Nov. 12, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Saint Mary's (1-0) at Utah State (1-0)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network KMYU TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State men's basketball will continue its four-game homestand to open the season by hosting Saint Mary's on Thursday, Nov. 15 in a 7 p.m. tip-off from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game between the Aggies and Gaels will be regionally televised on KMYU TV.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,480-1,022 (.592) in its 2,502 games played.
Utah State is 1-0 to start a season for the 18th time in the last 19 years including 14 wins in head coach Stew Morrill's 15 years at USU. Overall, Utah State has started a season 2-0 six times under Morrill and 48 times in school history.
Utah State is 1-0 at home this year and USU has won 50 of its last 55 games in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 86 of its last 92 home games.
Utah State has won 92.1 percent of its home games (211-18) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 505-111 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 239 of their last 259 games (.923) in the Spectrum, including 121 of their last 131 (.924) home games against league competition, including 46 of its last 49.
Saturday is the ninth all-time meeting with Saint Mary's, last meeting on Feb. 19, 2011 at Moraga, Calif., with the Aggies collecting a 75-65 win to snap a two-game losing skid to SMC. Overall, USU leads the all-time series, 5-3.
This is the earliest meeting between USU and SMC, as two of the last three meetings have been in February as part of the ESPN BracketBusters. Saturday's game is the return game from USU's trip to Moraga in 2011 for an ESPN BracketBusters contest.
Saturday's match-up features teams with two players each on their respective preseason all-conference teams, as USU junior guard Preston Medlin was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year and on the first-team list, while senior forward Kyisean Reed was named to the Preseason second-team all-WAC list. Saint Mary's senior guard Matthew Dellavedova, who is the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year, was joined on the 10-player all-WCC team by junior guard Stephen Holt. USU was picked first in the WAC's Preseason Media Poll while being tabbed second in the Coaches' Poll. SMC was tabbed third in the WCC Preseason Poll.
Utah State (1-0) has a busy week, hosting Saint Mary's (1-0) on Thursday, Nov. 15, before hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Nov. 17. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. tip-offs at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, as USU continues its four-game homestand to open the season. Thursday's contest between the Aggies and Gaels will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Mychal Clanton will handle play-by-play duties and Brooks Hansen will provide color commentary. Saturday's game vs. TAMU-CC will not be televised. Both games will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU will continue its four-game homestand to start the season by hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies will conclude the four-game homestand by hosting in-state foe Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.
ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site. Game updates and information is also available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 1-0 on the season after beating border-foe Idaho State, 56-48, on Saturday at home in both teams' season-openers. USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin, who netted 14 points Saturday, hitting 5-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Medlin also posted five rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield added nine points, hitting 3-of-3 behind the arc, while junior center Jarred Shaw was two points and one rebound shy of a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds, adding one blocked shot and two assists. Utah State finished the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field (22-47), 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (6-10). Idaho State shot 39.6 percent overall (19-48), including just 27.3 percent from behind the arc (6-22) and 57.1 percent at the line (4-7). USU also dominated the glass and out-rebounded ISU by 13 (36-13), while recording four more assists (15-11) and two more blocked shots (5-3). Idaho State did finish the game with three more steals (10-7) and five fewer turnovers (17-12).
AGGIES RETURN THREE STARTERS
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.
Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.
A LOOK BACK AT THE IDAHO STATE GAME
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a team-high 14 points and junior college transfer Spencer Butterfield added nine second-half points to help Utah State claw out a 56-48 home win against Idaho State here Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. Medlin finished the night shooting 5-of-7 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw, while Butterfield was 3-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Junior center Jarred Shaw added eight points and game-high nine rebounds for Utah State, while senior forward Kyisean Reed had seven points and five rebounds. Melvin Morgan led all scorers with 19 points for Idaho State, as he was 7-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-6 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the charity stripe. Trailing 30-23 at intermission, Idaho State chipped away at the Aggie lead and tied the game at 37-all with 9:47 to play following a three-pointer from Nick Mason. USU then scored eight-straight points on back-to-back three's from Butterfield and a layup by Medlin to take a 45-37 advantage with 6:25 to play. ISU cut the lead back to five on a Morgan trey, but the Aggies answered with a 7-0 run that included a pair of buckets by Shaw and Butterfield's third three-pointer of the half to give the home team a 52-40 advantage with 2:06 to play and USU went on to post the eight-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field (22-47), 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (6-10). Idaho State shot 39.6 percent overall (19-48), including just 27.3 percent from behind the arc (6-22) and 57.1 percent at the line (4-7). USU also dominated the glass and out-rebounded ISU by 13 (36-13), while recording four more assists (15-11) and two more blocked shots (5-3). Idaho State did finish the game with three more steals (10-7) and five fewer turnovers (17-12). Utah State began the game with a 14-4 advantage as it held Idaho State to just 2-of-11 shooting in the first 10-plus minutes. ISU then scored seven of the next 10 points to get with six at 17-11 only to see the Aggies go on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 24-11 with 5:24 to play in the half following a three-pointer from junior forward Marvin Jean. However, Idaho State finished the half on a 12-6 run to close within 30-23 at the break. In all, Idaho State out-scored Utah State, 26-13, during the final 4:22 of the first half and the first 10:13 of the second half to turn a 24-11 deficit into a 37-37 tie. Medlin led Utah State with 10 points in the first half as USU shot 50.0 percent (12-24), including making 3-of-7 (.429) three-pointers and 3-of-5 (.600) field goals. Morgan led Idaho State with 12 first-half points as ISU shot 39.1 percent from the field (9-23), including making just 2-of-10 (.200) treys. ISU did convert all three of its free throws in the first half.
MEDLIN NETS DOUBLE-DIGITS FOR 32ND TIME IN CAREER
Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the 32nd time in his career with 14 points Saturday. Medlin has now posted double-digits in each of his last six games played, as a streak of 14-straight games in double-figures was halted with only six against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament game. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-digits in the 24 of his last 26 games played.
MEDLIN CONTINUES STREAK OF DRAINING MULTIPLE THREE-POINTERS IN A GAME
Aggie junior guard Preston Medlin netted two three-pointers Saturday, and he has now made multiple three-pointers in a game six-straight times and 38th for his career. The last game that he did not make multiple treys was the WAC Tournament loss to LA Tech, but before that he had three-straight multi three-pointers, giving him nine in his last 10 games played.
AGGIES HAVE SUCCESSFUL OFFICIAL DEBUTS
A total of five Aggie players made their official debuts Saturday night: junior center Jarred Shaw,(nine points, eight rebounds), junior guard TeNale Roland (four points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (nine points, four rebounds, two steals), junior forward Marvin Jean (three points, one assist), freshman guard Marcel Davis (no points, one rebound, no assists).
OTHER NOTES FROM IDAHO STATE GAME
Utah State has won 18 of its last 19 season openers dating back to the 1993-94 campaign.
The Aggies also are 79-29 (.731) all-time in season openers.
Under head coach Stew Morrill, Utah State is now 14-1 (.933) in season openers including an 8-0 mark at home.
USU also improved to 179-15 under Morrill when allowing less than 60 points in a game.
USU is now 36-13 (.735) all-time against Idaho State, winning the last 14 match-ups... In Logan, USU now leads 16-2, winning the last nine meetings in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as well as 11 of the last 12.
The 49 meetings is now tied for the 16th-oldest in school history with another Gem State team in the Idaho Vandals. Utah State and Idaho State first met in the 1942-43 season.
Utah State improved to 193-99 (.661) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
USU head coach Stew Morrill is 72-21 (.774) all-time against the league. At Utah State, Morrill is 24-7 (.774) versus the Big Sky and 11-0 against Idaho State.
MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard in junior guard Medlin who started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. Medlin, who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156).
As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.
Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.
After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.
UTAH STATE LOSES TWO STARTERS AND FIVE LETTERWINNERS FROM 2012 CIT RUNNER-UP TEAM
Utah State lost two starters in guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim and three other letterwinners (forward Mitch Bruneel, guard E.J. Farris and guard Adam Thoseby) from last year's CollegeInsiders.com Tournament runner-up team. Pane was a two-time WAC honoree and was MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 and 3.0 rebounds per game in playing all 37 games last season. Grim averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in starting all 37 contests a year ago. USU also lost 2011 starter, forward Brady Jardine, who played in only three games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a career-ending foot injury. Jardine averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games played last season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.
AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.
USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.
AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S
The Gaels are 1-0 on the year after beating Sonoma State, 95-69, on Saturday. SMC is led by senior guard Matthew Dellavedova, who netted 20 points, hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range, while also dishing out five assists and swiping five steals. Junior guard Stephen Holt added 12 oints, hitting two treys, while also pulling down six rebounds. Sophomore forward Brad Waldow and senior forward Mitchell Young both tallied 11 points along with game-highs of seven rebounds apiece, helping the Gaels to a 45-27 rebounding advantage. Former Utah State guard, junior James Walker III added six points, three rebounds and two steals off the bench. SMC shot 53.7 percent (36-of-67) from the field, hitting 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from three-point range, as well as 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Gaels allowed Sonoma State to shoot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from the floor, hitting 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) behind the arc, as well as making 12-of-18 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe. SMC dished out 20 assists on the offensive end, while the defense forced 16 turnovers, in swiping 14 steals. The Gaels committed 14 turnovers.
James Walker III RETURNS TO SPECTRUM
Saint Mary's junior guard James Walker III played for USU during his freshman season of 2010-11, and played in the Aggies' 75-65 win over the Gaels in Moraga on Feb. 19, 2011, tallying three points, one assist and one steal. As a freshman, Walker III played in 25 games with one start and averaged 2.1 points, 1.2 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game. He shot 34.0 percent from the field (16-47), 26.9 percent from 3-point range (7-26) and 65.0 percent at the free throw line (13-20). After leaving USU, Walker III went to Citrus College, where he averaged 19.1 ppg on the way to earning CCCAA state and SoCal player of the year honors.
AGGIES VS. GAELS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State holds a 5-3 series lead, as the visiting team has won the last two meetings. The last meeting was on Feb. 19, 2011 at Moraga, Calif., with the Aggies winning 75-65 to snap a two-game losing skid to the Gaels. USU is 3-2 against SMC in Logan, last hosting the Gaels on Dec. 5, 2009, which was won by SMC, 68-63, to snap the Aggies' 37-game home winning streak. The teams also met on Feb. 21, 2009 as part of ESPNU BracketBusters, with the Gaels winning 75-64. The first game played in the series was during the 1939-40 season with Utah State winning at home, 41-32. Saint Mary's other win in the series was during the 1940-41 season when it won in Logan, 44-42. Utah State also won in 1958-59, 79-63, in Logan, as well as on Jan. 31, 1978, at Moraga, 96-80.
VERSUS THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Utah State is 127-155 (.450) against current members of the West Coast Conference as it has a 92-136 record against BYU, a 13-2 record against Portland, a 5-3 record against St. Mary's, a 4-1 record against Gonzaga, a 4-3 record against Santa Clara, a 2-0 record against San Diego, a 2-2 record against Pepperdine, a 3-8 record against San Francisco, and a 2-0 record against LMU. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 29-21 (.580) all-time versus current members of the West Coast Conference including a 14-10 (.583) record at USU. All-time, Morrill is 3-4 versus SMC, which includes a 2-2 mark while at Montana and currently 1-2 while at USU.
UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 50-17 (.746) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes a 26-1 record at home, suffering its first loss in the month last season to Denver, 67-54, on Nov. 30, 2012, which also snapped USU's 29-straight home game win streak during November. Prior to last season, USU hadn't ever played on Nov. 15, but this is now the second year in a row in doing so, as last year on Nov. 15, 2011, USU lost at Weber State, 73-63.
VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 122-30 (.803) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 70-7 (.909) record at home.
FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) and junior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC).
LAST MEETING AGAINST SAINT MARY'S
Senior forward Tai Wesley had 22 points and 11 rebounds and junior guard Brockeith Pane also scored 22 points to lead No. 24/25 Utah State to a come-from-behind 75-65 win at No. 23 Saint Mary's on Feb. 19, 2011, snapping the Gaels 19-game home winning streak. Wesley had 17 points and six rebounds in the second-half as he was 7-of-9 from the field during the final 20 minutes after converting just 1-of-6 first-half shots. Pane scored 14 points after halftime and finished the game shooting 5-of-7 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 11-of-14 at the free throw line. He also had four assists and a career-high four steals. Mickey McConnell had 16 points to lead Saint Mary's, while Mitchell Young finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Trailing 39-29 with 18:04 to play, Utah State went on a 25-5 run during the next 10:02 to take a 54-44 lead following a pair of free throws from Pane. During its run, Pane and Wesley combined for 20 of the team's 25 points as Wesley had 12 and Pane eight. USU increased its lead to 12 at 65-53 with 3:23 to play following a steal from Pane and dunk from senior guard Pooh Williams and the Aggies coasted from there for the 10-point win. During the final 9:20 of the game, the Gaels never got closer than six points. Utah State shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field in the second half (15-27) and finished the game at 50.0 percent shooting (24-48). USU was also 25-of-32 (.781) from the free throw line for the game, including 17-of-21 (.810) after halftime. The Aggies were also 2-of-6 (.333) from three-point range overall. Utah State out-rebounded Saint Mary's by four (33-29) and had four fewer turnovers (17-13) in the game. Saint Mary's shot just 28.6 percent in the second half (8-28) and finished the game shooting 39.0 percent overall (23-59). The Gaels were also 9-of-22 (.409) from behind the arc and 10-of-13 (.769) at the charity stripe. Utah State scored the first points of the game on an old fashion three-point play from freshman guard James Walker III. USU took its largest lead of the half at 13-7 following a layup from Pane with 13:10 to play. The Aggies later led by six at 20-14 at the 10:44 mark before Saint Mary's scored seven straight points to lead, 21-20. USU got a pair of free throws from Pane only to see the Gaels score 13 straight points over the next 6:04. The Aggies finished the half on a mini 5-2 run on three free throws from Wesley and a running jumper from senior guard Brian Green to cut the deficit to nine at 36-27 heading into halftime.
LAST MEETING AGAINST SAINT MARY'S IN LOGAN
Saint Mary's scored the last five points in the final minute of play to knock off Utah State, 68-63, on Dec. 5, 2009, snapping USU's home court winning streaks. The loss halts the Aggies' 37-game home winning streak and 65-game regular season non-conference home winning streak, as well as their 41-straight home non-conference victory streak. Utah State had four players in double-figures, led by junior guard Pooh Williams' 15 points, including 11 after halftime, while senior guard Jared Quayle tossed in 13 points and nine boards to go with matching a game-high five assists. Junior forwards Tai Wesley and Nate Bendall posted 12 and 11 points each, respectively, before both fouling out late in the contest. Omar Samhan led SMC with game-highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Ben Allen added 14 points and seven boards and Matthew Dellavedova tallied 11. The Aggies shot 25-of-63 (39.7 percent) from the field, hitting 3-of-12 (25.0 percent) behind the three-point arc while making 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line. The Gaels were 42.6 percent (26-of-61) field goal shooting, netting 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from three-point range and were 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the charity stripe. USU had a 41-38 rebounding edge, but SMC had a 17-8 second-chance edge, while the Aggies had a 24-14 points in the paint advantage. The game had nine ties, seven lead changes and a power outage, which happened at the start of intermission. Down 14-12, Utah State went on a 6-0 run for an 18-14 lead, but Saint Mary's reeled off 11 unanswered points, getting seven points from Samhan during the spurt, for a 25-18 lead. The Gaels held a 30-26 halftime lead before USU cut it to 33-31 on a Williams three-pointer from the left wing. Down 46-42, USU scored four straight points on back-to-back layups from freshman guard Preston Medlin and Williams to knot the score at 46-all, bringing the soldout Spectrum to a roar and forcing a SMC timeout with 12:23 on the clock. The crowd roared even louder at the 8:55 mark when junior guard Tyler Newbold hit a jumper to give USU a 52-51 advantage, its first lead since 18-16. After Samhan hit one free throw to tie the score, Quayle hit a three-pointer for a 55-52 Aggie lead. That would be USU's largest and last lead of the second half, as Saint Mary's scored seven-straight points for a 59-55 lead, with Allen capping the streak with a trey from the left wing with 4:39 to play. The Aggies drew even at 63-63 with 1:06 on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Brady Jardine, but SMC's Clint Steindl hit a triple from the right corner with 36 seconds left. After a USU turnover, Mickey McConnell hit two free throws with 17 seconds on the clock for a five-point Gael lead and the Aggies' final three three-point attempts were off the mark.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Saw not only first action as an Aggie, but also made first USU start in the win over Idaho State, and was one rebound and two points shy of a double-double, finishing with nine boards and eight points... Added two assists, one block and one steal in playing 23 minutes... The eight points ties his career-high from his Oklahoma State career, and the nine rebounds tops his previous career-high from OSU of five boards... Ranks tied for fourth in the WAC in rebounding (9.0) and tied for seventh in blocked shots (1.0).
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Started last six games played and made 26th start in 32 career games played... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Tallied four points, two assists and one rebound while playing 20 minutes... Has scored in double-digits in 10 career games... Tied for first in the WAC in free throw percentage (1.000, 2-of-2).
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 38th consecutive start and played in 60th career game... Led USU in scoring for the first time this season and 23rd time in last two seasons with 14 points against Idaho State... Added five rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot in 36 minutes of action... Scored in double-figures for the 32nd time in his career with 14 points Saturday... With two three-pointers Saturday against ISU, has now made multiple three-pointers in a game six-straight times and 38th for his career... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made now with 112 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.3 percent... Needs three three-point attempts to reach top 10 for career attempts... Ranks tied for fifth in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage and tied for eighth in three-pointers made (2.0), as well as tied for third in assist/turnover ratio (3.0), tied for sixth in minutes played (36.0), tied for seventh in both assists (3.0) and blocked shots (1.0) and eighth in field goal percentage (.714, 5-of-7).
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Recorded four points, four assists in Aggie debut... Added three rebounds, two steals and one block while playing 29 minutes... Ranks tied in the WAC for assists (4.0) and tied for seventh for blocked shots (1.0).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 37th career game and made 29th career start in Idaho State game... Posting seven points and five rebounds in season-opener... Added three assists, one block and one steal in 32 minutes of play... Recorded a blocked shot in 24th career contest... Posted 19th career game with five or more rebounds... Ranks tied for seventh in the WAC in assists (3.0).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Saw 11 minutes of action in collegiate debut, snaring one rebound while missing both of his shot attempts.
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - Tallied four rebounds and two points in season-opener against Idaho State... Added one steal while playing 14 minutes of action... Was 16th career game with four or more rebounds.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in nine minutes of action in Aggie debut... Drained a three-pointer for three points... Added one assist... Rankes tied for eighth in WAC in three-point percentage (.500, 1-of-2).
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - In USU debut, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Added four rebounds and two steals while playing 15 minutes... Missed two field goal attempts inside the arc to finish night 3-of-5 field goal shooting... Tied for first in the WAC in three-point percentage (1.000, 3-of-3), as well as tied for third in the WAC in three-pointers made (3.0) and 10th in field goal percentage (.600, 3-of-5).
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 35th career game, posting five points and three rebounds against Idaho State... Added one blocked shot while playing 11 minutes... Was seventh career game with five or more points... Posted 14th career game with three or more rebounds... Tied for seventh in the WAC in blocked shots (1.0).
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 1-0 when leading at halftime; 1-0 when shooting better from the field; 1-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 1-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 1-0 when out-rebounding the opponent; 1-0 when blocking more shots; 1-0 when having more steals; 1-0 when its frontline out-scores the opponent's frontline; 1-0 when the bench out-scores the opposition's bench.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State 1-0 this year and has won 67 of its last 69 games when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 274-25 (.916) when leading at the half and 46-75 (.380) when trailing at the half including a 0-0 (.000) record this year.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. Last season, Utah State was 15-3 when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 76 of its last 81 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 218-30 (.879) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-46 (.361) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 1-0 this season and has won 114 of its last 119 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 179-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range (112-265) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as cracking the top 10 for three-pointers made, now with 112, and needing three more attempts to reach the top 10.
Three-Point Field Goals Made Name Years FG 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 369 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 283 3. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 237 4. Jay Goodman 1991-93 209 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 194 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 183 7. Brian Green 2010-11 129 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 128 9. Pooh Williams 2008-11 117 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 112 Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 112UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 10. Brian Green 2010-11 268 -- Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 265
Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .423 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 200 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 331-106 (.757) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.
THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.
SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.
AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).
USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).
AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:
California - 4 vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15 at Santa Clara - Nov. 28 vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21 San Jose State - Jan. 11
Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14
Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31
Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22
Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28
New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16
Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8
Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2
Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15
Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2
LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).
MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.
MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.
MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.
GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).
USU MEN'S BASKETBALL TABBED FIRST BY MEDIA, SECOND BY COACHES IN WAC PRESEASON POLLS
Entering its eighth and final year in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State men's basketball was tabbed to finish first in the league by the conference's media, while the coaches have picked the Aggies second, as the WAC's preseason polls were announced on Oct. 24 by the conference office. This is the fourth year in a row that Utah State has been picked first by at least one of the voting groups, being tabbed first by the media last year, along with being selected first by both groups in 2010-11 and 2009-10. The Aggies were selected as the preseason favorites by the media, receiving 232 points and 15 first-place votes. New Mexico State was picked second with 223 points and eight first-place votes. In the coaches' poll, NMSU edged USU by one point, with New Mexico State collecting five first-place votes and 77 points while Utah State also garnered five first-place votes and 76 points. In the media poll, Denver earned 181 points and one first place vote for third place followed by Louisiana Tech with 162 points. Idaho was fifth with 144 points followed by UT Arlington with 137 points and one first place vote. UTSA was seventh with 104 points, followed by Seattle (77) in eighth, San Jose State (61) in ninth and Texas State (54) in 10th. Denver also took third in the coaches poll with 65 points. With 54 points, Louisiana Tech secured the fourth spot. UT Arlington (48) and Idaho (45) followed closely behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively. UTSA was picked seventh with 31 points, while Seattle U was selected eighth with 22 points. San Jose State (18) and Texas State (14) were selected ninth and 10th, respectively.
MEDLIN NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF YEAR BY BOTH MEDIA AND COACHES
Junior guard Preston Medlin was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches and was named to the first-team preseason all-WAC teams by both. It is also the fifth time in the last six years that an Aggie has been chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year, as Medlin joins former teammates Brockeith Pane last year and Tai Wesley in 2010-11, as well as Gary Wilkinson in 2008-09 and Jaycee Carroll in 2007-08.
SHAW NAMED PRESEASON NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR BY THE LEAGUE'S MEDIA
Junior center Jarred Shaw was also chosen as the preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league's media. Shaw's preseason recognition marks the second time in the last three years that USU has had the Preseason Newcomer of the Year as Pane was chosen for the honor in 2010-11.
REED GARNERS PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY CONFERENCE'S COACHES
The conference's coaches also selected a second-team preseason all-WAC list, which included Aggie senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to last year's all-newcomer team.
MORRILL, MEDLIN, BERGER AND REED EARN PRESEASON RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill was named the collegesportsmadness.com WAC Coach of the Year and was joined on the publication's honor list by junior guard Preston Medlin on the preseason first-team all-WAC list, while junior forward Danny Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed were on the third-team list. Collegesportsmadness.com also predicted that USU will win the WAC as it has the Aggies in their preseason NCAA Tournament bracket.
USU AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last 13 years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 331-106 (.757) record. Those 331 wins are the sixth-most in the country, while the 75.7 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.833), Kansas (.823) and Gonzaga (.792). USU has also been among the top teams in the country in field goal and free throw shooting as it led the nation in both categories during the 2008 season, and led the nation in field goal shooting in 2009 at 49.6 percent.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Since joining the Western Athletic Conference prior to the 2005-06 season, Utah State has been one of the most consistent programs in the league and has the best record in WAC games during the last seven years with a 83-27 (.755) mark. During its first six years in the league, Utah State has won four regular season championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), two tournament championships (2009, 2011), and has played in the tournament championship game five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.
MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
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