in top form Friday, as the Aggies routed Grand Canyon, 76-46. Utah State was led by senior forward Tai Wesley with 23 points. Junior forward Brady Jardine logged a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, leading the Aggies to a 40-21 rebounding advantage. Senior guard Pooh Williams and junior forward Morgan Grim added nine points apiece, while junior guard Brockeith Pane tossed in eight points to go with dishing out a game-best 10 assists. Grand Canyon, a Division II school from Phoenix, Ariz., was led by Steve Morin and Brad Carroll with 13 and 12 points, respectively, both off the bench. The Aggie defense limited the Antelopes to 29.6 percent (16-of-54) shooting from the field, as GCU hit 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from three-point range. Utah State scorched the nets to the tune of 62.0 percent (31-of-50) from the field, hitting 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) behind the arc. There were a total of 31 fouls called in the game, as USU was 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from the free throw line while GCU was 8-of-12 (66.7 percent). Utah State took a double-digit lead at 19-9 on a Grim jumper at the 12:16 mark, and the lead swelled to 21 at 37-16 after a pair of Pane free throws with 2:35 on the first half clock. USU took a 39-18 halftime lead and stretched the lead to 30 at 52-22 with 13:17 to go after Grim hit two free throws. After the Antelopes lopped the lead down to 54-31 on a three-pointer by Morin, the Aggies regained control with a 19-6 spurt, capped by a Wesley dunk for a palindromic 73-37 lead with 4:50 left and USU coasted to the victory. Pane's 10 helpers were part of USU's 22, while swiping seven steals, including two each by Jardine and Williams. GCU was led by Nick Witherill's three assists, while Kyle Speed swiped three steals. The Aggies committed 15 turnovers compared to 12 for the Antelopes.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 25th seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 294-99 (.748) record, including a 152-48 (.760) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his 12 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-7, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 11 years at 76.4 percent with an overall record of 279-86. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 175-55 record with six regular season league championships and five tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game nine times in the last 11 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 11 of the top 12 seasons in school history during the last 11 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, and set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009. During the 2009-10 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its third straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and the 2008-09 team won its first WAC Tournament title. The 2008-09 Aggie basketball team also led the nation in field goal shooting at 49.6 percent, marking the second straight year and the third time in the last five years that USU has led the nation in that category. For the 11th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2010. Overall, Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 18 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 12 years, USU is an amazing 176-13 (.931) at home, which includes a 92-8 (.920) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 19th in the nation among active coaches and 67th all-time with his 512 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.4 percent ranks 24th among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 12 active coaches to notch at least 15 20-win seasons. His current streak of 11 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for sixth among active coaches and is tied for the 10th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC) four times in his 12 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 512-237 (.684).
Head coach Stew Morrill (294-99) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (393). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (12 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 13th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 294-99 (.748) overall record, a 152-48 (.760) conference record and a 23-7 (.767) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 512-237 (.684) record in 24 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 18th in the nation with his 512 career wins and 26th in winning percentage at 68.4 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 72 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 12 active coaches to notch 15 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 11 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the seventh-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009 and 2010 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and co-Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and five at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 121-77 (.611).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year five times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2010 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 13 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 18 times. 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 and Tai Wesley.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 14 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 22 times.
Utah State is 176-13 (.931) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 11 straight 23-win seasons and 11 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 14 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 15 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 20 times.
UTAH STATE RETURNING PLAYER NOTES
#5 Pooh Williams - Started 32 games during the season and emerged as one of the best defensive players in the WAC as he was named to the league's all-defensive team... Was named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News... Missed the first two games of the season due to off-season foot surgery... Finished the year averaging 8.7 points and 1.8 rebounds, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three-point range and 54.7 percent at the free throw line... Was third on the team in steals (19) and fourth in assists (74)... Averaged 9.4 points in league games... Scored in double-figures 14 times during the season, including twice in the WAC Tournament, as he had a career-high 18 points against Boise State (3/11) in the quarterfinals and 10 points against Louisiana Tech (3/12) in the semifinals... Scored in double-figures in six straight games during league play... Was named to the Basketball Travelers Invitational all-tournament team as he averaged 8.3 points and 3.3 assists during the three-day tournament... Led the team in assists in six games and in scoring in four games... Was voted the team's Best Defensive Player by his teammates for the second-straight season.
#13 Preston Medlin - Played in 22 games during his first season at Utah State and averaged 10.6 minutes off the bench... Finished the year averaging 3.7 points and 0.7 rebounds, while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 92.9 percent at the free throw line... Scored a season-high 17 points against Southern Utah (11/28) as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range... Scored eight or more points five times during the season... Had a season-high three rebounds against Brigham Young (12/2) and played a season-high 19 minutes in back-to-back games at Cal State Bakersfield (12/16) and Long Beach State (12/18)... An academic all-WAC honoree.
#22 Brady Jardine - Played in all 35 games during the season, averaging 15.5 minutes off the bench... Finished the year ranking 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.69) and those 24 blocks ranked third on the team... Averaged 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds, while shooting 57.0 percent from the field and 74.1 percent at the free throw line... In WAC games, he averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, and shot 61.7 percent from the field to rank second in the league... Scored in double-figures eight times during the season, including a career-high 17 points at home against San Jose State (1/30) on 8-of-11 shooting... Scored at least eight points in 12 of his final 17 games of the year... Had a season-high eight rebounds in five different games during the year, and dished out a career-high four assists against Boise State (3/11) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament... Played a career-high 26 minutes against Nevada (2/6) and played at least 20 minutes 12 times during the season... Led the team in rebounding three times during the year... Finished the year with a team-leading 14 dunks and took nine charges to rank second on the team... An academic all-WAC honoree.
#23 Brian Green - Was named to the WAC's all-newcomer team in his first year at Utah State as he led the league in three-point shooting at 50.0 percent (53-106)... Finished the year averaging 7.6 points and 1.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 84.0 percent at the free throw line... Played an average of 17.6 minutes per game as he appeared in 34 contests during the season, starting the first three of the year... In WAC games, he averaged 8.8 points and shot 56.3 percent from the field (45-80), 63.3 percent from three-point range (31-49) and 91.7 percent at the free throw line (11-12)... Overall, he scored in double-figures eight times during the season, including a season-high 18 points against Boise State (3/11) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range... Also tied his season-high with four rebounds against the Broncos... Made a season-high five three-pointers on seven attempts at Fresno State (1/21) as he finished the game with 17 points... Finished the year by scoring at least eight points in 12 of his final 17 games... Led the team in scoring four times during the season... Voted the Most Inspirational Player by his teammates, along with Tai Wesley.
#24 Tyler Newbold - One of three players on the team along with Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley to start all 35 games during the season, which is tied for the most in school history... Finished the year ranking fifth in the WAC in three-point shooting at 42.1 percent and averaged 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 88.1 percent at the free throw line... Played 1,050 minutes during the season which ranked second on the team (30.0)... Was also second on the team in three-pointers made (59) and attempted (140), and third in assists (102)... Had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.4-to-1.0 during the season, which included a 3.0-to-1.0 ratio during WAC play to lead the league... Scored in double-figures 13 times during the season, including a season-high 15 points against Weber State (11/13), Morehead State (12/21) and Hawai'i (1/11)... Was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range against UH which is tied for the best shooting percent from three in a single-game in school history... Recorded his first-ever double-double against Western Oregon (12/29) with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds... Tied his career-high with 11 rebounds at Nevada (1/13)... Played a career-high 44 minutes in that same game against the Wolf Pack... Took two charges and recorded two dunks during the season... Recorded five or more assists five times during the season... Lead the team in assists four times and in rebounding twice... Earned CoSIDA academic all-district honors... An academic all-WAC honoree... Voted by his teammates as the player that Best Represents Utah State Basketball for the second year in a row.
#35 Nate Bendall - Was named to the WAC's all-newcomer team as he started all 33 games he played in... Finished the year ranking seventh in the WAC in field goal shooting (.562), eighth in free throw shooting (.815) and 11th in blocked shots (0.88)... His 29 total blocks ranked second on the team... Posted 23 assists and 18 steals during the year... Averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds to rank third on the team in each category, while playing an average of 25.8 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures 17 times during the season, including a career-high 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting against San Jose State (1/30)... Also tied his career-high with 10 rebounds against the Spartans for one of his three double-doubles on the season... Had 12 points and 10 rebounds at Utah (11/18), and 14 points and 10 rebounds against Brigham Young (12/2)... Had a career-high five blocks against Morehead State (12/21) and played a career-high 35 minutes at Nevada (1/13)... Missed two games during the season against Weber State (12/23) and Western Oregon (12/29) due to heart surgery on December 23 as he had a minor procedure called a heart ablation to treat an atrial flutter... Recorded five dunks and took two charges during the season... Tied for first on the team with three double-doubles and was third in double-figure scoring games with 17... Led the team in rebounding seven times and in scoring four times.
#42 Tai Wesley - One of three players on the team along with Jared Quayle and Tyler Newbold to start all 35 games, which is tied for the most in school history... Earned first-team all-WAC honors as he ranked fourth in the league in field goal shooting (.574), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.86), sixth in blocked shots (1.31), 10th in rebounding (6.6), 11th in assists (3.34), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 15th in free throw shooting (.701)... Also ranked 12th in the nation in field goal shooting... Led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, and ranked second in assists (117) and steals (20)... Scored in double-figures 29 times, including three 20-point games... Had a season-high 24 points against New Mexico State (3/6) as he was 9-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 at the free throw line... Posted three double-doubles during the year, including two in the WAC Tournament as he had 18 points and 10 rebounds against Boise State (3/11) in the quarterfinals and 13 points to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds against New Mexico State (3/13) in the championship game... Was named to the WAC's all-tournament team for the second-straight year as he averaged 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field... Scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Texas A&M (3/19)... Was named the WAC's Player of the Week twice during the season... His first honor came on Dec. 28 after being named the Most Valuable Player of the USU hosted Basketball Travelers Invitational as the Aggies defeated Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73)... During the three-day tournament, he averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks, while shooting 65.4 percent from the field and 69.6 percent at the free throw line... His second WAC Player of the Week honor came on March 8 after leading USU to a pair of home wins against Fresno State (76-39) and New Mexico State (81-63) to claim its third-straight regular season WAC title... During the week, he averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 82.6 percent from the field... Earned NABC All-District 6 second-team honors, Sporting News first-team honors and NetScouts Basketball first-team honors... Led the team in scoring 15 times, in rebounding 13 times and in assists 10 times... Took 17 charges during the year to lead the team and ranked second overall with 10 dunks... Voted the Most Inspirational Player by his teammates, along with Brian Green, for the second year in a row.
#44 Matt Formisano - Played in 26 games during the season and made his first career start against Weber State (12/23)... Finished the year averaging 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 80.0 percent at the free throw line... Scored a season-high seven points against Morehead State (12/21) as he was 3-of-4 from the field and 1-of-1 at the free throw line... Had a season-high four rebounds against Brigham Young (12/2) and Saint Mary's (12/5) in back-to-back home games... Averaged 10.1 minutes per game off the bench with a season-high 24 minutes at Weber State (11/13)... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
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