Nov. 29, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Denver
Denver (4-1) vs. Utah State (3-2)
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 7:07 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Sports Network KCSG-TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,461-1,008 (.592). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State has won 33 straight home games to rank as the third-longest active home winning streak in the nation behind Duke (39) 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.
Utah States has won 17 straight home games against non-conference opponents with its last non-conference home loss occurring on Dec. 5, 2009 against Saint Mary's (68-63) as the Gaels snapped USU's school-record 37-game home winning streak.
Utah State is 195-13 (.938) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 95-5 (.950) record against non-conference opponents. Overall, USU is 489-106 (.821) in this its 42nd year in the building.
Utah State has won 46 of its last 51 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.
With its 75-62 win at Idaho State in its last game, Utah State is now 2-0 this season and 61-19 (.763) 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 lost to Texas A&M (69-53) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The last time it last 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 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.
Utah State (3-2) returns home and will host Denver (4-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live on KCSG-TV (Comcast Ch. 116, DirecTV Ch. 44, Dish Network Ch. 37) with Mychal Clayton (play-by-play) and Brooks Hansen (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available via the internet at ESPN3.com and is part of the ESPN Full Court Package.
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 3-2 on the season after winning at Idaho State Saturday, 75-62. Utah State began the year with a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young, followed by a loss at Weber State, 73-63, a home win against Southern Utah, 65-62, and a road loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in overtime, 58-55. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 assists per game, and is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 86.4 percent at the free throw line. Senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, and is shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 74.3 percent at the free throw line. And sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin is averaging 11.8 points and is shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from three-point range and 45.5 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 65.4 points and shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range and 62.7 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 63.4 points and its opponents are shooting 39.5 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Monday, Nov. 28, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (63.4), first in three-point field goal percentage (.424), second in field goal percentage (.451), third in field goal percentage defense (.395), third in scoring margin (+2.0), fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.306), fourth in rebounding margin (+1.4), fourth in blocked shots (3.20), sixth in free throw shooting (.627), and sixth in rebounding (34.6). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks third in assists (4.4), fifth in free throw shooting (.864), eighth in scoring (14.2), eighth in steals (1.40), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks fifth in blocked shots (1.20), eighth in rebounding (6.8), 10th in scoring (13.2), 11th in field goal shooting (.444), and 12th in free throw shooting (.743). Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks fifth in three-point shooting (.462), sixth in field goal shooting (.512), 13th in scoring (11.8), and 13th in assists (2.80). Junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks 10th in blocked shots (0.75) and 13th in rebounding (5.5), and freshman guard Adam Thoseby ranks third in three-point shooting (.500).
UTAH STATE RANKS 23RD NATIONALLY IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
As of Monday, Nov. 28, Utah State ranks first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in three-point shooting at 42.4 percent. USU also ranks 87th nationally in field goal percentage defense at 39.5 percent. Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks 98th in the country in free throw shooting (.864) and 103rd in assists per game (4.4).
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 IDAHO STATE GAME
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 26 points and Utah State connected on 13 three-pointers in a 75-62 road win at Idaho State Saturday. Medlin, who added a career-high six rebounds and a career-best two steals, finished the game shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range as those eight treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Utah State's 13 three-point field goals were not only a season-best, but tied for the second-most in school history and the most since USU made 13 treys against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. USU entered Saturday's game having made just 15 three-pointers on the season. Freshman guard Adam Thoseby also had a career-night for Utah State as he scored in double-figures for the first time with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Senior forward Morgan Grim added 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high tying two blocked shots, while senior guard Brockeith Pane and freshman forward Ben Clifford each scored 10 points. Pane also tied his career-high with nine assists, while Clifford added season-bests in rebounds (7), assists (2), blocks (2) and minutes played (37) in his first career start. Once again, Utah State was without senior forward Brady Jardine who sprained his foot in the Southern Utah game on Nov. 19, and without junior forward Kyisean Reed who sprained his knee in practice earlier in the week. Melvin Morgan led four Idaho State players in double-figures with 24 points. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-best 57.8 percent (26-45), including a blistering 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19) and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-16). USU also had season-highs in both assists (21) and blocked shots (5), while committing six more turnovers (16-10) in the game. Both teams finished with 29 rebounds. After a three-pointer from Medlin to start the second-half, Idaho State scored eight straight points to take a 38-35 lead. USU then went on an 11-0 run as Medlin hit back-to-back three's, followed by a Pane three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Clifford to give the visitors a 46-38 advantage with 12:48 to play. USU increased its lead to 11 at 52-41 following a Thoseby trey and then went on a 14-3 run to take its largest lead of the game at 75-56 with 2:40 remaining following two Clifford free throws. ISU scored the final five points of the game to make the final score 75-62. Idaho State finished the game shooting just 32.7 percent (17-52), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Bengals were also just 3-of-18 (.167) from three-point range, but did convert 25-of-30 (.833) free throws. Utah State scored the first six points of the game on three-pointers from Thoseby and Medlin before Idaho State responded with an 11-3 run. USU got its advantage back to six at 17-11 following five quick points from Thoseby and later led by six at 19-13 after a layup from sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel. ISU then scored seven of the next eight points to regain the lead only to see the Aggies score five straight points. The Bengals led for the last time in the first-half at 27-26 as USU finished the half on a 6-2 run to go into the locker room with a 32-29 advantage. Medlin led Utah State with 14 points and five rebounds in the first-half as he was 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. Thoseby added 11 first-half points as he was 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arc. In the first-half, USU shot 50.0 percent from the field (12-24), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and was 1-for-2 at the free throw line. Idaho State shot just 33.3 percent (9-27) in the first 20 minutes, including just 2-of-8 (.250) from three-point range, but was 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State had its best offensive game of the season in its last outing at Idaho State as it shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field (26-45) and 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19). For USU, it was its best shooting performance from the field since it shot 62.0 percent (31-50) at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2011, and its best shooting performance from three-point range since it shot 68.8 percent (11-16) against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. Entering its game against ISU, Utah State was shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (89-210) and just 31.9 percent from three-point range (15-47).
UTAH STATE MAKES SECOND-MOST TREYS IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's 13 made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for second all-time in school history and the most made by a USU team since it made 13 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. The school record for made three-pointers in a game is 20 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006.
UTAH STATE DISHES IT OUT AT IDAHO STATE
After recording just 31 assists in its first four games of the year, Utah State had a season-high 21 assists on 26 made baskets at Idaho State. USU also scored a season-high 75 points in the game and had a season-best five blocked shots.
UTAH STATE STARTS A DIFFERENT LINEUP, AGAIN
For the fourth time in five games, Utah State started a different lineup against Idaho State. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State started four different lineups for the entire season.
FIVE AGGIES SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AT IDAHO STATE
Utah State had five players score in double-figures (Medlin 26, Thoseby 16, Grim 11, Clifford 10, Pane 10) for the first time this year and for the first time since Jan. 29, 2011 when USU had five players score in double-figures in an 89-84 double overtime win at Hawai'i.
Denver is 4-1 on the season after losing its last game at California, 80-59. The Pioneers began the year with a home win against Portland State (69-61), a road win at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (65-58), and home wins against Southern Mississippi (59-52) and Saint Mary's (70-58). DU is led by senior guard Brian Stafford who is averaging 14.8 points per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range and 92.9 percent at the free throw line. Freshman forward Chris Udofia is averaging 14.0 points and senior forward Rob Lewis is averaging 9.0 points per game. As a team, Denver is scoring 64.4 points per game, while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 83.5 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, DU is allowing 61.8 points and its opponents are shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent at the free throw line. The Pioneers return four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-17 and finished in third-place with a 9-7 league mark in the Western Division of the Sun Belt Conference. Joe Scott is 62-66 in five years as the head coach at Denver and 155-174 in 12 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE VS. DENVER RIVALRY FOURTH-OLDEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Denver will be playing for the 89th time this week in what is the fourth-oldest rivalry in school history. USU's first game against Denver was during the 1922-23 season.
UTAH STATE-DENVER SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Denver will be meeting for the 89th time in series history this week as USU holds a 54-34 all-time advantage including a 19-3 record in known home games. The first-ever game between the two schools was during the 1922-23 season with the Aggies posting a 67-36 win. The last time the two teams played one another was on Dec. 1, 2010 in Denver with USU posting a 61-53 win. The last time the two teams played in Logan was on Feb. 3, 1978 with the Aggies winning, 86-66. In fact, Utah State has won nine straight games in the series including five straight at home. The last time DU defeated USU was on Feb. 23, 1974 at home, 98-92, and the last time it won in Logan was on Feb. 10, 1973 by a final score of 95-83.
VERSUS THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE
Utah State is 67-39 (.632) all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference as it is 54-34 against Denver, 8-1 against North Texas, 1-0 against Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Louisiana-Monroe and Troy, 1-1 against Middle Tennessee, 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette, and 0-2 against Western Kentucky. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 9-2 (.818) all-time against current members of the Sun Belt with a 3-1 record against North Texas, 2-0 records against Denver and Troy, a 1-0 record against Arkansas State, and a 1-1 record against Middle Tennessee.
UTAH STATE IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is 50-16 (.758) during the month of November under Morrill, which includes a 26-0 record at home. In fact, USU has won 29 straight home games during November and the last team to beat the Aggies at home during the 11th month was Utah, 60-41, on Nov. 26, 1996. USU is also 30-9 (.769) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill and 6-6 all-time in games played on Nov. 30.
DENVER TO JOIN WAC IN 2012
The Western Athletic Conference announced November 11, 2010 that invitations for membership have been issued to and accepted by the University of Denver, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University to join the conference effective July 1, 2012. Denver, currently a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is a private institution with an enrollment of 11,644 and is located nine miles northwest of the WAC's headquarters. The Pioneers sponsor 17 sports and have won 28 national championships in their history. The men and women's basketball teams play in the 7,200-seat Magness Arena, part of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 168 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 DENVER
Junior guard Brockeith Pane just missed his first career double-double as he scored 13 points and added a career-high nine rebounds to lead Utah State to a 61-53 road win against future Western Athletic Conference foe Denver on Dec. 1, 2010. Senior guard Brian Green lead all scorers with 14 points off the bench for Utah State, while junior forward Brady Jardine added 13 points and five rebounds as he was 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Senior guard Pooh Williams finished with nine points, while senior forward Tai Wesley had a season-low seven points. Pane was 3-of-6 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and 6-of-7 at the charity stripe for his 13 points. Kyle Lewis led Denver with 13 points off the bench and Chris Udofia added 10 points for Denver as the Pioneers bench out-scored USU's reserves 28-17. Utah State opened the second-half with back-to-back buckets from Pane and Wesley, followed by Williams' second three-pointer of the night to give the visitors its largest lead of the game at 35-24 with 18:27 to play. Denver answered with a 14-2 run over the next 4:15 to take its first lead since it was 2-0 with a three-pointer from Udofia to give the home team a 38-37 lead. Denver would later take its largest lead of the game at 43-40 with 12:22 remaining following a three from Travis Hallam only to see USU score seven straight points and go on a 13-2 run to regain control at 53-45 with 4:45 remaining following a Pane jumper. The Pioneers used a mini 5-0 run to get within 53-50 with 3:13 to play but USU closed the game on an 8-2 run to post the eight-point win. Utah State finished the game by shooting a season-high 54.5 percent (18-33), including a sizzling 64.7 percent (11-17) in the second-half. USU also shot 50.0 percent from three-point range (5-10) and was 20-of-28 (.714) from the free throw line. Denver shot just 34.8 percent in the second-half and finished the game shooting 37.2 percent as USU has now held each of its last five opponents under 40 percent from the field. The Pioneers did shoot 50.0 percent from behind the arc (11-22). DU was also 10-of-16 (.625) from the free throw line. Utah State dominated the glass and out-rebounded the Pioneers by 16 (33-17), but had a season-high 15 turnovers and a season-low eight assists. Trevor Noonan scored the first points of the game on a layup for Denver and Williams followed with a three-pointer from the left wing to spark a 10-0 run for Utah State. DU fought back to within four at 20-16 following a three-pointer from Brian Stafford only to see USU score five unanswered points to take its largest lead of the half at 25-16 following a free throw by Wesley. USU later led by nine at 28-19 following Green's second three-pointer of the half with 26 seconds to play but the Pioneers got a three of its own from Andrew Hooper to cut the deficit to six (28-22) at the break. Green led Utah State with eight first-half points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three, while Lewis led DU with nine points in the first 20 minutes as he was 3-of-5 shooting overall and 3-of-4 from behind the arc. In the first-half, USU shot 43.8 percent from the field (7-16), 57.1 percent from three-point range (4-7) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13). Denver shot just 40.0 overall in the first-half (8-20), but was 6-of-12 (.500) from behind the arc. The Pioneers missed all four of its free throws in the first 20 minutes.
LAST MEETING AGAINST DENVER IN LOGAN
Junior guard Keith McDonald scored 23 points to lead three Aggies in double-figures as Utah State recorded an 86-66 home win against Denver University on Feb. 3, 1978 inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Senior center Mike Santos added 16 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists, and sophomore forward Dean Hunger scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for the home team. Tom Jorgensen had 12 points off the bench to lead Denver, while Matt Teahan scored 11 points and Steve Bajema finished with 10. Denver led only once in the game at 17-16 as Utah State shot 56.8 percent (21-37) in the first half to lead 49-33 at intermission. The Aggies held a double-digit lead the entire second-half and led by as many as 26 at 82-56 with 3:06 to play following a jumper from freshman guard Keith Hood. USU finished the game shooting 48.1 percent fromt he field (37-77) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (12-18). DU shot just 31.7 percent overall (26-82) and was 14-of-17 (.824) from the charity stripe. The Pioneers did out-rebound the Aggies by seven (52-45), but USU had nine more assists (18-9) and six fewer turnovers (12-18) in the game.
MEDLIN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 26 POINTS AT IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin had his best game as an Aggie in his last outing at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed a career-high six rebounds and had a career-high two steals. In the game, Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. Overall, it is the second time this year and third time in his career he has scored in double-figures. Medlin entered the game against Idaho State with 33 points in his first four games as he was 12-of-28 (.429) from the field and 4-of-15 (.267) from three-point range.
MEDLIN MAKES EIGHT THREE-POINTERS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin made eight three-pointers in Utah State's 75-62 win at Idaho State and those eight made treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 three-pointers at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Jay Goodman ranks second all-time at USU as he made nine three-pointers at BYU on Nov. 24, 1990, while Carroll made eight three's against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 2005 and Cardell Butler made eight three's against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21, 2004.
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Thoseby entered the game with 11 total points on the season as he was 3-of-11 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. In his last two games, Thoseby is 7-of-11 from behind the arc.
CLIFFORD HAS CAREER-NIGHT IN FIRST-EVER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had a career-night in his first-ever start Saturday at Idaho State as he played a career-best and team-high 37 minutes, while scoring a career-high 10 points, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, and recording career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with two each. In the game, Clifford was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Clifford entered the game against ISU, with 10 rebounds and no points on the season as he was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 at the free throw line.
GRIM SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career after scoring 11 points to go along with six rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists at Idaho State and a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first-ever double-double. Grim also took three charges against the Islanders to give him a team-leading six on the season. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures three times this year as he had 19 points at Weber State.
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game this year and 27th time in his career with 10 points at Idaho State. For Pane, he has now scored in double-figures in eight straight games dating back to last season. Pane also tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State.
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.
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) against Southern Utah as he was 5-of-7 from the field with three dunks, but just 3-for-9 at the free throw line. 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. 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, 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 HAS ALREADY HAD EIGHT DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through five games, Utah State has already had eight different players on its roster score in double-figures as Brockeith Pane has scored 10 or more points in all five games, senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures three times, sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures twice, and senior forward Brady Jardine, junior forward Kyisean Reed, freshman forward Ben Clifford and freshman guard Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
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.
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.
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 PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
G #0 Brockeith Pane (6-1, 195, Sr., Dallas, Texas) - Has started 37 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 39... Has scored in double-figures in all five games this year, in eight straight games dating back to last season, and 27 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... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Currently ranks third in the WAC in assists (4.40), fifth in free throw shooting (.864), eighth in scoring (14.2), eighth in steals (1.40), and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10).
G #13 Preston Medlin (6-4, 175, R-So., Carrollton, Texas) - Scored a career-high 26 points at Idaho State and had a career-high six rebounds and a career-high two steals in the game... Had a career-high five assists against BYU... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah... Has scored in double-figures three times in his career... Currently ranks fifth in the WAC in three-point shooting (.462), sixth in overall shooting (.512), 13th in scoring (11.8), and 13th in assists (2.80)... Has played in 27 games at Utah State with five starts.
F #1 Ben Clifford (6-7, 225, R-Fr., South Jordan, Utah) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and had career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in a career-best 37 minutes... Was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line against Idaho State.
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 three games during the season.
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... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU, Southern Utah and Idaho State... Ranks fifth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.20), eighth in rebounding (6.8), 10th in scoring (13.2), 11th in field goal shooting (.444), and 12th in free throw shooting (.743)... Overall, he has played in 37 games at Utah State with five starts and 78 games in his collegiate career.
UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH
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/F #11 Adam Thoseby (6-4, 185, Fr., Henley-on-Thames, England) - Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
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 #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... 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 #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 10th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.75) and 13th in rebounding (5.5)... Missed the Idaho State game with a sprained knee.
F #40 Igor Premasunac (6-8, 245, Jr., Zagreb, Croatia) - Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game.
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 312-92 (.772) record. Those 312 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 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 TITLE 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 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 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 THIRD IN THE NATION IN FG 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.
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.
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
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).
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 327-105 (.757) 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 312-92. 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 545 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.2 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 545-243 (.692).
Head coach Stew Morrill (327-105) is the winningest coach in school history and is first all-time in games coached (432). 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 327-105 (.757) overall record, a 167-49 (.773) conference record and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 545-243 (.692) record in this his 26th year as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation with his 545 career wins and 23rd in winning percentage at 69.2 percent.
Morrill is one of just 18 active coaches with 500 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 73 coaches to ever win 500 games at the DI level.
Morrill is one of just 11 active coaches to notch 16 20-win seasons, while his current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation.
Morrill was named the 2009, 2010 and 2011 WAC Coach of the Year, along with earning Coach of the Year honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association in 2009 and Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2010 and 2011.
Morrill is the dean of WAC coaches, having spent seven years in the league while at Colorado State and six at Utah State, and has an overall WAC record of 136-78 (.636).
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year six times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011 while at Utah State.
Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice),Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice) and Brockeith Pane.
Under Morrill, Utah State has had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times.
Utah State is 195-13 (.938) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 15 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Morrill has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times.