Nov. 19, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Weber State (1-1) at Utah State (2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 24, 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 wrap up its four-game homestand to start the season by hosting in-state foe Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wildcats will be regionally televised on KMYU TV. There will also be live streaming and audio on the Internet.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,481-1,023 (.591) in its 2,504 games played.
Utah State is 2-1 to start a season for the third-straight season. A win Saturday would give the Aggies their second 3-1 start to the season in the last three years.
Utah State is 2-1 at home this year and USU has won 51 of its last 57 games (.895) 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 87 of its last 94 home games (.926).
Utah State has won 91.8 percent of its home games (212-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 106-9 (.922) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 506-112 (.819) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 240 of their last 261 games (.920) in the Spectrum, including 121 of their last 132 (.917) home games against league competition, including 46 of its last 50.
Utah State has won 26 straight home games against in-state competition and is 28-1 (.966) 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 30 of its last 38 games (.789) versus in-state opponents and is 37-12 (.755) against the state of Utah during the last 13 years. During that time period, USU is 7-5 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 11-3 versus Weber State, 7-0 against Utah Valley and 5-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 38-17 (.691) versus teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.
Saturday is the 65th time in school history that Utah State will be facing Weber State, with the Aggies owning a 38-26 all-time advantage. USU has won 10 of the last 12 games played in the series, including a 77-65 win the last time the two teams faced off in Logan, on Nov. 13, 2010. Last year, WSU won, 73-63, at Ogden, on Nov. 15, 2011 The Aggies are 23-8 all-time against the Wildcats in Logan and have won the last eight match-ups in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State (2-1) wraps up its four-game homestand to start the season by hosting in-state foe Weber State (1-1) on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies 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. It 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?
The Aggies will hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Santa Clara, Calif., for a match-up with the Broncos of Santa Clara on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. (MT).
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.
This weekend, fans can listen to USU football and men's basketball in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
Additionally, Cache Valley/Tremonton fans can listen to the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU 102.1 FM and KLZX 95.9 FM, while Southeastern Idaho fans can listen via a KLZX translator on 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho.
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 2-1 on the season after bouncing back from its first defeat of the season by beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Saturday. USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game after registering his first double-double of his Aggie career with career-highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Saint Mary's loss and following that up with 17 points and seven rebounds against TAMU-Corpus Christi. Shaw also is shooting 85.7 percent (12-of-14) at the free throw line. Junior guard Preston Medlin added 12.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg, as well as adding 3.3 assists per game. Medlin has also made a team-leading five three-pointers this season, shooting 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) behind the arc. Senior forward Kyisean Reed also averages 12.7 ppg, pulling down 6.3 rpg as well to go with blocking 2.0 shots per game. Offensively, USU is averaging 63.7 ppg in making 43.8 percent (67-of-163) of its field goals, including 31.7 percent (13-of-41) from three-point range and 44-of-65 (67.7 percent) at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 39.3 rebounds per game and have a +14.0 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 16.0 assists per game while averaging 12.0 turnovers per contest. Defensively, the Aggies are allowing 61.0 ppg, as well as yielding the opponents to shooting 43.2 percent (64-of-148) from the field, including 25-of-65 (38.5 percent) behind the arc and 66.7 percent (30-of-45) at the charity stripe. USU's opponents are averaging 13.0 assists per contest while the Aggie defense forces an average of 10.0 turnovers per game.
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 TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI GAME
Junior guard Preston Medlin and junior center Jarred Shaw each tallied 17 points and senior forward Kyisean added 15 points, and a 13-0 second-half run paced Utah State men's basketball to a 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU led Saturday's game from start-to-finish and improve to 2-1 on the season, in bouncing back from Thursday's loss to Saint Mary's. USU is now 72-23 during the last 13 years following a loss. Saturday's win also avenges last season's loss at Corpus Christi, leveling the all-time series at 1-1. TAMU-Corpus Christi lost its second-straight game in falling to 1-2 on the year. Medlin netted five field goals, two being three-points and was 5-of-7 at the free throw line for his season-high 17 points, while Shaw was 6-of-7 from the field as well as 5-of-6 at the charity stripe for his 17 points, as he registered his season-best for the third time in as many games. Reed also joined in the season-high posting party with 15 points off 5-7 field goal shooting, including an athletic dunk in the second half, and was also 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Junior guard TeNale Roland also added season-highs of nine points and seven assists, while not committing a turnover. Roland's seven helpers were not only the most by an Aggie player this season, but were the most in the Western Athletic Conference so far this season. The seven assists were part of USU's season-high 21 assists. In scoring their season-high 77 points, the Aggies shot a season-high 56.8 percent (25-of-44) from the field, hitting 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from three-point range as well as 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) at the free throw line. USU's field goal percentage, field goals made, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted and free throw percentage were all season-highs while the Aggie defense tied a season-high with five blocks. USU also committed a season-low nine turnovers. Utah State had a 33-23 rebounding advantage as Shaw pulled down seven, Reed snared six and sophomore forward Danny Berger tallied five boards. TAMU-CC was led by 17 points by Will Nelson while Johnathan Jordan added 13 points to go along with 10 points each from Hameed Ali and Joy Williamson. Jordan and Williamson pulled down a team-leading four rebounds each. The Islanders made 24-of-54 (44.4 percent) of their field goals, hitting 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from three-point range as well as 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line. USU jumped out to a 10-3 lead after a pair of Medlin free throws at the 12:55 mark. TAMU-CC trimmed the gap to two on several occasions, the last at 17-15 on a layup by Jordan with 6:39 left in the first half. Utah State stretched its lead to 31-23 with 1:23 on the first half clock after a three-pointer by Medlin and the Aggies to a 31-25 lead into halftime. After a three-pointer by Kennon Dvorak pulled the Islanders within 31-28, the Aggies reeled off their 13-0 run, sparked by a layup and a pair of free throws by Shaw. Reed threw down a dunk and Medlin hit another three, then Shaw and Reed netted two free throws each, the later putting USU up 44-28 with 16:24 to go. Ali ended the Islanders' drought with a jumper, but Roland later drained a triple for USU's first 20-points lead of the night at 52-32 with 14:10 to play. Sophomore center Jordan Stone made a layup on USU's next possession for the Aggies' largest lead of the game at 54-32 with 13:30 left. The Islanders whittled the deficit down to nine points, but couldn't get any closer until 2:23 remaining on a pair of Jordan free throws, but couldn't get any closer until Williamson hit a three-pointer with 37 seconds left to pull within 75-68. Roland hit a layup with four seconds to go for the final margin.
ROLAND ROLLS OUT SOLID PERFORMANCE, HIGHLIGHTED BY ASSISTS
Junior guard TeNale Roland had career-highs of nine points and seven assists to go with zero turnovers in the TAMU-Corpus Christi game. Roland has now dished out four or more assists for the second time in the last three games, distributing four in the season-opener against Idaho State. Roland also hit his first three-pointer of his Aggie career. Roland's seven assists are the most by an Aggie player this season as well as the most by any player in the WAC this season, bettering the six helpers that had been accomplished five different times in the conference so far.
OTHER NOTES FROM TEXAS A&M-CORPUS GAME
Utah State is 72-23 (.758) during the last 13 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games just 20 times in the past 13 years. The last time USU lost back-to-back home games was during the 1992-93 season when it lost to UNLV and New Mexico State, a span of 326 games.
With this season's 2-1 ledger at home so far, the Aggies are now 212-19 (.918) overall at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including 106-9 (.922) in non-conference games.
Utah State posted seven season-highs and tied one other Saturday: points (77), field goals made (25), field goal percentage (56.8 percent), free throws made (23), free throws attempted (31), free throw percentage (74.2 percent), assists (21), as well as tying a season-high for blocked shots (5).
The Aggies also had a season-low nine turnovers, their first single-digit turnover game this season.
Utah State has now made at least one three-pointer in 202 straight games, dating back to 2006.
Junior guard Preston Medlin made his 40th consecutive start... It was the 33rd time in his career scoring in double-figures with his season-high 17 points Saturday and seventh-time in his last eight games with multiple three-pointers.
Junior center Jarred Shaw has topped his season-high in each of the Aggies' three games, scoring eight against Idaho State, 15 against Saint Mary's and 17 Saturday against TAMU-Corpus Christi.
Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all three games so far this season.
Senior center Kyisean Reed also topped his season-high for the second time in as many games with 17 points Saturday, for his 20th career double-figure scoring outing.
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.
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.
SCOUTING WEBER STATE
The Wildcats are 1-1 on the young season after losing at San Jose State, 68-67, in OT, on Saturday. Weber State is led by junior guard/forward Davion Berry's 19 points, hitting 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) from the field, including 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from three-point range, while dishing out 2.0 assists per game. Senior guard/forward Scott Bamforth and junior guard Jordan Richardson are both averaging 11.5 ppg, as Bamforth has dished out a team-leading 5.5 assists per game, while Richardson leads WSU with a 75.0 (9-of-12) field goal percentage. On the glass, freshman forward/center Joel Bolomboy has a 10.5 rpg average. In the loss to SJSU, Better netted 21 points while Bamforth added 11, while Bolomboy snared 11 boards. Offensively, Weber State is averaging 88.5 ppg while allowing 60.0 ppg. WSU is shooting 51.6 percent (63-of-122) from the field, including 48.7 percent (19-of-39) behind the arc as well as 71.1 percent (32-of-45) at the free throw line. The Wildcats have a +13.0 rebounding advantage, pulling down 44.5 rpg while the opposition has 31.5 rpg. WSU averages 21.0 assists per game while committing 16.0 turnovers per game. Defensively, the Weber State defense allows 60.0 ppg, holding opponents to 34.1 percent (43-of-126) field goal shooting, making 27.8 percent (10-of-36) from distance and 80.0 percent (24-of-30) at the charity stripe. WSU forces 16.5 turnovers per game.
AGGIES VS. WILDCATS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State will be facing off with Weber State for the 65th time in school history, with the Aggies owning a 38-26 all-time advantage. USU has won 10 of the last 12 games played in the series, including a 77-65 win the last time the two teams faced off in Logan, on Nov. 13, 2010. Last year, WSU won, 73-63, at Ogden, on Nov. 15, 2011 The Aggies are 23-8 all-time against the Wildcats in Logan and have won the last eight match-ups in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Weber State's last win in Logan was on Dec. 7, 1993, nabbing an 87-86 victory. Weber State holds a slim 17-14 advantage against USU at Ogden.
VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 193-99 (.661) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, while Morrill is 72-21 (.774) all-time against the league. At Utah State, Morrill is 24-7 (.768) versus the Big Sky and 11-5 (.688) against Weber State. All-time, Morrill is 18-9 (.667) against the Wildcats, which includes a 7-3 record while at Montana, an 0-1 record while at Colorado State and an 11-5 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 12th year as an assistant coach at Utah State.
UTAH STATE AND WEBER STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State and Weber State will be meeting in the month of November for the seventh-straight year and for the 11th time in series history with USU owning a 7-3 record in the previous 10 meetings during the 11th month of the year.
UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 51-18 (.739) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes a 27-2 (.931) 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. USU is playing on Nov. 24 for the second time in the last three years, and also facing an in-state foe on the date during the same period, playing Utah on Nov. 24, 2010. Overall, USU is 7-2 (.778) in games played on Nov. 24.
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Utah State has four players on its current roster from the state of Utah in junior forward Ben Cliffor (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and freshmen guards Quincy Bair and Marcel Davis, who are both from American Fork (American Fork HS). Weber State has one player from the state of Utah in junior forward/center Jordan Rec (St. George/Salt Lake CC).
LAST MEETING AGAINST WEBER STATE
Utah State men's basketball cut a Weber State double-digit gap to six with 2:21 to play, but couldn't get any closer, falling, 73-63, Tuesday night at Dee Events Center in USU's first road game of the young season WSU improved to 2-0 while USU evened its ledger at 1-1. The loss snapped the Aggies' four-game win streak in the series with the Wildcats, as USU now leads 38-26. WSU now holds a 17-14 lead at Ogden. The Wildcats scorched the nets from three-point range, hitting their first seven treys on the way to 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) for the game, as they only made eight field goals inside the arc. WSU was 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) behind the arc in the first half, making 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) in the second stanza. The Wildcats ended the night 20-of-54 (37.0 percent) field goal shooting. WSU was also 21-of-27 (77.8 percent) at the free throw line. Scott Bamforth hit seven three's, on the way to a game-high 28 points. Damian Lillard added 17 points, netting a pair of treys, while Byron Fulton tossed in 10 points off the bench. Kyle Bullinger pulled down a team-leading 13 boards, leading WSU to a 38-35 rebounding edge. USU was led by senior forward Morgan Grim with a career-high 19 points, more than doubling his previous career-high of nine points. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 14 points. Senior forward Brady Jardine pulled down a game and career-high 14 rebounds. Grim also tied his career-best rebounding effort with seven boards. Both of Grim's previous career highs were also against Weber State, last season on Nov. 13, 2010. Tuesday's four points by the bench were the fewest Aggie bench points since 2008, when only two points came from the USU reserves. The Aggies shot 23-of-51 (45.1 percent) field goal shooting, making just 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) three-pointers while netting 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the charity stripe. WSU took a 57-39 lead after a triple by Bullinger from the left corner with 12:22 to play, before USU trimmed the gap to 59-49 with 8:37 left on a putback by Grim. However Bamforth hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc to momentarily thwart the Aggies' rally, but Jardine hit a long jumper from the left elbow and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel had a putback to trim the gap to 62-53 with 6:53 remaining. Utah State got within 67-61 on a putback jam by Jardine with 2:21 left, but the Aggies couldn't get any closer as the Wildcats hit 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:08 to keep USU at bay and seal the win. Weber State pulled away from an 11-11 score with a 24-9 run, capped by a three-pointer by Lillard from the right wing, to open a 35-20 lead. After WSU had a 42-25 lead, Grim had a putback dunk with tenths of seconds left on the first half clock, sending the Aggies into halftime down 42-27. WSU opened up a 47-31 lead after a three-point play by Frank Otis with 17:21, but USU reeled off six unanswered to cut the gap to 47-37 after a Bruneel tip-in with 15:42 to go. The Aggies couldn't get any closer than 10, as the Wildcats reeled off a 10-2 run, capped by Bullinger's three-pointer.
LAST HOME MEETING AGAINST WEBER STATE
Junior guard Brockeith Pane scored 23 points in his Aggie debut and senior forward Tai Wesley added 19 to lead Utah State to a 77-65 come-from-behind win against Weber State here inside a rowdy Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday in both team's season opener. For Utah State, it was its 16th-straight regular season win dating back to last year as it improved to 24-1 at home under head coach Stew Morrill against in-state competition. Utah State trailed 36-29 at the half and 45-37 with 16:01 to play following Damian Lillard's fifth three-pointer before Utah State went on a 17-0 run over the next 5:22 as Wesley scored five straight points and Pane added eight during the spurt. WSU got within four at 63-59 with 4:46 remaining following a free throw from Lindsey Hughey, but the Aggies responded with an 11-3 run to post the 12-point win. Pane, a transfer from Midland (Texas) Junior College, scored 17 of his 23 points in the second-half for the highest scoring game by an Aggie newcomer since Jay Goodman had 33 in his Aggie debut back in 1990 against Brigham Young. Pane finished the night 6-of-11 from the field and 11-of-13 at the free throw line, and added five rebounds and four assists. Wesley just missed his 10th career double-double as he had nine rebounds to go along with his 19 points, 13 of which came after intermission, as he was 8-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green had 10 points and a career-high tying four rebounds, while junior forward Morgan Grim added nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes in his Aggie debut after transferring from the University of Utah. Lillard led all scorers with 28 points shooting 9-of-17 from the field, 6-of-10 from three-point range and 4-of-6 at the free throw line. Weber State opened an early 5-1 lead and led by as many as seven in the first nine minutes of the game as the Wildcats made six of its first seven three-pointers. WSU took its largest lead of the half at 30-22 with 5:17 to play on a jumper by Trevor Morris. Weber State shot 50.0 percent (14-28) in the opening half including hitting 6-of-8 treys, while Utah State shot just 32.1 percent (9-28) and was 0-7 from behind the arc. USU did make 11-of-13 free throws in the first 20 minutes to keep the game within reach. Utah State finished the game by shooting 45.6 percent (26-57), despite making just 1-of-12 (.083) three-pointers. The Aggies did shoot 80.0 percent at the free throw line (24-30). Weber State shot 42.6 percent overall (23-54) including 45.0 percent from behind the arc (9-20) and 58.8 percent at the free throw line (10-17). In the second-half, the Wildcats were just 9-of-26 (.346) from the field and 3-of-12 (.250) from three. Utah State out-rebounded Weber State by 14 (26-12) in the second-half and won the rebounding battle, 41-31. USU finished the game with 14 assists, 10 turnovers and seven blocks, while WSU had 11 assists and 12 turnovers.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career.... Shaw's double-double is the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Has led USU in rebounding in all three games so far this season. Shaw ranks second in the WAC in rebounding (10.3) as well as fifth for free throw percentage (.857), tied for 12th in scoring (14.0 ppg) and tied for 10th in blocks (1.0).
#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Started last eight games played and made 28th start in 33 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... Has scored in double-digits in 11 career games after netting 10 in Saint Mary's game.
#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 40th consecutive start and played in 62nd career game... Led USU in scoring for the second time this season and 24th time in last two seasons with 17 points in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Scored in double-figures for the 33rd time in his career... Has multiple three-pointers in a game stopped at seven of last games and 39 career games while multi-treys... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made now with 115 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.6 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 271 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks tied for ninth in three-point field goals made (1.67), in addition to third for assist/turnover ratio (2.50) as well as tied for eighth in assists (3.33)... Also sixth for minutes played (35.3).
#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Made first three starts of Aggie career... Has dished out two or more assists in all three games, including a WAC-best nine in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Ranks third in WAC in assists (4.3) and is fourth for assist/turnover ratio (1.86).
#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 39th career game and made 31st career start in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Has now scored in double-figures 20 times in his career with season-high 16 points in Saint Mary's game followed by 15 in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Also played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 26th career contest, including two-straight games with multi-blocks... Posted 21st career game with five or more rebounds... Ranks fifth in WAC in field goal percentage (.619), as well as tied for fifth in blocked shots (2.0) and tied for 14th for rebounding (6.3)... Also tied for 12th in steals (1.67).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Dished out first two USU career assists in same game.
#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Tallied four rebounds and two points in season-opener against Idaho State... Was 16th career game with four or more rebounds.
#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in season-high 10 minutes of action in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.
#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - In USU debut in Idaho State game, 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... Registered new career-highs of five rebounds, one block and one assist, as well as career-high 23 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Ranks sixth in WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.571).
#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 37th career game... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christ contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in last two games.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 2-0 when leading at halftime; 0-1 when trailing at halftime; 2-0 when shooting better from the field; 0-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 2-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 0-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 2-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 2-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 2-1 when blocking more shots; 1-0 when having more steals.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 2-0 this year and has won 68 of its last 70 games (.971) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 275-25 (.917) when leading at the half and 46-76 (.377) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.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. So far this seaosn, USU is 1-0 this season after going 15-3 last season 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 77 of its last 82 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 219-30 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) 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 42.6 percent from three-point range (115-270) 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 115, needing two more to tie former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) at No. 9 with 117.
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. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 115 11. Troy Rolle 1999-00 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. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 270 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268
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- .426 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 202 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 332-107 (.756) 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. 11LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
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
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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