Aggie Men's Basketball To Tangle With Wolverines Saturday In Orem
Utah State men's basketball will take its 5-1 record on the road to Orem, Utah to face in-state foe Utah Valley (5-6) on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines  is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at UVU's UCCU Center (8,500). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as televised throughout the state on KMYU TV.

 
Utah State men's basketball will take its 5-1 record on the road to Orem, Utah to face in-state foe Utah Valley (5-6) on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at UVU's UCCU Center (8,500). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as televised throughout the state on KMYU TV.
 
 

Dec. 10, 2012

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Utah State (5-1) at Utah Valley (5-6)
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Orem, Utah
UCCU Center (8,500) • Aggie Sports Network • KMYU TV

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball will take its 5-1 record on the road to Orem, Utah to face in-state foe Utah Valley (5-6) on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off for the Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at UVU's UCCU Center (8,500). The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as televised throughout the state on KMYU TV.

• This is just USU's second road game of the season, as its scheduled game at BYU on Dec. 5 was postponed due to a medical situation with junior forward Danny Berger at practice on the afternoon of Dec. 4. Berger was released from the hospital on Saturday and joined his teammates on the bench during USU's game Saturday night.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,484-1,023 (.592) in its 2,507 games played.

• Utah State is 5-1 to start a season for the second time in the last three years. A win Saturday would give the Aggies their first 6-1 to open a season since 2008-09, when USU was also 6-1 through seven games, winning its first five games, then losing at BYU before winning its sixth game of the year at Utah Valley.

• USU has won 22 of its last 35 road games (.629) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 100-81 (.552) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill including a 10-11 (.476) record versus in-state foes. Saturday is USU's second road game of the season, after playing at Santa Clara on Nov. 28 (W, 80-78 OT).

• The Aggies have won 31 of their last 39 overall games (.795) versus in-state opponents and are 38-12 (.760) against the state of Utah during the last 13 years. During that time period, USU is 7-5 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 12-3 versus Weber State, 7-0 against Utah Valley and 5-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 39-17 (.696) versus teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.

• Utah State is 83-23 (.783) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 13-19 (.406) record on the road. The Aggies are 4-3 (.571) in known games played on Dec. 15, and Saturday is USU's first game on Dec. 15 since 2007, and a win Saturday would be Utah State's third-straight win on the date. The Aggies are 4-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are also 138-52 (.726) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.

THIS WEEK
Utah State (5-1) hits the road, heading to Orem, Utah to face in-state foe Utah Valley (5-6) on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. It is only USU's second road game of the season, as last Wednesday's scheduled game at BYU postponed. Saturday's Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Saturday's game at UVU will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as audio streaming, along with live video streaming and live stats links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
USU returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc., on Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 20-22. USU welcomes Nicholls State, Southern Illinois and UC Davis. The Aggies will face Nicholls State on Thurs, Dec. 20, then UC Davis on Friday, Dec. 21 and then Southern Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 22. USU will play at 8 p.m. on all three nights with the other game starting at 5:30 p.m. each night.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on 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 former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

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

Due to the USU football game at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday afternoon, the Aggie basketball game will air live on KZLX (95.9 FM) and will air on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) tape-delay in its entirety following the post-game football show.

Internet streaming for Saturday's game will air on www.klzxfm.com live and be available through the "Listen Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com.

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.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

ON TV
Saturday's game at Utah Valley will be televised by UVU TV and will air on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). .

LIVE STATS
Live stats for Utah State home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 5-1 on the year for the second season in the last three, after pulling away from a pesky Western Oregon squad for an 86-57 win on Saturday, Dec. 8. USU was playing its first game since junior guard Danny Berger collapsed in practice Tuesday from full cardiac arrest. Berger, who was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Saturday morning, was on the bench with his teammates Saturday night.

USU is led by junior forward Jarred Shaw, who is averaging almost a double-double with 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, posting 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots against Western Oregon. Shaw's 15 points Saturday was his fifth consecutive double-digit scoring effort, and his eight rebounds give his at least seven rebounds in all six games this season. Shaw also has 1.5 blocks per game and is is shooting a team-leading 59.3 percent (35-of-59) from the field as well as a team-best 85.7 percent (18-of-21) at the free throw line. Junior guard Preston Medlin adds 14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.5 assists per game. Medlin has also made a team-leading nine three-pointers this season, shooting 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) behind the arc, netting 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field in addition to 75.0 percent (21-of-28) at the free throw line. In the Western Oregon game, Medlin scored a season-high 18 points, with 11 coming in the second half. Senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 11.2 ppg, pulling down 7.0 rpg as well to go with 1.8 blocks per game. Junior guard TeNale Roland is averaging a team-leading 3.7 assists per game.

Offensively, USU is averaging 70.3 ppg in making 48.7 percent (151-of-310) from the field, hitting 35.4 percent (29-of-82) of its three-pointers, as well as 70.5 percent (91-of-129) at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 40.2 rebounds per game and have a +15.0 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 17.2 assists per game while averaging 14.3 turnovers per contest.

Defensively, the Aggies' opponents are averaging 62.2 ppg while shooting 40.2 percent (127-of-316) from the field, hitting 34.4 percent (43-of-125) from distance and 66.1 percent (76-of-115) at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 25.2 rebounds per game, as well as 13.2 assists and the Aggies' defense is forcing 10.3 turnovers per game.

A LOOK BACK AT THE WESTERN OREGON GAME
Freshman guard Marcel Davis led a quintet of Aggies in double-figures with a career-high 21 points and Utah State ended the game on a 43-16 run to dispose of Division II Western Oregon, 86-57, inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night. Utah State, who improves to 5-1 on the season with the win, played its first game since junior guard Danny Berger collapsed in practice Tuesday from full cardiac arrest. Berger, who was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Saturday morning, was on the bench with his teammates Saturday night. Western Oregon had its six-game winning streak snapped as it falls to 6-3 with the loss. The Wolves were led in scoring by Andy Avgi who had 15 points. Utah State improved to 181-16 under head coach Stew Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points and 221-30 when scoring at least 70 points. USU also improved to 214-19 at home in this Morrill's 15-year at the helm. Davis, who played just 20 minutes in the game, was 9-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range for his 21 points, which are the most scored by an Aggie player this season, while adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers. Junior guard Preston Medlin also scored a season-high 18 points, as he was 7-of-12 from the field and junior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had his best game as an Aggie in his first career start as he finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes, all of which are season-bests. Senior forward Kyisean Reed was the fifth Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds, to go along with three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Leading by just two points at 43-41 with 15:50 to play in the game, Utah State scored eight-straight points to go up 53-43 and later used an 11-2 run to take a 62-45 advantage with 9:32 remaining following a Davis three-pointer. USU produced another 11-2 run to lead 75-49 following a Shaw layup and took its largest lead of the game at 84-54 with 2:10 left on another Shaw bucket before posting the 29-point win at 86-57. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-high 57.4 percent (35-61), including 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19). USU also shot a season-high 88.9 percent at the free throw line (8-9). Western Oregon shot just 36.2 percent (21-58), including 33.3 percent from three (8-24) and 87.5 percent at the line (7-8). For the sixth-straight game, Utah State posted a double-digit advantage on the boards as it out-rebounded Western Oregon by 22 (43-21). USU also dished out a season-best 23 assists in the game and tied its season-high with seven blocked shots. Western Oregon began the game by scoring eight of the first 12 points before Utah State went on a 7-0 run. USU followed that with a 13-3 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game at 24-13 after a three-pointer from junior forward Marvin Jean. The Wolves, however, scored nine of the next 11 points to get within four and later trailed by just four at 33-29 before USU ended the half on a 5-2 spurt to take a 38-31 advantage into the locker room. Utah State shot 53.6 percent in the first half (15-28), including 45.5 percent from three-point range (5-11) and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Western Oregon shot 37.5 percent in the first 20 minutes as it was 12-of-32 from the field and 5-of-13 (.385) from behind the arc.

DAVIS BREAKOUT GAME
In playing just 20 minutes in the game, freshman guard Marcel Davis was 9-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range for his 21 points, which are the most scored by an Aggie player this season and nearly doubled his season-total entering Saturday of 11 total points. Davis added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers. He not only made his first three-pointer of his Aggie career, but topped his previous season-high single-game scoring output of eight points on three-pointers alone Saturday night.

OTHER NOTES FROM WESTERN OREGON GAME
• Utah State is 5-1 to start a season for the second time in the last three years.

• Utah State improved to 181-16 (.919) under head coach Stew Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points and 221-30 (.880) when scoring at least 70 points. USU also improved to 214-19 (.918) at home in this Morrill's 15-year at the helm.

• Utah State is now 83-23 (.783) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 70-2 (.972) record at home. The Aggies are now 5-6 (.455) in known games played on Dec. 8, and Saturday's win was USU's second-straight win on the date. The Aggies are now 4-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are also 138-52 (.726) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.

• The Aggies' 57.4 percent (35-of-61) field goal shooting is a season-high, as is the 35 field goals, while the 61 field goal attempts was their second-highest behind 62 field goals against Saint Mary's (Nov. 15)... The 57.4 percent is the highest since 63.8 percent against Oakland in last season's CIT game (March 25, 2012), and the 35 field goals is the most since 37 in that same game against Oakland.

• Utah State also shot a season-high 88.9 percent (8-of-9) at the free throw line, as the nine free throw attempts were a season-low.

• USU's 48 points in the second half were its most in a half this season, topping the 46 points in the second half against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Nov. 17)... The 48 points is the most points scored in a half since 60 against Oakland in the first half of last season's CIT game (March 25, 2012).

• Utah State has posted a double-digit rebounding margin in all six games this season and Saturday night's +22 rebounding margin was the Aggies' largest of the season, and largest since a +23 rebounding margin against Louisiana Tech (Jan. 20, 2011).

• Utah State had five players in double figures for the first time this season... The last time that USU had five players in double figures was on Feb. 11, 2011 at home against New Mexico State.

• Freshman guard Marcel Davis scored a team season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including making his first three-pointer of the season, topping his previous season-high of eight points on three-pointers alone Saturday night, netting three from behind the arc... His 21-point effort also surpasses his career-best of eight against Santa Clara.

• The last time the Aggies had a freshman score 20-points or more in a game was Feb. 22, 2008 when Tai Wesley scored 24 vs. UC Santa Barbara... Davis also had a season-high in minutes (20) and rebounds (5)... Davis scored 13 of his 21 in the second half.

• Junior forward Spencer Butterfield made his first start of his USU career and netted a season and career-high 10 points as well as a season and career-best eight rebounds... Butterfield also dished out seven assists which eclipses his previous career high of three... He played 29 minutes which is a season high... Butterfield also tied his career-high with one block.

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 350-120 (.745) at USU.

LOPEZ TO MAKE AGGIE DEBUT SATURDAY
Sophomore center Matt Lopez is expected to make his Aggie debut Saturday after not being eligible to play during the fall semester after transferring from LaSalle University last season at mid-year. Lopez is a 6-11 center from Erial, N.J.

AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE; THIRD IN NCAA
Utah State has a +15.0 rebounding advantage, which not only leads the WAC, but is also third in the NCAA statistics. The Aggies are just one of 16 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +16.1 margin.

USU THIRD IN NCAA IN REBOUNDING MARGIN, SHAW IN TOP 30 FOR REBOUNDS, FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 30th in the NCAA in rebounds per game (9.8), helping USU to a +15.0 rebounding advantage, which ranks the Aggies third in the nation. Shaw also 20th in field goal percentage (.593).

AGGIES 15th IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 16th IN ASSISTS PER GAME
USU leads the WAC and is 15th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.487). The Aggies also are tops in the league and 16th in the nation for assists per game (17.2). Utah State also is 52dn in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and 59th for blocked shots per game (4.8).

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 4-0 when leading at halftime; 0-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 5-0 when shooting better from the field; 0-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 3-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 5-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 5-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 4-1 when blocking more shots.

BENCH COMES UP BIG IN LAST TWO GAMES
Entering the Santa Clara game, Utah State's bench had averaged just 13.0 points per game, or 20.3 percent of the scoring. However, in the Santa Clara game, the Aggies' reserves netted 34 points (42.5 percent), getting 11 points from senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was coming off the bench for the first time this season after staring the previous four games. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield tied a then season-high with nine points and freshman guard Marcel Davis netted a then season-best eight points. The Aggie reserves again came up big in the Western Oregon game with 31 points, led by Davis' season and USU season-best 21 points off the bench, while junior forward Marvin Jean netted a season-high eight points and Clifford added two points. USU's bench is now averaging 19.5 ppg (27.3 percent).

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 4-0 this year and has won 70 of its last 72 games (.972) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 277-25 (.917) when leading at the half and 46-76 (.377) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.000) record this year.

SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
The Wolverines are 5-6 on the season, alternating wins and losses in its last three games, winning two of the three after dropping their previous three games. Both of UVU's last two wins have been overtime contest, including a double-OT victory at Troy on Saturday, Dec. 8, 86-82. Utah Valley lost at Weber State on Dec. 5, falling 89-56. UVU's last home game was on Dec. 1, with a 67-63 OT triumph over Pepperdine. Junior center Ben Aird leads Utah Valley with 13.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Aird posted a double-double in the double-OT win at Troy with 18 points and 11 rebounds, bouncing back after scoring a season-low two points at Weber State. Aird also leads the team with 16 blocked shots (1.5 per game) is shooting 57.5 percent (61-of-106) from the field, hitting 4-of-10 (40.0 percent) from three-point range as well as 65.4 percent (17-of-26) at the free throw line. Junior guard Holton Hunsaker, son of UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker, averages 10.8 ppg as well as dishing out 3.3 assists per game. The guard is 18-of-59 (30.5 percent) behind the arc, leading the team in both three-pointers made and attempted. He also leads the team at the free throw line for percentage, makes and attempts with 88.6 percent (31-of-35). Senior forward Alfonzo Hubbard adds 9.8 ppg while senior forward Nick Thompson adds 6.7 rpg, and has a team-leading 4.1 assists per game. As a team, UVU is averaging 66.1 ppg, in shooting 44.9 percent overall from the floor, while making 32.3 percent of its three-pointers. The Wolverines are also shooting 71.1 percent from the charity stripe. UVU is averaging 32.1 rebounds per game, but has a -2.7 rebounding margin as its opponents are averaging 34.8 rpg. Defensively, the Wolverines are yielding 72.8 ppg for a -6.7 scoring margin, as their opposition is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from distance and 75.0 percent at the free pitch stripe. UVU averages 13.5 turnovers per game, while forcing 10.8 turnovers per game by the opponent, and the Wolverines add 14.4 assists, 4.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. Former Utah State guard Mitch Bruneel transferred to UVU, but must sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Bruneel averaged 4.1 points per game while playing 14.1 minutes per game, shooting 40.0 percent (25-of-55) from three-point range, in playing in 36 games last season for the Aggies, making nine starts.

AGGIES VS. WOLVERINES SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 7-0 all-time against Utah Valley and 3-0 against the Wolverines at Orem. The first game played in the series was in Orem on Dec. 9, 2006 with USU winning, 69-65. The last time the two teams played one another was on Dec. 6, 2011 in Logan with the Aggies earning a 63-54 win. The last time the two teams met up in Orem was on Dec. 18, 2010 as Utah State won, 76-58.

USU VS. IN-STATE FOES
The Aggies have won 31 of their last 39 overall games (.795) versus in-state opponents and are 38-12 (.760) against the state of Utah during the last 13 years. During that time period, USU is 7-5 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 12-3 versus Weber State, 7-0 against Utah Valley and 5-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 39-17 (.696) versus teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.

VERSUS THE GREAT WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State has a 9-0 overall record against teams from the Great West Conference, posting a 7-0 mark against Utah Valley and a 2-0 ledger against Houston Baptist, and haven't ever played conference teams Chicago State, New Jersey Institute of Technology nor UT Pan American.

ONE TEAM LEAVING, ONE JOINING THE WAC
Utah State is in its eighth and final year in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), while Utah Valley is joining the WAC next year, along with Cal State Bakersfield, Chicago State and Grand Canyon.

UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 83-23 (.783) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 13-19 (.406) record on the road. The Aggies are 4-3 (.571) in known games played on Dec. 15, and Saturday is USU's first game on Dec. 15 since 2007, and a win Saturday would be Utah State's third-straight win on the date. The Aggies are 4-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are also 138-52 (.726) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.

USU VS. UVU IN DECEMBER
Six of the seven meetings between the Aggies and Wolverines have been played in December, with the Jan. 10, 2007 match-up the lone non-December meeting.

FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Utah State has four players on its current roster from the state of Utah in junior forward Ben Cliffor (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and freshmen guards Quincy Bair and Marcel Davis, who are both from American Fork (American Fork HS). Utah Valley has five players from the Beehive State on its roster in junior guard Holton Hunsaker (North Salt Lake City/Woods Cross HS), freshman guard/forward Justin Johnson (Green River/Green River HS), senior forward Nick Thompson (Clearfield/Clearfield HS/Oklahoma), junior guard Taylor Brown (Draper/Alta HS) and junior center Ben Aird (Bountiful/Bountiful HS).

LAST MEETING AGAINST UTAH VALLEY
Sophomore guard Danny Berger and junior forward Kyisean Reed came off the bench to combine for 21 points, in helping the Utah State reserves to a nine-point advantage over their counterparts, which resulted in a nine-point victory, as the Aggies beat Utah Valley, 63-54, Tuesday. Sophomore starting guard Preston Medlin netted a team-high 13 points and a career-high six assists, while Reed added 11 points. Berger had 10 points, including seven in the second half, in only his second game of action, as USU led from start-to-finish. Utah Valley was led by Isiah Williams' game-high 16 points while Kevin Woods added 10 points off the bench for the Wolverines. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added nine points to go along with a season-high tying four rebounds, while senior forward Morgan Grim added seven points. Grim and freshman center Jordan Stone led USU by snaring eight rebounds apiece, while Reed pulled down six boards in helping USU to a 38-32 rebounding edge. Geddes Robinson snared a game-high nine rebounds for UVU. The Aggies shot 46.0 percent (23-50) from the field, making 5-of-11 (.455) behind the arc. USU was also 12-of-20 (.600) at the free throw line, hitting all four attempts in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. Utah Valley was 22-of-46 (.393) field goal shooting, also going 5-of-11 (.455) from three-point range, as Williams hit four. The Wolverines made half of their free throws (5-of-10). UVU's 54 points were a season-low for the USU defense. Points in the paint were even at 22-22 and second-chance points were also level at eight apiece and USU scored 16 points off UVU's 13 turnovers while the Wolverines tallied 12 points off 14 Aggie turnovers, with the biggest difference being bench points, where USU had a 27-18 advantage. The 27 bench points are the Aggies' second-most of the season, behind 31 points in the Southern Utah game. A jumper and a three-pointer by Medlin at the 15:30 mark opened a 9-1 USU lead. Utah Valley cut the gap to two on a pair of occasions, the last at 13-11 with 11:06 on the clock, but couldn't get any closer. Freshman guard Adam Thoseby hit two jumpers and Berger netted a three-pointer during an 11-3 Aggie run to open a 24-14 lead with 6:56 remaining in the half, capped by a layup from Reed. The USU lead stretched to 15 with 3:52 left in the half after a Medlin trey, before UVU trimmed the margin to 36-27 at halftime. The Wolverines clawed away at the deficit, cutting it to 45-42 at the 11:46 mark following back-to-back buckets by Robinson. That would be the closest UVU would get, as Berger drained another three-pointer on USU's next possession, and Thoseby hit a jumper for an eight-point Aggie advantage at 50-42 with 10:59 on the clock, forcing a UVU timeout. A jumper by Keith Thompson pulled the Wolverines within 51-47 at the 7:20 mark, but the Aggies held them at bay as Berger hit a pair of layups sandwiched around a bucket by Medlin to open another eight-point lead at 57-49 with 4:14 to go, and USU hung on for the win.

LAST MEETING AT UTAH VALLEY
Junior guard Brockeith Pane scored 19 points, including 12 in the second half, and senior forward Tai Wesley recorded his third-straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Utah State to a convincing 76-58 win at Utah Valley on Dec. 18, 2010. Wesley also added five assists and two blocks to go along with his 11 boards. Senior forward Nate Bendall added 12 points and eight rebounds for Utah State, while senior guard Tyler Newbold scored 10 points. Isiah Williams led all scorers with 22 points and Holton Hunsaker had 10 for Utah Valley. Leading 48-43 midway through the second half, Utah State went on an 11-1 run to open a 15-point advantage at 59-44 following a layup from senior guard Pooh Williams and took its largest lead of the game at 67-49 after a Wesley layup with 6:36. Utah Valley never got closer than 13 points the remainder of the game as USU coasted to the 18-point win. Utah State shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half (14-26) and finished the game shooting 47.1 percent (24-51). USU was also 5-of-14 (.357) from three-point range and 85.2 percent at the free throw line (23-27). Utah Valley shot just 36.4 percent overall (20-55). UVU also shot 31.3 percent from behind the arc (5-16) and 61.9 percent at the free throw line (13-21). Utah State also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Utah Valley by 11 (40-29). Utah State jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead behind five points from Pane and led 8-4 following a layup from Wesley before Williams scored 12 straight points for Utah Valley to give the Wolverines a 16-13 lead with 8:58 to play. UVU increased its lead to four at 19-15 following a three-point play from Shawn Deadwiler and later led 24-21 as Hunsaker hit a three. USU regained the lead on two free pitches from Pane and went up four after a Wesley jump hook to give the visitors a 29-25 advantage with just under two minutes remaining in the half. The Aggies scored its final points of the first period on an offensive putback by junior forward Morgan Grim to give USU a 33-30 lead at the half. Grim finished with six points. Wesley led Utah State with 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half, while Bendall and Pane scored seven points each. USU shot 40.0 percent (10-25) in the first 20 minutes, including 28.6 percent from three-point range (2-7) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). Williams had 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the game for Utah Valley before picking up his second foul and sitting the rest of the half. UVU shot 35.7 percent in the first half (10-28), including 4-of-10 (.400) from three-point range and 6-of-9 (.667) at the charity stripe.

WILD, WOOLY, WACKY STRETCH OF GAMES AGAINST W's
The Aggies are playing a W mascot team for the second-straight game and the third in its last four games, as USU's last game was against the Wolves of Western Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Utah State took on the Wildcats of Weber State on Nov. 24.

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 was 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 five games and had double-digit rebounds in two of the last five games... Led USU in rebounding in first five games of season... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's six games... Leads the WAC in field goal percentage (.593)... Also ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and ninth in scoring (14.7 ppg), as well as fourth in free throw percentage (.857) and tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.5)... In the NCAA statistics, ranks 14th in rebounds per game (10.8) and 30th in double-doubles (2.0).

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 43rd consecutive start and played in 65th career game against Western Oregon... 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 36 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 11 games played... Has 39 career games with multiple three-pointers... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now at No. 9 with 119 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.5 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 280 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks 11th in the WAC in scoring (14.0 ppg), sixth for assists (3.5 apg) and sixth for assist-turnover ratio (1.40)... Also second in the WAC in minutes played (36.0).

#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in all six games of Aggie career... Scored a season-high nine points twice in last four games, (TAMU-Corpus Christi and Santa Clara)... Has dished out two or more assists in five of six games, including USU season-high seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Ranks tied for fourth in WAC in assists (3.67) and is second for assist/turnover ratio (2.20).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... 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... Has three games with multi-three pointers, with three against Idaho State and two each in Santa Clara and Western Oregon games... Ranks sixth in WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.444).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 42nd career game and has made 33 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 22 times in his career with season-high 16 points in Saint Mary's game followed by 15 in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, 11 at Santa Clara and 10 vs. Western Oregon... Also played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 28th career contest, including four-straight games with multi-blocks, tying career-high with three blocks in Weber State game... Has at least one blocked shot in five games this season and nine of his last 11 career games played... Posted 24th career game with five or more rebounds with season-high nine against Western Oregon, leading USU in rebounding for first time this season... Has swiped a career-high four steals in two of last five games (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU... Ranks second in the WAC in field goal percentage (.591), .002 behind teammate Jarred Shaw... Also fifth in the WAC in blocks (1.8) as well as tied for sixth in steals (2.0).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH

#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Also added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers...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 before tallying three assists in Western Oregon 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... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.

#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six weeks... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... 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 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... Ranks sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Played in season-high 18 minutes of action against Western Oregon, tallying season-high eight points, posting first game with multi three-pointers with two... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game.

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 40th 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.

SCORING BY STARTERS AMONG NATION'S LEADERS
Through games on Nov. 29, Utah State's starters are third in the WAC and 20th in the nation for percentage of scoring by starting lineups, as the USU starters have netted 250 of the Aggies' 336 points or 74.4 percent of the total points. Duke leads the country with 91.5 percent of its points scored by its starters.

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 3-0 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 79 of its last 84 games (.941) when scoring at least 70 points and is 221-30 (.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 3-0 this season and has won 116 of its last 121 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 181-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 205 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.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.5 percent from three-point range (119-280) 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 at No. 9 with 119, passing former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) 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.	Preston Medlin	    2010, 12-	    119
10.	Pooh Williams	    2008-11	    117
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- 280 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- .425 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

REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has 61.0 career field goal percentage (161-of-264), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made)
	Name	          Years	         Pct.
1.	Nate Harris	  2003-06	 .641
2.	Greg Houskeeper	  1988-89        .622
3.	Spencer Nelson	  1999, 03-05    .617
4.	Kyisean Reed	  2012-pres.     .610
5.	Tai Wesley	  2008-11	 .597
6.	Gary Wilkinson	  2008-09	 .582
7.	Cass Matheus	  2005-06	 .580
8.	Shawn Daniels	  2000-01	 .579
9.	Dean Hunger	  1977-80	 .577
10.	Nate Wickizer	  1992-95	 .570
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 335-107 (.758) 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.

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.

SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.

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).

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.

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

MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
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, as Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard. Medlin started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. He 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). Medlin 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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