Nov. 25, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 5 Idaho State (1-3) vs. Utah State (2-2) Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 7 p.m. (MT) Pocatello, Idaho Holt Arena (12,000) Aggie Sports Network
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,460-1,008 (.592). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is 1-0 this season and 60-19 (.759) over the last 12 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games just 16 times during that time period. The last time USU lost back-to-back games was at the end of the 2009-10 season when it lost to New Mexico State (69-63) in the championship game of the WAC Tournament and to Texas A&M (69-53) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The last time USU lost back-to-back games during the regular season was also during the 2009-10 season when it lost at New Mexico State (55-2) and at Louisiana Tech (82-60) on Jan. 2 and 4, 2010.
Utah State has won 17 of its last 22 road games dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 95-73 (.565) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 28-30 (.483) record against non-conference opponents. USU is 0-2 on the road this season after losing at Weber State (73-63) and at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (58-55 OT).
Utah State has won 45 of its last 50 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) and at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (58-55 OT) this year.
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 (2-2) will stay on the road this weekend as it plays at Idaho State (1-3) on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 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) and Rod Tueller (analyst) calling the action. The pregame show from Pocatello will begin at 6 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 2-2 on the season after losing at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in overtime Tuesday, 58-55. Utah State began the year with a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young, followed by a loss at Weber State, 73-63, and a home win against Southern Utah, 65-62. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game, and is shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from three-point range and 90.0 percent at the free throw line. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, and is shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 80.8 percent at the free throw line. And sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin is averaging 8.3 points and is shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from three-point range and 50.0 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 63.0 points and shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from three-point range and 62.8 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 63.8 points and its opponents are shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from three-point range and 68.1 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 on Monday, Nov. 14 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 Friday, Nov. 25, Utah State ranks third in the WAC in scoring defense (63.8), fourth in field goal percentage (.424), fourth in rebounding margin (+1.8), fifth in scoring margin (-0.8), fifth in free throw shooting (.628), sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.343), sixth in field goal percentage defense (.413), and sixth in rebounding (36.0). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks third in free throw shooting (.900), sixth in scoring (15.3), seventh in steals (1.50), ninth in assists (3.25), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.81). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks seventh in blocked shots (1.00), eighth in free throw shooting (.808), eighth in scoring (13.8), ninth in field goal shooting (.472), and 10th in rebounding (7.0). Senior forward Brady Jardine ranks seventh in field goal shooting (.500) and eight in rebounding (7.7). Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks 13th in assists (2.50) and 15th in field goal shooting (.429), and junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks 12th in blocked shots (0.75) and 13th in rebounding (5.5).
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 TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI GAME
Senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his first-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in Utah State's 58-55 overtime loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Tuesday. Senior guard Brockeith Pane finished with 15 points for Utah State, while freshman guard Adam Thoseby added nine points off the bench as he was 3-of-5 from three-point range. Junior forward Kyisean Reed grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds to go along with four points. Myron Dempsey had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and Terence Jones scored 14 points. Trailing 38-35 with 7:01 to play, Utah State finally got going offensively and went on a 10-1 run to take a 45-39 lead with 3:12 remaining following a Pane free throw. However, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi finished the game on an 8-2 run, including the tying basket with five seconds to play sending the contest into overtime tied at 47. USU had a chance to extend a two-point lead with 31 seconds to play, but sophomore guard Preston Medlin missed the front-end of a one-and-one free throw. Utah State scored the first two points of overtime on a Pane jumper and led 53-52 with 1:34 left following a pair of free throws from Pane, but on its next possession the Islanders Hameed Ali hit a three-pointer giving the home team a 55-53 lead. TAMUCC then hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 17 seconds to preserve the win. Utah State finished the game shooting just 33.3 percent (19-57), its worst offensive performance since the 2005-06 season. The Aggies did convert 4-of-9 (.444) three-pointers and 13-of-18 (.722) free throws. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi shot 37.9 percent overall (22-58), including just 11.8 percent from behind the arc (2-17) and just 54.5 percent at the free throw line (12-22). Both teams grabbed 42 rebounds in the game, while Utah State had four more turnovers (16-12) and six fewer assists (12-6). Utah State's largest lead of the first-half was at 8-4 and later 16-12 following baskets by Grim. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi led by two on three different occasions during the first stanza including at 21-19 before sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel hit a three-pointer from the right wing to give the visitors a 22-21 lead at intermission. Grim led Utah State with 10 points and five rebounds in the first-half as Utah State shot just 29.6 percent (8-27), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (2-5) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (4-5). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi shot just 33.3 percent (10-33) during the first 20 minutes, including 0-of-8 from three-point range and 1-for-3 at the charity stripe.
UTAH STATE FINALLY LOSES CLOSE GAME
Utah State was 1-0 on the season and had won its last five games that were decided by five or fewer points before losing at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Tuesday in overtime, 58-55. Prior to its loss to the Islanders its last close lose was at New Mexico State, 55-52, on Jan. 2, 2010.
UTAH STATE DROPS OVERTIME GAME
Prior to its 58-55 overtime loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in its last game, Utah State had won five straight overtime games dating back to the 2006-07 season when it lost at Santa Clara in overtime, 77-75.
UTAH STATE CAN'T HOLD HALFTIME LEAD AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI
Entering its last game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Utah State had won 51 straight games when leading at the half. USU led 22-21 at halftime against the Islanders before losing in overtime, 58-55.
UTAH STATE LOSES DESPITE HOLDING ITS OPPONENT UNDER 60 POINTS
When Utah State holds its opponents under 60 points it usually wins. In fact, USU had won 28 straight games when limiting its opposition to less than 60 points before losing at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in overtime Tuesday, 58-55.
UTAH STATE SHOOTS SEASON LOW FROM FIELD AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI
Utah State had its worst offensive game in some time in its last game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as it shot a season-low 33.3 percent (19-57) and scored a season-low 55 points. For USU, it was its worst shooting performance since it shot just 32.4 percent in a 75-57 home loss to Nevada on Feb. 25, 2006, while its 55 points scored were its fewest since winning at Fresno State, 52-39, on Jan. 15, 2011. Furthermore, its 55 overtime points are the fewest ever scored in an overtime game in school history.
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 four 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 four games, senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures twice, and senior forward Brady Jardine, junior forward Kyisean Reed, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and freshman guard Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE
Idaho State is 1-3 on the season after losing at home to Loyola Marymount (79-76 OT) Wednesday. The Bengals began the year with a road loss at Oklahoma (78-74) and a road loss at North Dakota (63-47), before defeating Colorado Christian at home (93-66). The Bengals are led by senior guard Chase Grabau who is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Andre Hatchett is averaging 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while senior guard Kenny McGowen is averaging 10.5 points per game. As a team, Idaho State is scoring 72.5 points and shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from three-point range and 59.6 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, ISU is allowing 71.5 points and its opponents are shooting 43.4 percent, including 32.5 percent from three-point range and 71.6 percent at the free throw line. The Bengals return three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 9-20 and finished in a tie for eighth-place in the Big Sky Conference with a 4-12 league mark. Joe O'Brien is 55-100 in seven years at Idaho State and 368-217 in 20 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. IDAHO STATE RIVALRY ONE OF THE OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho State will be playing for the 48th time this weekend in what is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against Idaho State was during the 1942-43 season.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho State will be meeting for the 48th time this weekend with the Aggies owning a 34-13 advantage. USU is 6-4 all-time in known road games against the Bengals and has won 12 straight games in the series, including each of the last four on the road. The last time the two teams played was on Dec. 21, 2010 in Logan with USU posting a 71-48 win and the last time they played in Pocatello was o n Dec. 20, 2008 with Utah State wininng, 67-57. The last time Idaho State defeated Utah State was on Dec. 30, 1981 in Logan, 74-70, and the last time it won in Pocatello was on Dec. 30, 1980 by a final score of 74-69.
VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 191-99 (.659) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference, while Morrill is 70-21 (.769) all-time against the league. At Utah State, Morrill is 22-7 (.759) versus the Big Sky and 9-0 against Idaho State. All-time, Morrill is 21-1 (.955) against the Benglas, which includes a 10-1 record while at Montana, a 2-0 record while at Colorado State and a 9-0 record at Utah State.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Under head coach Stew Morrill, Utah State is 50-8 (.862) versus teams from the state of Idaho, which includes an 18-4 record against Boise State, a 23-4 record against Idaho and a 9-0 record versus Idaho State.
AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State has two players on its current roster who are from the state of Idaho in senior forward Brady Jardine and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel. Jardine prepped at Twin Falls HS and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2005 as he averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in leading them to a 24-2 record and the school's first state championship in 32 years. Bruneel prepped at Eagle HS in Boise and was named the Idaho Gatorade and 5A Player of the Year as a senior in 2008 as he averaged 23.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. As a collegiate freshman last year, Bruneel helped lead College of Southern Idaho to a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship as he averaged 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds en route to earning honorable mention Southwestern Athletic Conference Region 18 honors.
UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 49-16 (.754) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes an 11-12 (.478) record on the road and a 23-16 (.590) mark away from home. USU is also 128-44 (.744) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 6-3 (.667) all-time in games played on Nov. 26.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 167 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.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Senior guard Brian Green netted five three-pointers on the way to a team-high 17 points in leading Utah State to a 71-48 win against Idaho State Dec. 21, 2010. Green was joined in double-figures by senior forward Tai Wesley with 11 points, while coming up three rebounds shy of his fourth-straight double-double with seven boards. Junior forward Brady Jardine was one point short of a double-double with nine points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds, his fifth double-figure rebounding outing of the season. Idaho State was led by Broderick Gilchrest with 19 points, the lone Bengal in double-figures, while Mike Lacey pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds. USU shot 24-of-45 (53.3 percent) from the field, shooting better from behind the three-point arc at 56.3 percent (9-of-16). ISU shot 47.4 percent (19-of-40) field goal shooting, making 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) of its three-pointers. Utah State was also 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) at the free throw line, making more than Idaho State attempted (4-of-10, 40.0 percent), marking the sixth game this season that USU has done so. The Aggies had a 26-21 rebounding edge. USU forced 16 ISU turnovers while only committing nine miscues, leading to a 26-11 advantage in points off turnovers. The nine Aggie turnovers is the third time that they have been in single-digits in the turnover category this season. Utah State held a 17-15 lead before going on a 13-2 run to open up a 30-17 lead at the 6:06 mark after three-straight Green three-pointers, and the Aggies led by double-digits for the rest of the game. USU stretched its lead to 36-20 at the half. A three-pointer by freshman guard James Walker III gave the Aggies their first 20-point lead of the night at 54-34 with 9:58 to play, followed by a monster dunk by Jardine to give USU a 56-34 advantage. Senior forward Matt Formisano hit a jumper with 2:39 on the clock to open up Utah State's largest lead of the contest at 69-45 and the Aggies coasted to the victory.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO STATE IN POCATELLO
Junior guard Jared Quayle scored 11 points to lead a quarter of double-figure scorers for Utah State as it notched a 67-57 victory at Idaho State on Dec. 20, 2008. Quayle also added a season-high four assists and tied his season-high with seven rebounds for USU. Junior guard Stavon Williams came off the bench to score 11 points for the Aggies, while sophomore guard Tyler Newbold also scored 11 to go along with four assists. Sophomore forward Tai Wesley finished with 10 points and five rebounds, while senior forward Gary Wilkinson just missed recording his second double-double of the season as he posted nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Lucas Steijn had 15 points for Idaho State to lead all scorers, but was the only Bengal to finish in double-figures. Sophomore guard Pooh Williams scored the first two points of the game via a dunk and then hit his first three-pointer of the season to give Utah State an early 7-2 advantage. Idaho State cut the Aggies lead to one on three separate occasions only to see the visitors push the margin to 10 at 29-19 on a baseline jumper by Wilkinson with 6:00 minutes to play in the half. ISU responded with an 8-2 run to get within four, but Newbold drained a three-pointer just before the half to give the visitors a 34-27 lead at the break. In the first-half, Utah State shot just 40.6 percent from the field (13-32), but made 6-of-16 three-pointers (.375). Idaho State shot 44.0 percent in the first 20 minutes (11-25), but was out-rebounded 19-13, as the Aggies had eight offensive boards in the first-half. Utah State took its biggest lead of the game at 52-37 with 12:39 to play as Wilkinson hit a 17-foot jumper. Idaho State tried to claw its way back into the game and got within six points at 63-57 with 26 seconds to play, but USU finished the game by going 4-of-4 from the charity stripe as Newbold hit two free throws and Stavon Williams hit two more. Utah State finished the game by shooting 43.6 percent from the field (24-55), 36.0 percent from three-point range (9-25), and a season-low 58.8 percent from the free throw line (10-17). USU did tie its season-high with nine made three-pointers and shot a season-high 25 treys. Defensively, USU held Idaho State to just 37.7 percent shooting overall (20-53), including 23.1 percent from behind the arc (3-13). The Bengals did have the advantage at the free throw line, shooting 73.7 percent (14-19). Utah State out-rebounded Idaho State, 38-34.
UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Has started 37 games for Utah State during his career, including each of his last 30 at the point... Has scored in double-figures in all four games this year and 26 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 18-for-20 from the free throw line this season... Currently ranks third in the WAC in free throw shooting (.900), sixth in scoring (15.3), seventh in steals (1.50), ninth in assists (3.25), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.81)... Overall, he has played in 38 games at Utah State.
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... Has started two games on the season.
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... Had a career-high four rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah... Has scored in double-figures twice in his career as the 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 13th in the WAC in assists (2.50) and 15th in field goal shooting (.429)... Overall, he has played in 26 games at Utah State with four starts.
F #21 Morgan Grim (6-7, 230, Sr., Riverton, Utah) - Recorded his first-ever double-double as he scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Also played a career-high 42 minutes against the Islanders and tied his career-high with two assists.... Scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds 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 seventh in the WAC in blocked shots (1.00), eighth in free throw shooting (.808), eighth in scoring (13.8), ninth in field goal shooting (.472), and 10th in rebounding (7.0)... Overall, he has played in 36 games at Utah State with four starts and 78 games in his collegiate career.
F #34 Kyisean Reed (6-6, 215, Jr., Palmdale, Calif.) - Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a season-best 10 rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes... Also had a season-best two steals against the Islanders... Scored a season-high 13 points against Southern Utah... Was 5-of-7 from the field and 3-for-9 from the free throw line against Southern Utah... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks 12th in the WAC in blocked shots (1.00) and 13th in rebounding (5.5).
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/F #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Had his best game as an Aggie against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as he scored a season-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range... Also had a season-best three rebounds against the Islanders and played a season-high 19 minutes.
G #14 E.J. Farris (6-2, 185, Jr., Newark, Calif.) - Has played in 24 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.
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 a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started two games during the season.
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)... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
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 #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Has yet to see any playing time this season.
GRIM RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI
Senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his first-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes in his last game against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Grim also took three charges in the game to give him a team-leading six on the season. For Grim, it is his second career double-figure scoring game and first career double-figure rebounding game. Grim scored 19 points earlier this year at Weber State.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the fourth-straight game this year and 26th time in his career with 15 points at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. For Pane, he has now scored in double-figures in seven straight games dating back to last season. Pane is also 18-for-20 from the free throw line this season, and has made 43 of his last 46 free throws (.935) during his last seven games dating back to last season.
REED RECORDS DOUBLE-FIGURE REBOUNDS AGAINST TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI
Junior forward Kyisean Reed grabbed 10 rebounds in his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in his last game for his first career double-figure rebound game. He also played a career-high 31 minutes in the game and had four points and two steals.
THOSEBY HAS BREAKOUT GAME AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a breakout game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as he came of the bench to score a season-high nine points as he was 3-of-5 from three-point range. Thoseby also had a season-best three rebounds against the Islanders and played a season-high 19 minutes.
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.
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.
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 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 311-92 (.772) record. Those 311 wins are the fifth-most in the country, while the 77.2 percent winning percentage is fourth-best behind Duke (.838), Kansas (.821) 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 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 fourth-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, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Jim Calhoun (Conneticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and John Calipari (Kentucky) all with five.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 326-105 (.756) 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 77.2 percent with an overall record of 311-92. 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 69.1 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 544-243 (.691).
Head coach Stew Morrill (326-105) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (431). 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 326-105 (.756) overall record, a 167-49 (.773) conference record and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 544-243 (.691) 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 69.1 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.
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