Dec. 21, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME 12 Saint Peter's (2-8) vs. Utah State (6-5) Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 8 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Radio: Aggie Sports Network TV: None
GAME DAY HEADLINES
Utah State is in its 107th season of basketball this year and has an overall record of 1,464-1,011 (.592). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.
Utah State will be playing its 600th game inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Wednesday against Saint Peter's. All-time, Utah State is 492-107 (.821) in this its 42nd season playing inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is 5-1 at home this year and has won 88 of its last 91 home games. Under current head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 198-14 (.934) at home including a 98-6 (.942) record against non-conference opponents.
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 41-1 (.976) all-time in tournaments it hosts as it went 3-0 in the World Vision Invitational (2010), Basketball Travelers Invitational (2009) and the Duel in the Desert (2008), 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-1972, 1982), losing to Wyoming, 92-85, on Dec. 28, 1971 in the championship game, along with its 1-0 record in this year's Athletes In Action Classic.
Utah State is 80-22 (.784) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 67-2 (.971) record at home. USU is also 30-10 (.750) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill and 13-5 (.722) all-time in known games played on Dec. 21.
Utah State is 2-1 on the season and has won 108 of its last 111 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. In fact, USU is 173-13 (.930) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.
Utah State is one of just three teams in the nation to win at least 23 games in each of the last 12 seasons along with Gonzaga and Kansas. The previous USU record for consecutive 20-win seasons was three from 1962 to 1964. Overall, USU has won 20 or more games 26 times in school history. During the last 12 years, Utah State has averaged 25.8 wins per season.
Utah State (6-5) continues its four-game homestand this week by hosting Saint Peter's (2-8) in day two of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The game will not be televised, but is available to listen live via the Aggie Sports Network.
ATHLETES IN ACTION CLASSIC SCHEDULE
The 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, continues on Wednesday, Dec. 21, with Kent State (V) playing UT Arlington (H) at 5:30 p.m., and Saint Peter's (V) facing Utah State (H) at 8 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 22, with UT Arlington (V) playing Saint Peter's (H) at 5:30 p.m., followed by Kent State (V) versus Utah State (H) at 8 p.m.
RECAPPING DAY ONE OF THE ATHLETES IN ACTION CLASSIC
During the first day of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, Kent State defeated Saint Peters, 67-58, and Utah State defeated UT Arlington, 73-69.
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 6-5 on the season after defeating UT Arlington, 73-69, Tuesday. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 49.1 percent from three-point range and 73.7 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 11.4 points and 3.3 assists per game, and is shooting 35.9 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from three-point range and 76.1 percent at the free throw line, while senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds, and is shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 66.2 points and shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 66.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 64.4 points and its opponents are shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent at the free throw line.
RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Wednesday, Dec. 21, Utah State ranks second in the WAC in scoring defense (64.4), second in field goal percentage (.455), second in three-point field goal percentage (.400), second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.310), third in field goal percentage defense (.403), fourth in scoring margin (+1.8), fifth in free throw shooting (.669), and sixth in blocked shots (2.73). Individually, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks third in three-point shooting (.491), sixth in scoring (14.9), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.50), seventh in overall shooting (.486), ninth in assists (3.27), and 13th in free throw shooting (.737). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks eighth in steals (1.27), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.00), ninth in assists (3.27), and 11th in free throw shooting (.761). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks seventh in blocked shots (0.82) and eighth in rebounding (6.5). And junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks second in overall shooting (.604) and 14th in rebounding (4.8).
UTAH STATE RETURNS JUST ONE STARTER AND FOUR LETTERMEN IN 2011-12
Utah State's one returning starter (Brockeith Pane) is its fewest since returning one starter during the 2001-02 season. USU finished with a 23-8 record that season, including tying for first-place in the Big West Conference with a 13-5 mark and advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament. USU's four returning lettermen (E.J. Farris, Morgan Grim, Brady Jardine, Brockeith Pane) are its fewest since returning three lettermen for the 1999-2000 season. That year, USU set a then school-record with a 28-6 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Big West Conference en route to the NCAA Tournament.
UTAH STATE LOSES FOUR STARTERS AND EIGHT LETTERWINNERS FROM 2011 NCAA TEAM
Utah State lost four starters (Nate Bendall, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley, Pooh Williams) and four other letterwinners (Brad Brown, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, James Walker III) from last year's WAC Championship team. Wesley was named the WAC's Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American, while Green earned second-team all-WAC honors and Newbold was named to the league's all-defensive team. Bendall and Wesley also joined current Aggie Brockeith Pane on the WAC's all-tournament team.
LOOKING BACK AT THE UT ARLINGTON GAME
Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 27 points in leading Utah State to a 73-69 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member UT Arlington Tuesday. Utah State improves to 6-5 on the season after posting back-to-back wins for the first time this year, and UT Arlington falls to 4-5 overall after suffering its third-straight loss. Furthermore, USU has now scored 70-plus points in each of its last three games after scoring over 70 points just once in its first eight outings. Medlin, who was 8-of-12 from the field, 6-of-9 from three-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line, also had a career-high eight assists in the game to go along with a career-high tying two steals. He also had four rebounds and just one turnover in 33 minutes. Junior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for Utah State as he tied his career-high for the third-straight game with 13 points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 12 points. Bo Ingram had 21 points and Jordan Reeves added 10 points and nine rebounds for UT Arlington. UT Arlington scored the first four points of the game before Berger and Medlin combined to connected on six three-pointers to give Utah State a 20-8 advantage with 11:56 remaining. The Mustangs rallied back to within one at 23-22 only to see USU finish the half on an 11-6 run to take a 34-28 lead into halftime. UT Arlington scored the first four points of the second-half to get within two, but Berger and Medlin hit a pair of three-pointers to extend Utah State's lead back to 10 at 48-38. USU then got seven quick points from Reed on back-to-back dunks and three free throws to give the Aggies its largest lead of the night at 70-52 with 3:32 remaining. From there, the Mustangs out-scored Utah State 17-3 to make the final margin four points. Utah State finished the game shooting 49.0 percent (25-51), including 44.0 percent from three-point range (11-25) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (12-18). UT Arlington shot 44.3 percent (27-61), including 26.1 percent from behind the arc (6-23) and 69.2 percent at the line (9-13). Both teams finished with 32 rebounds, while USU had six more assists (19-13) to go along with five more turnovers (17-12). USU also attempted a season-high 25 three-pointers in the game, while its 11 made treys rank as the second-most in a single-game this year.
UTAH STATE STARTS EIGHTH DIFFERENT LINEUP THIS YEAR AGAINST UT ARLINGTON
In its last game against UT Arlington, Utah State started its eighth different lineup in just its 11th game of the year (F-Grim, F-Reed, G-Pane, G-Berger, G-Medlin). Overall, USU has used the same lineup in consecutive games just twice this year. On the season, USU has started 11 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.
UTAH STATE WINS BACK-TO-BACK GAMES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
For the first time this year, Utah State has won back-to-back games with home wins against Seattle (78-53) and UT Arlington (73-69). During its last two games, USU is averaging 75.5 points and shooting 49.5 percent from the field (47-95), 47.2 percent from three-point range (17-36) and 72.7 percent at the free throw line (40-55).
UTAH STATE SCORES 70-PLUS POINTS IN EACH OF ITS LAST THREE GAMES
With its 73-69 win against UT Arlington, Utah State has now scored at least 70 points in each of its last three games after scoring 70-plus points just once during its first eight games. During its last three games, Utah State is averaging 75.7 points and shooting 51.0 percent from the field (75-147), 43.1 percent from three-point range (22-51) and 72.4 percent at the free throw line (55-76).
UTAH STATE DEFENSE HAS BEEN SOLID THIS YEAR
Utah State has played very well on defense for the most part this year as it has held six of its 11 opponents to under 40 percent shooting. During its last five games, Utah State's opponents are shooting just 39.1 percent from the field (115-294) and just 29.5 percent from three-point range (31-105).
AGGIE RESERVES PLAYING WELL DURING LAST FOUR GAMES
Utah State's bench has been very productive in its last four games as it scored a season-high tying 31 points against Seattle, to go along with 27 points against both Wichita State and Utah Valley, and 15 points against UT Arlington in its last game. During its last four games, Utah State's bench is averaging 25.0 points and 11.3 rebounds, while shooting 58.1 percent from the field (36-62), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 65.6 percent at the free throw line (21-32). On the season, USU's reserves are averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
UTAH STATE FOLLOWING A LOSS
Following its 78-53 home win against Seattle, Utah State is now 4-1 this year and 63-20 over the last 13 years following a loss, and has dropped back-to-back games just 17 times during that time period.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 3-1 this year and has won 64 of its last 67 games when scoring at least 70 points. Overall, USU is 206-28 (.880) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
MEDLIN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 27 POINTS AGAINST UT ARLINGTON
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin had his best game as an Aggie in his last outing as he scored a career-high 27 points against UT Arlington as he was 8-of-12 from the field, 6-of-9 from three-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Medlin also had a career-high eight rebounds in the game and tied his career-high with two steals. He also had just one turnover against the Mavericks in 33 minutes.
MEDLIN'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK NOW AT SEVEN IN A ROW
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin has now scored in double-figures in each of his last seven games after scoring a career-high 27 points against UT Arlington. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures eight times this year and nine times in his career, to go along with three 20-point games. During his last seven games, Medlin is averaging 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while shooting 50.6 percent from the field (42-83), 57.1 percent from three-point range (24-42) and 82.1 percent from the free throw line (23-28).
MEDLIN SCORES 20 POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin has now scored 20-plus points in each of his last two games as he had 22 points against Seattle and a career-high 27 points against UT Arlington. Medlin is the first Aggie to score 20 or more points in back-to-back games since Tai Wesley had three-straight 20-point games during the 2010-11 season. During his last two games, Medlin is averaging 24.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field (14-24), 64.3 percent from three-point range (9-14) and 92.3 percent at the free throw line (12-13).
REED SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FIVE-STRAIGHT GAMES
Junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in each of his last five games as he tied his career-high in each of his last three games with 13 points against UT Arlington, Seattle and 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 career-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 five games, Reed is averaging 12.6 points and 4.4 rebounds, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (22-33) and 73.1 percent at the free throw line (19-26).
REED RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Wednesday, Dec. 21, junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 60.4 percent from the field (32-53) to rank second in the WAC.
BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN FOUR-STRAIGHT GAMES
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger has scored in double-figures in each of his last four games after tying his career-high with 12 points against UT Arlington. Berger also scored 11 points against Seattle, to go along with a career-high 12 points at Wichita State and 10 points against Utah Valley. Berger also had career-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Redhawks. During his last four games, Berger is averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists, and shooting 51.9 percent from the field (14-27), 60.0 percent from three-point range (9-15) and is 8-for-8 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.
FARRIS SCORES CAREER-HIGH NINE POINTS AGAINST SEATTLE
Junior guard E.J. Farris had his best game as an Aggie against Seattle as he scored a career-high nine points as he was 2-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. During his last two games, Farris is averaging 6.5 points and is shooting 57.1 percent from the field (4-7), 33.3 percent from three-point range (1-3) and is 4-for-4 at the line.
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 at Wichita State. In his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 4.8 points and shooting 52.9 percent from the field (9-17), 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-7) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (3-6).
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 at Wichita State. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 8.4 points and 2.6 assists, while shooting 28.6 percent from the field (14-49), 14.3 percent from three-point range (2-14) and 63.2 percent at the free throw line (12-19).
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 4.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field (9-21) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (5-10).
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. During his last five games, he is averaging 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (8-16) and 42.9 percent at the free throw line (3-7).
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 five games, Stone is averaging 2.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field (5-11) and 44.4 percent at the free throw line (4-9).
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. In his last eight games, Thoseby is 7-of-16 (.438) from behind the arc.
JARDINE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 14 REBOUNDS AT WEBER STATE
Senior forward Brady Jardine recorded a career-high 14 rebounds at Weber State, marking the eighth time in his career he has posted double-digit rebounds.
JARDINE RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Junior forward Brady Jardine ranks sixth all-time at Utah State with 70 career blocks and is now 20 blocks shy of tying Nate Harris (2003-06) for fifth all-time with 90 career blocks. Gilbert Pete (1986-89) holds the school record with 155 blocks, followed by Nate Wickizer (1992-95) with 148, Tai Wesley (2008-11) with 144, and Shawn Daniels (2000-01) with 117.
UTAH STATE HAS ALREADY HAD 10 DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
Through 11 games, Utah State has already had 10 different players on its roster score in double-figures as sophomore guard Preston Medlin has scored 10 or more points in eight games, senior guard Brockeith Pane has scored 10-plus points in seven games, junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in six games, senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger have scored in double-figures four times, 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.
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.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER'S
Saint Peter's is 2-8 on the season and has lost each of its last four games at Manhattan (68-42), at Minnesota (69-47), at Long Island (82-80), and to Kent State (67-58) in its last game. The Peacocks, who are currently 1-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season, began the year with a road loss at Buffalo (72-65), followed by a home loss to Robert Morris (69-52) and a road loss at Fairleigh Dickinson (73-62), before notching a home win against Binghamton (66-43). Saint Peter's then lost at Seton Hall (63-54) followed by a home win against Siena (51-44), before losing each of its last three games. The Peacocks, who are 0-6 on the road and 0-7 away from home this year, are led by junior forward Darius Conley who is averaging 13.0 points and 8.4 rebounds, while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 63.0 percent at the free throw line. Junior guard Chris Prescott is also scoring in double figures for Saint Peter's as he is averaging 12.4 points per game. As a team, SPC is averaging 57.7 points per game and shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three-point range and 63.0 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, the Peacocks are allowing 65.0 points and its opponents are shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 67.2 percent at the free throw line. Saint Peter's returns two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 20-14 and finished in fourth-place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 11-7 record, but won the MAAC's postseason tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament where it lost to Purdue (65-43) in the second round. John Dunne is in his sixth year as Saint Peter's head coach and has an overall collegiate record of 60-106.
UTAH STATE-SAINT PETER'S SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Saint Peter's will be facing one another for the third time in series history this week. Saint Peter's won the first meeting between the two teams, 95-77, at home on Mar. 1, 1969, while USU won the last meeting, 125-108, on Dec. 8, 1969 in Logan.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Utah State is 3-3 versus current members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as it is 1-0 versus Niagra, 1-1 against Manhattan and Saint Peter's, and 0-1 against Iona. The last time USU played a team from the MAAC was on Dec. 1, 1978 when it lost to Iona, 73-61, in Syracuse, N.Y. at the Carrier Classic. USU head coach Stew Morrill has never played a team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
LAST MEETING VERSUS SAINT PETER'S
Sophomore guard/forward Nate Williams scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in leading Utah State to a 125-108 home win against Saint Peter's College on Dec. 8, 1969 in Logan. Williams, who was 20-of-31 from the field and 5-for-5 at the free throw line, tied former Aggie All-American Max Perry for the fifth-most points scored in a single-game in school history. Furthermore, the 125 points scored by USU was a school-record at the time and still ranks as the second-most in a single-game in school history behind the 140 points scored against UNLV on Jan. 2, 1985 in triple overtime. Junior forward Marvin Roberts added 34 points and 20 rebounds as he was 13-of-23 shooting, including 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Senior center Tim Tollestrup scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while senior guard Paul Jeppesen added 11 points and six assists, and sophomore guard Jeff Tebbs added 11 points. Tom Schwester led Saint Peter's with 27 points. Utah State finished the game shooting 52.2 percent (47-90) including 81.6 percent from the free throw line (31-38). Saint Peter's shot 43.9 percent (43-95) overall and 59.5 percent from the free throw line (22-37). USU also out-rebounded SPC, 76-45, but also had eight more turnovers (26-18).
UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 174 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.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State is 8-1 on the season and has won six straight games including a 67-58 win against Saint Peter's last time out. The Golden Flashes, who are 3-0 on the road and 4-0 away from home this year, began the season with a road win at West Virginia (70-60) and a home win against Alcorn State (77-58), before losing at home against Cleveland State (57-53). KSU then defeated Louisiana (76-67), Morehead State (83-63) and UAB (57-48) at home, before winning its last two games on the road against James Madison (71-51) and at Western Carolina (58-56). The Golden Flashes are led by senior forward Justin Greene who is averaging 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 69.0 percent at the free throw line. Kent State has four other players scoring in double-figures as junior guard Randal Holt is averaging 11.0 points, senior guard Carlton Guyton is averaging 9.9 points, junior forward Chris Evans is averaging 9.8 points, and senior guard Michael Porrini is averaging 9.7 points per game. As a team, Kent State is scoring 68.0 points per game, and shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from three-point range and 69.7 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, KSU is allowing 57.6 points and its opponents are shooting 38.4 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from three-point range and 65.0 percent at the free throw line. Kent State returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 25-12 overall and finished in a tie for first in the Eastern Division of the Mid-American Conference with a 12-4 mark. KSU then advanced to the postseason National Invitation Tournament where it won at Saint Mary's (71-70) and at Fairfield (72-68), before losing at Colorado (81-74). Rob Senderoff is in his first year as a collegiate head coach at Kent State.
UTAH STATE-KENT STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 2-0 all-time against Kent State as it won the first game in the series, 83-62, at home during the 1960-61 season and then posted a 68-61 home win on Dec. 18, 1971 in the last meeting between the two teams.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Utah State is 6-2 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference as it has a 2-0 record against Kent State and Western Michigan, 1-0 records against Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio), and 0-1 records against Ohio and Toledo. The last time USU played a team from the Mid-American Conference was on Dec. 22, 2010 when it defeated Western Michigan, 78-57, in its own World Vision Invitational. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 5-2 against current members of the Mid-American Conference including a 1-0 record against Kent State while he was the head coach of Montana. Morrill is also 3-0 all-time against Western Michigan, 1-1 versus Toledo and 0-1 against Ohio.
RECAPPING THE KENT STATE VS. SAINT PETER'S GAME
Senior forward Justin Greene had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kent State (8-1) to a come-from-behind 67-58 win against Saint Peter's (2-8) here Tuesday in the opening game of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. Junior guard Chris Prescott had 15 points and junior forward Darius Conley had 14 rebounds for Saint Peter's. Saint Peter's used a 13-4 run in the first-half to open a 22-12 advantage, but Kent State answered with a 14-1 run to go ahead 26-23. The Peacocks then finished the half on an 11-5 run to go into the locker room up 34-31. Both teams traded leads in the second-half and Saint Peter's held a 58-57 advantage with 2:31 remaining, but Kent State finished the game on a 10-0 run as it made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 44 seconds for the nine-point win. Kent State finished the game shooting 34.4 percent (21-61), including 26.3 percent from three-point range (5-19) and 64.5 percent at the free throw line (20-31). Saint Peter's shot 41.8 percent (23-55), including 33.3 percent from three (6-18) and 50.0 percent at the line (6-12). KSU out-rebounded SPC by 16 (48-32).
LOOKING BACK AT THE 2010 WORLD VISION INVITATIONAL
Utah State went 3-0 in its own World Vision Invitational in 2010 as it defeated Idaho State (71-48), Western Michigan (78-57) and Troy (80-39). Idaho State went 1-2 in the tournament as it defeated Troy (77-73). Western Michigan went 1-2 as it defeated Idaho State (63-60), and Troy went 1-2 as it defeated Western Michigan (102-99).
LOOKING BACK AT THE 2009 BASKETBALL TRAVELERS INVITATIONAL
Utah State went 3-0 in its own Basketball Travelers Invitational in 2009 as it defeated Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73). Weber State went 2-1 in the tournament as it defeated Cal State Fullerton (82-71) and Morehead State (66-64), and Morehead State defeated Cal State Fullerton (69-62) to go 1-2 in the tournament.
LOOKING BACK AT THE 2008 DUEL IN THE DESERT
Utah State went 3-0 in its own Duel in the Desert in 2008 as it defeated Howard (85-45), Houston Baptist (94-77) and Wyoming (90-85 OT). Wyoming went 2-1 in the tournament as it defeated Houston Baptist (84-74) and Howard (84-75), and Houston Baptist defeated Howard (69-59) to go 1-2.
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 330-108 (.753) 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 76.8 percent with an overall record of 315-95. 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 198-14 (.934) 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 548 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.0 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 548-246 (.690).
Has started 43 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 45... 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 eighth in the WAC in steals (1.27), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.00), ninth in assists (3.27), and 11th in free throw shooting (.761).
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 10.
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 11.
Scored in double-figures for the fourth-straight game as he tied his career-high with 12 points against UT Arlington in a career-high 33 minutes... Had career-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals against Seattle... Scored a season-high 12 points at Wichita State... 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 27 points, had a career-high eight assists and tied his career-high with two steals against UT Arlington... Had a career-high eight rebounds at Pacific... Has scored in double-figures eight times this year, including seven straight, and nine times in his career... Currently ranks third in the WAC in three-point shooting (.491), sixth in scoring (14.9), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.50), seventh in overall shooting (.486), ninth in assists (3.27), and 13th in free throw shooting (.737)... Has played in 33 games at Utah State with 11 starts.
Scored a career-high nine points against Seattle,while playing a season-high 11 minutes... Was 2-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line against the Redhawks... Also played a season-high 11 minutes against UT Arlington... Has played in 28 games during his Aggie career.
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 seven games during the season and played in all 11.
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 seventh in the WAC in blocked shots (0.82) and eighth in rebounding (6.5)... Overall, he has played in 43 games at Utah State with 11 starts and in 84 games during his collegiate career.
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 10.
Has scored in double-figures in each of his last five games and in six games on the season after tying his career-high with 13 points against UT Arlington... Tied his season-high with 13 points against Seattle and at Pacific as he played a season-high 34 minutes... Also had 13 points at Wichita State and against Southern Utah... Made his first career start at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and recorded a season-best 10 rebounds... Had a season-high two blocks at Weber State... Ranks second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.604) and is 14th in rebounding (4.8).
Saw his first action as an Aggie against Idaho State, playing 10 minutes... Had one rebound and one assist in the game.
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