Aggie Men Host Kent State In Final Game Of Athletes In Action Classic Thursday
Utah State (7-5) concludes its four-game homestand this week by hosting Kent State (8-2) Thursday in the final game of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU is 2-0 all-time against KSU.

 
Utah State (7-5) concludes its four-game homestand this week by hosting Kent State (8-2) Thursday in the final game of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. USU is 2-0 all-time against KSU.
 
 

Dec. 22, 2011

LOGAN, Utah -

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GAME 13
Kent State (8-2) vs. Utah State (7-5)
Thursday, Dec. 22, 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 1,465-1,011 (.592). USU hasn't had a losing season since 1993, a span of 18 years.

• Utah State is 6-1 at home this year and has won 89 of its last 92 home games. Under current head coach Stew Morrill, USU is 199-14 (.934) at home including a 99-6 (.943) record against non-conference opponents. All-time, Utah State is 493-107 (.822) 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 42-1 (.977) 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 2-0 record in this year's Athletes In Action Classic.

• Utah State is 81-22 (.786) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 68-2 (.971) record at home. USU is also 82-16 (.837) in games played on Thursday under Morrill and 10-3 (.769) all-time in known games played on Dec. 22.

• Utah State is 3-1 on the season and has won 109 of its last 112 games when holding its opponents under 60 points. In fact, USU is 174-13 (.930) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points.

• Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 175 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.

UP NEXT
Utah State (7-5) concludes its four-game homestand this week by hosting Kent State (8-2) Thursday in the final game of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The game will not be televised, but is available to listen to live via the Aggie Sports Network. The first game Thursday will have UT Arlington (5-5) playing Saint Peter's (2-9) at 5:30 p.m.

RECAPPING THE FIRST TWO DAYS 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. In day two, UT Arlington defeated Kent State, 74-73, and Utah State defeated Saint Peter's 72-47.

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 7-5 on the season after defeating Saint Peter's, 72-47, Wednesday. USU is led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin who is averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, and is shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 48.3 percent from three-point range and 73.7 percent at the free throw line. Senior guard Brockeith Pane is averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 assists per game, and is shooting 36.8 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point range and 76.0 percent at the free throw line, while senior forward Morgan Grim is averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, and is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 68.5 percent at the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is averaging 66.7 points and shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, USU is allowing 62.9 points and its opponents are shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent at the free throw line.

RANKING UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
As of Thursday, Dec. 22, Utah State ranks first in the WAC in scoring defense (62.9), second in three-point field goal percentage (.400), second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.307), third in field goal percentage (.457), third in field goal percentage defense (.396), third in scoring margin (+3.7), fourth in free throw shooting (.679), fifth in blocked shots (3.08), and fifth in rebound margin (-0.2). Individually, sophomore guard Preston Medlin ranks fourth in three-point shooting (.483), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.62), eighth in assists (3.50), ninth in scoring (13.8), ninth in overall shooting (.482), and 13th in free throw shooting (.737). Senior point guard Brockeith Pane ranks ninth in steals (1.25), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.95), 10th in assists (3.17), and 11th in free throw shooting (.760). Senior forward Morgan Grim ranks eighth in blocked shots (0.83), eighth in rebounding (6.8), and 10th in field goal shooting (.482). And junior forward Kyisean Reed ranks second in overall shooting (.567), 12th in blocked shots (0.64), and 15th in rebounding (4.7).

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.

NEXT WEEK
Following Christmas, Utah State will play at No. 17/18 Mississippi State (11-1) on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. (MT).

LOOKING BACK AT THE SAINT PETER'S GAME
Senior forward Morgan Grim had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double in leading Utah State to an easy 72-47 home win Wednesday against Saint Peter's in game four the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. Utah State improves to 7-5 on the year with the win and is now riding a season-best three-game winning streak. Saint Peter's falls to 2-9 overall and has lost five straight games. Utah State has now scored 70 or more points in each of its last four games after scoring 70-plus points just once in its first eight outings. Overall, USU is 4-1 this year and has won 65 of its last 68 games when scoring at least 70 points. Grim finished the night shooting 8-of-10 from the field and was 1-for-1 at the free throw line in 25 minutes. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane added 12 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman forward Ben Clifford each scored nine points for the home team. Markese Tucker came off the bench to score 12 points for Saint Peter's. For the second straight game, Utah State got off to a fast start as it raced out to a 20-4 lead and increased its advantage to 21 at 28-7 following a jumper from sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Two Reed free throws gave Utah State a 41-14 lead with 1:28 to play in the half and USU went into the locker room up 24 at 41-17. Utah State shot 46.7 percent in the first-half (14-30), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (4-8). USU was also a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. Saint Peter's shot just 19.2 percent in the first-half (5-26), including 30.0 percent from three (3-10) and 66.7 percent at the line (4-6). Saint Peter's would never get closer than 21 points in the second half as Utah State coasted to the 25-point win. Utah State finished the game shooting 48.1 percent overall (25-52), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (4-10) and a season-high 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). Saint Peter's shot 32.1 percent for the game (18-56), including just 26.7 percent from three (4-15) and 53.8 percent at the line (7-13). USU also out-rebounded SPC by seven (38-31) and recorded a season-best seven blocked shots. Saint Peter's 47 points was also a season-low for an Aggie opponent this year.

UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO IMPRESS ON THE DEFENSIVE END OF THE FLOOR
Utah State has played very well on defense for the most part this year and had one of its best games of the season in its last outing as it held Saint Peter's to 32.1 percent shooting (18-56), including just 26.7 percent shooting from three-point range (4-15). Saint Peter's also scored just 47 points, which is a season-low for an Aggie opponent. On the year, Utah State has now held seven of its 12 opponents to under 40 percent shooting. During its last six games, Utah State's opponents are shooting just 38.0 percent from the field (133-350) and just 29.2 percent from three-point range (35-120).

UTAH STATE RIDING SEASON-BEST THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK
For the first time this year, Utah State has won back-to-back-to-back games with home wins against Seattle (78-53), UT Arlington (73-69) and Saint Peter's (72-47). During its last three games, USU is averaging 74.3 points and shooting 49.0 percent from the field (72-147), 45.7 percent from three-point range (21-46) and 74.4 percent at the free throw line (58-78).

UTAH STATE SCORES 70-PLUS POINTS IN EACH OF ITS LAST FOUR GAMES
With its 72-47 win against Saint Peter's, Utah State has now scored at least 70 points in each of its last four games after scoring 70-plus points just once during its first eight games. During its last four games, Utah State is averaging 74.8 points and shooting 50.3 percent from the field (100-199), 42.6 percent from three-point range (26-61) and 73.7 percent at the free throw line (73-99).

UTAH STATE STARTS SAME LINEUP IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES FOR THIRD TIME THIS YEAR
For just the third time this year, Utah State started the same lineup (F-Grim, F-Reed, G-Pane, G-Berger, G-Medlin) in consecutive games against UT Arlington and Saint Peter's. Overall, USU has started eight different lineups and 11 different players thus far this year and the Aggies have yet to start the same lineup in three-straight games during the season. Furthermore, the only players to start all 12 games for Utah State this year are senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin.

AGGIE RESERVES PLAYING WELL DURING LAST FOUR GAMES
Utah State's bench has been very productive in its last five 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, 15 points against UT Arlington and 27 points in its last game against Saint Peter's. During its last five games, Utah State's bench is averaging 25.4 points and 12.2 rebounds, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field (45-81), 41.7 percent from three-point range (10-24) and 64.3 percent at the free throw line (27-42). On the season, USU's reserves are averaging 19.0 points and 10.6 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 4-1 this year and has won 65 of its last 68 games when scoring at least 70 points. Overall, USU is 207-28 (.881) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.

GRIM RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST SAINT PETER'S
Senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Saint Peter's. For Grim, it was his fifth career double-figure scoring game and his second career double-figure rebounding game. During his last five games, Grim is averaging 7.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 53.3 percent from the field (16-30) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (5-9).

GRIM SETS GOSSNER TOURNAMENT SINGLE-GAME RECORD
Senior forward Morgan Grim set a Gossner Foods single-game tournament record by shooting 80.0 percent from the field (8-10) against Saint Peter's. The previous record was 72.7 percent shooting (8-11) from Weber State's Kyle Bullinger against Utah State in 2009.

PANE SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 30TH TIME IN HIS CAREER AGAINST SAINT PETER'S
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the eighth time this year and 30th time in his career with 12 points against Saint Peter's, after scoring a total of six points in his previous two games. During his last five games, Pane is averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 assists, while shooting 35.7 percent from the field (15-42), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-11) and 68.4 percent at the free throw line (13-19).

FARRIS RECORDS CAREER-HIGH FIVE ASSISTS AGAINST SAINT PETER'S
Junior guard E.J. Farris has played very well for Utah State during its last three games and recorded a career-high five assists while playing a season-best 18 minutes in his last game against Saint Peter's. Farris also had four points against UT Arlington and a career-high nine points against Seattle. During his last three games, Farris is averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field (5-11), 25.0 percent from three-point range (1-4) and is 6-for-6 at the line.

MEDLIN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 27 POINTS AGAINST UT ARLINGTON
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin had his best game as an Aggie against UT Arlington as he scored a career-high 27 points 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 ENDS AT SEVEN
Redshirt sophomore guard Preston Medlin had scored in double-figures in seven straight games before scoring just two points against Saint Peter's. 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 eight games, Medlin is averaging 16.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (43-86), 55.8 percent from three-point range (24-43) and 82.1 percent from the free throw line (23-28).

REED'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT FIVE
Junior forward Kyisean Reed had scored in double-figures in each of his last five games before scoring nine points in his last game against Saint Peter's. Prior to that game, Reed had tied his career-high in each of his previous 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 11.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field (20-33) and 76.0 percent at the free throw line (19-25).

REED RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
As of Thursday, Dec. 22, junior forward Kyisean Reed is shooting 56.7 percent from the field (32-53) to rank second in the WAC.

BERGER'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK ENDS AT FOUR
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger had scored in double-figures in four straight games before scoring five points against Saint Peter's. In his previous game against UT Arlington, Berger tied his career-high with 12 points. 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 five games, Berger is averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists, and shooting 46.9 percent from the field (15-32), 56.3 percent from three-point range (9-16) and is 11-for-11 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 at Wichita State. In his last five games, Bruneel is averaging 5.6 points and shooting 62.5 percent from the field (10-16), 42.9 percent from three-point range (3-7) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line (5-8).

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 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 56.3 percent from the field (9-16), 2-for-2 from three-point range and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (5-10).

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 1.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.2 minutes, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field (2-6) and 37.5 percent at the free throw line (3-8).

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 nine games, Thoseby is 9-of-19 (.474) 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 12 games, Utah State has already had 10 different players on its roster score in double-figures as senior guard Brockeith Pane and sophomore guard Preston Medlin have scored 10 or more points in eight games, junior forward Kyisean Reed has scored in double-figures in six games, senior forward Morgan Grim has scored in double-figures in five games, sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger has 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 KENT STATE
Kent State is 8-2 on the season after losing to UT Arlington, 74-73, in its last game. The Golden Flashes, who are 3-0 on the road and 4-1 away from home, 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 at James Madison (71-51) and at Western Carolina (58-56), followed by a neutral win against Saint Peter's (67-58) and its lost to UTA. The Golden Flashes are led by senior forward Justin Greene who is averaging 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 68.2 percent at the free throw line. Kent State has four other players scoring in double-figures as junior guard Randal Holt is averaging 11.9 points, senior guard Carlton Guyton is averaging 10.7 points, junior forward Chris Evans is averaging 9.4 points, and senior guard Michael Porrini is averaging 9.1 points per game. As a team, Kent State is scoring 68.5 points per game, and shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent at the free throw line. Defensively, KSU is allowing 59.2 points and its opponents are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three-point range and 66.1 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.

LAST MEETING VERSUS KENT STATE
Junior forward Robert Lauriski scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading Utah State past Kent State, 68-61, on Dec. 18, 1971 in Logan. Senior guard Terry Wakefield added 16 points for the Aggies, while junior center Lafayette Love had five points and 11 rebounds. Roger Evans scored 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds to lead Kent State. Utah State shot 48.1 percent (26-54) including 94.1 percent at the free throw line (16-17), while Kent State shot 32.9 percent from the field (25-76) and 84.6 percent at the line (11-13). Both teams finished the game with 41 rebounds, while the Aggies had two more assists (9-7) and four more turnovers (17-13). USU scored the first five points of the game and built an early 10-3 advantage. KSU took its only lead of the game at 20-19 as USU finished the half on a 17-8 run to make the score 36-28 at the half. Utah State lead throughout the second half and took its largest lead of the night with 3:14 to play in the game on a pair of Lauriski free throws for a 66-47 advantage. From there, Kent State finished the game on a 14-2 run to make the final margin seven points.

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).

RECAPPING THE KENT STATE VS. UT ARLINGTON GAME
LaMarcus Reed scored a game-high 22 points including a three-pointer with six seconds to play to lift UT Arlington over Kent State, 74-73, in game three of the Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods here Wednesday. UT Arlington (5-5) trailed 68-62 with 4:14 remaining but outscored Kent State (8-2) 12-5 down the stretch. Bo Ingram added 16 points and Jordan Reves posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for UT Arlington. Randal Holt had 20 points to lead Kent State and Justin Greene finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Carlton Guyton also scored in double-figures for the Golden Flashes with 18 points. UT Arlington finished the game shooting 44.1 percent (26-59), including 42.9 percent from three-point range (9-21) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (12-18). Kent State shot 41.8 percent (23-55), including 41.7 percent from three (10-24) and 72.0 percent at the line (18-25). UTA out-rebounded KSU by one (37-26).

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 331-108 (.754) 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 76.9 percent with an overall record of 316-95. 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 199-14 (.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 549 career wins, while his career winning percentage of 69.1 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 549-246 (.691).

PLAYER NOTES
PANE NOTE-ABLES
Has started 44 games for Utah State during his career and has played in 46... Has scored in double-figures in eight games this year and in 30 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 steals (1.25), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.95), 10th in assists (3.17), and 11th in free throw shooting (.760).

CLIFFORD NOTE-ABLES
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 11.

THOSEBY NOTE-ABLES
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 12.

BERGER NOTE-ABLES
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.

MEDLIN NOTE-ABLES
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 and nine times in his career... Currently ranks fourth in the WAC in three-point shooting (.483), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.62), eighth in assists (3.50), ninth in scoring (13.8), ninth in overall shooting (.482), and 13th in free throw shooting (.737)... Has played in 34 games at Utah State with 12 starts.

FARRIS NOTE-ABLES
Scored a career-high nine points against Seattle...Recorded a career-high five assists against Saint Peter's and played a season-best 18 minutes against the Peacocks... Has played in 29 games during his Aggie career.

BRUNEEL NOTE-ABLES
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 12.

GRIM NOTE-ABLES
Recorded his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Saint Peter's... Has scored in double-figures five times 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.... Tied his career-high with two blocked shots against BYU, Southern Utah and Idaho State... Ranks eighth in the WAC in blocked shots (0.83), eighth in rebounding (6.8) and 10th in shooting (.482)... Overall, he has played in 44 games at Utah State with 12 starts and in 85 games during his collegiate career.

JARDINE NOTE-ABLES
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.

STONE NOTE-ABLES
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 11.

REED NOTE-ABLES
Has scored in double-figures 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 (.567), 12th in blocked shots (0.64), and 15th in rebounding (4.7).

PREMASUNAC NOTE-ABLES
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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