Utah State Men's Basketball Plays At Santa Clara Wednesday In First Road Trip Of Season
Junior guard Spencer Butterfield will lead the Aggies into his home state to take on Santa Clara on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) at Santa Clara's Leavy Center (4,500). Butterfield is one of three Californians on the Aggies' roster and his hometown of Loomis is 143 miles from Santa Clara.

 
Junior guard Spencer Butterfield will lead the Aggies into his home state to take on Santa Clara on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) at Santa Clara's Leavy Center (4,500). Butterfield is one of three Californians on the Aggies' roster and his hometown of Loomis is 143 miles from Santa Clara.
 
 

Nov. 26, 2012

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Utah State (3-1) at Santa Clara (5-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 • 8 p.m. (MT) • Santa Clara, Calif.
Leavy Center (4,500) • Aggie Sports Network

The Last Meeting
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Carroll, DuCharme Lead Aggies To 71-65 Victory Over Santa Clara Saturday
Behind Jaycee Carroll's pivotal three-point shooting and Stephen DuCharme's double-double, Utah State stopped Santa Clara with a tough 71-65 victory in men's basketball action Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball will hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Santa Clara, Calif. to take on Santa Clara on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) at Santa Clara's Leavy Center (4,500). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network. There will also be live video streaming available.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,482-1,023 (.592) in its 2,505 games played.

• Utah State is 3-1 to start a season for the second time in the last three years. A win Wednesday would give the Aggies their second 4-1 start to the season in the last three years.

• Utah State has won 21 of its last 34 road games (.618) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 99-81 (.550) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 69-45 (.605) record against conference opponents and a 32-22 (.593) mark against WAC teams. Saturday is USU's first road game of the season.

• Utah State will be facing Santa Clara for the first time since 2007 and just the eighth time overall, with USU holding a 4-3 series advantage. USU beat SCU, 71-65, in Logan on Dec. 1, 2007 in the last match-up. The Aggies have won two of the last three meetings, as the teams have alternated winning the last four match-ups. USU is seeking its first win at Santa Clara, as the Aggies have lost in their previous two visits there, getting nipped 77-75 in OT in the last visit there on Dec. 23, 2006.

• Of the seven meetings between the Aggies and Broncos, six of the seven meetings have been decided by nine points or less, including the last two being decided by six points or less.

• Utah State is 9-2 (.818) in games played on Nov. 28. USU is also 33-10 (.767) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill.

• Utah State is 122-31 (.797) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a palindromic 42-24 (.636) record on the road.

• Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) and junior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC).

• Harris' hometown of Rocklin is 141 miles from Santa Clara, while Butterfield's hometown of Loomis is 143 miles from Santa Clara and Reed's hometown of Palmdale is 334 miles from Santa Clara.

THIS WEEK
Utah State (3-1) hits the road for the first time this season, playing at Santa Clara (5-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 28. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live audio and video streaming links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The Aggies continue action on the road, playing at in-state foe Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Provo, Utah.

ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games. Wednesday's broadcast will also feature former USU men's basketball director of operations Lance Beckert serving as analyst.

Wednesday men's basketball will be aired in Salt Lake City on KOVO 960 AM and KDYL 1060 AM, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.

Additionally, Cache Valley/Tremonton fans can listen to the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU 102.1 FM and KLZX 95.9 FM, while Southeastern Idaho fans can listen via a KLZX translator on 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho.

ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site. Game updates and information is also available on twitter @Aggiehoops.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 3-1 on the season after pulling away from in-state foe Weber State, 65-55, Saturday night to close out a four-game homestand to start the season. USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after registering his second double-double of his Aggie career with both coming in the last three games, posting 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against Weber State. Shaw also has 1.5 blocks per game and is also is shooting 87.5 percent (14-of-16) at the free throw line. Junior guard Preston Medlin adds 13.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 3.5 assists per game. Medlin has also made a team-leading six three-pointers this season, shooting 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) behind the arc. Medlin tied a season-high with 17 points against Weber State and also swiped a career-high three steals to go with tying a career-high with nine rebounds. Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 11.5 ppg, pulling down 6.5 rpg as well to go with 2.3 blocks per game. Offensively, USU is averaging 64.0 ppg in making 44.2 percent (88-of-199) from the field, hitting 30.4 percent (14-of-46) behind the arc and 68.0 percent (66-of-97) at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 40.2 rebounds per game and have a +13.8 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 15.8 assists per game while averaging 12.0 turnovers per contest. Defensively, the Aggies' opponents are averaging 59.5 ppg while shooting 40.8 percent (82-of-201) from the field, hitting 35.9 percent (28-of-78) from distance and 62.2 percent (46-of-74) at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 26.5 rebounds per game, as well as 12.8 assists and 9.5 turnovers per game.

AGGIES RETURN THREE STARTERS
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.

Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.

A LOOK BACK AT THE WEBER STATE GAME
Junior center Jarred Shaw had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and Utah State used a 12-2 run during the final five minutes of the game to post a 65-55 home win against in-state rival Weber State Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In all, there were 24 lead changes and the game was tied 16 times during the night. With the win, Utah State improves to 3-1 on the season and 29-1 at home against in-state opponents under 15th-year head coach Stew Morrill as the Aggies have now won 27-straight home games against teams from the Beehive State. Overall, USU improves to 38-12 against teams from the state of Utah during the last 14 years. The Aggies also improve to 39-26 all-time against the Wildcats including a 24-8 mark in Logan. In all, USU has now won 11 of the last 13 games played in the series including eight-straight at home. Utah State also continued its trend of remaining nearly unbeatable when allowing less than 60 points as it has now won 115 of its last 120 games under Morrill when accomplishing that feat. Shaw, who also had a career-high three blocks in the game, was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line for his 16 points. Junior guard Preston Medlin added 17 points as he was 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 8-for-12 at the free throw line. Medlin also tied his career-high with nine rebounds to go along with four assists and a career-high three steals in 38 minutes. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he finished with a season-high 11 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. Senior forward Kyisean Reed added eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks, while junior forward Danny Berger also had eight points to go along with four boards. Davion Berry was the only Weber State player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 0-of-6 from three-point range and 1-for-5 at the free throw line. With the score tied at 53-all at the 5:00 mark, Utah State got baskets from Shaw and Reed, to go along with a pair of free throws from Clifford to open a six point advantage. Weber State than went 1-for-2 at the line to cut the deficit to five only to see USU go on another 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 65-54 with 39 seconds remaining following a Medlin free throw and the Aggies went on to post the 10-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 45.7 percent (21-46), including 20.0 percent from three-point range (1-5) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (22-32) as the Aggies converted 20-of-27 (.741) free pitches in the second half. Weber State shot just 34.0 percent overall (18-53), including 23.1 percent from three (3-13) and just 55.2 percent at the line (16-29). For the fourth time this year, Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Weber State by 13 (43-30). USU also had five more blocked shots (7-2) and three more assists (15-12) in the game, while WSU had four more steals (7-3) and four fewer turnovers (12-8). Neither team led by more than two points for the first eight minutes of the game before Weber State used a 7-0 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 15-10 advantage with 11:54 to play in the half. USU regained the lead at 18-17 following a layup from freshman guard Marcel Davis with 8:01 to play. From there the lead remained within two points for both teams as the score was all even at 28-28 at intermission. Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field (13-26) in the opening half, but was 0-of-2 from three-point range and just 2-for-5 (.400) at the line. Weber State shot 42.9 percent in the first half (12-28), including 2-of-6 (.333) from three and 2-for-5 (.400) from the line. In the first half, there were eight ties and 11 lead changes. In the second half, neither team led by more than three points until USU's deciding 12-2 run to end the game.

SHAW SOLID AGAINST WEBER STATE
Junior center Jarred Shaw registered his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all four games so far this season. Shaw has scored in double-figures in each of the last three games and had double-digit rebounds in two of the last three games. Shaw's seven field goals made were also a season-high. Shaw set a career-high with three blocked shots Saturday and has at least rejection in each of USU's four games.

OTHER NOTES FROM WEBER STATE GAME
• Utah State made a season-low one three-pointer Saturday night, but the Aggies continued their streak of making a three-pointer in a game, doing so for the 203rd-straight game. 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 had season-highs for blocks (7) and free throws attempted (32), while besides the one three-pointer made, the Aggies also attempted a season-low five three-pointers.

• Utah State has had a plus double-digit rebounding total in all four games this season and Saturday's 43 rebounds were its second game this season with 40 or more boards (49 vs. Saint Mary's).

• The Aggies have had four or more blocked shots in all four games this season, including three games with five or more, having four against Saint Mary's.

• Junior guard Preston Medlin made his 41st consecutive start and tied his season-high with 17 points Saturday... It was his 34th time in his career scoring in double-figures... Medlin's 8-of-12 free throw outing was a season-high.

• Medlin swiped a career-high three steals Saturday... Medlin has four assists for the second game in a row and has three or more helpers in all four games this season.

• Medlin's nine rebounds were a season-high and tied his career-high for the fourth time in a career.

• Sophomore forward Ben Clifford scored in double-figures for the first time this season with 11 points Saturday, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament.

AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.

MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard in junior guard Medlin who started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. Medlin, who earned first-team all-WAC honors a year ago, finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156).

As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.

Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.

After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.

UTAH STATE LOSES TWO STARTERS AND FIVE LETTERWINNERS FROM 2012 CIT RUNNER-UP TEAM
Utah State lost two starters in guard Brockeith Pane and forward Morgan Grim and three other letterwinners (forward Mitch Bruneel, guard E.J. Farris and guard Adam Thoseby) from last year's CollegeInsiders.com Tournament runner-up team. Pane was a two-time WAC honoree and was MVP of the 2011 WAC Tournament. Pane averaged 12.6 points, 4.3 and 3.0 rebounds per game in playing all 37 games last season. Grim averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in starting all 37 contests a year ago. USU also lost 2011 starter, forward Brady Jardine, who played in only three games of the 2011-12 season before suffering a career-ending foot injury. Jardine averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in those three games played last season.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA
The Broncos are off to their first 5-0 start to a season since 1968. Santa Clara won three games in four days last week, winning its own CBE Classic, beating South Carolina-Update, 85-65, on Tuesday, Utah Valley, 75-67, on Wednesday and Eastern Washington, 89-74, on Friday. Santa Clara is led by senior guard Kevin Foster with 20.6 ppg while adding 4.8 assists and 4.2 steals per game. Foster is shooting 40.5 percent (15-of-37) from three-point range. Senior forward Marc Trasolini added 18.8 ppg and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. Trasolini was named the MVP of the CBE Classic after averaging 25 points and four rebounds in the three games. Junior guard Evan Roquemore adds 10.6 ppg and dishes out 6.0 assists per game. Senior guard Raymond Cowels III is making 54.5 percent (12-of-22) of his three-pointers, averaging 9.6 ppg. Offensively, Santa Clara is averaging 85.8 ppg, while shooting 50.3 percent (151-of-300) from the field, including 41.4 percent (46-of-111) from three-point range as well as 75.0 percent (81-of-108) at the free throw line. SCU pulls down 32.4 rebounds per game, but has a -2.0 rebounding margin, as its opponents are pulling down 34.4 rpg. The Broncos average 19.4 assists per game while committing just 8.4 turnovers per game, adding 9.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game. Defensively, Santa Clara is yielding 66.8 ppg, while the opposition is shooting 40.6 percent (114-of-281) from the field, hitting 34-of-95 (35.8 percent) behind the arc in addition to 72-of-102 (70.6 percent) at the charity stripe. SCU's defense is forcing 17.0 turnovers per game.

AGGIES VS. BRONCOS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State will be facing Santa Clara for the first time since 2007 and just the eighth time overall, with USU holding a 4-3 series advantage. USU beat SCU, 71-65, in Logan on Dec. 1, 2007 in the last match-up. The Aggies have won two of the last three meetings, as the teams have alternated winning the last four match-ups. USU is seeking its first win at Santa Clara, as the Aggies have lost in their previous two visits there, getting nipped 77-75 in OT in the last visit there on Dec. 23, 2006. Prior to that, the teams met on Nov. 17, 2000 when the Aggies defeated the Broncos, 76-67, in the first round of the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. The two teams have also played in postseason action as USU defeated Santa Clara, 69-68, in the second round of the 1970 NCAA Tournament in Seattle, Wash. Of the seven meetings between the Aggies and Broncos, six of the seven meetings have been decided by nine points or less, including the last two being decided by six points or less. Utah State is 2-1 all-time against Santa Clara under head coach Stew Morrill.

VERSUS THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Utah State is playing the second of three West Coast Conference foes this season, having already played Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, losing 67-58, and the Aggies will face BYU in its next game, on Dec. 5 at Provo. Overall, USU is 127-156 (.449) against current members of the West Coast Conference as it has a 92-136 record against BYU, a 13-2 record against Portland, a 5-4 record against St. Mary's, a 4-1 record against Gonzaga, a 4-3 record against Santa Clara, a 2-0 record against San Diego, a 2-2 record against Pepperdine, a 3-8 record against San Francisco, and a 2-0 record against LMU. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 29-22 (.569) all-time versus current members of the West Coast Conference including a 14-11 (.560) record at USU. All-time, Morrill is 3-2 versus SCU, which includes a 1-1 mark while at Montana and currently 2-1 while at USU.

UTAH STATE AND SANTA CLARA IN NOVEMBER
Wednesday's meeting between Utah State and Santa Clara will be the second-earliest meeting and just the second match-up in November, with USU winning the previous November meeting by a palindromic, 76-67, on Nov. 17, 2000 in the first round of the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.

UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 52-18 (.743) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes a 28-2 (.935) record at home, suffering its first loss in the month last season to Denver, 67-54, on Nov. 30, 2012, which also snapped USU's 29-straight home game win streak during November. USU is 9-2 (.818) in games played on Nov. 28. USU is also 33-10 (.767) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill,

VERSUS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State is 122-31 (.797) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a palindromic 42-24 (.636) record on the road.

FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Utah State has three players on its current roster from the state of California in senior forward Kyisean Reed (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), junior guard Spencer Butterfield (Loomis, Calif./Del Oro HS/Yuba CC) and junior forward Sean Harris (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/Yuba CC).

Harris' hometown of Rocklin is 141 miles from Santa Clara, while Butterfield's hometown of Loomis is 143 miles from Santa Clara and Reed's hometown of Palmdale is 334 miles from Santa Clara.

LAST MEETING AGAINST SANTA CLARA
Behind Jaycee Carroll's pivotal three-point shooting and Stephen DuCharme's double-double, Utah State stopped Santa Clara with a tough 71-65 victory on Dec. 1, 2007 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State improved to 5-4 on the season with the win, while Santa Clara falls to 5-2 with the loss. Carroll, a senior guard from Evanston, Wyo., finished the night with a game-high 25 points as he netted four three-pointers to give him 283 for his career, tying Tony Brown (1999-2002) for the school record. DuCharme, a senior forward from Andover, Kan., posted his second double-double of the season and fifth of his Aggie career, tallying 12 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior forward Gary Wilkinson (South Jordan, Utah) tossed in 11 points and five rebounds before fouling out late in the game, while junior guard Desmond Stephens (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman forward Tai Wesley (Provo, Utah) netted nine points each. Senior point guard Kris Clark (Wilmington, N.C.) also had a solid game for the Aggies as he dished out a game-high seven assists. Santa Clara was led by Brody Angley's 22 points, while John Bryant had 20 points along with a team-high six rebounds. Down the entire first-half and trailing by as much as nine, Utah State trimmed an early nine-point deficit to four and trailed 30-26 at the break. USU then opened the second-half with an 18-7 run and took the lead for the first time at 31-30 after a Carroll trey. Santa Clara pulled to 50-49 at the 8:37 mark on a long three-pointer from the right wing by Jonathan Gunderson, but Stephens countered with a long three-pointer of his own from the left wing with the shot clock winding down, sparking another Aggie run that Carroll capped with back-to-back three-pointers to put USU ahead 66-55 with 3:43 to play, forcing an SCU timeout. The Broncos stormed out of the break with a 10-1 charge and closed the gap to 67-65 with 55 seconds remaining, but a pair of charity stripe shots by Stephens with 22 ticks left and two more by DuCharme with nine seconds remaining sealed the Aggie victory. The win was Utah State's 48th-consecutive non-conference regular-season win, the second longest in the country behind Duke's 53 in a row. USU has now won 42 straight home games in the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill. The Aggies shot 47.7 percent (21-of-44) for the game, including 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from three-point range, while the Broncos shot 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field, hitting 46.2 percent (6-of-13) behind the three-point arc. At the free throw line, USU made more (22) than SCU attempted (14), going 22-of-31 (71.0 percent) as compared to 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) for the visitors. USU and SCU tied in rebounding at 26-all, but the Aggies forced 14 Bronco turnovers, which were turned into 23 points. Utah State had only nine turnovers, the second game in a row with single-digit miscues.

LAST AWAY MEETING AGAINST SANTA CLARA
Despite a season-high tying 22 points from Stephen DuCharme, Utah State lost a 77-75 overtime game at Santa Clara on Dec. 23, 2006, after rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit. With the loss, USU falls to 9-3 on the season, while Santa Clara improves to 9-4 on the year with the win. DuCharme, who scored 18 of his 22 points after the half, added a season-high 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. Jaycee Carroll also scored in double-figures for Utah State with a season-low 14 points. After trailing by 10 at 51-41 with 13:02 remaining, Utah State scored 16 of the next 20 points to take a 57-55 lead. USU increased its lead to 65-61 with 1:28 remaining on a lay-up by Carroll before the Broncos scored the final four points of regulation to force overtime. USU had a running jump shot from Mikel Watson roll out as time expired, followed by a tip-in from DuCharme just after the buzzer. In the overtime, Santa Clara scored six of the first eight points to take a four-point lead and hit four straight free throws in the final :25 seconds to hold on for a two-point win. John Bryant led Santa Clara with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Scott Dougherty added 16 points off the bench, including 11 in the first-half. Utah State began the game by hitting five of its first six shots and lead 13-4 before Santa Clara scored 13 straight points to take a 17-13 lead. The Aggies then scored nine straight points to regain the lead at 22-17 before the Broncos finished the half on a 22-5 run to lead 39-27 at the break. In the first half, Santa Clara shot 46.7 percent from the field (14-30) and 46.7 percent from three-point range as it connected on seven-of-15 shots from behind the arc. USU shot 44.0 percent in the first half, but also committed 10 turnovers. Utah State finished the game by shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range, while Santa Clara shot 45.6 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three-point range. USU also out-rebounded the taller Broncos 37-35, but also committed 19 turnovers as compared to 17 for Santa Clara. Utah State, who had won eight straight games decided by six or fewer points, has now lost three straight overtime games dating back to last season.

UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career.... Shaw's double-double is the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Posted second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Has scored in double-figures in each of the last three games and had double-digit rebounds in two of the last three games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots Saturday and has at least rejection in each of USU's four games... Ranks second in the WAC in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and 10th in scoring (14.5 ppg), as well as eighth in field goal percentage (.550), fifth in free throw percentage (.875) and tied for seventh in block shots (1.5 bpg).

#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Started last nine games played and made 29th start in 34 career games played... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 11 career games after netting 10 in Saint Mary's game... Has made at least 2-of-2 at the free throw line in three of four games... Has three or more rebounds in each of last three games.

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 41st consecutive start and played in 63rd career game... Led USU in scoring for the third time this season and 25th time in last two seasons with 17 points in each of the TAMU-Corpus Christi and Weber State games, tying season high... Scored in double-figures 34 times in his career... Has multiple three-pointers in a game stopped at seven of last games and 39 career games while multi-treys... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made now with 116 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.6 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 273 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks tied for seventh in WAC for assists (3.5 apg), tied for 14th in steals (1.5 spg) and fifth for assist-turnover ratio (2.0)... Also tied for second in minutes played (36.0).

#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Made first four starts of Aggie career... Has dished out two or more assists in all four games, including a WAC-best nine in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Ranks tied third in WAC in assists (4.5) and is fourth for assist/turnover ratio (2.1).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 40th career game and made 32ndcareer start in Weber State game... Has now scored in double-figures 20 times in his career with season-high 16 points in Saint Mary's game followed by 15 in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Also played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 27th career contest, including three-straight games with multi-blocks, tying career-high with three blocks in Weber State game... Has at least one blocked shot in all four games this season and eight of his last nine career games played... Posted 22nd career game with five or more rebounds... Ranks seventh in WAC in field goal percentage (.552), as well as tied for fifth in blocked shots (2.3).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH

#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Dished out first two USU career assists in same game, and had two helpers in Weber State game.

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament.... Tallied four rebounds and two points in season-opener against Idaho State... Has 17 career games with four or more rebounds.

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in season-high 10 minutes of action in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Registered new career-highs of five rebounds, one block and one assist, as well as career-high 23 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Ranks tied for seventh in WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.444).

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 38th career game... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.

SHAW 14th IN NCAA IN REBOUNDING, USU SEVENTH IN REBOUNDING MARGIN
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 14th in the NCAA in rebounding with 10.8 rpg, helping Utah State to a +13.8 rebounding margin, which ranks the Aggies seventh in the nation. Shaw also is 30th in the country in double-doubles with two. USU also is 43rd in the nation in blocked shots per game (5.3) as well as 47th for assists per game (15.8).

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 2-0 when leading at halftime; 0-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 3-0 when shooting better from the field; 0-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field;1-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 0-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 3-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 3-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 2-0 this year and has won 68 of its last 70 games (.971) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 275-25 (.917) when leading at the half and 46-76 (.377) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.000) record this year.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this seaosn, USU is 1-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 77 of its last 82 games when scoring at least 70 points and is 219-30 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 2-0 this season and has won 115 of its last 120 games (.958) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 180-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.6 percent from three-point range (116-272) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as cracking the top 10 for three-pointers made, now with 116, needing one more to tie former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) at No. 9 with 117.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name	        Years	      FG
1.	Jaycee Carroll	2005-08	      369
2.	Tony Brown	1999-02	      283
3.	Reid Newey	1984, 87-89   237
4.	Jay Goodman	1991-93	      209
5.	Tyler Newbold	2008-11	      194
6.	Justin Jones	1996-98	      183
7.	Brian Green	2010-11	      129
8.	Jared Quayle	2009-10	      128
9.	Pooh Williams	2008-11	      117
10.	Preston Medlin	2010, 12-     116
11.	Troy Rolle	1999-00	      112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 10. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 272 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268

Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .426 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 203 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 333-107 (.757) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.

AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).

USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:

California - 4
vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15
at Santa Clara - Nov. 28
vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21
San Jose State - Jan. 11

Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14

Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31

Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22

Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16

Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8

Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2

Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15

Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2

LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING

Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).

MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.

MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.

MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.

GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.

THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.

BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

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