Dec. 15, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Men's Basketball Game Notes vs. Seattle
Seattle (2-6) vs. Utah State (4-5)
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 7 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12)
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,462-1,011 (.591). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State is 3-1 this season and 62-20 (.756) over the last 13 years following a loss and has dropped back-to-back games just 17 times during that time period. USU has also won 25 straight home games following a loss and the last time it lost at home following a loss was on March 1, 2003 against Idaho, 52-51.
Utah State is 3-1 at home this year, has won 86 of its last 89 home games, and is 196-14 (.933) at home under head coach Stew Morrill. All-time, Utah State is 490-107 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State had won 33 straight home games prior to its 67-54 home loss to Denver on Nov. 30 as that 33-game winning streak was the third-longest active streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history. USU had also won 17 straight home games against non-conference opponents before its loss to the Pioneers.
Utah State is 78-22 (.780) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 65-2 (.970) record at home. USU is also 129-46 (.737) in games played on Saturday under Morrill and 7-6 (.538) all-time in known games played on Dec. 17.
Utah State is 1-1 on the season and has won 107 of its last 110 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. In fact, USU is 172-13 (.930) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 172 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.
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Aggie players from the state of Utah include senior forward Morgan Grim (Riverton/Riverton HS), freshman forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), freshman forward David Collette (Murray/Murray HS), freshman guard Sam Orchard (Salt Lake City/Highland HS), and freshman center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS).
Utah State (4-5) will begin a stretch of four home games in six days by hosting Seattle (2-6) inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live on KMYU-TV (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2) with Mychal Clayton (play-by-play) and Brooks Hansen (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available via the internet at ESPN3.com and is part of the ESPN Full Court Package. Overall, USU plays six of its next seven games at home.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com with Al Lewis (play-by-play) and Rod Tueller (analyst).
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 4-5 on the season after losing at Wichita State, 83-76, Saturday. USU is led by senior guard Brockeith Pane who is averaging 13.2 points and 3.1 assists per game, and is shooting 38.1 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from three-point range and 78.6 percent at the free throw line. Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin is averaging 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, and is shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from three-point range and 64.0 percent at the free throw line. And senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 10.3 points and 6.2 rebounds, and is shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 71.4 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 64.1 points and shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 65.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 65.1 points and its opponents are shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from three-point range and 72.6 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Dec. 15, Utah State ranks second in the WAC in scoring defense (65.1), second in field goal percentage (.447), second in three-point field goal percentage (.377), third in field goal percentage defense (.414), fifth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.341), fifth in blocked shots (2.78), fifth in free throw shooting (.653), fifth in scoring margin (-1.0,), and sixth in rebounding margin (-0.1). Individually, senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks ninth in free throw shooting (.786), ninth in assists (3.11), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.97), 10th in scoring (13.2), and 13th in steals (1.00). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks sixth in blocked shots (1.00), eighth in rebounding (6.2), and 15th in free throw shooting (.714). Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin ranks fourth in three-point shooting (.442), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.17), 10th in assists (3.00), 13th in scoring (12.8), and 14th in overall shooting (.460). And junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks fourth in overall shooting (.585) and 15th in rebounding (5.1).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
FOLLOWING THE SEATTLE GAME
Following its home game against Seattle, Utah State will host UT-Arlington (4-3), Saint Peter's (2-6) and Kent State (7-1) in the 2011 Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The tournament will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 20 with Saint Peter's playing Kent State at 5:30 p.m., followed by USU versus UT-Arlington at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 21 Kent State and UT-Arlington will play at 5:30 p.m., and USU will play Saint Peter's at 8 p.m. And on Thursday, Dec. 22 UT-Arlington and Saint Peter's will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by USU versus Kent State at 8 p.m.
LOOKING BACK AT THE WICHITA STATE GAME
Utah State rallied from 21 points down at the half to within four with five minutes to play but couldn't get any closer in losing at Wichita State, 83-76, Saturday. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane led five Aggies in double-figures with 18 points, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior forward Kyisean Reed tied his season-high with 13 points, while sophomore guard Danny Berger scored a season-best 12 points and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel added a season-high 10 points. Joe Ragland led all players with 19 points for Wichita State who improved to 7-2 on the season with the win, while David Kyles had 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from three-point range. Wichita State used a 17-0 run to take a commanding 41-20 lead into half-time, but Utah State fought back in the second-half. USU's first run came with 14:17 on the clock as it scored seven straight points to get within 11 at 53-42. After the Shockers extended its lead back to 16, USU used an 8-2 run to get within nine at 61-52 with 8:44 remaining. The Aggies then used a 10-2 run to get within four at 68-64 with 4:40 to play and had a chance to get even closer, but Reed missed a baseline jumper and WSU scored the next five points. USU fought back one more time and got within five at 76-71 with 1:58 remaining, but Wichita State hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 86 seconds to hang on for the win. Utah State scored a season-high 56 second-half points after scoring a season-low 20 points in the first-half. In the final 20 minutes, USU shot 59.4 percent from the field (19-32), 50.0 percent from three-point range (4-8) and 82.4 percent at the free throw line (14-17). Overall, Utah State shot over 50 percent (.538) for the second time this season as it was 28-of-52 from the field, 5-of-15 (.333) from three-point range and 15-of-21 (.714) from the free throw line. Wichita State finished the game shooting 45.6 percent (26-57), including 44.0 percent from behind the arc (11-25) and 71.4 percent at the charity stripe (20-28). The Shockers also dominated the glass as it out-rebounded USU by 12 (37-25). Wichita State scored the first six points of the game on back-to-back three-pointers from Kyles and led 8-2 before Utah State went on an 11-4 run to take a 13-12 lead following a Bruneel layup. The Shockers then scored seven straight points to go up six, but the Aggies got back within four at 24-20 on a Berger layin with 5:17 remaining before Wichita State finished the half on a 17-0 run. Medlin led Utah State with six first-half points as the Aggies shot 45.0 percent from the field (9-20), but just 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 25.0 percent from the free throw line (1-4). Wichita State shot 44.1 percent (15-34) in the first 20 minutes, including 52.9 percent from behind the arc (9-17) and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. The Shockers also had 10 more rebounds (21-11) in the first-half.
NOTE-ABLES FROM THE WICHITA STATE GAME
Wichita State's 83 points are a season-high for a USU opponent and the most allowed since Hawai'i scored 84 points last year in a double-overtime game. The last team to score at least 83 points against USU in a regulation game was on Feb. 28, 2009 when USU lost at Nevada, 84-71.
Utah State was out-rebounded for the third time this year at Wichita State (37-25) as its 25 rebounds were a season-low. USU was also out-rebounded by double-digits for the first time since Jan. 4, 2010 when Louisiana Tech out-rebounded USU, 40-27.
Utah State had single-digit assists (9) for the fifth time this year and double-digit turnovers (12) for the eighth time.
Utah State had won 21 straight games when scoring 70-plus points before losing at Wichita State. Overall, USU is 204-28 (.879) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
UTAH STATE SHOOTS 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR
Utah State shot 53.8 percent from the field (28-52) in its last game against Wichita State, marking the second time this year it has shot at least 50 percent joining its season-high 57.8 percent performance from the field (26-45) at Idaho State. USU also scored a season-high 76 points against the Shockers and made a season-high 28 field goals.
FIVE AGGIES SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES AGAIN
Utah State had five players (Pane 18, Medlin 15, Reed 13, Berger 12, Bruneel 10) score in double-figures for the second time this year in its last game at Wichita State. USU also had five double-digit scorers at Idaho State.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES AT WICHITA STATE
It was a tale of two halves for Utah State in its 83-76 loss at Wichita State Saturday as USU scored a season-low 20 points in the first-half and then scored a season-high 56 points after intermission. The 20 first-half points for USU were its fewest since scoring 18 first-half points against Marquette (3/20/09) in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, while its 56 second-half points were its most since it scored 56 second-half points against Montana Western at home on Feb. 16, 2011.
UTAH STATE HAS USED SEVEN DIFFERENT STARTING LINEUPS THIS YEAR
Through nine games, Utah State has used seven different starting lineups and has used the same lineup in consecutive games just twice this year. On the season, USU has started 10 different players and only senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have started every game. During the 2010-11 season, Utah State started four different lineups the entire season.
MEDLIN SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN EACH OF HIS LAST FIVE GAMES
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures in each of his last five games as he had 15 points at Wichita State, 13 points against Utah Valley, 15 points at Pacific, 13 points against Denver and a career-high 26 points at Idaho State. Against the Bengals, Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range. Medlin also had a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific and a career-high six assists against Utah Valley. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures six times this year and seven times in his career. During his last five games, Medlin is averaging 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting 47.5 percent from the field (28-59), 53.6 percent from three-point range (15-28) and 73.3 percent from the free throw line (11-15).
MEDLIN MAKES EIGHT THREE-POINTERS AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin made eight three-pointers in Utah State's 75-62 win at Idaho State and those eight made treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 three-pointers at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006. Jay Goodman ranks second all-time at USU as he made nine three-pointers at BYU on Nov. 24, 1990, while Carroll made eight three's against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6, 2005 and Cardell Butler made eight three's against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21, 2004.
REED SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN THREE-STRAIGHT GAMES
Junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games as he tied his season-high with 13 points at Wichita State. He also had 11 points and six rebounds against Utah Valley and 13 points to go along with seven rebounds in a season-best 34 minutes at Pacific. Reed also had 13 points in a home game against Southern Utah and recorded his first double-figure rebounding game at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as he had 10 boards in his first-ever start. During his last three games, Reed is averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (14-21) and 64.3 percent at the free throw line (9-14).
BERGER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 12 POINTS AT WICHITA STATE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored in double-figures for the second time in as many games as he had a career-high 12 points at Wichita State and 10 points in his previous game against Utah Valley. During his last two games, Berger is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 66.7 percent from the field (8-12), 80.0 percent from three-point range (4-5) and is 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific.
BRUNEEL SCORES CAREER-HIGH 10 POINTS AT WICHITA STATE
Sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points in his last game at Wichita State as he was 3-of-4 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the free throw line. In his last four games, Bruneel is averaging 6.3 points and shooting 58.8 percent from the field (10-17), 40.0 percent from three-point range (2-5) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (3-4).
PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR SEVENTH TIME THIS YEAR WITH 18 POINTS AT WICHITA STATE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the seventh time this year and 29th time in his career with 18 points in his last game at Wichita State. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 11.6 points and 3.0 assists, while shooting 37.7 percent from the field (20-53), 25.0 percent from three-point range (3-12) and 68.2 percent at the free throw line (15-22).
GRIM'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT THREE
Senior forward Morgan Grim had scored in double-figures in three-straight games before scoring just three points at Pacific. During his streak of three-straight double-figure scoring games, Grim had 11 points against Denver and Idaho State, to go along with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while playing a career-high 42 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for his first-ever double-double. Overall, Grim has scored in double-figures four times this year as he had 19 points at Weber State. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds, while shooting 37.5 percent from the field (12-32) and 60.9 percent at the free throw line (14-23).
STONE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH EIGHT REBOUNDS IN FIRST START
Freshman center Jordan Stone grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in his first career start against Utah Valley. Stone also played well in his previous game at Pacific as he grabbed seven rebounds and scored a career-best seven points, while playing a career-high 23 minutes. Stone also had six points and three rebounds in his previous game against Denver, to go along with five points and five rebounds against Southern Utah earlier in the year. During his last four games, Stone is averaging 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 15.8 minutes, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field (4-9) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11).
THOSEBY SCORES CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS IN FIRST CAREER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he scored a career-high 16 points and dished out a career-best three assists in a career-high 24 minutes. In the game, he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Thoseby entered the game with 11 total points on the season as he was 3-of-11 from the field and 3-of-8 from three-point range. In his last six games, Thoseby is 7-of-14 (.500) from behind the arc.
CLIFFORD HAS CAREER-NIGHT IN FIRST-EVER START AT IDAHO STATE
Freshman redshirt forward Ben Clifford had a career-night in his first-ever start at Idaho State as he played a career-best and team-high 37 minutes, while scoring a career-high 10 points, grabbing a career-high seven rebounds, and recording career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with two each. In the game, Clifford was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Clifford entered the game against ISU, with 10 rebounds and no points on the season as he was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 at the free throw line.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE DEFENDING WELL
Through nine games, Utah State has held five of its opponents under 40 percent shooting including two of its last three as Pacific shot just 38.2 percent (21-55) and Utah Valley shot just 39.3 percent (22-56). During its last three games, Utah State's opponents are shooting just 41.7 percent from the field (69-168).
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD 10 DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through nine games, Utah State has already had 10 different players on its roster score in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane has scored 10 or more points in seven games, sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored in double-figures six times, senior forward Morgan Grim and junior forward Kyisean Reed have both scored in double-figures four times, sophomore guard Danny Berger has scored in double-figures twice, and senior forward Brady Jardine, sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel, freshman forward Ben Clifford, and freshmen guards Adam Thoseby and Steven Thornton have each scored in double-figures once.
AGGIE RESERVES PLAYING WELL DURING LAST TWO GAMES
Utah State's bench has been very productive in its last two games as it scored 27 points at Wichita State and had 27 points against Utah Valley. During its last two games, USU's reserves are shooting a robust 64.7 percent from the field (22-34). USU's season-high for points from its bench is 31 against Southern Utah.
UTAH STATE FINDS SHOOTING TOUCH AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State had its best offensive game of the season at Idaho State as it shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the field (26-45) and 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19). For USU, it was its best shooting performance from the field since it shot 62.0 percent (31-50) at Nevada on Jan. 8, 2011, and its best shooting performance from three-point range since it shot 68.8 percent (11-16) against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. Entering its game against ISU, Utah State was shooting just 42.4 percent from the field (89-210) and just 31.9 percent from three-point range (15-47).
UTAH STATE MAKES SECOND-MOST TREYS IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
Utah State's 13 made three-pointers against Idaho State rank tied for second all-time in school history and the most made by a USU team since it made 13 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011. The school record for made three-pointers in a game is 20 at New Mexico State on Feb. 2, 2006.
PANE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 14 after leading Utah State to a season-opening 69-62 home win against Brigham Young. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is the only team in the nation to have winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons as it had a 10-game winning streak in 2008, a school-record tying 19-game winning streak in 2009, a 17-game winning streak in 2010 and a 17-game winning streak in 2011.
Seattle is 2-6 on the season after losing at Arkansas State, 87-74, in its last game Wednesday. The Redhawks began the year with a loss at Portland State (66-65), followed by a home loss to San Francisco (69-63), before winning at Montana State (85-73) and versus Evergreen State (77-54). Since that win, SU has lost at home to Stanford (72-49), at Harvard (80-70), and at home to Idaho (73-62). Seattle, who is 1-3 on the road and 2-3 away from home this year, is led by senior forward Aaron Broussard who is averaging 15.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 77.1 percent at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Clarence Trent is averaging 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, and senior forward Eric Wallace is averaging 10.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. As a team, Seattle is averaging 68.1 points and shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from three-point range and 70.3 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Redhawks are allowing 71.8 points and its opponents are shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 69.9 percent at the free throw line. SU returns three starters and five letterwinners from last year's team that went 11-20 overall. Cameron Dollar is 30-40 in his third year at Seattle and 41-62 in four years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-SEATTLE SERIES
Utah State and Seattle will meet for the 28th time this weekend with the Aggies owning a 14-13 all-time advantage, which includes a 9-4 record at home. The first game played in the series was on Dec. 1, 1956 at the Idaho State College Invitational in Pocatello with Seattle winning 66-59. The last time the two teams played one another was on Jan. 31, 1976 in Logan with Seattle winning 79-73. In fact, SU has won each of the last two games played in the series and the last time Utah State defeated the Redhawks was on Feb. 10, 1975 in Seattle, 63-61, while its last home win against SU was on Dec. 9, 1974 by the final score of 83-72.
LAST MEETING AGAINST SEATTLE
Senior center Ed Gregg scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Utah State's 79-73 home loss to Seattle on Jan. 31, 1976. Senior guard Blair Reed added 16 points and five assists, while junior forward Darryl Owens finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Clint Richardson led Seattle with 18 points and six assists, while Kevin Suther added 15 points and eight rebounds. Seattle scored the first four points of the game before Utah State opened a 22-12 advantage on a Reed jumper. USU later led by nine before SU closed the half on a 9-2 run to make the score 36-33 Utah State at intermission. Seattle began the second-half on a 10-6 run to take a 43-42 lead and later went on a 8-2 run to take control of the game en route to its six-point win. Utah State shot 45.1 percent overall (32-71) and was 9-of-11 (.818) from the free throw line. Seattle shot 51.6 percent (32-62) and made 15-of-19 (.789) free throws. SU also out-rebounded USU by 10 (40-30), while the visitors had 19 turnovers as compared to 16 for the home team.
SEATTLE TO JOIN WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOR 2012-13 SEASON
The Western Athletic Conference announced on June 14, 2011 that an invitation for membership has been issued to and accepted by Seattle University to join the conference effective July 1, 2012. Seattle U, currently an independent, is a private institution founded in 1891 with an enrollment of 7,751. The Redhawks sponsor 19 sports, 17 of which will compete in the WAC (men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's basketball, softball, baseball, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's tennis). The Redhawks were a Division I team from 1950-80 and its men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA title game in 1958 led by Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor. Seattle U returned to the NCAA's top division in 2009 and currently plays its men's basketball games at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Academically, Seattle U received APR Public Recognition Awards this past May for women's soccer, women's tennis, women's outdoor track and field, men's golf and men's cross country as each of those teams had perfect scores of 1000 in the NCAA's measurement of academic success. Also, its student-athletes have maintained a 3.1 GPA over the last four years.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 14th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 328-108 (.752) record, including a 167-49 (.773) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. Morrill became the winningest coach in school history on Jan. 17, 2008 in the Aggies' 82-78 win against Boise State, passing E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) who won 225 games in 22 seasons. In his first 13 years at USU, Morrill has guided the Aggies to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last 13 years at 76.7 percent with an overall record of 313-95. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 192-56 (.774) record with seven regular season league championships and six tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game 10 times in the last 12 years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched 12 of the top 13 seasons in school history during the last 12 years as the Aggies set a school record with 28 wins during the 2000 season, tied that record with 28 wins during the 2001 season, set a new school record with 30 wins in 2009 and tied that record with 30 wins in 2011. During the 2010-11 season, Morrill guided Utah State to its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and its second WAC Tournament title. Morrill was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, along with being named the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. For the 12th straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were both named first-team all-WAC in 2011, while Wesley was named the Player of the Year marking its third player of the year in the WAC in the last four seasons. Overall, Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 20 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's first 14 years, USU is an amazing 196-14 (.933) at home, which includes a 100-8 (.926) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 16 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 21 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 16th in the nation among active coaches and 57th all-time with his 546 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 68.9 percent ranks 23rd among active coaches and 80th all-time. He is also one of just 11 active coaches to notch at least 16 20-win seasons. His current streak of 12 straight 20-win seasons ranks tied for fifth among active coaches and is tied for the ninth-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC, 2009 WAC, 2010 WAC, 2011 WAC) five times in his first 13 years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991. His overall coaching record is 546-246 (.689).
Has started 41 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 43... Has scored in double-figures in seven games this year and in 29 games in his career... Also has one 20-point game this season and four in his career... Scored 21 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in his season-opener against BYU... Tied his career-high with nine assists at Idaho State... Currently ranks ninth in the WAC in free throw shooting (.786), ninth in assists (3.11), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.97), 10th in scoring (13.2), and 13th in steals (1.00).
Made his first career start at Idaho State and had career-highs with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in a career-best 37 minutes... Was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line against Idaho State... Has started two games this year and played in eight.
Made his first career start at Idaho State and scored a career-high 16 points to go along with a career-high three assists, while playing a career-best 24 minutes... Had a season-best three rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Has started two games this year and played in all nine.
Scored in double-figures for the second-straight game with a career-high 12 points at Wichita State, while playing a career-high 24 minutes... Had career-highs with three rebounds and three assists against Utah Valley as he scored 10 points... Saw his first action of the season at Pacific, scoring two points in 19 minutes... Sat out during the first six games of the season as a potential redshirt.
Scored a career-high 26 points at Idaho State and had a career-high two steals in the game... Had a career-high six assists against Utah Valley and a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific... Played a career-high 38 minutes against Southern Utah and Denver... Has scored in double-figures six times this year and seven times in his career... Currently ranks fourth in the WAC in three-point shooting (.442), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.17), 10th in assists (3.00), 13th in scoring (12.8), and 14th in overall shooting (.460)... Has played in 31 games at Utah State with nine starts.
Has played in 26 games during his Aggie career... Scored his first points of the season at Weber State as he was 2-for-2 at the free throw line... Also had two points at Wichita State.... Played four minutes against BYU and recorded one rebound.
Scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with 10 points at Wichita State... Made his first career start at Weber State and had eight points... Had a career-high five rebounds at Pacific... Played a season-high 23 minutes at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi...Has started six games during the season and played in all nine.
Has scored in double-figures in four games this season... Recorded his first-ever double-double as he scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi... Also played a career-high 42 minutes against the Islanders.... Scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds at Weber State... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU, Southern Utah and Idaho State... Ranks sixth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.00), eighth in rebounding (6.2), and 15th in free throw shooting (.714)... Overall, he has played in 41 games at Utah State with nine starts and 82 games overall.
Recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State for his eighth-career double-figure rebound game... Has started 10 games and played in 94 during his Utah State career... Scored in double-figures for the 18th time in his career with 12 points against BYU... Also had eight rebounds against the Cougars in a career-high 35 minutes... Has not played since injuring his foot against Southern Utah.
Made his first career start against Utah Valley and recorded a career-high eight rebounds... Had his best game as an Aggie at Pacific as he had a season-high seven points to go along with seven rebounds, while playing a season-best 23 minutes... Has started two games this year and played in eight.
Has scored in double-figures in each of his last three games and four times on the season after tying his career-high with 13 points at Wichita State... Tied his season-high with 13 points at Pacific as he played a season-high 34 minutes... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a season-best 10 rebounds... Scored a season-high 13 points against Southern Utah... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal shooting (.585) and is 15th in rebounding (5.1).
Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game.