Utah State Men's Basketball Faces Off With Utah Valley Saturday
Utah State (5-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will continue its season-long six-game homestand by hosting in-state foe Utah Valley (4-5, 0-0 WAC) on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).  Saturday's game will not be televised but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

 
Utah State (5-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will continue its season-long six-game homestand by hosting in-state foe Utah Valley (4-5, 0-0 WAC) on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's game will not be televised but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
 

Dec. 12, 2013

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Utah Valley (4-5, 0-0 WAC) at Utah State (5-2, 0-0 MW)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
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Davis, Shaw, Lopez Lead Utah State To 69-63 Win At Utah Valley Saturday
Freshman guard Marcel Davis logged his first Utah State start, junior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double and junior center Matt Lopez made his Aggie debut to lead to Utah State men's basketball to a hard-fought 69-63 win at Utah Valley Saturday night at UVU's UCCU Center.

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (5-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will continue its season-long six-game homestand by hosting in-state foe Utah Valley (4-5, 0-0 WAC) on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's game will not be televised but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,505-1,034 (.593) in their 2,539 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State has won 28-straight home games against in-state competition and is 30-1 (.968) at home against teams from the state of Utah under Morrill. The only in-state team to defeat USU at home under Morrill was Brigham Young, 82-73, on Jan. 8, 2000.

• The Aggies have won 34 of their last 44 overall games (.773) against in-state opponents and are 42-14 (.750) against the state of Utah in the last 14 years. During that time period, USU is 7-7 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 13-3 versus Weber State, 8-0 against Utah Valley and 7-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 42-19 (.689) versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill.

• USU is 3-1 at home this season and has won 66 of its last 76 games (.868) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 102 of its last 113 home games (.903).

• Utah State has won 90.8 percent of its home games (227-23) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 113-10 (.919) record in non-conference games. The Aggies have won 255 of their last 280 games (.911) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU has registered a 521-116 (.818) all-time record in its 44th year in the facility.

• Utah State is 8-0 all-time against Utah Valley and 4-0 against the Wolverines in Logan. USU and UVU last played in Logan on Dec. 6, 2011, with the Aggies earning a 63-54 win. All eight of USU's meetings with UVU have been under head coach Stew Morrill and he is 8-0 vs. UVU.

• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West Conference after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the league that Utah Valley is in its first year in, joining the WAC this summer after five seasons in the Great West Conference.

• Saturday's loss to Pacific marked USU's first back-to-back losses of the season, and the Aggies are now 74-28 (.725) during the last 14 years following a loss.

• Utah State is 89-24 (.788) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 73-3 (.961) record at home. The Aggies are 2-2 in games played on Saturday this season as part of 148-57 (.722) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is playing on Dec. 14 for the first time since 2002, and playing an in-state foe on the date for the second time in a row, losing to BYU, 66-56, in 2002. The Aggies are 5-8 in known games played on Dec. 14, including 3-3 against in-state foes.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and enters Saturday's game needing just one point to tie for the No. 29 spot held by Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 points, as well as 16 points for the No. 28 spot held by Nate Williams (1970-71) with 1,080 points.

ON TAP
Utah State (5-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball will continue its season-long six-game homestand by hosting in-state foe Utah Valley (4-5, 0-0 WAC) on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and Wolverines is slated for 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). Saturday's game will not be televised but will aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through "Live Stats" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Utah State plays games three, four and five of its season-long six-game homestand by hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc. Classic, Sponsored by Gossner Foods on Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21. USU welcomes Troy, UC Santa Barbara and Western Illinois to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Troy Trojans will open the Classic in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Thursday, Dec. 19, followed by the Aggies against the Leathernecks at 8 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 20, Western Illinois and Troy will tangle at 5:30 p.m. before USU faces off with UC Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. The Classic concludes on Saturday, Dec. 21 with the Leathernecks and Gauchos squaring off at 5:30 p.m. before the Aggies tangle with the Trojans at 8 p.m.

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, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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.

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 battle between the Aggies and Wolverines will not be televised.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Select 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.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU 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.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

The 2013-14 edition of Aggie men's basketball is veteran-led with four seniors returning in guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, guards Preston Medlin and TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw. A fifth senior, forward Sean Harris, is still recovering from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season, and his progress continues in the early going this season.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 5-2 on the season, having lost its last two games after a 5-0 start. Three players in double-figures was not enough for Utah State men's basketball as the Aggies were dealt a 78-68 loss by visiting Pacific Saturday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Senior center Jarred Shaw netted a team-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis came off the bench to tally a season-high 13 points and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 11 points. Butterfield also snared a game-high and season-high eight rebounds, helping USU to a 33-31 rebounding edge. Utah State has out-rebounded its last six opponents, and Saturday was the third game in a row that USU had single-digit edge after having double-digit rebounding advantage in the previous three games. Senior guard Preston Medlin added nine points, and shared team-high honors with Davis in assists with four each. Freshman forward Jalen Moore recorded eight points and six rebounds in his first career start.

The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by Shaw with 15.9 points per game, while Butterfield logs 14.3 ppg and Medlin tallies 13.4 ppg. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Kyle Davis is just shy of double-digits at 9.5 ppg. Shaw adds a team-leading 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He is shooting 52.5 percent (42-of-80) from the field as well as 87.1 percent (27-of-31) at the free throw line. Butterfield also averages 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest, shooting a team-best 45.7 percent (16-of-35) behind the arc, as part of 50.0 percent (36-of-72) field goal shooting, along with 80.0 percent (12-of-15) at the free pitch stripe. Medlin dishes out a team-leading 4.4 assists and adds 3.0 rebounds per game, shooting 39.7 percent (29-of-73) from the field, including 43.2 percent (16-of-37) from three-point range and 71.4 percent (20-of-28) at the charity stripe. Kyle Davis adds 7.0 rebounds per game, shooting a team-high 67.6 percent (23-of-34) field goal percentage, adding 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) at the free throw line. He also averages 1.2 blocks per game.

As a team, USU is averaging 77.9 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 48.6 percent (189-of-389), including 40.8 percent (49-of-120) from beyond the arc, as well as 76.1 percent (118-of-155) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 69.7 ppg, while holding them to 43.8 percent (178-of-406) field goal shooting, including just 26.9 percent (29-of-108) from three-point range, as well as 70.5 percent (103-of-146) at the charity stripe. USU has a +8.4 rebounding margin (38.0-29.6), while averaging 17.0 assists, 3.4 blocks and 3.0 steals per game.

AGGIES LEADING MW STATISTICS IN FOUR CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the Mountain West Conference statistics in free throw percentage (.761), three-point field goal percentage defense (.269), and assists (17.0). The Aggies are second in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (1.49) and rebounding margin (+8.4), in addition to third in the league in both field goal percentage (.486) and three-point field goal percentage (.408), as well as. USU is also fifth in scoring (77.9) and scoring defense (69.7), while ranking sixth in scoring margin (+8.1) and rebounds (38.0), as well as seventh in blocks (3.4). Additionally, the Aggies are eighth in field goal percentage defense (.438) and 11th in steals (3.0.).

Individually, senior center Jarred Shaw leads the conference in free throw percentage (.871), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.525), sixth in blocks (1.4), ninth in rebounds (7.9) and 12th in scoring (15.9). Senior guard Preston Medlin is second in the league in assist-turnover ratio (3.44), third in assists (4.4), tied for seventh in three-point field goals made (2.3), seventh in three-point percentage (.432), 10th in minutes (32.4) and 18th in scoring (13.4).

Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is ninth in blocked shots (1.2) and 11th in rebounding (7.0). Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.457) in addition to ranking tied with Medlin for seventh in three-point field goals made (2.3), as well as 13th in rebounding (6.1) and 14th in scoring (14.3). Sophomore guard Marcel Davis is third in assist-turnover ratio (3.00) and 11th in assists (3.00).

USU IN TOP 25 OF SIX DIFFERENT NCAA STATISTICS
Through the NCAA statistics released on Dec. 9, Utah State is 16th in the country in both free throw percentage (.761) and assists per game (17.0), in addition to ranking 20th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.269). The Aggies also are 23rd in rebounding margin (+8.4), 24th in assist-turnover ratio (1.49) and 25th in fewest fouls (125 total/17.9 per game). Utah State is also 27th in three-point field goal percentage (.408), 32nd in fewest turnovers (80 total/11.4 per game) and 47th in field goal percentage (.486).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is 27th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.44), while sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 46th in assist-turnover ratio (3.00). Senior center Jarred Shaw is 82nd in free throw percentage (.871), while ranking 91st in double-doubles with two.

A LOOK BACK AT PACIFIC GAME
LOGAN, Utah - Three players in double-figures was not enough for Utah State men's basketball as the Aggies were dealt a 78-68 loss by visiting Pacific Saturday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. With the loss, USU is 5-2 on the season having lost two in a row, while Pacific won its third-straight to improve to 7-1. The loss snapped Utah State's six-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Saturday was the 68th all-time meeting between the Aggies and Tigers, who were former Big West Conference foes. While USU still leads the all-time series, 44-24, Pacific has won five of the last six meetings, including the last two in Logan, as the Aggies are now 28-3 against the Tigers in Logan. Senior center Jarred Shaw netted a team-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis came off the bench to tally a season-high 13 points and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 11 points. Butterfield also snared a game-high and season-high eight rebounds, helping USU to a 33-31 rebounding edge. Utah State has out-rebounded its last six opponents, and Saturday was the third game in a row that USU had single-digit edge after having double-digit rebounding advantage in the previous three games. Senior guard Preston Medlin added nine points, and shared team-high honors with Davis in assists with four each. Freshman forward Jalen Moore recorded eight points and six rebounds in his first career start. Pacific had three players in double-figures, led by Andrew Bock with a game-high 18 points, while T.J. Wallace and Ross Rivera added 15 and 11 points, respectively, both off the bench as the Tigers had a 36-23 bench points advantage. The Aggies tied a season-low with 42.3 percent (22-of-52) field goal percentage, limited to a season-low 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range, as well as 79.2 percent (19-of-24) at the free throw line. The Tigers made exactly half of their field goals (29-of-58), along with 45.5 percent (5-of-11) behind the arc and 71.4 percent (15-of-21) at the free pitch stripe. USU took a 2-0 lead after a pair of Shaw free throws, but that would be the Aggies' only lead of the night, as the Tigers scored the next six points to open a 6-2 lead. Pacific pulled away from a 14-9 lead with another 6-0 streak, capped by a layup by Gabriel Aguirre at the 9:12 mark for the Tigers' first double-digit advantage of the night at 20-9. A 7-2 spurt by the Aggies closed the gap to 22-16 at 7:24 to go in the half after a jumper by Moore and a three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Marcel Davis. However, the Tigers pulled away and opened up a 35-21 lead with 3:15 remaining in the half, for USU's largest deficit of not only the night, but the season, after a jumper by Trevin Harris. The Aggies cut the gap to 37-29 at halftime. Out of the break, Utah State got within 46-43 after a pair of free pitch shots from junior forward Danny Berger, and later closed to 48-47 after a Marcel Davis layup at the 12:35 mark. However, Rivera hit a three-pointer to regain control for Pacific at 51-47 with 12:16 on the clock, and USU didn't get any closer, to fall in defeat.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM PACIFIC GAME
TEAM NOTES • Utah State had its six-game home winning streak halted with the loss to Pacific.

• Pacific has won five of the last six meetings, including the last two in Logan. USU leads the all-time series, 44-24 (.647), including now 28-3 in Logan.

• Saturday marked USU's first back-to-back losses of the season, and the Aggies are now 74-28 (.725) during the last 14 years following a loss.

• USU's 42.3 percent (22-of-52) field goal percentage tied a season-low, matching the same percentage, makes and attempts as at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16.

• The Aggies' 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range was a season-low, after shooting 28.6 percent (2-of-7) at Weber State on Nov. 26.

• Pacific's four turnovers were a season-low by a USU opponent and the fewest since UTSA had four assists in last year's season-finale on March 19.

• After Utah State limited its first six opponents to under 34 percent from three-point range, Pacific shot 45.5 percentage (5-of-11) from three-point range Saturday, a new season-high for a USU opponent.

• USU has out-rebounded its last six opponents, and Saturday was the third game in a row that USU had single-digit edge after having double-digit rebounding advantage in the previous three games... The Aggies are now 4-2 when out-rebounding their opponents.

• USU's 33 rebounds tied a season-low, matching the 33 vs. Weber State on Nov. 26.

• After Utah State held its first four opponents under 70, USU has yielded 70 or more points in each of the last three games, and USU is now 1-2 this season when allowing 70 or more.

PLAYER NOTES • Senior center Jarred Shaw led USU in scoring for the third time this season, tying fellow senior, guard Preston Medlin, for top team honors.

• Shaw's 17 points Saturday was his sixth double-figure scoring outing this season, including the last four in a row and 32 of his last 38 games.

• Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored in double-digits all seven games this season, including streak of 10 in a row and 26 of last 30 career games played.

• Butterfield's eight rebounds Saturday was a season-high and was the first time leading USU in rebounding... He has now snared four or more rebounds in the last 10 games in a row dating back to last season and 22 of last 23 games played as part of 30 total times in his career.

• Senior guard Preston Medlin was limited to single-digits for just the second time this season after posting double-digits in the last four games, and his nine points were his fewest since six vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 12... With four assists Saturday, Medlin has dished out four or more helpers in each of the last four games.

• Sophomore guard Marcel Davis netted a season-high for the second game in a row with 13 points Saturday, his first double-figure scoring outing this season and 10th time of his career... With four assists Saturday, Davis has dished out at least four assists in 18 of last 31 games played.

• Freshman forward Jalen Moore made his first career start, posting eight points and six rebounds, both of which are his second-highest this season, behind his season-best nine points and eight rebounds vs. Mississippi State on Nov. 23.

SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
The Wolverines are 4-5 on the season having won two in a row, beating St. Katherine, 89-37, on Dec. 7 and edging in-state foe Weber State, 62-59, on Wednesday night at home. UVU improved to 4-0 at home with the win over Weber State, but the Wolverines are 0-5 on the road. In Wednesday's win over Weber State, three players scored in double-digits, led by senior guard Holton Hunsaker with 14 point, while sophomore guard Hayes Garrity tallied 13 points off the bench and freshman forward Zach Nelson logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, Nelson leads UVU with 12.0 points per game, adding 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, in shooting 48.3 percent (42-of-87) from the field, 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from three-point range and 60.6 percent (20-of-33) at the free throw line. Garrity is the other Wolverine in double-figures, tallying 10.4 ppg, adding 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, ranking second on the team in three-point shooting at 39.4 percent (13-of-33) as part of 40.2 percent (33-of-82) field goal shooting, in addition to leading the team with 88.2 percent (15-of-17) at the charity stripe. Senior center Ben Aird adds 9.9 ppg, to go with a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game. Hunsaker is tied with Garrity for second on the team in three-pointers with 13, shooting 29.5 percent (13-of-44), while senior guard Keawe Enos leads the team both in three-pointers (15) and percentage (46.9 percent, 15-of-32). As a team, UVU is averaging 65.3 points per game, while allowing 66.4 ppg, for a slight, -1.1 scoring advantage. The Wolverines are shooting 41.5 percent (204-of-491) from the field, 32.7 percent (54-of-165) from three-point range and 73.3 percent (126-of-172) at the free throw line. Utah Valley has a narrow +0.2 rebounding advantage (35.4-35.2). Defensively, UVU's opposition is shooting 41.8 percent (207-of-495) from the field, 32.2 percent (56-of-174) beyond the arc and 67.0 percent (128-of-191) at the charity stripe. UVU is averaging 14.1 assists, 6.0 steals and 3.4 blocks per game, while committing 13.3 turnovers per game. The Wolverines are coached by Dick Hunsaker, who is in his 12th season at UVU, posting a 205-133 record there.

BRUNEEL, CONDIE ON BOTH SIDES OF BEEHIVE STATE BATTLE
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 in 2011-12 for the Aggies, making nine starts. Bruneel posted five points, four rebounds and one assist in USU's 64-54 win over Utah Valley on Dec. 6, 2011.

Current UVU assistant coach Curtis Condie is in his first season back on the Wolverines bench, also at UVU from 2002-2006 and is back for his fifth season in 2013-14. Condie is a 1994 USU alum and was an administrative assistant for the Aggies during the 1993-94 season. He served under then-coach and current Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy. After his first tenure at Utah Valley, Condie spent one season as the head coach at Texas A&M International. From there he was at Louisiana Tech for four seasons including a 24-11 mark during the 2009-10 season. He also spent time as the head coach at Central Wyoming College before returning to Utah Valley.

AGGIES VS. WOLVERINES SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 8-0 all-time against Utah Valley and 4-0 against the Wolverines in Logan. USU and UVU last played in Logan on Dec. 6, 2011, with the Aggies earning a 63-54 win. All eight of USU's meetings with UVU have been under head coach Stew Morrill and he is 8-0 vs. UVU.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH
Utah State has won 28-straight home games against in-state competition and is 30-1 (.968) at home against teams from the state of Utah under Morrill. The only in-state team to defeat USU at home under Morrill was Brigham Young, 82-73, on Jan. 8, 2000.

The Aggies have won 34 of their last 44 overall games (.773) against in-state opponents and are 42-14 (.750) against the state of Utah in the last 14 years. During that time period, USU is 7-7 versus Brigham Young, 7-4 versus Utah, 13-3 versus Weber State, 8-0 against Utah Valley and 7-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 42-19 (.689) versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill.

ONE LEFT, ONE JOINED THE WAC
Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West Conference after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the league that Utah Valley is in its first year in, joining the WAC this summer after five seasons in the Great West Conference.

USU LAST MEETING AGAINST UTAH VALLEY - Dec. 15, 2012
OREM, Utah - Freshman guard Marcel Davis logged his first Utah State start, junior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double and junior center Matt Lopez made his Aggie debut to lead to Utah State men's basketball to a hard-fought 69-63 win at Utah Valley on Dec. 15, 2012 at UVU's UCCU Center. Davis netted a team-high 17 points while Shaw logged his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in helping the Aggies improve to 6-1 for the first time since 2008-09 when USU also won its sixth game of the season at Utah Valley. With Saturday's win, Utah State improved to 8-0 all-time against Utah Valley. The Wolverines fall to 5-7 on the season. The Aggies have won 32 of their last 40 overall games (.800) against in-state opponents and are 39-12 (.764) against the state of Utah in the last 13 years. Overall, USU is 40-17 (.702) versus teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill. Lopez was making his USU debut in his first game eligible for the Aggies after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. He posted eight points, including two dunks, in adding two rebounds, as USU out-rebounded UVU, 35-20 Saturday night. The Aggies have out-rebounding their opponents in all seven games this season and Saturday's +15 rebounding margin was right at its season average, while ranks USU third in the NCAA. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added nine points while senior forward Kyisean Reed posted eight points while junior guard Preston Medlin scored six points including two free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win. USU shot 29-of-53 (54.7 percent) from the field and was 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range. USU was also 8-of-10 (80.0 percent) at the free throw line. Utah Valley was led by 17 points each by Alvonzo Hubbard and Holton Hunsaker while Nick Thompson added 13 points and Jason Johnson posted 10. Ben Aird led UVU with six rebounds. The Wolverines shot 44.7 percent (21-of-47) field goal shooting, hitting 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the arc and were 81.3 percent (13-of-16) at the charity stripe. USU had a 17-0 bench scoring advantage Saturday, and have out-scored its counterparts in each of the last three games after not doing so in the previous three games. The Aggie bench has averaged 27.3 ppg in the last three games after averaging just 13.0 ppg in the previous four games, out-scoring the opponent's bench, 82-37, in the last three games. Utah Valley had control for a good portion of the first half, but Utah State battled tight, taking its first lead of the night at 20-19 with 10:47 to go on an up-and-under layup from junior guard TeNale Roland. UVU re-took the lead and opened 32-26 lead with 4:21 left on a three-pointer by Johnson. That would be the Wolverines' last points of the half, as the Aggies closed out the first frame with a 10-0 run starting with a jumper by Shaw and capped by a pair of Reed free throws with 59 seconds left and USU had a 36-32 lead at half time, as the Aggies improved to 5-0 this season when leading at the break. The Wolverines pulled within 42-39 less than five minutes into the second half after two Hunsaker free throws. Lopez then hit a layup to spark an 8-0 Aggie run capped by Davis with a layup for a 50-39 lead at the 13:39 mark. Those would be the first two of Davis' personal 11-point scoring run, including hitting a three-pointer and later a pair of free pitch shots for USU's largest lead of the night at 59-47 with 7:24 to play. The Aggies kept the Wolverines at bay for the rest of the game until UVU pulled within four at 67-63 with 17 seconds to go on a long trey by Hunsaker, but Medlin hit two free throws to secure the Aggies' win.

AGGIES-WOLVERINES LAST MEETING AT LOGAN - Dec. 6, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - 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 night in men's basketball action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. 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 in improving to 4-4 overall, and snapping a two-game losing skid to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2007-08. Utah Valley was led by Isiah Williams' game-high 16 points while Kevin Woods added 10 points off the bench for the Wolverines, who also evened their record with a level 5-5 mark with the loss. With the win, the Aggies remain unbeaten against the Wolverines by improving to 7-0 overall, including 4-0 in Logan. USU has now won 26-straight home games against in-state competition and is 28-1 at home against fellow Beehive State foes under head coach Stew Morrill. Utah State has won 30 of its last 38 games against in-state opponents and improves to 37-12 against the state of Utah over the last 12 seasons. Overall, the Aggies have now won 86 of their last 89 home games and are now 196-14 at home under Morrill. 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-of-50) from the field, making 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) behind the arc. USU was also 12-of-20 (60.0 percent) at the free throw line, hitting all four attempts in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. Utah Valley was 22-of-46 (39.3 percent) field goal shooting, also going 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) 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.

USU VS. THE WAC
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

BEEHIVE STATE BUNCH
The Aggies have six players from the state of Utah in junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

UVU has five players from the Beehive State on its roster in senior center Ben Aird (Bountiful/Bountiful HS), senior guard Taylor Brown (Draper/Alta HS), sophomore guard Cory Cardwell (Riverton/Riverton HS), senior guard Holton Hunsaker (North Salt Lake City/Woods Cross HS) and freshman forward Eli Robison (Provo/Timpview HS).

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

USU IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 89-24 (.788) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 73-3 (.961) record at home. The Aggies are 2-2 in games played on Saturday this season as part of 148-57 (.722) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU is playing on Dec. 14 for the first time since 2002, and playing an in-state foe on the date for the second time in a row, losing to BYU, 66-56, in 2002. The Aggies are 5-8 in known games played on Dec. 14, including 3-3 against in-state foes.

TOUGH D BEYOND ARC
Utah State held its first six opponents this year to less than 34 percent shooting from three-point range before Pacific broke through with a 45.5 percent (5-of-11) three-point percentage, a season-high for a USU opponent.

The Aggies' lowest percentage by an opponent was BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12), also the fewest three-pointers allowed. UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied for the highest three-point percentage by an opponent this season at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16), Southern Utah (11/12) was held to 20.0 percent (3-of-15) and the Aggies held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24). USU is currently first in the Mountain West and 20th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.269).

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 235 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 FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,064 career points and climbed to No. 30 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 82 career games, to match his jersey number with a 13.0 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008-11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin has passed Vince Washington (1984-85) with 1,049 points and Desmond Penigar (2002-03) with 1,051. Medlin enters Saturday's game needing just one point to tie the No. 29 spot held by Gary Wilkinson (2008-09) with 1,065 points, as well as 16 points for the No. 28 spot held by Nate Williams (1970-71) with 1,080 points and 31 points for the No. 27 spot held by Jeff O. Anderson (1985-88) with 1,095 points.

USU CAREER Points (1,000-plus)
	Name			Years		Points
1.	Jaycee Carroll		2005-08		2522
2.	Greg Grant		1983-86		2127
3.	Wayne Estes		1963-65		2001
4.	Brian Jackson		1978-81		1900
5.	Cornell Green		1960-62		1890
6.	Marvin Roberts		1969-71		1844
7.	Kendall Youngblood	1989-92		1774
8.	Tai Wesley		2008-11		1749
9.	Tony Brown		1999-02		1564
10.	Eric Franson		1991, 94-96	1545
11.	Reid Newey		1984, 87-89	1536
12.	Nate Harris		2003-06		1475
13.	Dean Hunger		1977-80		1472
14.	Kevin Nixon		1985-88		1456
15.	Dan Conway		1986-89		1398
16.	Mike Santos		1975-78		1287
17.	Shaler Halimon		1967-68		1284
18.	Spencer Nelson		1999, 03-05	1283
19.	Bob Lauriski		1971-73		1266
20.	Rich Haws		1973-75		1255
21.	Jim Boatwright		1972-74		1238
22.	Max Perry		1959-61		1236
23.	Jay Goodman		1991-93		1215
24.	Jimmy Moore		1973-75		1164
25.	Bert Cook		1950-52		1133
26.	Troy Collier		1963-64		1109
27.	Jeff O. Anderson	1985-88		1095
28.	Nate Williams		1970-71		1080
29.	Gary Wilkinson		2008-09		1065
30.	Preston Medlin		2010, 12-	1064
31.	Desmond Penigar		2002-03		1051
32.	Vince Washington	1984-85		1049
33.	Pat Dunn		1953-56		1018
34.	Tyler Newbold		2008-11		1014
35.	Bill Hull		1951-54		1007
36.	Bob Ipsen		1958-59		1001
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 356-11 (.753) during the last 14 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.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
USU has led at halftime in five of its six games this season and Saturday's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' first loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 88 of its last 91 games when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 295-26 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is now 1-1 this season when trailing at the break, rallying from down at intermission to win at Weber State, while falling to Pacific after being behind at the break. USU is 48-85 (.361) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

AGGIES FACING FOURTH AND FINAL IN-STATE FOE THIS SEASON
Utah State is facing four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. Saturday's game against Utah Valley is the Aggies' final game this season against a fellow Beehive State opponent.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU won its first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, leaving USU 5-1 this season after going 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 96 of its last 103 games (.932), when reaching 70 points and is 238-32 (.881) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 1-0 this season after going 7-1 last season and has won 121 of its last 127 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 186-16 (.921) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

AGGIES OK IN OT
USU was 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won seven of its last nine extra session games and Utah State is 54-41 (.569) all-time in overtime games.

80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better once so far in three games this season, making 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. Last season, USU was 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe in 10 games, going 7-3 when doing so. The Aggies shot over 80 percent in three of their last four regular-season games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on March 9 against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
USU has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies bounced back to double-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, a +1 (39-38) against BYU and a +2 (33-31) edge versus Pacific.

Utah State's 22 rebounds allowed to SUU are its fewest since Denver has just 19 rebounds on Feb. 14, 2013, a span of 11 games, while its 22 rebound advantage is its largest since also out-rebounding Western Oregon by 22 (43-21) on Dec. 8, 2012, a span of 28 games.

Utah State is currently third in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+8.4), as well as 23rd in the NCAA stats as of Dec. 9.

Last year, USU finished the season ranked third in the NCAA and tops in the WAC for rebounding margin at +9.1. The Aggies' rebounding margin was helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, going 7-8 over those 15 games. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent.

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 32 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 19 times, including three games this season. Utah State is 15-4 (.789) during those 19 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 4-1 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 4-1 when shooting better from the field; 1-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 4-1 when shooting better from three-point range; 1-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 3-1 when shooting better from the free throw line; 4-2 when out-rebounding the opponent; 1-0 when getting out-rebounded; 1-1 when blocking more shots; 3-0 when blocking fewer shots; 2-0 when having more steals and 3-0 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench.

FOLLOWING A LOSS
Saturday marked USU's first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. The Aggies are now 74-28 (.725) during the last 14 years following a loss.

MEDLIN AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range (159-383) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 159, passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 7 with 383.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name		Years		3FG
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.	Preston Medlin	2010, 12-	159
8.	Brian Green	2010-11		129
9.	Jared Quayle	2009-10		128
10.	Pooh Williams	2008-11		117
11.	Troy Rolle	1999-00		112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years Att. 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. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 383 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 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- .415 Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 7. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 8. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 9. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 10. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 11. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2013-14 roster, marking the second year in a row for seven newcomers, after not having that many newcomers on the roster since 2008-09

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of seven newcomers, with one sophomore and six freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The six freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore, center Carson Shanks, and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

Shanks comes to USU from Prior Lake, Minn., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Prior Lake High School. Shanks was a two-time all-conference honoree, averaging 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game as a senior, ranking as the third-ranked prospect in the state of Minnesota.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU'S Danny Berger CANDIDATE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Danny Berger is a candidate for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday the candidate list with 118 men's basketball student-athletes on it. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Of the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, 75 are from NCAA Division I, and Berger is the lone Mountain West Conference player as well as one of two players from the state of Utah, joined by Brigham Young's Tyler Haws.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore.

Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 371-130 (.741) at USU.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)

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.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

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 the 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 DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 589-269 (.686) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 472-255 (.649) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 435-270 (.617) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 122-64 (.656) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force	 	 14-2
vs. Boise State	 	 24-10
vs. Colorado State	  1-2
vs. Fresno State	 16-12
vs. Nevada	 	 21-14
vs. New Mexico	 	  3-9
vs. San Diego State	 11-2
vs. San José State	 22-1
vs. UNLV	 	  3-2
vs. Wyoming	 	  7-10
Total			122-64

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