Dec. 18, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
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13TH ANNUAL GOSSNER CLASSIC
Utah State (7-5) vs. Utah Valley (4-7)
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 8:05 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Aggie Radio Network KJZZ-TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 103rd season of basketball and has an overall record of 1,353-983 (.579). USU has not had a losing season since the 1992-93 campaign, a span of 14 years, when that team finished with a 10-17 record.
Utah State has averaged 24.8 wins during the last eight years and is one of just four teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of those seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. USU also ranks sixth in the country with a 75.4 (205-67) winning percentage during the last nine years.
Utah State is 24-0 all-time in the Gossner Classic, while Northern Arizona is 1-1 all-time. Furman and Utah Valley are both making their first appearances in the Gossner Classic.
Utah State has won 14 straight home games against in-state competition and is 16-1 (.941) at home against teams from the state of Utah under head coach Stew Morrill. Overall, USU has won 12 of its last 16 games versus in-state opponents and is 20-8 (.714) against the state of Utah during the last eight years. During that time period, USU is 5-3 versus BYU, 5-3 versus Utah, 7-2 versus Weber State, 2-0 against Utah Valley and 1-0 against Southern Utah. Overall, USU is 21-13 (.618) versus teams from the state of Utah under Coach Morrill.
Utah State has won 49 straight regular season non-conference home games, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Duke who has won 55 straight. When including postseason play, USU has won 25 straight home games against non-conference opponents and 49 of its last 51 overall. The last time Utah State lost a non-conference home game during the regular season was on Jan. 8, 2000 against BYU, 82-73.
Utah State is 130-12 (.915) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Coach Morrill, which includes a 62-4 (.939) record against non-league opponents. Overall, USU is 424-105 (.802) in 37 years in the building.
Utah State is 49-16 (.754) in the month of December under Coach Morrill and has won 43 straight home games during the month. The last time USU lost a home game in December was on Dec. 5, 1999 to Colorado State, 64-61.
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is currently leading the WAC with 20.0 points per game. He also ranks first in the WAC in free throw shooting (93.3) and three-point shooting (48.7). Nationally, Carroll is seventh in free throw shooting, 19th in three-point shooting and 35th in scoring.
Utah State (7-5) will continue its season-long five-game homestand as it hosts Furman (0-8), Northern Arizona (7-4) and Utah Valley (4-7) in the 13th annual Gossner Class on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20-21. Furman and Northern Arizona will play the first game of the tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State and Utah Valley at 8:05 p.m. USU's game against the Wolverines will be televised live on KJZZ-TV.
ON THE AIR
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, Utah, KFAN (1320 AM) or ESPN Radio (1230 AM) in Salt Lake City and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games.
ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 7-5 on the season after notching a 77-51 home win against Prairie View A&M Saturday night. USU is led by senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll who is averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 48.7 percent from three-point range and 93.3 percent from the free throw line, while senior forward Stephen DuCharme is averaging 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds and shooting 61.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. Junior forward Gary Wilkinson is also scoring in double-figures for USU as he is averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds and shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 67.8 points and shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 78.0 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are averaging 66.6 points and shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from three-point range and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. Overall, USU is in the midst of playing eight of nine games at home during December and January.
AGGIES RIDING TWO-GAME WINNING STREAK & HAS WON FOUR OF ITS LAST FIVE OVERALL
Utah State has now won consecutive games for the second time this year and has won four of its last five games overall, after starting the season with a 3-4 record. During its last two games, USU is averaging 82.5 points and shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are averaging 58.5 points and shooting 36.2 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from three-point range and 63.4 percent from the free throw line. During its last five games, USU is scoring 71.8 points and shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 77.5 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 63.2 points and shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 67.9 percent from the free throw line.
UTAH STATE PICKED TO WIN THE WAC ACCORDING TO LEAGUE COACHES
Utah State is picked to finish first in the Western Athletic Conference according to the league's coaches and second by the media in the preseason polls, while senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll was named the preseason Player of the Year by both groups.
AGGIES OFF TO A SLOW START
Utah State is off to a slow start thus far this year with its 7-5 record, which is the worst start for an Aggie team since the 1998-98 season when that club was also 7-5 through its first 12 games.
KEEPING TRACK OF COACH MORRILL
With seven wins thus far this year, Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is now 220-80 (.733) in his 10th year at USU and is just five wins shy of tying legendary coach E. Lowell Romney (1920-41) for the most wins in school history with 225. Coach Morrill is also second all-time in school history in games coached with 300.
UTAH STATE WILL PLAY 32 GAMES DURING THE REGULAR SEASON
Utah State will play 32 games during the 2007-08 regular season, which is the most games by any single team in Division I college basketball. The reason Utah State is able to schedule 32 games this year is because it played in an exempt tournament in the South Padre Island Invitational, which allows you to play four games in a 14-day span, plus its game at Hawai'i does not count toward the 27 initial games, allowing USU to schedule an extra contest. All Division I teams can schedule 27 games during the regular season.
Following its game against Utah Valley, Utah State will play either Furman or Northern Arizona on Friday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 or 8:05 p.m., in the final day of the 2007 Gossner Classic. The championship game of the tournament will be televised live by KJZZ-TV.
RECAPPING THE PRAIRIE VIEW A&M GAME
Utah State had season-highs in rebounds and steals as the Aggies pounded Prairie View A&M, 77-51, at home Saturday night. Jaycee Carroll's game-high 19 points and Tai Wesley's first double-double of his Aggie career led the way for USU's victory. Aggie head coach Stew Morrill coached his 300th game at Utah State, passing H. Cecil Baker (1951-61) for the second-most games coached in school history. The Aggies won their second game in a row and fourth in the last five outings in improving to 7-5 while Prairie View A&M lost its fourth straight in falling to 2-7. Carroll, a senior All-American guard from Evanston, Wyo., was one of three USU players in double-figures, followed by freshman forward Wesley (Provo, Utah), who finished with 11 points to go with his game-high 11 rebounds in his second career start, while junior forward Stephen DuCharme (Andover, Kan.) tossed in 12 points off the bench. Prairie View A&M was led by Aaron Smith's 12 points, while Derek Johnson added nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Down 4-2 in the early going, a Carroll three-pointer ignited a 7-0 USU spurt to give the Aggies the lead and they never relinquished it, increasing to double-digits at 19-7 on a trey from senior guard Kris Clark (Wilmington, N.C.). Another Carroll three-pointer with 1:46 in the half gave USU its first 20-point lead of the game at 46-25 and the Aggies took a 48-27 lead into halftime after freshman forward Matt Formisano (Centennial, Colo.) had a put back in the waning seconds. Just over three minutes into the second half, Carroll had a fastbreak dunk for a 54-31 lead and Formisano put the Aggies up by 30 for the first time at 75-45 with 4:20 remaining and USU coasted to its 49th-straight home regular-season non-conference victory. Utah State was 13-of-14 for a season-high 92.9 percent at the free throw line, hitting the first 12 charity stripe shots until the only miss with 4:20 left in the game. The Aggies hit 40.3 percent (29-of-72) of its field goals, including 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from behind the three-point arc. USU held Prairie View A&M to an Aggie opponent season-low 36.0 percent (18-of-50) from the field and the Panthers hit 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) three-point shots. At the free throw line, Prairie View A&M was 10-of-17 (58.8 percent), a USU opponent season-low for free throw percentage. Utah State tied a season-high with 14 steals, part of the 23 Prairie View A&M turnovers which led to 30 Aggie points. On the glass, USU pulled down a season-high 46 rebounds while Prairie View A&M had 33. The win was also USU's 43rd home triumph in a row during the month of December as the Aggies are now 49-16 under Morrill in the 12th month of the year.
UTAH STATE SETS SEASON-HIGHS AGAINST PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Against Prairie View A&M in its last game, Utah State set season-highs in field goal attempts (72), rebounds (46), assists (22) and steals (14). In fact, those 14 steals tie for the fifth-most in a single game in school history.
MORRILL STARTS TWO FRESHMEN FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill started two freshmen in the same game for the first time in his 10 years at USU as Tyler Newbold and Tai Wesley both started against Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 8. Prior to the Cal State Bakersfield game, Morrill had started a total of three freshmen in his first nine-plus years in Logan in Tony Brown, Nate Harris and Jaycee Carroll. Brown started 14 games as a freshman in 1999, while Harris started one game as a freshman in 2003 and Carroll started 31 games as a freshman in 2005. The last time Utah State started two freshmen in the same year was during the 1993-94 season when Jarobi Kemp started 20 games and Tony Schumacher started one game for then head coach Larry Eustachy.
AGGIES NEED TO KEEP THEIR OPPONENT UNDER 70 POINTS
Utah State's magic number, defensively, seems to be 70 points thus far this year as it is 7-0 on the season when allowing fewer than 70 points, but is 0-5 when its opponent scores 70 or more points in a game.
AGGIES TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
After averaging 18.3 turnovers during the first seven games of the year, Utah State is starting to value the basketball and is averaging just 10.6 turnovers during its last five games.
UTAH STATE EXCELS IN CLOSE GAMES
Utah State has played well in close games as it has won 19 of its last 26 games decided by six or fewer points, including four straight wins in games decided by a single point.
UTAH STATE STRUGGLES WHEN CARROLL DOES NOT LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING
Utah State is 7-1 on the season when senior guard Jaycee Carroll leads the team in scoring, but 0-4 when someone other than Carroll is the team's leading scorer.
WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?
Utah State scored a season-low 48 points at Utah on December 5 in a 72-48 loss. The last time Utah State scored less than 50 points in a game was on Dec. 3, 2003 when it lost at Utah, 56-45. That USU team went on to win 17 straight games following that loss and ended the regular season with a 25-2 record and a 17-1 mark in the Big West Conference.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is one of just three players in Utah State history to score 1,000 points, and record 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals joining Greg Grant (1983-86) and Kendall Youngblood (1989-92).
SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
Utah Valley is 4-7 on the season after recording a 91-88 double-overtime win at Southern Utah in its last game Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Wolverines, who are 2-5 on the road this year, are led by junior guard Ryan Toolson who is averaging 21.7 points and senior forward Jordan Brady who is averaging 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. As a team, Utah Valley is scoring 69.3 points and shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 71.7 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 70.1 points and shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. Utah Valley returns one starter and six letterwinners from last year's team that finished with a 22-7 record. Dick Hunsaker is 108-50 in his sixth year at Utah Valley and is 275-123 in 14 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE-UTAH VALLEY SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Utah Valley will be meeting for the third time ever this week. USU currently leads the all-time series 2-0 after recording a 69-65 win in Orem on Dec. 9, 2006 and an 81-70 win in Logan on Jan. 10, 2007
UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 49-16 (.754) in the month of December under Coach Morrill and has won 16 of its last 20 games during the month. At home, USU has won 43 straight home games in December and the last time USU lost a home game in the 12th month of the year was on Dec. 5, 1999 to Colorado State, 64-61.
AGGIES ON THURSDAY
Utah State is 58-15 (.795) in games played on Thursday under Coach Morrill, including an 0-1 record this year. USU is also 9-4 (.692) in known games played on December 20.
LAST MEETING AGAINST THE WOLVERINES
Durrall Peterson scored a career-high 26 points and added a season-high seven rebounds to lead Utah State to an 81-70 win against Utah Valley State in Logan on Jan. 10, 2007. Peterson and backcourt mate Jaycee Carroll combined to hit 13 three-pointers as the Aggies pulled away in the final minutes of a hard-fought contest. Carroll finished with 21 points on the night after hitting 7-of-9 three-pointers. UVSC was led by Ryan Toolson, who had 16 points off the bench. The visitors also received 14 points from both Matt Peterson, a Logan, Utah product, and Jordan Brady. Peterson scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as he was 6-of-10 from behind the arc during the game. USU's 13 treys tied for the second most in school history behind the 20 made at New Mexico State in 2006. Utah State never led in the first half and trailed at the break 35-33. UVSC pushed their advantage to seven points at 40-33 just one minute into the second half before the Aggies went on an 8-0 run behind a pair of threes by Peterson to gain a 41-40 advantage. The teams stayed within two points of each other for the next seven minutes before USU's Stephen DuCharme scored on a layup and added a free throw for a 53-48 USU lead at the 12:06 mark. UVSC pulled within one at 55-54 on a Toolson three-pointer, but the Aggies went on a 9-2 run to lead 64-56 and UVSC was never closer than six points the rest of the game. The Aggies shot 52.3 percent from the field, including hitting 13-of-23 three-pointers for 56.5 percent from behind the arc. USU also used an advantage at the free throw line making 22-of-31 attempts, while UVSC was 14-of-17. The visiting Wolverines shot 46.2 percent from the field, and was 8-of-18 from three-point range. Both teams handled the ball well as the Aggies committed just 10 turnovers and UVSC had 12 miscues. The teams were even on the boards with each club grabbing 28 rebounds. UVSC's Brady had a game-high 10 rebounds, while USU was led by Peterson with seven. The Aggies played just seven players and Carroll played all 40 minutes.
GOSSNER CLASSIC QUICK FACTS
Utah State is hosting the 13th annual Gossner Classic this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20-21... USU did not hold a tournament in 2006... Northern Arizona is participating in the Gossner Classic for the second time ever as it finished in third-place in 2004... The Lumberjacks are one of two Big Sky teams to play in the tournament as Idaho State participated in the 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2005 fields... All-time, Big Sky Conference teams are 4-6 in the Gossner Classic and has advanced to the championship game twice... Furman and Utah Valley are both making their first appearances in the Gossner Classic... Furman is also the first team from the Southern Conference to play in the Gossner Classic... This will be the first time the Gossner Classic has ever been played before Christmas... In the past 12 tournaments, it has always been played between Christmas and New Year's... Utah State is 24-0 all-time in the Gossner Classic.
CARROLL NAMED TO 2004 & 2005 GOSSNER ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Utah State senior guard Jaycee Carroll was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Gossner Classic all-tournament teams. In 2004, Carroll averaged 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 61.9 percent from the field (13-21), 61.5 percent from three-point range (8-13) and 2-of-2 from the free throw line as he scored 20 points and added five assists and four rebounds against South Carolina State, and then scored 16 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists against Loyola Marymount. In 2005, he averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 60.9 percent from the field (14-23), 63.6 percent from three-point range (7-11) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (6-7) as he scored 21 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds against Arkansas-Little Rock, and then scored 20 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds against Binghamton.
Furman is 0-8 on the season following a 75-63 loss at North Carolina-Greensboro in its last game. The Paladins, who are 0-6 on the road this year, are led by freshman guard Justin Dehm who is averaging 9.0 points, while freshman forward Noah States is averaging 8.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. As a team, Furman is scoring 61.8 points and shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from three-point range and 74.1 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 75.4 points and shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point range and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Paladins return one starter and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-16 on the year and finished in third-place in the Southern Conference with an 8-10 league record. Jeff Jackson is 15-24 in his second year as the head coach of Furman and 36-84 in five years as a collegiate head coach.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ARIZONA
Northern Arizona is 7-4 on the season following a 105-72 home win against Haskell on Monday night. The Lumberjacks, who are 2-2 on the road this year, have won four straight games and five of its last six overall. NAU is led by senior forward Kyle Landry who is averaging 15.5 points and 9.3 rebounds, while junior guard Josh Wilson is averaging 10.9 points and senior forward Ryan McCurdy is averaging 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. As a team, Northern Arizona is scoring 73.8 points and shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 66.4 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 69.4 points and shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Lumberjacks return three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 18-12 overall and finished in a tie for first-place in the Big Sky Conference with an 11-5 league record. Mike Adras is 135-110 in his ninth season as a collegiate head coach at Northern Arizona.
VERSUS THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
Utah State is 2-1 all-time against Northern Arizona and 2-0 against Utah Valley, while it has never played Furman.
CARROLL THIRD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SCORING
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll ranks third all-time at Utah State in scoring with 1,977 points and is now 24 points shy of tying Wayne Estes (1963-65) for second all-time with 2,001 points and just 150 points shy of tying Greg Grant's (1983-86) school record of 2,127 points.
CARROLL FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINTERS MADE AND THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll ranks first all-time in school history with 293 made three-pointers. He also ranks first in three-point shooting at 45.6 percent (293-642) and is second all-time in three-pointers attempted with 642.
CARROLL CLOSING IN ON SEVERAL SCHOOL RECORDS
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is closing in on several Utah State career records, as he ranks second all-time in both three-pointers attempted (642) and 10-point games (98). He is also third in games started (109), fourth in field goals made (693), fifth in minutes per game (33.5), fifth in total minutes played (3,718), fifth in free throw percentage (.847), and fifth in field goals attempted (1,374). Carroll also ranks ninth all-time in steals (101), is 11th all-time in points per game (17.8), 14th all-time in games played (111) and 20th all-time in assists (223).
CARROLL RANKS 14TH IN NCAA HISTORY IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has a career shooting percentage of 45.6 percent from three-point range, which is 14th all-time in the history of the NCAA at the Division I level. Carroll is also 52 made three-pointers shy of ranking 25th all-time in NCAA history in that category.
CARROLL 19TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN REBOUNDING
With his six rebounds against Prairie View A&M, senior guard Jaycee Carroll now has 543 rebounds in his career to tie him with Ed Gregg (1975-76) for 19th on USU's all-time rebounding list. Carroll is one of just two guards in USU history to rank among the top-20 rebounders all-time, joining Kendall Youngblood (1989-92) who is 12th all-time with 674 career rebounds.
RANKING CARROLL IN THE WAC
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll ranks fourth all-time in the Western Athletic Conference in free-throw percentage at 86.9 percent (253-291). He also ranks third all-time in three-point shooting at 45.0 percent (214-476) and 14th in three-pointers made (214). If Utah State had joined the WAC a year earlier so Carroll's freshman stats could be included in the WAC records, he would rank 16th all-time in scoring (1,977), eighth in free throw percentage (.847), second in three-point shooting (.456), first in three-pointers made (293) and eighth in three-pointers attempted (642).
CARROLL NAMED WAC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll was voted by both the coaches and media as the Western Athletic Conference's preseason Player of the Year. Carroll ended his junior season by earning honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and first-team all-conference honors as he finished the season first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in scoring with 21.3 points per game. He also led the WAC and ranked 12th in the nation in free throw shooting at 88.8 percent, was first in the conference in three-point shooting (43.2), fifth in overall shooting (52.7) and 12th in rebounding (6.3), leading the team in each category. As a junior he scored 746 points, which ranks second all-time in school history behind only Wayne Estes who scored 821 points during the 1963-64 season. Those 746 points are also tied for the eighth-most ever scored in a single-season in the 45-year history of the WAC.
CARROLL SECOND IN THE NATION AMONG ACTIVE PLAYERS IN SCORING
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll ranks second in the nation among active players at the Division I level with 1,977 points, trailing Bo McCalebb of New Orleans who has 2,102 career points. Carroll also ranks first in the nation among active players in career three-point shooting at 45.6 percent, is third in career scoring average at 17.8 points, seventh in three-pointers made with 293 and seventh in free throw percentage at 84.7 percent.
CARROLL HAS 41 CAREER 20-POINT GAMES
Jaycee Carroll has scored 20 or more points in a game 41 times during his Utah State career, including seven times thus far this year. He also has five career 30-point games and one career 40-point game as he scored 44 points against New Mexico State on Feb. 5, 2007. Overall, Carroll ranks second all-time at Utah State with 98 career double-figure scoring games.
WHEN CARROLL SCORES 20 POINTS, UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS
When Jaycee Carroll scores 20 or more points in a game, Utah State usually wins. Thus far this year, USU is 6-1 when Carroll scores 20-plus points and the Aggies are 34-7 overall when the senior guard scores 20 or more points in a game.
CARROLL CONTINUES DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll has scored in double-figures in all 12 games this year and in 16 straight games dating back to last season. All-time, Carroll has scored in double-figures in 46 of his last 47 games and in 98 overall games during his Utah State career.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll has made at least one three-point basket in 33 straight games and in 100 of his 111 career games at Utah State.
UTAH STATE PLAYER NOTES
#5 Pooh Williams - Averaging 2.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 27.3 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent from the free throw line... Scored a season-high eight points against Montana-Western... Has scored just three points in his last six games.
#10 Kris Clark - Has started 44 games in his career at Utah State... Recorded a career-high nine assists versus Iowa... Averaging 4.5 points, 5.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 27.8 percent from three-point range and 70.0 percent from the free throw line... Has recorded at least four assists in 11 of USU's 12 games this year... Ranks second in the WAC in assists and is first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.91).
#11 DeUndrae Spraggins - Scored a season-high 14 points against Iowa and had a season-high five assists against Vanderbilt... Averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three-point range and 68.4 percent from the free throw line... Averaging 5.0 points during his last five games.
#15 Desmond Stephens - Scored a season-high nine points against Santa Clara... Averaging 3.9 points and 1.8 assists, while shooting 26.2 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from three-point range and 81.8 percent from the free throw line... Is averaging 4.0 points during his last five games.
#20 Jaycee Carroll - Averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds on the season, while shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 48.7 percent from three-point range and 93.3 percent from the free throw line... Is playing a team-high 35.5 minutes per game... Has scored in double-figures in all 12 games this year, including six 20-point games... Scored a season-high 31 points against Montana-Western and tied his career-high with eight assists against Austin Peay... Ranks first in the WAC in scoring, three-point shooting and free throw shooting... Averaging 20.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists during his last five games, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from three-point range and 94.1 percent from the free throw line.
#21 Brayden Bell - Scored a season-high four points against Utah... Averaging 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds and is shooting 27.8 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
#24 Tyler Newbold - Averaging 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range... Started his first career game at CS Bakersfield and recorded season-highs with nine points and six rebounds in 29 minutes.
#34 Modou Niang - Had season-highs in points (4), rebounds (3), blocked shots (3) and minutes played (17) against Cal Poly... Averaging 0.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.
#40 Stephen DuCharme - Tied his career-high with 22 points at Cal Poly and had a season-high 11 rebounds at UC Irvine... Recorded his fifth career double-double against Santa Clara as he had 12 points and 10 rebounds... Has scored in double-figures eight times this season and 26 times in his career... In his career, he has five 20-point games, six double-figure rebounding games and five double-doubles... This season he is averaging 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and is shooting 61.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal shooting... During his last five games he is averaging 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.
#42 Tai Wesley - Recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Prairie View A&M... Started his first career game at CS Bakersfield and tied his season-high with 12 points, while recording a then season-high six rebounds... Averaging 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and shooting 58.0 percent from the field and 69.4 percent from the free throw line... Averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds during his last five games, while shooting 60.7 percent from the field.
#44 Matt Formisano - Recorded season-highs with three points and five rebounds against Prairie View A&M... Averaging 0.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
#55 Gary Wilkinson - Tied his season-high with 21 points at CS Bakersfield... Recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a season-high 10 rebounds at Utah... Averaging 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the free throw line... Also had 21 points at Weber State... Ranks fourth in the WAC in free throw shooting and is sixth in field goal shooting... Is averaging 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds during his last five games, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the charity stripe.
THE BATTLE FOR THE OLD OQUIRRH BUCKET
Born prior to the 1974-75 season, the Old Oquirrh Bucket is the symbol of in-state basketball supremacy in Utah. The trophy is awarded every year to the in-state team which has the best won-loss record against in-state competition. BYU won the bucket in 2007, while Utah won it in 2006 and USU won it during the 2004-05 season. In fact, over the last six years Utah has won the Old Oquirrh Bucket three times, while Utah State has won it twice. Overall, Utah State has won the Old Oquirrh Bucket seven times. USU is 1-2 versus the state this year.
Jaycee Carroll VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH
During his Utah State career, senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll has played 16 games against teams from the state of Utah and has helped the Aggies record a 12-4 record. In those 16 contests, Carroll has 16 double-figures scoring games, seven 20-point games and one 30-point game, as he scored a then career-high 30 points at Weber State during his sophomore season. Overall, Carroll has averaged 19.0 points (304) and 4.5 rebounds (72) per game against in-state competition, while shooting 55.7 percent from the field (107-192), 51.1 percent from three-point range (46-90) and 86.3 percent from the free throw line (44-51).
AGGIES TRADITIONALLY BOUNCE BACK WELL FROM A LOSS
Over the last nine years, Utah State is 46-13 (.780) following a loss and 9-0 following consecutive losses. The last time USU lost three straight games was at the end of the 1998-99 season, a span of 269 games. When Utah State plays at home following a loss under Coach Morrill, its record is 32-1 (.970), with its lone loss coming against Idaho (52-51) on Mar. 1, 2003.
AGGIES LOOKING FOR ANOTHER THREE-POINT THREAT
Utah State is looking for another three-point threat to compliment senior guard Jaycee Carroll. On the season, Carroll is 38-of-78 (.487) from three-point range, while the rest of the USU team is a combined 31-of-102 (.304).
UTAH STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has been shooting very well from three-point range during its last five games as it has made 41.9 percent of its three-point attempts (36-86) during that time period.
UTAH STATE FIFTH IN THE NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
As of December 16, Utah State ranks first in the WAC and fifth in the nation in free throw shooting at 78.0 percent. USU also ranks second in the WAC and 29th in the country in assists with 17.1 per game, and first in the WAC and 51st in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.13-to-1.00. Utah State ended the 2006-07 season second in the nation in free throw shooting at 78.0 percent.
CARROLL SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
As of December 16, senior guard Jaycee Carroll ranks seventh in the nation in free throw shooting at 93.3 percent and 19th in three-point shooting at 48.7 percent. Carroll also ranks 35th in the nation in scoring (20.0) and 38th in three-point field goals made per game (3.2).
CARROLL CONTINUES TO BE AN EFFICIENT PLAYER
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll continues to be one of the most efficient players in the country as he is scoring 20.0, while attempting just 13.4 shots per game, which means he is averaging 1.49 points every time he shoots the ball. Currently there are 37 players averaging at least 20.0 points per game at the Division I level and only seven of those 42 players average fewer shots per game than Carroll.
CARROLL ACCOUNTS FOR 30 PERCENT OF UTAH STATE'S POINTS
Senior guard Jaycee Carroll is averaging 20.0 points per game, which is 29.5 percent of the points Utah State scores as a team. Carroll also accounts for 55.1 percent of USU's made three-pointers (38/69), 28.4 percent of its made field goals (80/282), 23.2 percent of its made free throws (42/181), and 18.8 percent of its rebounds (72/382).
CLARK 43RD IN THE NATION IN ASSISTS
As of December 16, senior point guard Kris Clark ranks second in the WAC and 43rd in the nation with 5.6 assists per game. Clark also ranks first in the WAC with a 2.65-to-1.00 assist-to-turnover ratio.
CLARK CONTINUES TO TAKE CARE OF THE BALL
Senior point guard Kris Clark continues to take care of the ball for Utah State as he recorded six assists and no turnovers in his last game against Prairie View A&M. During his last five games, Clark has notched 33 assists and just four turnovers.
CLARK 23RD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ASSISTS
Senior point guard Kris Clark has 67 assists this year and 213 in his Utah State career, to rank 23rd all-time in school history. Clark also has a career average of 4.5 assists per game, which ranks tied for fifth all-time in school history with Allen Gordon (1990-91).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Utah State has held each of its last two opponents to less than 37 percent shooting from the field... USU has out-rebounded eight of its 12 opponents... USU recorded season-highs in rebounds (46), assists (22) and steals (14) against Prairie View A&M... USU has scored 47 and 48 points in the first-half in each of its last two games... USU has shot over 60 percent twice this year and 50 percent or better three times... USU has also shot 40 percent or better from three-point range six times this season... USU made a season-high 10 three-pointers against Iowa and shot a then season-high 58.8 percent from behind the arc against the Hawkeyes... USU has limited its opponents to just 12.8 assists per game this year... USU had at least three blocks in each of its first five games, but has a total of just 12 blocks in its last seven games... USU has won all seven of its games where it held its opponent under 70 points and has lost all five of its games where its opponent scored 70-plus points... USU has one player averaging over 30 minutes per game, four averaging over 20 minutes per game and nine averaging over 11 minutes per game.
UTAH STATE ANNOUNCES FALL SIGNING CLASS
Utah State head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced recently four players who have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Aggies. Among the group are two junior college transfers in Rich Sirju and Bryce Webster, and two high school standouts in Deremy Geiger and Jordan Stone. Geiger, Sirju and Webster will all enroll at USU for the Fall 2008 semester, while Stone plans to serve a two-year LDS Church Mission following high school and will not compete for the Aggies until the 2010-11 season. Geiger, a 5-10, 165-pound point guard, is currently a senior at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and is averaging 18.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals through five games this year, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 83.0 percent from the free throw line. As a prep junior, Geiger averaged 15.6 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game and earned first-team all-division and second-team all-region honors, as he helped Canyon Springs to a 32-3 record and a trip to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament. Sirju, a 6-2, 190-pound shooting guard, is a sophomore at Daytona Beach Community College in Daytona Beach, Calif., and currently ranks 24th in the nation in scoring at the junior college level with 21.4 points per game, including a season-high 33 points against the U.S. Navy. As a freshman at Daytona Beach, Sirju earned second-team all-conference honors as he averaged 16.0 points and shot 50 percent from the field, 45 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line. Stone, a 6-10, 245-pound center, is currently a senior at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, and is a McDonald's All-American nominee. Through four games this year he is averaging 24.5 points and 14.0 rebounds. As a prep junior, he earned all-region and second-team all-state honors as he averaged approximately 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. Webster, a 6-9, 240-pound center, is currently a sophomore at Irvine Valley Community College in Irvine, Calif., and is averaging 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 60.3 percent from the field. As a college freshman, Webster started seven games and played in 28 at the University of Minnesota and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds. As a prep senior at St. Thomas Academy in Minneapolis, Webster earned first-team all-state honors as both a junior and senior and was named the Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the year in 2006 as he averaged 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game en route to being ranked the 18th-best center in the country by scout.com, and the 83rd-best player in the country by prepstars.com.
DuCHARME NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State's Stephen DuCharme has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office on Monday, Nov. 26. It is the first time DuCharme has been named WAC Player of the Week and the fifth time a Utah State player has received the weekly honor from the league office during the past three years. DuCharme, a 6-8 forward from Andover, Kan., (Andover HS/Hutchinson CC) helped Utah State record a 2-1 record and finish in third-place at the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational with wins against Austin Peay (71-68) and Iowa (75-62) and a loss to Vanderbilt (77-56). DuCharme began the week by scoring 10 points and adding four rebounds against the Governors. He then scored 20 points to go along with six rebounds against the Commodores, followed by 20 points and three rebounds against the Hawkeyes in the consolation finals of the tournament. During the two-day tournament in South Padre Island, Texas, DuCharme was named to the all-tournament team as he averaged 20.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting 64.3 percent from the field (18-28). For the week, DuCharme averaged 16.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (22-34), 50.0 percent from three-point range (1-2) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-6).
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Utah State has five players from the state of Utah on its 2007-08 roster which is the most since the 1997-98 squad also had five in-state players on its roster. Current USU players from Utah include junior forward Gary Wilkinson (South Jordan/Bingham), sophomore center Brayden Bell (Brighton/Brighton HS), freshman guard Jaxon Myaer (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS), freshman guard Tyler Newbold (Payson/Payson HS), and freshman forward Tai Wesley (Provo/Provo HS).
DID YOU KNOW?
Stew Morrill has coached 10 players at Utah State who have earned first-team all-conference honors a total of 14 times.
UTAH STATE AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
Over the last nine years, Utah State has been one of the best basketball programs in the country, recording a 205-67 (.754) record. Those 205 wins are the ninth-most in the country, while the 75.4 percent winning percentage is sixth-best behind Duke (.837), Gonzaga (.802), Kansas (.796), Florida (.778) and Illinois (.770). USU has also been among the top-13 teams in the country in points allowed in six of the last eight years and among the top-35 teams in the country in winning percentage in six of the last eight seasons.
UTAH STATE HAS DOMINATED CONFERENCE PLAY SINCE 2000
Utah State has had tremendous success in league play over the last eight years recording a 104-32 (.765) record, which includes an 84-20 record in the Big West Conference as it won three regular season championships and four tournament titles and a 20-12 record in the WAC. Here is a look at how the current members of the Western Athletic Conference has done in league play dating back to the 1999-2000 season. Note: Utah State and Idaho's league record includes six years in the Big West Conference (2000-2005); Boise State's record includes two years in the Big West (2000-2001); Nevada's record includes one year in the Big West (2000); Louisiana Tech's record includes two years in the Sun Belt Conference (2000-01); and New Mexico State's record includes one year in the Big West (2000) and five years in the Sun Belt (2001-05).
UTAH STATE TRENDS DURING THE LAST NINE YEARS
USU is 87-6 when holding its opponents below 60 points.
USU is 168-20 when leading at the half.
USU is 180-17 when shooting better from the field than its opponent.
USU is 150-31 when out-rebounding its opponent.
USU is 140-15 when shooting better from three-point range than its opponent.
USU is 108-17 when blocking more shots than its opponent.
USU is 79-16 when scoring 70-plus points in a game.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has seven freshmen on its 2007-08 roster, which is the most-ever on a USU team dating back to the 1957-58 season.
HEAD COACH Stew Morrill
In his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach and 10th year at Utah State, Stew Morrill is on the door-steep of coaching immortality as he is just six wins shy of passing E. Lowell Romney (225-157) to become the winningest coach in school history. In his 10th year at USU, Morrill has taken the Aggie Basketball program to unprecedented heights leading it to an incredible 220-80 (.733) record, including a 112-40 (.737) conference mark in the Big West and WAC. While at Utah State, he has guided the Aggies to eight straight 23-win seasons and eight straight postseason appearances (NCAA-5, NIT-3), both of which are school records. Morrill has also led Utah State to the sixth-best winning percentage in the nation during the last eight years at 75.4 percent with an overall record of 205-67. Against conference opponents, Utah State has a 129-45 record with three regular season league championships and four tournament titles during that time, including appearances in its league's tournament championship game seven times in the last eight years. Under Morrill, Utah State has notched eight of the top 10 seasons in school history during the last eight 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 and notched the eighth-most wins in school history during the 2007 season with 23 victories. During the 2006-07 season, Morrill guided Utah State to a fourth-place finish in the WAC during the regular season, followed by its second straight appearance in the WAC Tournament championship game. The 2006-07 Aggie basketball team also set a school record by shooting 78.0 percent from the free throw line, which ranked second in the nation. For the eighth straight year, USU had at least one player earn first-team all-league accolades as Jaycee Carroll received the honor. Overall, Morrill has coached 10 first-team all-league players at Utah State who have won the award a total of 14 times. Morrill has also taken full advantage of the home court at USU, the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In Morrill's 10 years, USU is an amazing 130-12 (.915) at home, which includes a 68-8 (.895) record in league play. As for Morrill, he has won 20 or more games on 12 different occasions during his career, and he has won at least 17 games 18 times. Overall, Morrill ranks 23rd in the nation among active coaches and 96th all-time with his 438 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 66.8 percent ranks 28th among active coaches and 100th all-time. He is also one of 27 active coaches with 400 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 13 active coaches to notch at least 12 20-win seasons. His current streak of eight straight 20-win seasons ranks ninth among active coaches and is tied for the 13th-longest streak ever at the Division I level. Morrill has also been named Coach of the Year (2000 BWC, 2002 BWC) twice in his eight years at USU, along with winning the Big Sky award while the head coach at Montana in 1991.
Head coach Stew Morrill (220-80) is six wins shy of passing E. Lowell Romney (225-157) to become the winningest coach in school history. Morrill is also second all-time in games coached (300) at USU and is the longest tenured coach at Utah State (entering 10th season) since the Ladell Andersen era (1962-71).
Entering his 10th season with the Aggies, Morrill has a 220-80 (.733) overall record, a 112-40 (.737) conference record and a 17-5 (.773) record in conference postseason play. Overall, Morrill owns a 438-218 (.668) record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach.
Among active coaches at the Division I level, Morrill ranks 23rd in the nation with his 438 career wins and 28th in winning percentage at 66.8 percent.
Morrill is one of just 27 active coaches with 400 career wins at the Division I level and one of just 13 active coaches to notch 12 20-win seasons, while his current streak of eight straight 20-win seasons is tied for the ninth-longest active streak in the nation.
Morrill has been named conference coach of the year three times during his career, winning the award in 1991 while at Montana, and in 2000 and 2002 while at Utah State.
Morrill has coached 10 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 14 times. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson and Jaycee Carroll,
Utah State is 130-12 (.915) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum under Morrill.
Morrill has led Utah State to eight straight 20-win seasons and eight straight postseason appearances, both of which are school records.
Morrill led Utah State to its first NCAA Tournament win in 31 years when USU defeated fifth-seeded Ohio State 77-68 in overtime during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Morrill has been involved in postseason action 11 times in his career, including the NCAA Tournament at Utah State in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006 and the National Invitation Tournament in 2002, 2004 and 2007.