Nov. 21, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-2) vs. Utah State (2-1) Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 6:30 p.m. (MT) Corpus Christi, Texas American Bank Center (8,100) Aggie Sports Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,460-1,007 (.592). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State received three votes in last week's Associated Press Top 25 poll to rank tied for 40th in the country along with Butler, George Mason, Harvard, Long Beach State and San Diego State. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State was ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the final seven weeks of the regular season climbing as high as 19th.
Utah State has won 17 of its last 21 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 95-72 (.569) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 28-29 (.491) record against non-conference opponents. USU is 0-1 thus far on the road this season after losing at Weber State, 73-63.
Utah State has won 45 of its last 49 regular season games with its only losses coming at No. 23 BYU (78-72), at No. 14 Georgetown (68-51) and at Idaho (64-56) during the 2010-11 season, and at Weber State (73-63) this year.
Utah State has three players on its roster from the state of Texas in redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton/Hebron HS), senior point guard Brockeith Pane (Dallas/Carter HS/Midland JC), and junior forward/center Jarred Shaw (Dallas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State).
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
Aggie players from the state of Utah include senior forward Morgan Grim (Riverton/Riverton HS), freshman forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), freshman forward David Collette (Murray/Murray HS), freshman guard Sam Orchard (Salt Lake City/Highland HS), and freshman center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS).
Utah State (2-1) will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas to play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised but it will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Network with Al Lewis (play-by-play) calling the action. The pregame show from Corpus Chrisit will begin at 5:35 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 with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 2-1 on the season after defeating Southern Utah at home Saturday, 65-62. Utah State began the year with a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young and then lost at Weber State, 73-63. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 15.3 points, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game, and is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent at the free throw line. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, and is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent at the free throw line. And sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin is averaging 11.0 points and is shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three-point range and 55.6 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 65.7 points and shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from three-point range and 60.5 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 65.7 points and its opponents are shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 42.0 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent at the free throw line.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week Monday after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Sunday, Nov. 20, Utah State ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.458), fourth in scoring (65.7), fourth in scoring defense (65.7), fourth in rebounding margin (+2.3), fourth in blocked shots (3.33), fifth in scoring margin (+0.0), sixth in free throw shooting (.605) and sixth in rebounding (34.0). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks second in free throw shooting (.917), sixth in assists (3.67), seventh in scoring (15.3), 10th in steals (1.33), 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.92) and 12th in field goal shooting (.432). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks fifth in blocked shots (1.33), seventh in field goal shooting (.500), 11th in free throw shooting (.750) and 14th in rebounding (5.3). Senior forward Brady Jardine ranks seventh in field goal shooting (.500) and eight in rebounding (7.7). Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 10th in field goal shooting (.462), 11th in assists (3.00) and 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.90), and junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks sixth in blocked shots (1.00).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
LOOKING BACK AT THE SOUTHERN UTAH GAME
Junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman guard Steven Thornton each scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench to lead Utah State to a come-from-behind 65-62 home win against Southern Utah Saturday. In all, Utah State's reserves scored 31 of its 65 points in the game. Utah State played the final 36 minutes of the contest without star forward Brady Jardine who injured his ankle early on and did not return. Jardine entered the game averaging 10.5 points and 11.0 rebounds on the year. Reed, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half, was 5-of-7 from the field with three towering dunks, but was just 3-of-9 from the free throw line. Thornton, who also had an impressive dunk in the game, was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane finished with 11 points for his 25th career double-figure scoring game, while sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin had nine points and senior forward Morgan Grim finished with eight points and five rebounds for Utah State. Jackson Stevenett had game-highs with 19 points and seven rebounds for Southern Utah, while Matt Massey scored 16 points. Leading 28-25 at halftime, Southern Utah began the second-half on a 9-5 run to take its largest lead of the game at 37-30 with 15:16 remaining. Utah State responded with an 8-1 run over the next 3:05 to tie it at 38-38 and USU later took its first lead of the half on a Pane jumper to make the score 42-41 with 11:23 to play. Reed sparked Utah State's second run of the half with five consecutive points as the Aggies raced out to a 53-45 advantage with 5:14 remaining. USU took its largest lead of the game two possessions later at 57-48 on a Reed layup, but Southern Utah fought back to within one at 61-60 with 31 seconds left on the clock. From there, Utah State made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 21 seconds including a pair of free tosses from Grim following an intentional foul and the Aggies held on for the three-point win as a desperation trey from Southern Utah fell short at the buzzer. Utah State finished the game shooting 46.3 percent (25-54), but was just 3-of-14 (.214) from three-point range and just 12-of-24 (.500) from the free throw line. Southern Utah shot 44.7 percent (21-47) for the game, including 46.2 percent from behind the arc (6-13) and 70.0 percent at the charity stripe (14-20). Utah State out-rebounded Southern Utah by eight (36-28) including a 16-9 advantage on the offensive end. USU also had a season-low eight turnovers in the contest including none in the final 20 minutes to go along with a season-best four blocked shots. Utah State scored six of the first eight points in the game and later led 13-6 following a three-point play from Medlin, before Southern Utah answered with an 11-2 run to take a 17-15 lead. SUU then scored four of the final five points of the half to break a 24-24 tie as it went into the locker room up 28-25. Southern Utah shot 45.8 percent (11-24) in the first 20 minutes of play, including 2-of-5 (.400) from three-point range and 4-of-7 (.571) from the free throw line. Utah State shot 45.5 percent (10-22) in the first half including 4-for-5 (.800) from the charity stripe, but was just 1-of-6 (.167) from three-point range. Utah State finished the game with a season-low eight turnovers and a season-high four blocks. USU also had a season-high 16 offensive rebounds and tied its season-high with 11 assists.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWS UP LOSS WITH ANOTHER WIN
Following its 73-63 loss at Weber State Tuesday, Utah State improved to 60-19 over the last 12 years following a loss with its 65-62 home win against Southern Utah. Overall, USU has lost back-to-back games just 16 times in the last 12 years.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO WIN CLOSE GAMES
With its 65-62 home win against Southern Utah, Utah State has now won each of its last five games decided by five or fewer points and the last time it lost a game that was decided by five or fewer points was on Jan. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State, 55-52.
AGGIE RESERVES HAVE COMING OUT PARTY AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
After recording a combined 15 points and 17 rebounds in its first two games of the season, Utah State's bench had a breakout game against Southern Utah as four Aggie reserves combined for 31 points and 21 rebounds including 13 boards on the offensive end. Junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman guard Steven Thornton each had 13 points and five boards, while freshman center Jordan Stone accounted for five points and five rebounds, and freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford added six rebounds. The 31 bench points are the most for an Aggie team since scoring 48 against Montana Western last year, while its 21 rebounds are the most since grabbing 23 against Troy last year.
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD SIX DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through three games, Utah State has already had six different players on its roster score in double-figures as Brockeith Pane has scored 10 or more points in all three games, while senior forwards Brady Jardine and Morgan Grim, junior forward Kyisean Reed, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and freshman guard Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
UTAH STATE A SECOND-HALF TEAM THUS FAR
Through three games, Utah State has played better statistically in the second half as it is averaging 38.3 points in the final 20 minutes and shooting 48.8 percent from the field (40-82). During the first 20 minutes, USU is averaging just 27.3 points and shooting 42.3 percent (30-71). Defensively, USU is also playing better in the second half as it is allowing 32.7 points before intermission with its opponents shooting 48.6 percent (35-72), while allowing 33.0 points after intermission but limiting its opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting (28-76).
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 0-2 thus far this year as it began the season with a 71-39 loss at Oklahoma State followed by a 65-58 home loss to Denver. The Islanders, who are members of the Southland Conference, are led by senior forward Chris Hawkins-Mast who is averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, and is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 50.0 percent at the free throw line. Junior forward Myron Dempsey is also averaging double-figures at 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. As a team, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is averaging 48.5 points per game and is shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 17.4 percent from three-point range and 56.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 68.0 points per game and its opponents are shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent at the free throw line. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi returns one starter and two letterwinners from last year's team that went 10-21 and finished in sixth-place in the Western Division of the Southland Conference with a 5-11 record. Willis Wilson is in his first year as the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is 219-248 in 17 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will playing one another for the first time in series history this week.
VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Utah State is 2-1 (.667) all-time against current members of the Southland Conference as it is 1-0 against Lamar and 1-1 against Northwestern State. The last time USU played a team from the Southland Conference was on Nov. 10, 2006 when it began that season with an 88-71 loss at Northwestern State.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 23-9 (.719) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State and Texas Southern, 1-1 against Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, and 1-4 against UTEP. The last time Utah State played a team from the Lone Star State was Mar. 19, 2010 when it lost to Texas A&M, 69-53, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash., and the last time Utah State played a game in the state of Texas was on Nov. 24, 2007 when it defeated Iowa, 75-62, in the South Padre Island Invitational. The last time Utah State played against a team from the state of Texas within the borders of Texas was on Feb. 26, 2000 when it won at North Texas, 76-68.
UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 49-15 (.766) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes an 11-11(.500) record on the road and a 23-15 (.605) mark away from home. USU is also 21-7 (.750) in games played on Tuesday under Morrill and 1-1 all-time in games played on Nov. 22.
AGGIES SCHEDULE LOADED WITH POSTSEASON GAMES
Of its 31 regular season games scheduled this year, Utah State will play at least 11 games against teams who participated in postseason play last year. Overall, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of five games against postseason teams from a year ago as it will host Brigham Young, Kent State and Saint Peter's, and play at Weber State and Wichita State. Both the Cougars and Saint Peter's played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Kent State and Wichita State both participated in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2011, with the Shockers winning the championship. Weber State concluded its 2011 season in the College Basketball Invitational. In all, Utah State's non-conference schedule consists of nine teams with winning records in 2011, including four who won at least 20 games. Other postseason teams from the 2010-11 season on Utah State's schedule include Hawai'i and Idaho who both played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and San Jose State who participated in the College Basketball Invitational.
UTAH STATE INSIDE THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 195-13 (.938) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill, which includes a 95-5 (.949) record against non-conference opponents. Overall, USU is 489-106 (.821) in this its 42nd year in the building. USU has also won 33 straight home games to rank as the third-longest active home winning streak in the nation behind Duke (40) and Kentucky (37). Overall, USU has won 85 of its last 87 home games with its only losses during that stretch coming against Saint Mary's (68-63) on Dec. 5, 2009 and against Fresno State (71-66) on March 3, 2007. Saint Mary's snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak. USU has also won 16 straight home games against non-conference opponents dating back to the Saint Mary's game.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State has won 51 straight games when leading at the half, with its last loss coming at Northeastern on Nov. 21, 2009... USU has won 27 of its last 28 games when out-rebounding its opponent... USU has won 28 straight games when allowing less than 60 points with its last loss coming at New Mexico State on Jan. 2, 2010.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 166 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.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 326-104 (.758) record, including a 167-49 (.773) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 77.4 percent with an overall record of 311-91. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 195-13 (.938) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 544 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.2 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 544-242 (.692).
Head coach Stew Morrill (326-104) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (430). Morrill is also the second-longest tenured coach at Utah State (14 seasons) behind E. Lowell Romney (1920-41).
In his 14th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 326-104 (.758) overall record, a 167-49 (.773) conference record and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 544-242 (.692) record in this his 26th year as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation with his 544 career wins and 23rd in winning percentage at 69.2 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 73 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 11 active coaches to notch 16 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009, 2010 and 2011 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010 and 2011.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and six at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 136-78 (.636).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year six times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011 while at Utah State.
Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice),Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice) and Brockeith Pane.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
Utah State is 195-13 (.938) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 15 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Has started 36 games for Utah State during his career, including each of his last 29 at the point... Has scored in double-figures three times this year and 25 times in his career... Also has one 20-point game this season and four in his career... Scored 21 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in his season-opener against BYU... Is 11-for-12 from the free throw line this season... Currently ranks second in the WAC in free throw shooting (.917), sixth in assists (3.67), seventh in scoring (15.3), 10th in steals (1.33), 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.92), and 12th in field goal shooting (.432)... Overall, he has played in 37 games at Utah State.
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Made his first career start against BYU and scored 15 points... Also had a career-high five assists against the Cougars and tied his career-high with three rebounds... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah... Has scored in double-figures twice in his career as he other double-digit outing was 17 points against Southern Utah (11/28/09) as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from three... Currently ranks 10th in the WAC in field goal shooting (.462), 11th in assists (3.00), and 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.90)... Overall, he has played in 25 games at Utah State with three starts.
F #15 Mitch Bruneel (6-5, 205, So., Boise, Idaho) - Made his first career start at Weber State and tied his career-high with eight points and 21 minutes played, while grabbing a career-high four rebounds... Played 21 minutes in a reserve role in his first career game against BYU.
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Scored a career-high 19 points, tied his career-high with seven rebounds and played a career-high 34 minutes at Weber State... Made his first career start at Utah State, and his fifth career start overall, against BYU as he finished the game with eight points... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU and Southern Utah... Ranks fifth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.33), seventh in field goal shooting (.500), 11th in free throw shooting (.750) and 14th in rebounding (5.3)... Overall, he has played in 35 games at Utah State and 77 games in his collegiate career.
F #22 Brady Jardine (6-7, 220, Sr., Twin Falls, Idaho) - Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Ranks seventh in the WAC in field goal shooting (.500) and eighth in rebounding (7.7).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Recorded a season-high six rebounds and played a season-high 16 minutes against Southern Utah... Saw his first action as an Aggie at Weber State, playing three minutes.
G #5 Steven Thornton (6-3, 175, Fr., Valencia, Calif.) - Scored a season-high 13 points, grabbed a season-high five rebounds and played a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 1-for-1 at the free throw line... Started his first career game against BYU.
G/F #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Played 12 minutes in each of his first two games, scoring two points against BYU... Had two rebounds at Weber State.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Has played in 23 games during his Aggie career... Scored his first points of the season at Weber State as he was 2-for-2 at the free throw line... Saw four minutes against BYU and recorded one rebound.
C #25 Jordan Stone (6-10, 270, Fr., Smithfield, Utah) - Recorded season-highs with five points and five rebounds in just seven minutes of action against Southern Utah as he was 2-of-3 from the field and 1-for-3 at the free throw line... Also had one block against SUU... Played three minutes in his first career game and scored one point on 1-of-2 shooting from the free throw line against BYU... Also had two rebounds against BYU.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Scored a season-high 13 points, tied his season-high with five rebounds and played a season-high 25 minutes against Southern Utah... Was 5-of-7 from the field and 3-for-9 from the free throw line against Southern Utah... Played 15 minutes off the bench in his first career game against BYU... Also had five rebounds to go along with one block against BYU... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks sixth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.00).
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Has yet to see any playing time this season.
REED SCORES FIRST POINTS AS AN AGGIE AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high 13 points (all in the second half) and tied his season-high with five rebounds against Southern Utah in his last game as he played a season-high 25 minutes. Reed, who was 5-of-7 from the field but just 3-for-9 at the free throw line against SUU, also had three dunks in the game. Reed entered the game against Southern Utah shooting 0-of-4 from the field and 0-for-2 at the free throw line.
THORNTON RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAME AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Freshman guard Steven Thornton scored a season-high 13 points and had a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes against Southern Utah in his last game. Thornton, who was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range, and 1-for-1 at the free throw line against SUU, also had his first dunk of the season in the game.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the third-straight game this year and 25th time in his career with 11 points against Southern Utah. For Pane, he has now scored in double-figures in six straight games dating back to last season. Pane is also 11-for-12 from the free throw line this season after missing his first free throw of the year against Southern Utah, and has made 36 of his last 38 free throws (.947) during his last six games dating back to last season.
STONE PROVIDES SPARK OFF AGGIE BENCH AGAINST SOUTHERN UTAH
Freshman center Jordan Stone had his best game of the young season against Southern Utah as he scored a season-high five points and grabbed a season-high five rebounds in just seven minutes in the second half as he was 2-of-3 from the field and 1-for-3 at the free throw line. Stone also played a season-high seven minutes in the game.
GRIM RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AGAINST WEBER STATE
Senior forward Morgan Grim had a career-night at Weber State Tuesday as he scored a career-high 19 points to go along with a career-high tying seven rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes of action. Grim finished the game shooting 5-of-11 from the field and 9-for-12 at the free throw line.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State Tuesday, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE PICKED FIRST BY MEDIA, THIRD BY COACHES IN PRESEASON POLLS
After winning four-straight regular season Western Athletic Conference Championships and two WAC Tournament titles in the past three years, Utah State's men's basketball team is picked to finish first in the conference once again during the 2011-12 season according to league's media, while the coaches have tabbed the Aggies third in the WAC's preseason polls. Nevada is the coaches pick to win the WAC this year after receiving five first-place votes and 46 points, while New Mexico State is slated to finish second after garnering 41 points, but no first-place votes. Utah State received three first-place votes and 38 points and was picked to finish third, followed by Hawai'i (32), Idaho (24), Fresno State (18), San Jose State (14) and Louisiana Tech (11). In the media poll, Utah State garnered 13 first-place votes and 174 points, while Nevada was second with 162 points and five first-place votes. New Mexico State, who received 150 points and three first-place votes was picked third, while Hawai'i received 126 points and three first-place votes and was picked to finish fourth. Idaho was picked fifth (89), followed by San Jose State (66), Fresno State (59) and Louisiana Tech (38).
PANE NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR BY MEDIA
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the media and a first-team all-league selection by both the media and coaches heading into the 2011-12 season. Overall, Utah State has had the WAC's Player of the Year three times in the last four years in Jaycee Carroll (2008), Gary Wilkinson (2009) and Tai Wesley (2011). Pane earned first-team all-WAC honors and was named to the league's all-newcomer team as a junior, along with being voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane is also the only returning first-team all-league player in the WAC from last season.
JARDINE NAMED PRESEASON SECOND-TEAM ALL-WAC BY THE COACHES
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named to the WAC's preseason second-team by the coaches heading into the 2011-12 season.
Utah State placed four players (Matt Formisano, Brady Jardine, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley) on the academic all-WAC team in 2011. The other eight teams in the league combined for 10 academic all-WAC selections. Under Morrill, USU has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
UTAH STATE NATIONALLY RANKED THREE TIMES IN LAST EIGHT YEARS
Utah State ended the 2010-11 season ranked No. 25 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and ended the season nationally ranked for nine straight weeks, which is its longest streak since being ranked for 11 straight weeks during the 1970-71 season. That No. 25 national ranking for Utah State marks the first time it has been ranked at the end of a season since the 1977-78 USU team finished the year ranked No. 17 in the final United Press Coaches' Poll. Overall, it is just the eighth time in school history that an Aggie team has been nationally ranked at the end of the year joining the 1960 (7th), 1962 (19th), 1964 (15th), 1967 (14th), 1970 (17th), 1975 (13th) and 1978 teams (17th). Utah State entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll. The Associated Press does not produce an end-of-season poll. Utah State's No. 17 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll earlier in the year and during the 2008-09 season. USU's No. 19 ranking in the AP poll is the highest since the 2003-04 season was also ranked No. 19. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls. The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.
UTAH STATE WINS SEVENTH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER MORRILL AND 16TH ALL-TIME
With its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship last year, Utah State has now won seven league titles under head coach Stew Morrill and 16 conference championships all-time in school history (1918, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1980, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
UTAH STATE WINS EIGHTH POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State won its eighth postseason tournament championship, and second Western Athletic Conference tournament championship last year. It is also the sixth time under Morrill that USU has won a tournament title (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011) as the first four were when the Aggies were a member of the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE HAS WON FOUR STRAIGHT WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State's current run of winning four-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championships is the longest in school history and the best by a WAC team since Nevada won five straight league titles from 2004-08. The previous school record for consecutive conference titles was two during the 1935-36 seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference and the 1997-98 seasons in the Big West Conference.
UTAH STATE ONE OF FIVE TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY TO WIN FOUR-STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Utah State is one of five teams in the nation to win at least four-straight regular season conference championships. Gonzaga has the longest active streak as it has won 11 straight West Coast Conference titles, while Kansas is second with seven straight Big 12 titles. Butler (Horizon) and Xavier (Atlantic 10) are tied for third as each school has won five-straight league championships, while Utah State (WAC) has won four-straight league titles.
UTAH STATE FINISHES YEAR RANKING THIRD IN THE NATION IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season ranking third in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.383), fourth in winning percentage (.882), fifth in scoring defense (58.7), sixth in scoring margin (+13.4), eighth in rebound margin (+7.6), 11th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.302), 28th in field goal percentage (.470), 32nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24), 40th in fewest turnovers per game (11.8) and 47th in free throw shooting (.737).
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINNING PERCENTAGE
Utah State finished the 2010-11 season setting a school record with a winning percentage of 88.2 percent, bettering the previous record of 86.2 percent set during the 2003-04 season. USU also tied the 2008-09 team for the most wins in school history with 30. Utah State also finished the year ranking fourth all-time in school history in three-point attempts (562), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (206), sixth in blocked shots (110), eighth in total points (2,449), ninth in assists (500), ninth in free throws made (563) and ninth in free throw percentage (.737). USU also played 34 games to rank tied for fifth all-time in school history.
UTAH STATE TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOOTING TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State has led the nation in field goal shooting three times in the last seven years as it shot 52.5 percent during the 2004-05 season, 51.4 percent during the 2007-08 season, and 49.6 percent during the 2008-09 season. Utah State finished the 2009-10 season ranking third in the nation in three-point shooting (.414), ninth in overall shooting (.488) and 10th in free throw shooting (.758), and was the only team in the nation to rank among the top 10 nationally in all three shooting categories. In 2010-11, Utah State ranked 28th in the nation in overall shooting at 47.0 percent.
USU HAS 12TH-LONGEST ACTIVE POSTSEASON STREAK
Utah State has advanced to postseason play in each of the last 12 seasons as it has played in eight NCAA Tournaments and four NIT's. That streak of 12 straight postseasons is tied with Notre Dame for the 13th-longest active streak in the nation. Michigan State owns the longest active postseason streak in the nation at 23 with 19 NCAA and four NIT appearances. Kansas is second with 22 straight NCAA trips, while Kentucky is third at 20 with 19 NCAA bids and one NIT appearance. Syracuse (14-NCAA, 4-NIT) is fourth with 18 straight postseason appearances. Duke ranks fifth with 16 straight NCAA trips, while Oklahoma State is sixth with 15 straight (10-NCAA, 5-NIT), and Creighton (7-NCAA, 5-NIT, 1-CIT, 1-CBI) and Gonzaga (13-NCAA, 1-NIT) are tied for seventh with 14 straight postseason trips. Florida (11-NCAA, 2-NIT), Texas (13 NCAA) and Wisconsin (13-NCAA) are all tied for ninth with 13 straight postseason bids, followed by USU and Notre Dame (7-NCAA, 5-NIT).
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 311-91 (.774) record. Those 311 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 77.4 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.837), Kansas (.822) and Gonzaga (.794). 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 six years with a 75-21 (.781) 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).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 201-98 (.672) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league. In 2006, USU finished in a tie for second-place with an 11-5 league record and advanced to the conference's championship game. In 2007, USU finished in fourth-place with a 9-7 mark and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game for the second straight year. In 2008, Utah State won a share of its first-ever WAC regular season championship as it went 12-4 during the year. In 2009, Utah State won its first-ever outright WAC regular season title with a 14-2 league record and its first-ever WAC Tournament championship. In 2010, Utah State won its third-straight regular season WAC title with a 14-2 record. And last year, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC championship with a 15-1 league record, to go along with its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years.
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has four former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek has nine assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Rick Pitino (Louisiville) with seven, Mike Montogmery (California) with six, Jim Calhoun (Conneticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and John Calipari (Kentucky) all with five, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Ben Braun (Rice) and Trent Johnson (LSU) all with four.
JARDINE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ONCE LAST SEASON
Senior forward Brady Jardine was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 29, 2010 after leading Utah State to a pair of home wins against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54). Against the Utes, he posted his second-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes. Jardine was 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line in the game. Against the Huskies, Jardine posted another double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 13 boards as he was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also tied his career-high with three blocks and played a career-high 34 minutes in the game. For the week, Jardine averaged 17.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (11-17) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18).
JARDINE NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Brady Jardine was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team last season. Jardine was one of just three players from the Western Athletic Conference to earn academic all-district honors during the 2010-11 season joining teammate Tyler Newbold and Nedeljko Golubovic of Fresno State. The Aggie duo were also the only players from the state of Utah recognized. Along with being academic all-district, Jardine has also earned academic all-WAC honors three times in his career.
PANE NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF WAC TOURNAMENT
Senior guard Brockeith Pane was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as he had 16 points and three rebounds against San Jose State in the semifinals and 19 points, four assists and three rebounds in the championship game against Boise State. For the tournament, Pane averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (9-21) and was a perfect 17-for-17 at the free throw line.
UTAH STATE HAS WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST FOUR YEARS
With senior forward Tai Wesley being named the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Utah State has now had three of the last four players of the year in the conference as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008 and Gary Wilkinson won it in 2009. Utah has the most WAC Players of the Year with seven, followed by Nevada with five and BYU with four. USU, Fresno State, San Diego State and Wyoming have all had three.
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).
MORRILL NAMED NABC DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR IN 2011
Veteran Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers in 2011. It is the second year in a row that Morrill has been named the NABC's Coach of the Year for District 6 as he shared the award a year ago with Northern Colorado's Tad Boyle.
MORRILL NAMED WAC COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
For the third straight year, Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has been named the Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year after leading Utah State to its fourth-straight regular season conference championship. Morrill has now been named Coach of the Year in his respective conference six times during his illustrious career as he was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 while at Montana, and the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 while at Utah State, along with earning WAC Coach of the Year honors in each of the last three seasons. Morrill's award last year marks the eighth time in school history that an Aggie coach has been honored as Rod Tueller was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1980, while Larry Eustachy won the honor in 1995 and 1998.
MORRILL HAS COACHED 14 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) and Brockeith Pane.
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