Aggie Men Battle Bobcats In New Year's Eve WAC Contest
Junior center Jarred Shaw and Utah State men's basketball team will continue its two-game Texas trip in its opening weekend of Western Athletic Conference action by taking on the second of two conference newcomers, facing Texas State on Saturday, Dec. 31 at San Marcos, Texas. Action from Strahan Coliseum (7,200) tips off at 3 p.m. (MT) in the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Bobcats. Shaw is a native of Dallas, Texas, and is one of three Texans on the Aggies' roster.

 
Junior center Jarred Shaw and Utah State men's basketball team will continue its two-game Texas trip in its opening weekend of Western Athletic Conference action by taking on the second of two conference newcomers, facing Texas State on Saturday, Dec. 31 at San Marcos, Texas. Action from Strahan Coliseum (7,200) tips off at 3 p.m. (MT) in the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Bobcats. Shaw is a native of Dallas, Texas, and is one of three Texans on the Aggies' roster.
 
 

Dec. 30, 2012

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Utah State (10-1, 1-0 WAC) at Texas State (4-9, 0-1 WAC)
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 • 3 p.m. (MT) • San Marcos, Texas
Strahan Coliseum (7,200) • Aggie Sports Network

GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State men's basketball will continue its two-game Texas trip in its opening weekend of Western Athletic Conference action by taking on the second of two conference newcomers, facing Texas State on Saturday, Dec. 31 at San Marcos, Texas. Action from Strahan Coliseum (7,200) tips off at 3 p.m. (MT) in the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Bobcats. The game will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and there will also be live video streaming available.

• Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,489-1,023 (.593) in its 2,512 games played.

• USU has won nine games in a row, to improve to 10-1 to start a season for the first time since 2008-09. The Aggies have now started a season 10-1 a total of seven times. USU will be going for just its fifth 11-1 start in school history and first since 2008-09, going 24-1 through its first 25 games.

• Utah State is playing its first two WAC games on the road for the first time since 2009-10 and just the fourth time overall in USU's eight seasons in the conference, also doing so in its first year in the league in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

• USU is in pursuit of its first 2-0 start to WAC play since 2010-11 and its fourth 2-0 beginning to WAC action in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2008-09 and 2007-08.

• USU has won its last five road games as part of 24 of its last 37 road games (.649) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 102-81 (.557) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 71-45 (.612) record against conference opponents and a 34-22 (.607) mark against WAC teams. Monday is USU's fourth road game of the season, after playing at Santa Clara on Nov. 28 (W, 80-78 OT), at Utah Valley on Dec. 15 (W, 69-63) and at UTSA on Saturday, Dec. 29 (W, 71-67). The Aggies' average a +4.0 winning margin in their three road victories this season.

• Utah State has won 38 of its last 45 WAC games (.844) and is 63-15 (.808) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 84-27 (.757) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

• Utah State is 88-23 (.793) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 15-19 (.441) record on the road. The Aggies are playing on Dec. 31 and on the road on the date for the second-straight season after playing at Mississippi State on New Year's Eve last season. USU is 3-3 (.500) in known games played on Dec. 31. USU is playing its first game on a Monday this season, and the Aggies are playing on a Monday for the first time since March 1, 2010, posting a 15-6 (.700) in games played on Monday under Morrill.

• USU has two players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State), in addition to redshirting freshman forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS).

THIS WEEK
Utah State is opening its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference by taking on two of the five new league teams, winning 71-67 at UTSA on Thursday and will play at Texas State on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. (MT). The Aggies' two games in Texas will not be televised, but the USU games will be video streamed, as well as being aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as audio streaming and live stats links available on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
After Monday's game at Texas State, USU returns home to host another league newcomer, Seattle, on Thursday, Jan. 3 and old conference foe, Idaho, on Saturday, Jan. 5. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. tip-offs at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on 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. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games.

Monday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City. The games will air in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.

LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

ON TV
Neither of this weekend's two road games will be televised

LIVE STATS
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game. Monday's game at Texas State will be available through video streaming for a small fee, by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies, which will redirect fans to the Texas State video streaming info.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.

UTAH STATE IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State will be seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in hte last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's current run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is starting play in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has an 84-27 (757) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 37 of its last 44 WAC games (.841) and is 62-15 (.805) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is off to a 10-1 start to the season for just the seventh time in school history, winning its WAC opener at UTSA on Saturday, 71-67, improving to 1-0 in WAC action for the third straight season and the fifth time in the last six years. USU shot a season-high 62.2 percent (28-of-45) from the field, getting a season-best 24 points from junior guard Preston Medlin. The Aggies won despite getting out-rebounded for the second-straight game after having more rebounding it their first nine games of the season, pulling down a season-low 31 rebounds. USU also had a season-low 47.6 percent (10-of-21) outing at the free throw line.

USU is led by junior guard Preston Medlin with 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Medlin also leads the team by making 19 three-pointers this season, shooting 19-of-48 (39.6 percent) behind the arc, netting 48.2 percent (53-of-110) from the field in addition to 81.4 percent (35-of-43) at the free throw line. In Saturday's win at UTSA, Medlin netted his second 20-point outing in the last three games, connecting on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, hitting 3-of-7 from distance and 3-of-4 at the free pitch stripe. He added two assists, two rebounds and one steal in playing a game-high 37 minutes. Medlin has now scored in double-figures in each of the last three games and it was his eighth double-digit outing this season and 40th of career. After not making more than two three-pointers in the first eight games of the season, Medlin has now made three or more treys in the last three games, and now has 23 career games with three or more three-pointers. Junior forward Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 13.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, logging his second double-double in as many games with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State for his fourth double-double of the year. Shaw had scored in double-digits in seven-straight games before being held to a season-low six points against UC Davis and then seven points against Southern Illinois, before returning to double-digit scoring and nearly posting his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds at UTSA. Shaw has at least seven rebounds in eight games this season, including four double-digit rebounding outings. Shaw also has 1.3 blocks per game and is shooting 55.3 percent (57-of-103) from the field in addition to 81.4 percent (35-of-43) at the free throw line.

This week's reigning WAC Player of the Week, senior forward Kyisean Reed is the third Aggie averaging in double-figures, posting 12.2 ppg, pulling down 6.7 rpg as well to go with 1.7 blocks per game. Reed also is shooting at a 61.3 percent (49-of-80) clip from the field. Reed tallied nine points and six rebounds in Saturday's win at UTSA, giving him 59 points (14.8 ppg) in the last four games, topping his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.

Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored 14 points in each of the last three games played, after missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield is averaging 12.2 ppg in the five games at starter, for a season average of 8.6 ppg. Butterfield is second on the team with 15 made three-pointers (15-of-30), also topping the team in three-point percentage, making exactly 50.0 percent behind the arc. Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.5 ppg on the season, making a team-best 65.9 percent (27-of-41) of his field goals, as well as 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from distance. Davis also averages 2.4 assists per game. Junior guard TeNale Roland is second on the team with 3.1 assists per game.

Offensively, USU is averaging 71.3 ppg in making 51.1 percent of its field goals, draining 39.1 percent of its three-pointers, as well as 68.8 percent at the free throw line. The Aggies are averaging 37.0 rebounds per game and have a dominating +10.4 rebounding advantage. USU is also averaging 16.2 assists per game while averaging 12.9 turnovers per contest.

Defensively, the Aggies' opposition is averaging 63.1 ppg while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, hitting 34.3 percent from distance and 66.8 percent at the free pitch stripe. USU's opponents average 26.6 rebounds per game, as well as 13.2 assists and the Aggies' defense is forcing 9.9 turnovers per game.

A LOOK BACK AT THE UTSA GAME
Junior guard and Texas native Preston Medlin netted a season-high 24 points while fellow junior, guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tied his season-high with 14 points to lead Utah State men's basketball to a 71-67 win over UTSA Saturday night at UTSA's Convocation Center in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams. USU improved to 10-1 for the first time since 2008-09 and the seventh time in school history, as well as moving to 1-0 in WAC play for the fifth time in its eight years in the league. Overall, the Aggies improved to 5-3 in WAC openers, winning their last three in a row and five of the last six after dropping its first two WAC openers. UTSA suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games, falling to 4-7 overall and lost its inaugural WAC game, as the Roadrunners are in their one and only season in the WAC. Saturday was also the first-ever meeting between USU and UTSA. The Aggies shot a season-high 62.2 percent (28-of-45) from the field, hitting 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from three-point range, overcoming a season-low 47.6 percent (10-of-21) outing at the free throw line. The Roadrunners were 25-of-64 (39.1 percent) field goal shooting, making 11-of-29 (37.9 percent) behind the arc and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Medlin, a native of Carrollton, Texas who was born in San Antonio, posted his season-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, hitting 3-of-7 from distance and 3-of-4 at the free pitch stripe. Medlin has now scored in double-figures in each of the last three games and it was his eighth double-digit outing this season and 40th of career. He has also posted 20 or more points twice in the last three games, and has done so 15 times in his career. After not making more than two three-pointers in the first eight games of the season, Medlin has now made three or more treys in the last three games, and now has 23 career games with three or more three-pointers. Butterfield tied his season-best for the third-straight game played with 14 points, after missing the Aggies' last game with an illness. He also hit his lone three-pointer, and it was a big one in the waning minutes from deep in the right corner. Butterfield also added seven rebounds. Junior center Jarred Shaw, who is a native of Dallas, Texas, was one rebound shy of his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high tying nine rebounds. Senior forward Kyisean Reed added nine points and six rebounds. After out-rebounding the opponent in the previous nine games of the season, the Aggies have now been out-rebounded in the last two contests, as UTSA had a slight, 32-31 rebounding edge. UTSA was led by 20 points by Jordan Sims, hitting 6-of-8 from three-point range, while Kannon Burrage added 14 points and Jeromie Hill tossed in 12 points to go with matching Shaw with nine rebounds. After the Roadrunners took an 8-2 lead, the Aggies stormed back with a 10-0 run, starting by back-to-back treys from Medlin and freshman guard Marcel Davis netted a bucket for a 12-8 USU lead with 15:03 to go. Junior guard TeNale Roland hit a layup for a 21-16 Aggie advantage with 10:14 to play, but UTSA went on a 13-4 spurt to take a 29-25 lead at the 5:29 mark after a layup by Hyjii Thomas. Davis drained a three and Medlin hit a free throw to knot the score at 29-29 with 4:42 to go in the half, and from there, USU closed out the half on a 10-2 streak, as Reed hit an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:02 left and Medlin netted a three-point shot with four ticks to go, giving USU a 39-31 lead at halftime, as the Aggies improved to 8-0 this season and have won 74 of its last 76 games when leading at the half. UTSA cut the gap to 49-45 with 12:37 on the second half clock on a layup by Hill, but Roland later hit a free throw to stretch the Aggie lead back to a palindromic 54-45 at the 10:00 mark. The Roadrunners trimmed the margin to two, but couldn't get any closer until 4:51 on the clock when Burrage hit a jumper to pull UTSA within, 61-60, but Shaw drained a jumper on the Aggies' ensuing possession and USU hung on for its conference-opening win.

MEDLIN BACK IN STRIDE
After being held to single-digit scoring in each of the previous two games, junior guard Preston Medlin has bounced back in the last three games, topping his season-high in two of those three outings. He posted a then season-high 23 points in the UC Davis game, then added 16 points against Southern Illinois before topping his season-best again with 24 points in the win at UTSA. Medlin netted his second 20-point outing in the last three games, connecting on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, hitting 3-of-7 from distance and 3-of-4 at the free pitch stripe. He added two assists, two rebounds and one steal in playing a game-high 37 minutes. Medlin has now scored in double-figures in each of the last three games and it was his eighth double-digit outing this season and 40th of career. After not making more than two three-pointers in the first eight games of the season, Medlin has now made three or more treys in the last three games, and now has 23 career games with three or more three-pointers.

BUTTERING UP THE NETS
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had a career-high 14 points for the third time in as many games played, posting 14 in USU's wins over Nicholls State, UC Davis and UTSA, despite missing the Southern Illinois game with an illness. Butterfield has now scored 11.6 ppg (70 points total) over his last six games played after averaging just 4.0 ppg (16 points total) in the first four games of the season. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield is averaging 12.2 ppg in the five games at starter. The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last six games, and his season-high four treys against UC Davis was his fourth multi-three-pointer outing of the season. He now leads the team with a 50.0 percent (15-of-30) shooting effort from distance.

OTHER NOTES FROM UTSA GAME
* The Aggies also are 22-13 all-time in their first conference games of the season.

* Utah State is 3-0 on the road this season and has won its last five road games as part of 24 of its last 37 road games (.649) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 102-81 (.557) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 71-45 (.612) against conference opponents.

* USU has won 38 of its last 45 WAC games (.844) and is 63-15 (.808) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.

* Overall, the Aggies have a 145-84 (.633) WAC record in their eight seasons in the conference.

* Utah State is 88-23 (.793) during the month of December under Morrill, including 15-19 (.441) on the road. The Aggies are also 22-7 (.759) all-time in known games on Dec. 29.

* USU also improves to 7-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 141-52 (.731) in games played on Saturday under Morrill.

* The Aggies hit the 70-point mark for the fourth-straight game, winning all four and USU is now 7-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points and USU has won 83 of its last 88 games (.943) when reaching 70 points and is 225-30 (.882) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.

* USU's 39 points in first half is the most scored in any half on the road and tied for second-most in the first 20 minutes this season, matching 39 vs. UC Davis and behind 43 vs. Nicholls State.

* Utah State is now 8-0 this season and have won 74 of its last 76 games (.974) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 281-25 (.918) when holding a lead at intermission.

* The Aggies shot a season-high 62.2 percent (28-of-45) Saturday night, USU's highest field goal percentage since 63.8 percent against Oakland in last season's CIT semifinal win.

* USU shot a season-low 47.6 percent (10-of-21) at the free throw line, its lowest free throw percentage since 25.0 percent (1-of-4) at Nevada last season.

* Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tied his Aggie career-high with 14 points for the third-straight game played, returning to action after missing the Southern Illinois game with illness.

* Junior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the eighth time this season with 11 points Saturday, remaining tied with Medlin for the team lead.

* Shaw led USU in rebounding for the team-leading seventh time this season with his game-high tying nine boards Saturday.

* With two dunks Saturday, Shaw now has four jams on the season, ranking second on the team behind senior forward Kyisean Reed's nine.

* With nine points Saturday, Reed has scored seven or more points in all 11 games and has nine or more in each of the last four games.

* Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out a team-high four assists, marking the second time this season leading USU in assists, and he now has five games with three or more helpers, including 16 (4.0 apg) in his last four games.

SCOUTING TEXAS STATE
The Bobcats fell to 4-9 overall after dropping their inaugural WAC game, losing at home to San Jose State, 72-55, on Saturday, as Texas State suffered its fourth-straight loss and sixth in its last seven games. Junior forward Joel Wright led TXST with 22 points, hitting 8-of-8 at the free throw line, and also snared a team-high six rebounds. Junior guard Phil Hawkins added 10 points, hitting 2-of-4 from three-point range. Senior forward Matt Staff added eight points to go with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks, but committed six turnovers. Wright leads the Bobcats and is fifth in the WAC with 15.9 ppg, hitting 44.7 percent (71-of-159) from the floor, as well as 80.5 percent (62-of-77) at the free throw line. Wright also tops the team with 6.6 rebounds per game. Staff is second on the team and seventh in the conference with 15.2 ppg, netting 50.3 percent (72-of-143) field goal shooting, including 40.9 percent (18-of-44) from three-point range. Staff also leads the WAC in free throw percentage at 97.2 percent (35-of-36), and adds 6.0 rpg and 1.2 blocks per game. Junior forward Corey Stern adds 8.5 ppg, while senior guard Vonn Jones dishes out a team-leading 3.8 assists per game and sophomore guard Wesley Davis leads the team with 2.3 steals per game. As a team, Texas State averages 72.3 ppg to rank second in the WAC in scoring offense, while allowing 74.7 ppg to rank 10th in the league in scoring defense for a ninth-place ranking -2.4 scoring margin.

The Bobcats are shooting 41.6 percent from the floor, ranking seventh in the league, while hitting 31.2 percent of their three-pointers, ranking ninth in the WAC. Hitting 71.1 percent at the free throw line, TXST is second in the league. Texas State's opponents average 45.1 percent field goal shooting to rank eighth in the league in FG pct defense, as well as fourth in three-point FG pct defense at 30.5 percent from distance, and the Bobcats' opponents are shooting 66.3 percent at the charity stripe. The Bobcats have a -3.1 rebounding margin, ranking eighth in the league, also ranking eighth for rebounding with 36.2 rpg, while ranking 10th for rebounding defense at 39.3 rpg. TXST also is fifth in assists (14.2 apg), fourth in steals (8.1 spg), seventh in blocked shots (3.3 bpg) and third in turnover margin (+1.46).

AGGIES VERSUS BOBCATS SERIES HISTORY
Monday marks the first-ever meeting between Utah State and Texas State. The Aggies are in their eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, while the Bobcats are in their first and last season in the WAC, before joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 25-10 (.714) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State, Texas Southern and WAC newcomers UT Arlington and UTSA, 1-1 against Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Monday is USU's third opponent from the Lone Star State faced this season, as USU beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Nov. 17 and won at UTSA, 71-67, on Saturday. Overall, USU is 11-6 in games played on Texas soil, posting a record of 4-1 at North Texas, 1-0 at Texas, TCU, Lamar and UTSA, 1-1 at Texas Tech and Houston, 1-2 at UTEP and 0-1 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

AGGIES' TEXAS TWO-STEPPERS
USU has two players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior guard Preston Medlin (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron HS) and junior center Jarred Shaw (Dallas, Texas/Carter HS/Oklahoma State), in addition to redshirting freshman forward Quinn Taylor (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek HS).

MVP, THREE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS FOR REED
Senior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-high for the second time in three games with 21 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Utah State hosted World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. For the tournament, Reed averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes per outing, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28) and 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). He topped his season-high twice, posting 20 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Nicholls State game only to net 21 points in the Southern Illinois contest.

Reed was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week as well as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week, all for the period of Dec. 16-23.

LOPEZ MAKES SLAMMING DEBUT
Junior center Matt Lopez slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk. Lopez saw his first action as an Aggie in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year. For the game, Lopez ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team.

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program and Morrill is now 355-120 (.747) at USU.

AGGIES DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE; TIED FOR FIFTH IN NCAA
As of the Dec. 23 NCAA stats, Utah State has a +11.5 rebounding advantage, which not only leads the WAC, but is also tied for fifth in the NCAA statistics, tying Iowa State. The Aggies are just one of 15 teams in the NCAA with double-digit rebounding advantage. Colorado State leads the nation with a +14.6 margin.

SHAW IN TOP 55 IN NCAA FOR REBOUNDS, FG PERCENTAGE
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 55th in the NCAA in rebounds per game (8.8/as of Dec. 24), helping USU to a +11.5 rebounding advantage, which ranks the Aggies tied for fifth in the nation. Shaw also 38th in field goal percentage (.565). Senior forward Kyisean Reed has a 60.0 percent field goal shooting percentage and would rank 21st in the nation, but he does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game.

AGGIES 11th IN NCAA IN FG PERCENTAGE, 16th IN ASSISTS PER GAME
USU leads the WAC and is 11th in the NCAA for field goal percentage (.501). The Aggies also are tops in the league and 16th in the nation for assists per game (17.0). Utah State also is 29th in the country for assist-turnover ratio (1.3).

UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 8-0 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 1-0 when tied at halftime; 9-0 when shooting better from the field; 1-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 7-0 when shooting better from three-point range; 2-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 7-0 when shooting better from the free throw line; 8-1 when out-rebounding the opponent; 2-0 when getting out-rebounded; 7-1 when blocking more shots.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 8-0 this year and has won 74 of its last 76 games (.974) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 281-25 (.918) when holding a lead at intermission and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year.

UTAH STATE IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 88-23 (.793) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 15-19 (.441) record on the road. The Aggies are playing on Dec. 31 and on the road on the date for the second-straight season after playing at Mississippi State on New Year's Eve last season. USU is 3-3 (.500) in known games played on Dec. 31. USU is playing its first game on a Monday this season, and the Aggies are playing on a Monday for the first time since March 1, 2010, posting a 15-6 (.700) in games played on Monday under Morrill.

UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this seaosn, USU is 7-0 this season after going 15-3 last season when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 83 of its last 88 games (.943) when reaching 70 points and is 225-30 (.882) all-time under Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-47 (.356) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 3-0 this season and has won 116 of its last 121 games (.959) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 181-15 (.923) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE PROBABLE STARTER NOTES
#0 Marcel Davis (6-2/180/FR/G/American Fork, Utah) - Had breakout game against Western Oregon with 21 points in only 20 minutes, topping his previous single-game season high of eight points in three-pointers alone, draining his first of the season and finished with three on the night, and nearly doubling his season total of 11 points entering the game... The 21 points was the most scored by an Aggie this season and was the first 20-point game for a USU freshman since Tai Wesley in 2008... Also added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers... Made first career start in Utah Valley game, tying game-high with 17 points, including a stretch where he scored 11 of USU's points in a row... Scored first career point as an Aggie with a free throw in the TAMU-Corpus Christi contest... Has five games with three or more assists, including season-high seven in Nicholls State game... Averaged 9.9 ppg on 69 total points in last seven games after posting 11 points in his previous five games.

#5 Jarred Shaw (6-11/245/JR/C/Dallas, Texas) - Posted first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Saint Mary's loss, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career... Shaw's double-double was the Aggies' first of the season... Shaw's 15 rebounds were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011... Matched his career-high of 17 points in win over TAMU-CC... Recorded second double-double in three games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in win over Weber State... Has registered third and fourth double-doubles of year in last two games with 12 points and 11 rebounds at Utah Valley and 19 points and 11 rebounds against Nicholls State... One rebound shy of fifth double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds at UTSA... Has scored in double-figures in eight games and had double-digit rebounds in four games, posting his double-doubles all four times... Led USU in rebounding in seven of 11 games this season, including first five games... Set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's nine games... Ranks fourth in the WAC in field goal percentage (.553)... Also ranks third in the WAC in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and 13th in scoring (13.0 ppg), as well as 14th in free throw percentage (.744) and seventh in blocked shots (1.3)... In this week's NCAA statistics, ranks 38th in field goal percentage (.565), 55th in rebounds per game (8.8) and 36th in double-doubles (4.0).

#13 Preston Medlin (6-4/185/JR/G/Carrollton, Texas) - Made 48th consecutive start and played in 70th career game in UTSA contest.. Led USU in scoring for the fifth time this season and 27th time in last two seasons with season-high 24 points in win at UTSA... Scored in double-figures 39 times in his career... Has made at least one three-pointer in 14 of his last 16 games played... Has 42 career games with multiple three-pointers, including season-high four against UC Davis, followed by three in last two games against Southern Illinois and UTSA... Cracked into the USU top 10 for three-pointers made, now tied for No. 7 with 129 and maintained No. 5 spot on Aggies' career three-point shooting percentage at 42.2 percent, as well as moving into No. 10 on career three-point attempts list with 306 passing former teammate Brian Green (2010-11)... Ranks 10th in the WAC in scoring (14.5 ppg), fifth in free throw percentage (.814), seventh for assists (3.5 apg) and sixth for assist-turnover ratio (1.58)... Also second in the WAC in minutes played (35.3).

#21 Spencer Butterfield (6-3/205/JR/G/Loomis, Calif.) - Missed Southern Illinois game with illness... Made first start of USU career in Western Oregon game and stuffed the stat sheet with season-highs of 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists... In USU debut in Idaho State game, was a spark off the bench, netting all three of his three-point attempts, which all came in the second half and all in a five minute span... Has now scored 11.6 ppg (70 points total) over his last six games played after averaging just 4.0 ppg (16 points total) in the first four games of the season... Has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield is averaging 12.2 ppg in the five games at starter... The sharpshooting junior also has made at least one three-pointer in each of the last six games, and his season-high four treys against UC Davis was his fourth multi-three-pointer outing of the season, also netting three against Idaho State and two each in Santa Clara and Western Oregon games... Now leads the team with a 50.0 percent (15-of-30) shooting effort from distance... Ranks second in WAC in three-pointer field goal percentage (.500).

#34 Kyisean Reed (6-6/215/SR/F/Palmdale, Calif.) - Played in 47th career game and has made 38 career starts, but did not start in Santa Clara game... Has now scored in double-figures 24 times in his career including two of last four games with season-high 21 points against Southern Illinois, which came two games after posting 20 points against Nicholls State... Also pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in Nicholls State game... Additionally played career-high 35 minutes in Saint Mary's game... Recorded a blocked shot in 32 career contests, setting a new career-best with four rejections against Nicholls State, adding two each against Southern Illinois and UTSA... Has at least one blocked shot in nine games this season and 13 of his last 16 career games played, including seven games with multiple blocks... Posted 27 career games with five or more rebounds, leading USU in rebounding three times this season... Climbed into Aggies top 10 career list for blocked shots, now at No. 10 with 60, and needs to play in three more games to qualify for the career blocked shots per game and would be No. 3 with 1.3 bpg... Also No. 4 on USU's career field goal percentage (.613)... Has swiped a career-high four steals twice this season (Saint Mary's and Santa Clara), adding three against WOU and Nicholls State... Ranks second in the WAC in field goal percentage (.613) and would rank 21st in the NCAA, but does not reach the minimum requirement of 5.0 made per game... Also fifth in the WAC in blocks (1.7), ninth in rebounding (6.7), as well as tied for fifth in steals (1.7).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS OFF THE BENCH

#1 Ben Clifford (6-7/220/SO/F/South Jordan, Utah) - After not scoring in Saint Mary's game, added season-high three points in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest, then topped that with 11 points against Weber State, one point shy of his career-high... It was just the fourth time in his career and first since 12 against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament... Snared season-high five rebounds at Utah Valley and added four in UC Davis contest including two key offensive boards, and four again in Southern Illinois game... Has 20 career games with four or more rebounds... Made first start of season and fifth of career in the Santa Clara game.

#4 Matt Lopez (6-11/245/SO/C/Erial, N.J.) - Saw his first action as an Aggie in Utah Valley game in his first game eligible after transferring from LaSalle last season at mid-year... Slammed onto the scene for the Aggies, logging his first basket in a USU uniform on a dunk... Ended with eight points, totalling two dunks to now rank tied for second on the team... Added five points, and recorded first two blocks of USU career to go with one rebound against Nicholls State... Shared team lead in rebounding for first time this season with season-high four against Southern Illinois.

#12 Danny Berger (6-6/205/JR/F/Medford, Ore.) - Collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Will miss at least six-eight weeks... Started last 10 games played and made 30th start in 35 career games played in Santa Clara game... Started this year's season-opener after sitting out last year's as part of the first six games as a potential redshirt... Has scored in double-digits in 12 career games after netting season-high 11 at Santa Clara... Has three or more rebounds in each of last four games, including season high five in two of last three games (TAMU-Corpus Christi, Santa Clara)... At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage (.833), making 10-of-12 on season.

#15 Marvin Jean (6-4/190/JR/F/Harriman, N.Y.) - Made first start of Aggie career in Southern Illinois game, playing a season-high 33 minutes and tying a season-high for the third-straight game and fourth time this season with eight points, hitting two three-pointers for the third game in a row and four of last six contests... Pulled down a season-best five rebounds against Nicholls State and UC Davis, and added four in Southern Illinois contest... Drained a three-pointer for first three points of USU career in Idaho State game... Made first free throw of USU career in UTSA game.

#20 TeNale Roland (6-0/170/JR/G/Louisville, Ky.) - Has started in six games of Aggie career... Netted a season-best 11 points in coming off bench in UC Davis game, tying a season-high four rebounds and also dished out four assists, for his sixth game with four or more assists... Has dished out two or more assists in eight of 10 games, including USU sharing the team single-game high with seven in TAMU-Corpus Christi game... Leads the WAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.13) and ranks tied for ninth in assists (3.10).

#25 Jordan Stone (6-10/270/SO/C/Smithfield, Utah) - Played in 42 career games... Snared six rebounds in Saint Mary's game and four in TAMU-Corpus Christi contest for total of 16 career games with three or more rebounds... Has eight career games with five or more points, including posting season-high of five points in Saint Mary's and TAMU-Corpus Christi games.

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 210 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.

MEDLIN RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Junior guard Preston Medlin is shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range (129-306) during his Utah State career to rank fifth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to tie for No. 7 with former teammate Brian Green (2010-11) with 129 as well as becoming just the 10th player with 300 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 9 with 306.

Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name	         Years	        FG
1.	Jaycee Carroll	 2005-08	369
2.	Tony Brown	 1999-02	283
3.	Reid Newey	 1984, 87-89	237
4.	Jay Goodman	 1991-93	209
5.	Tyler Newbold	 2008-11	194
6.	Justin Jones	 1996-98	183
7.	Brian Green	 2010-11	129
	Preston Medlin	 2010, 12-	129
9.	Jared Quayle	 2009-10	128
10.	Pooh Williams	 2008-11	117
11.	Troy Rolle	 1999-00	112

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years At. 1. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 793 2. Tony Brown 1999-02 686 3. Jay Goodman 1991-93 580 4. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 572 5. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 477 6. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 7. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 8. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 9. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 306 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268

Three-Point Pct. (Min. 50 Made) Name Years Pct. 1. Brian Green 2010-11 .483 2. Jaycee Carroll 2005-08 .465 3. Justin Jones 1996-98 .449 4. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 5. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .421 5. Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 6. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 7. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 8. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 9. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 10. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

REED RANKED IN CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
By recently making his 150th career made field goal, senior forward Kyisean Reed has cracked into the USU career field goal percentage list, and now has 61.3 career field goal percentage (184-of-300), vaulting to the No. 4 spot.
FG Percentage (Min. 150 Made)
	Name	           Years	 Pct.
1.	Nate Harris	   2003-06	 .641
2.	Greg Houskeeper	   1988-89	 .622
3.	Spencer Nelson	   1999, 03-05	 .617
4.	Kyisean Reed	   2012-pres.	 .613
5.	Tai Wesley	   2008-11	 .597
6.	Gary Wilkinson	   2008-09	 .582
7.	Cass Matheus	   2005-06	 .580
8.	Shawn Daniels	   2000-01	 .579
9.	Dean Hunger	   1977-80	 .577
10.	Nate Wickizer	   1992-95	 .570
REED SWATS WAY INTO TOP 10 BLOCKED SHOT LIST
Senior forward Kyisean Reed has also climbed his way into the USU top 10 blocks shots career list, now with 60 rejections, moving up to the No. 10 spot. Reed is also closing in on qualifying for the blocks per game average, needing 50 career games, and he currently has his 60 blocks in 47 career games played, a 1.3 blocks per game average, that would rank him third on USU's career blocks per game list.
Total Blocks (50-plus)
	Name	               Years	      Blk
1. 	Gilbert Pete 	       1986-89	      155
2. 	Nate Wickizer 	       1992-95 	      148
3. 	Tai Wesley 	       2008-11 	      144
4. 	Shawn Daniels 	       2000-01 	      117
5. 	Nate Harris 	       2003-06 	       90
6. 	Brady Jardine 	       2009-12 	       70
7. 	Greg Grant 	       1983-86 	       63
	Cass Matheus 	       2005-06 	       63
9. 	Spencer Nelson 	       1999, 03-05     62
10.	Kyisean Reed	       2012-pres.      60
11.	Kendall Youngblood     1989-92 	       56
12.	Jeremy Vague 	       2001-02 	       55
13.	Donnie Johnson 	       1998-99 	       53
14.	Eric Franson 	       1991, 94-96     52

Blocks PER GAME ( Min 50 Games) Name Years Avg. 1. Shawn Daniels 2000-01 1.8 2. Nate Wickizer 1992-95 1.6 3. Gilbert Pete 1986-89 1.3 4. Tai Wesley 2008-11 1.0 5. Cass Matheus 2005-06 0.9 6. Jeremy Vague 2001-02 0.8 Rod Hay 1992-93 0.8 Randy Funk 1990-91 0.8 -- Kyisean Reed 2012-pres. 1.3 60 blocks/ 47 car. gm

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 340-107 (.760) during the last 13 seasons which ranks as the fourth-best winning percentage and sixth-most wins in the nation during that time period. Furthermore, USU has averaged 25.4 wins during the last 13 seasons.

AGGIES KICK OFF SEASON WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97
For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Utah State will play its first four games of the 2012-13 season in the friendly home confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 100 of their last 107 games and have amassed a 210-18 (.921) record at home under head coach Stew Morrill. USU has a 105-8 (.929) record in non-conference home games during that time. In all, eight of the Aggies' 11 non-conference games this season are at home.

USU TO FACE THREE IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State will face three in-state teams this season, hosting one of them and playing at the other two. The Aggies will host Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 and play at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15.

SHAW EARNS PLAYER OF THE MONTH HONORS FROM COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM
Utah State men's basketball player Jarred Shaw has been tabbed by collegehoopsdaily.com as one of its five Western Athletic Conference Players of the Month for his performance in the first month of the season. The publication announced a five-team awards list for each conference in Division I. Shaw was joined by San Jose State guard James Kinney, who was the overall WAC Player of the Month, along with Louisiana Tech guard Raheem Appleby, Texas State forward Matt Staff and Idaho center Kyle Barone. Shaw, a junior center from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Oklahoma State), averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in leading USU to a 4-1 record so far this season. He has two double-doubles on the season, posting his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Aggies' lone loss of the season, 67-58, to Saint Mary's on Nov. 15, which were both career highs for both his USU career and his Oklahoma State career. Shaw's 15 rebounds in that game were the most by an Aggie player since Nate Bendall had 16 rebounds against Fresno State on Jan. 11, 2011. Shaw also matched his career-high of 17 points in USU's 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi two days later on Nov. 17. Shaw then posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies' 65-55 win over Weber State on Nov. 24. Shaw has led USU in rebounding in all five games. He also set a career-high with three blocked shots against Weber State and has at least rejection in each of USU's five games.

SEVEN AGGIE NEWCOMERS MOST SINCE 2008-09
Utah State has seven newcomers on the 2012-13 roster, which are the most since 2008-09, when USU had eight newcomers.

AGGIES HAVE FOUR PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include sophomore forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), sophomore center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS), freshman guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS) and freshman forward Quincy Bair (American Fork/American Fork HS).

AGGIES TO FACE SIX TEAMS WITH 2012 POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON
Utah State's 2012-13 schedule includes six teams that participated in postseason play last season. Highlighting the Aggies' non-conference schedule will be a home game against Saint Mary's, the defending West Coast Conference champions and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, as well as a home game against in-state foe Weber State, who played in last year's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. Two of the six teams are in-state, as they'll travel south to take on Brigham Young, an NCAA Tournament participant, and Utah Valley, who played in last season's Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning its second-straight Great West Conference regular-season championship. USU's eighth and final season in the WAC will also include two postseason teams, facing defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant New Mexico State as well as WAC-newcomer UT Arlington, who played in last year's National Invitational Tournament after winning the Southland Conference regular-season title.

USU TO PLAY IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES AND THREE TIME ZONES IN 2012-13
Utah State will have regular-season games in eight different states and three time zones, as all 19 of its home games will be played in the Mountain Time Zone, along with road games at BYU (Dec. 5), at Utah Valley (Dec. 15), at New Mexico State (Jan. 17) and at Denver (Jan. 19). USU will play in the Central Time Zone three times: at Texas State (Dec. 31), at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 28) and at UT Arlington (March 2). The Aggies have four games in the Pacific Time Zone: at Santa Clara (Nov. 28), at Idaho (Jan. 31), at Seattle (Feb. 2) and at San Jose State (Feb. 8).

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play team from 10 different states, with California and Texas leading the way with four each, as well as three from Utah and two apiece from Idaho and Louisiana, along with one each from five different states:

California - 4
vs. Saint Mary's - Nov. 15
at Santa Clara - Nov. 28
vs. UC Davis - Dec. 21
San Jose State - Jan. 11

Colorado - 1 Denver - Jan. 19, Feb. 14

Idaho - 2 vs. Idaho State - Nov. 10 Idaho - Jan. 5, Jan. 31

Illinois - 1 vs. Southern Illinois - Dec. 22

Louisiana - 2 vs. Nicholls State - Dec. 20 Louisiana Tech - Jan. 26, Feb. 28

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico State - Jan. 17, Feb. 16

Oregon - 1 vs. Western Oregon - Dec. 8

Texas - 4 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Nov. 17 UTSA - Dec. 29, March 9 Texas State - Dec. 31, March 7 UT Arlington - Jan. 24, March 2

Utah - 3 vs. Weber State - Nov. 24 at BYU - Dec. 5 at Utah Valley - Dec. 15

Washington - 1 Seattle - Jan. 3, Feb. 2

MORE ON UTAH STATE'S RETURNERS
USU returns three starters among five lettermen from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, as Utah State returns one of the best overall players in the WAC at shooting guard. Medlin started all 37 games for the Aggies as a sophomore. He finished the season averaging 17.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field (204-of-411), 42.8 percent from three-point range (95-of-202) and 80.1 percent at the free throw line (125-of-156). Medlin was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he was just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004). Medlin was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media.

As a sophomore, Medlin scored in double-figures 31 times, including 20-plus points 13 times, and a career-high 32 points against Idaho. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in three-point shooting, third in the WAC and 80th in the nation in points per game, and 10th in the WAC and 75th in the nation in overall shooting. Medlin also ranked fourth in the league in free throw shooting, seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) and ninth in assists.

Utah State's most experienced position heading into the 2012-13 season will be at power forward as it returns two proven players here from a year ago in senior starter Kyisean Reed and sophomore reserve Ben Clifford. Reed, who is perhaps the most athletic post-player in the WAC, was named to the league's all-newcomer team a year ago as he averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting 61.4 percent from the field and 67.9 percent at the free throw line. He finished the season ranking first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 14th and rebounding, and had an eye-popping 40 dunks to also rank first in the conference. Reed was named a Preseason second-team all-WAC selection.

After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four, in 2012 and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 72.9 percent at the free throw line in 16.8 minutes per outing.

Despite its early exit in the 2012 WAC Tournament and fourth-place finish in the league during the regular season, Utah State's year was far from over as it accepted a bid to participate in the fourth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years, as well as winning at least 21 games for the 13th-straight season.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is one of just five teams in the nation to win at least 21 games in each of the last 13 seasons along with Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Syracuse. During the last 13 years, Utah State has averaged 25.4 wins per season.

THREE AGGIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-WAC HONORS IN 2012
Utah State placed three players (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone, Mitch Bruneel) on the academic all-WAC team in 2012. Under Morrill, USU has had 20 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 33 times.

LAST SEASON'S NOTE-ABLES
MEDLIN RANKS 16TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING

Guard Preston Medlin finished the 2011-12 season ranking 16th in the nation in three-point shooting (.428), 55th in three-point field goals made per game (2.57), 75th in field goal percentage (.496), and 80th in scoring (17.0).

MEDLIN RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin scored his 600th point of the season against Oakland (3/25) and finished the year with 628 points to rank 10th all-time at USU for single-season scoring. Overall, those 628 points are the second-most ever scored by a underclassmen in USU history trailing Marvin Roberts who scored 718 points as a sophomore in 1969. Medlin's 500th point came against Hawai'i (3/3) marking the 49th time in school history that USU has had a player score 500 points in a single year.

MEDLIN ONE OF SIX SOPHOMORES IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING
Guard Preston Medlin is among rare company when it comes to underclassmen leading Utah State in scoring as he is one of just six sophomores in school history dating back to the 1957-58 season to lead the team in scoring. Since the 1957-58 season, the only sophomores to lead USU in scoring have been Cornell Green who averaged 23.6 points during the 1959-60 season, Wayne Estes who averaged 19.9 points during the 1962-63 season, Marvin Roberts who averaged 27.6 points during the 1968-69 season, Greg Grant who averaged 17.4 points during the 1983-84 season, and Kendall Youngblood who averaged 15.4 points during the 1989-90 season. This year, Medlin averaged 17.0 points per game.

MEDLIN RANKED AMONG TOP 10 AT UTAH STATE IN SEVERAL SINGLE-SEASON CATEGORIES
Guard Preston Medlin ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season with 95 made three-pointers trailing Jaycee Carroll who made 114 during the 2007-08 season and Reid Newey who made 98 during the 1988-89 season. Medlin also ranks fourth all-time at USU for three-point attempts in a single-season with 222 behind Carroll who attempted 229 in 2007-08, Newey who attempted 224 in 1988-89, and Jay Goodman who attempted 223 in 1992-93. Medlin also ranks second all-time in school history for minutes played in a season with 1,302 behind Carroll who played 1,304 minutes in 2008.

GRIM AND MEDLIN SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES STARTED
Senior forward Morgan Grim and sophomore guard Preston Medlin both set the single-season school record for games started with 37 during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for games started in a single-season was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.

THREE AGGIES SET SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR GAMES PLAYED
Senior forward Morgan Grim, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and senior guard Brockeith Pane all set single-season school records this year for games played with 37. The previous single-season record for games played was 35 set by numerous players during the 2006-07 season, the 2007-08 season, the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season.

BERGER SCORES IN DOUBLE-FIGURES 10 TIMES AS A SOPHOMORE
Sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger scored 13 points in his last game of the year against Mercer (3/28) for his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season. Overall, Berger scored in double-figures three times in his final six games including tying his career-high with 17 points against Oakland (3/25) as he made a career-best five three-pointers which is tied for the most in a postseason game in school history. During his last five games, Berger averaged 8.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-26), 52.6 percent from three-point range (10-19) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8). Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt before seeing his first action of the season at Pacific (12/3).

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES
THE MORRILL COACHING TREE

Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has five former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level in Jeff Jackson (Furman), Randy Rahe (Weber State), Dave Rice (UNLV), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion) and Don Verlin (Idaho), which is tied for the fifth-most in the nation among active coaches. Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montogmery (California) with seven, Billy Donovan (Florida) with six, and Stew Morrill (Utah State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Trent Johnson (TCU) all with five.

MORRILL HAS COACHED 15 FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill has coached 14 first-team all-league players who have won the award a total of 20 times in his 13 years at Utah State. Those players are Shawn Daniels (twice), Troy Rolle, Bernard Rock, Tony Brown, Desmond Penigar (twice), Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris (three times), Spencer Nelson, Jaycee Carroll (twice), Gary Wilkinson, Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley (twice), Brockeith Pane and Preston Medlin.

MORRILL NAMED 2011 JIM PHELAN NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill was named the 2011 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year at the Final Four in Houston. Named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan, who won over 800 games and coached in more contests than any in college basketball history, the award is presented annually to the top coach in America by CollegeInsider.com. The honor is voted upon by a distinguished group of coaches, media members and athletic administrators. Other finalists for this year's award included Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Billy Donavan (Florida), Steve Fisher (San Diego State), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Steve Lavin (St. John's), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Dave Rose (BYU), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

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