Mountain West Debut On Tap For USU Men's Basketball Wednesday At Air Force
Utah State (10-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball opens up its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference with the Aggies' league opener at Air Force (6-5, 0-0 MW) in a New Year's Night match-up on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Tip-off from USAFA's Clune Arena (5,843) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Falcons will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports TV, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

 
Utah State (10-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball opens up its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference with the Aggies' league opener at Air Force (6-5, 0-0 MW) in a New Year's Night match-up on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Tip-off from USAFA's Clune Arena (5,843) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Falcons will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports TV, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
 
 

Dec. 30, 2013

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State (10-2, 0-0 MW) at Air Force (6-5, 0-0 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 • 6 p.m. (MT) • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
Clune Arena (5,843)
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GAME DAY HEADLINES
• Utah State (10-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball opens up its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference with the Aggies' league opener at Air Force (6-5, 0-0 MW) in a New Year's Night match-up on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Tip-off from USAFA's Clune Arena (5,843) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Falcons will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports TV, as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

• The Aggies have an overall record of 1,510-1,034 (.594) in their 2,544 games played in their 109th season of basketball. USU became the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

• Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are 1-1 in their inaugural conference games, winning their first PCAA/Big West Game in the 1978-79 season, while losing in their first WAC game in the 2005-06 season.

• Overall, Utah State is 22-13 (.629) in their first conference games of the year, winning their last three in a row and five of the last six. USU is opening league play on the road for the second year in a row after starting WAC action last season on the road. It is the sixth time in the last 10 years that the Aggies are opening conference play on the road.

• USU is playing its first game away from home since Nov. 30 in a neutral court game versus Brigham Young, while Wednesday is the Aggies' first true road game since Nov. 26 at Weber State.

• USU is 2-0 on the road this season and Utah State has won 30 of its last 48 road games (.625) and is 108-86 (.557) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.

• Utah State and Air Force are meeting on the basketball court for the first time since Dec. 30, 2000, when USU won, 59-50. The Aggies have an all-time series advantage of 10-2, winning the last eight meetings. USU is 3-2 on the Falcons' home court, winning its last three meetings there after losing the first two. The Aggies' last played at the Academy on Feb. 12, 1977, winning 74-69.

• USU has now started a season 10-2 or better through 12 games a total of eight times under head coach Stew Morrill, including three of the last four years. Of the previous seven times, the Aggies were victorious in their 13th game six of the seven times.

• Utah State is 94-24 (.797) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill. This is USU's first game on a Wednesday this season, and first game played on a Wednesday since falling to Mercer in the 2011-12 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, on March 28, 2012. USU is also 33-11 (.750) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. Wednesday is the Aggies' first game played on Jan. 1 since Jan. 1, 1977, and will only be the third time playing on New Year's Night since 1962. USU is 1-1 in known games on Jan. 1, beating Evansville, 90-89, on Jan. 1, 1972, and losing to Utah, 102-78, on Jan. 1,1977.

• Utah State is 134-94 (.588) against teams from the state of Colorado, including 22-31 (.415) in known games played on Colorado soil.

• USU senior guard Preston Medlin recently became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and now with 1,135 career points, Medlin has climbed up to No. 25, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, passing Bert Cook (1950-52) at No. 25 with 1,133 points. Medlin enters Wednesday's game needing 29 points to catch Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics.

ON TAP
Utah State (10-2, 0-0 MW) men's basketball opens up its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference with the Aggies' league opener at Air Force (6-5, 0-0 MW) in a New Year's Night match-up on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Tip-off from USAFA's Clune Arena (5,843) is slated for 6 p.m. (MT). The match-up between the Aggies and Falcons will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports Network TV (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687) with Jerry Schemmel (play-by-play) and Dave Bollwinkel (analyst) on the call., as well as aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through "Live Stats" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.

WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The Aggies return home for their MW home-opener against a familiar foe, hosting fellow MW rookie and former WAC foe, San José State, on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Aggies-Spartans match-up will not be televised, but digitally streamed through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.

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, on KZNS (1280 AM) in Salt Lake City, 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.

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
Wednesday's match-up between the Aggies and Falcons will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687) with Jerry Schemmel (play-by-play) and Dave Bollwinkel (analyst) on the call.

LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
Select 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.

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.

BEING SOCIAL
Utah State men's basketball news and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops. Fans can also get USU men's basketball highlights on youtube at youtube/UtahStateAthletics. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.

A GLANCE AT UTAH STATE
Utah State men's basketball is entering its first season in Mountain West with four returning starters as part of eight returning lettermen from last year's squad that started out 14-1, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as USU finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in Western Athletic Conference play. Last year was USU's eighth and final season in the WAC before joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. The 2012-13 campaign was USU's 14th-straight 21-win season, as Utah State is just one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, it was the 23rd time in school history that USU had won 20 or more games in a season.

The 2013-14 edition of Aggie men's basketball is veteran-led with four seniors returning in guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, guards Preston Medlin and TeNale Roland and center Jarred Shaw. A fifth senior, forward Sean Harris, is still recovering from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season, and his progress continues in the early going this season.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State wrapped up its non-conference ledger with a 10-2 mark, having won its fifth-straight game with an 84-53 win over San Diego Christian on Saturday night. Four players in double-digits, including double-doubles from Kyle Davis and Spencer Butterfield, plus a 17-0 first-half spurt, paced Utah State. Davis, a sophomore forward, posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points along with a game and career-high 15 rebounds. Butterfield, a senior guard/forward, registered his second double-double this season and ninth of his career, with 11 points and 13 rebounds, as USU had a dominating, 56-17, rebounding advantage. The 56 rebounds are not only a season-high, but USU's most since it had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995. The 17 rebounds are a season-low allowed by an opponent for the Aggies. Utah State had more offensive rebounds (25), then SDCC had total rebounds (17), leading to a 29-2 second-chance points advantage for USU, as Utah State had more rebounds (56) than SDCC had points (53). The double-doubles by Davis and Butterfield was the first two double-doubles for the Aggies in the same game this season, and the first since March 7, 2013 when Jarred Shaw (15, 10) and Butterfield (10, 20) accomplished the feat. Senior guard Preston Medlin netted 17 points, tying for game-high honors. Overall, Medlin now has 1,135 points in his career moving ahead of Bert Cook (1,133) and into 25th-place on USU's all-time scoring list. Junior center Jordan Stone posted a career-high 12 points as the fourth Aggie with double-figures. All 12 Aggies in uniform Saturday night saw action and 11 of the 12 scored, including freshman guard Viko Noma'aea netting his first points as an Aggie with a three-pointer. Butterfield dished out five assists, while senior guard TeNale Roland distributed four helpers, as the Aggies had 20 assists on the night. Butterfield also swiped a team-high two steals, while Davis had three of USU's seven blocks in the game.

The Aggies have four players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by senior center Jarred Shaw with 16.1 points per game, while Butterfield nets 15.0 ppg, Medlin tallies 14.0 ppg and Davis adds 10.5 ppg. Shaw also averages 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He is shooting 54.3 percent (51-of-94) from the field, as well as a team-best 87.1 percent (27-of-31) from the free throw line. Shaw is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Butterfield is making exactly half (25-of-30) of his three-pointers, leading the team in percentage, as part of 58-of-113 (51.3 percent) field goal shooting, also netting 83.3 percent (25-of-30) at the charity stripe. Butterfield also averages 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Medlin is shooting 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from three-point range, making 43.9 percent (50-of-114) of his field goals, adding 79.5 percent (35-of-44) at the free throw line. Medlin also dishes out a team-leading 3.8 assists per game and also leads the team with a 3.5 assist-turnover ratio, as well as averaging 2.9 rebounds per game. Davis leads the team with 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He is shooting a team-high 63.5 percent (40-of-63) from the field, while also shooting 60.0 percent (30-of-50) at the free throw line.

As a team, USU is averaging 76.3 points per game, while making just under half of its field goals at 49.3 percent (315-of-639), including 41.8 percent (87-of-208) from beyond the arc, as well as 74.3 percent (199-of-268) at the free throw line. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting the opposition to 64.5 ppg, while holding them to 41.1 percent (271-of-659) field goal shooting, including just 27.7 percent (56-of-202) from three-point range, as well as 72.4 percent (176-of-243) at the charity stripe. USU has a +11.8 rebounding margin (38.7-26.8), while averaging 17.8 assists, 4.6 blocks and 3.3 steals per game, as well as committing 11.9 turnovers per contest.

CONFERENCE DEBUTS
Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are 1-1 in their inaugural conference games, winning their first PCAA/Big West Game in the 1978-79 season, while losing in their first WAC game in the 2005-06 season.

CONFERENCE OPENERS
Overall, Utah State is 22-13 (.629) in their first conference games of the year, winning their last three in a row and five of the last six. USU is opening league play on the road for the second year in a row after starting WAC action last season on the road. It is the sixth time in the last 10 years that the Aggies are opening conference play on the road.

USU's 10-2 STARTS UNDER COACH MORRILL
USU has now started a season 10-2 through 12 games or better eight times under head coach Stew Morrill, including three of the last four years. Of the previous seven times, the Aggies were victorious in their 13th game six of the seven times.

Season		12-GM Record	13th GM
2000-01		10-2		W
2001-02		10-2		W
2002-03		10-2		L
2003-04		11-1		W
2008-09		11-1		W
2010-11		10-2		W
2012-13		11-1		W
2013-14		10-2		Wednesday

DURING FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK
Utah State is out-scoring its opposition, 74.2-57.2 (+17.0) during its five-game win streak. The Aggies are making over half of their shots at 50.4 percent (126-of-250), as well as netting 43.2 percent (38-of-88) from three-point range and 71.7 percent (81-of-113) at the free throw line. USU also has a +16.6 rebounding advantage (39.6-23.0). Defensively, the Aggies are holding opponents to 36.8 percent (93-of-253) from the field, 28.7 percent (27-of-94) from distance and 75.3 percent (73-of-97) at the charity stripe.

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is averaging 14.2 points per game, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is netting 13.6 ppg. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis is averaging a double-double with 10.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Medlin is shooting 51.2 percent (21-of-41) from the field, including a near-identical 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from three-point range as well as 93.8 percent (15-of-16) at the free throw line. He is averaging 3.0 assists per game and has a 3.75 assist-turnover ratio, as well as snaring 2.8 rebounds per game. Butterfield is netting 53.7 percent (22-of-41) of his field goals, including scorching the nets to the tune of 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from behind the arc, adding 86.7 percent (13-of-15) at the charity stripe. Davis is shooting 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field, in addition to 61.3 percent (19-of-31) at the free throw line, also posting 2.0 blocks per game.

AGGIES LEADING MW STATISTICS IN THREE MAJOR CATEGORIES
USU leads the Mountain West Conference in rebound margin (+11.8) and assists (17.8), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.493), three-point field goal percentage (.418) and assist-turnover ratio (1.5). The Aggies are third in scoring margin (+11.8) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.277), along with fourth in scoring defense (64.5) free throw percentage (.743) and blocks (4.6). Additionally, USU is sixth in scoring offense (76.3), field goal percentage defense (.411) and rebounds (38.7), along with 11th in steals (3.3).

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is first in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (3.5), while ranking third in three-point field goal percentage (.469), fifth in assists (3.8), sixth in three-point field goals made (2.5) and 17th in scoring (13.8).

Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is eighth in the league three-point field goals made (2.3), 12th in rebounds (6.8) and 17th in scoring (13.8). Sophomore guard Marcel Davis is second in the league in assist/turnover ratio (3.0), while fellow sophomore, forward Kyle Davis is eighth in rebounds (8.4) and fifth in blocks (1.5).

UTAH STATE TOPS IN MOUNTAIN WEST IN REBOUNDING
In addition to leading the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+9.4), USU is first in defensive rebounding percentage, collecting 289 defensive rebounds, while their opponents have just 96 offensive rebounds, for a 75.1 defensive rebounding percentage. The Aggies are third in offensive rebounding percentage, gathering 119 offensive rebounds while their opposition has 209 defensive rebounds, for a 36.3 offensive rebounding percentage.

USU IN TOP 25 OF FIVE DIFFERENT NCAA STATISTICS
Through the NCAA statistics released on Dec. 30, the Aggies are in the top 25 in five different categories.

USU in the top 10 in two areas, as the Aggies are sixth in rebounding margin (+11.8) and eighth in assists per game (17.8). The Aggies are also 15th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.277), along with 18th in three-point field goal percentage (.418) and 20th in field goal percentage (.493). USU also is 26th in assist-turnover ratio (1.5) and 39th in three throw percentage.

Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin is 14th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (3.54), as well as 19th in three-point field goal percentage (.469) and 87th in three-point field goals per game (2.5). Sophomore guard Marcel Davis is 28th in the country in assist-turnover ratio (3.00), while fellow sophomore, forward Kyle Davis is 77th in the nation in rebounds per game (8.4) and 90th in double-doubles (three).

SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Falcons bring a 6-5 record into Wednesday's MW opener. Air Force had a season-long three-game win streak snapped with an 80-74 loss at UC Davis on Dec. 21, its most recent game. USU and Air Force do not have any common opponents so far this season.

Four Falcons are averaging double-figures, led by sophomore guard Tre' Coggins, who is eighth in the MW in scoring at 16.6 points per game, ranking seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.473, 61-of-129), along with fifth in the MW in both three-point field goal percentage (.438, 28-of-64) and three-pointers made (2.5). Coggins also is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (.825, 33-of-40), as well as fourth in minutes played (35.0 per game). Junior guard Max Yon adds 12.9 ppg, shooting 45.6 percent (47-of-103) from the field, along with 38.1 percent (16-of-42) from three-point range and 71.1 percent (32-of-45) at the charity stripe. Yon leads USAFA and is ninth in the MW in assists at 3.4 apg, and also leads the team with 1.2 steals per game. Junior forward Marek Olesinksi tallies 12.5 ppg, making 46.2 percent (43-of-93) field goal shooting, along with 35.4 percent (17-of-48) behind the arc and 77.3 percent (34-of-44) at the free pitch stripe. Olesinksi adds 5.1 rebounds per game and leads the Falcons with six blocks (0.5 per game). Junior forward Justin Hammonds is the fourth double-figure scorer, adding 10.4 ppg, as well as leading the team and ranking 16th in the MW in rebounding with 6.0 rpg. Hammonds is shooting a team-best 57.9 percent (33-of-57) from the field, which would rank second in the league, but he doesn't reach the league minimum. He also is 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from distance, as well as 64.9 percent (24-of-37) from the free throw line.

Air Force is ninth in the MW in scoring (73.6 ppg), while ranking sixth in scoring defense (70.3 ppg), ranking ninth in scoring margin (+3.4). The Falcons also are fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.466), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.371) and ninth in free throw percentage (.707). Air Force is also seventh in field goal percentage defense (.430) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.316). The Faclons are ninth in rebounding (34.3), eighth in rebounding margin (+1.7), seven in assists (15.5 apg), fourth in steals (6.1 spg), seventh in blocked shots (3.5 spg) and sixth in turnover margin (-1.0).

AGGIES-FALCONS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Air Force are meeting on the basketball court for the first time since Dec. 30, 2000, when USU won, 59-50. The Aggies have an all-time series advantage of 10-2, winning the last eight meetings. USU is 3-2 on the Falcons' home court, winning its last three meetings there after losing the first two. The Aggies' last played at the Academy on Feb. 12, 1977, winning 74-69. USU is 6-0 at home against Air Force, and 1-0 on neutral courts, winning, 64-63, on Dec. 21, 1990 in the University of South Florida MetLife Classic in Tampa, Fla.

USU-AIR FORCE MEETINGS IN MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS
Utah State's men's basketball team is opening its Mountain West action at Air Force Academy, just like the Aggie football team did, with USU winning, 52-20. The USU women's basketball team is also opening its Mountain West action against Air Force, as the Aggie women are hosting the Falcons on Wednesday night with tip-off at the same time as the men's match-up of 7 p.m. (MT).

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE CENTENNIAL STATE
Utah State is 134-94 (.588) against teams from the state of Colorado, as the Aggies are 10-2 versus Air Force, 2-0 against Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5-18 versus Colorado, 3-0 against Colorado College, 52-35 versus Colorado State, 54-37 against Denver, 2-0 versus Denver Athletic Club, 1-0 against Mesa State, 3-2 versus Regis and 2-0 against Western Oregon

AGGIES IN COLORADO
USU is 22-31 (.415) in known games played on Colorado soil, posting a 4-2 mark at Air Force, 0-2 at Colorado, 5-17 in known games at Colorado State and 13-10 at Denver.

UTAH STATE AGAINST MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State has a combined 252-174 (.588) record against current Mountain West Conference teams. The Aggies have a winning record against eight of the 10 other teams, ironically the first eight of the alphabetical list, while trailing to the bottom two teams on the list, UNLV and Wyoming. USU has posted a 10-2 (.833) mark against Air Force, 28-8 (.778) record against Boise State, 52-35 (.598) ledger versus Colorado State, 31-20 (.608) record versus Fresno State, 32-14 (.696) record against Nevada, 19-4 (.826) mark versus New Mexico, 3-0 (1.000) against San Diego State, 51-21 (.708) versus San José State, 3-27 (.100) ledger against UNLV and 23-43 (.348) against Wyoming.

USU IN DECEMBER
Utah State is 94-24 (.797) during the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill. This is USU's first game on a Wednesday this season, and first game played on a Wednesday since falling to Mercer in the 2011-12 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, on March 28, 2012. USU is also 33-11 (.750) in games played on Wednesday under Morrill. Wednesday is the Aggies' first game played on Jan. 1 since Jan. 1, 1977, and will only be the third time playing on New Year's Night since 1962. USU is 1-1 in known games on Jan. 1, beating Evansville, 90-89, on Jan. 1, 1972, and losing to Utah, 102-78, on Jan. 1,1977.

LAST MEETING VS. AIR FORCE - DEC. 30, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Behind 17 points and 12 rebounds from senior forward Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.), who was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, Utah State won its seventh consecutive Gossner Foods Classic with a 59-50 win over the Air Force Academy on Dec. 30, 2000. The Aggies improved to 10-2 on the year with the win, while Air Force fell to 4-8 with the loss. Utah State is now 14-0 all-time in its annual holiday tournament, and Daniels become only the second player ever to win back-to-back MVP honors in the Gossner Foods Classic, joining former Aggie Eric Franson who accomplished the feat in 1994 and 1995. "For 30 minutes, we did what we needed to do," commented Utah State head coach Stew Morrill. "Our zone defense definitely helped us. They're (Air Force) a different team to guard and to play. They run a lot of backdoors and they fire three's. They're a very good shooting team." Utah State built a 34-22 lead at the half behind 11 points from Daniels as the Aggies shot 52.6 percent from the field. USU increased its lead to 22 points at 49-27 with 11:37 remaining in the game before the Falcons went on a 23-10 run to end the game and close the gap to nine points. Along with Daniels' 17 points, he also notched 12 rebounds, giving him his second double-double of the season and ninth of his career. USU is 9-0 all-time when Daniels records a double-double. Senior forward Curtis Bobb (Aurora, Colo.) was the only other Aggie to record double-digits as he had 10 points. Senior forward Jarvis Croff became just the 15th Falcon ever to score over 1,000 points in a career at Air Force in the game as he had a game-high 20 points. Fellow forward Robert Todd added 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Utah State finished the game by shooting just 39.1 percent from the floor, but did convert on 20-of-23 free throws for a 87 percent mark. Air Force also shot 39.1 percent from the field in the game, but shot just two free throws in the contest.

LAST MEETING AT AIR FORCE - FEB. 12, 1977
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Utah State was led by four players in double-figure scoring as the Aggies held on for a 74-69 win against the Air Force Falcons on Feb. 12, 1977. Center Mike Santos recorded one of three double-doubles on the night for the Aggies with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while forward Darryl Owens added 18 points and 10 boards to help Utah State toward a 46-42 rebounding advantage. Guard Oscar Williams dished out a team-high 10 assists to go along with his 10 points, while guard Blair Martineau had a solid all-around game with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Dean Hunger almost posted a double-double off the bench, but fell just short netting nine points to go along with 10 rebounds. Air Force was lead by Tom Schneeberger, who recorded 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 17 rebounds. Bob Djokovich nearly had a triple-double for the Falcons with nine points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. The Aggies shot 33-of-59 (55.9 percent) from the field while holding the Falcons to 29-of-69 (40.6 percent) shooting. Utah State's poor performance from the free throw line (8-of-24) nearly cost the Aggies the game. Utah State used a 11-0 run in the first half sparked by an Owens lay-up on the fast break and capped by Hunger tip-in to take a 30-28 lead into halftime after a mostly back-and-forth first half. The Aggies used three separate 6-0 runs to open up a 17-point lead with 5:01 left in the second half capped by a Santos lay-up. Santos scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:35 to play. Utah State held an 11-point advantage with 1:54 remaining before the Aggies went 1-of-3 from the line in the final two minutes to let Air Force close the gap to five with a Schneeberger lay-up. The Falcons couldn't whittle the lead any further, and Utah State held on for the win.

A LOOK BACK AT SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN GAME
LOGAN, Utah - Four players in double-digits, including double-doubles from Kyle Davis and Spencer Butterfield, plus a 17-0 first-half spurt, paced Utah State men's basketball to an 84-53 route of San Diego Christian Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU won its fifth-straight game and ended non-conference action with a 10-2 mark, as Saturday was the Aggies' final non-conference game of the regular-season before opening up its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference on Wednesday at Air Force. Saturday's game was an exhibition game for San Diego Christian, an NAIA school who was playing its eighth exhibition game this season including its third against a Mountain West team. Davis, a sophomore forward, posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points along with a game and career-high 15 rebounds. Butterfield, a senior guard/forward, registered his second double-double this season and ninth of his career, with 11 points and 13 rebounds, as USU had a dominating, 56-17, rebounding advantage. The 56 rebounds are not only a season-high, but USU's most since it had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995. The 17 rebounds are a season-low allowed by an opponent for the Aggies. Utah State had more offensive rebounds (25), then SDCC had total rebounds (17), leading to a 29-2 second-chance points advantage for USU. The double-doubles by Davis and Butterfield was the first two double-doubles for the Aggies in the same game this season, and the first since March 7, 2013 when Jarred Shaw (15, 10) and Butterfield (10, 20) accomplished the feat. Senior guard Preston Medlin netted 17 points, tying for game-high honors. Overall, Medlin now has 1,135 points in his career moving ahead of Bert Cook (1,133) and into 25th-place on USU's all-time scoring list. Junior center Jordan Stone posted a career-high 12 points as the fourth Aggie with double-figures. All 12 Aggies in uniform Saturday night saw action and 11 of the 12 scored, including freshman guard Viko Noma'aea netting his first points as an Aggie with a three-pointer. Butterfield dished out five assists, while senior guard TeNale Roland distributed four helpers, as the Aggies had 20 assists on the night. Butterfield also swiped a team-high two steals, while Davis had three of USU's seven blocks in the game. San Diego Christian was led by 17 points from Derek Dickerson, while Trevor English added 11 and Andy Saharan tossed in 10 points off the bench. Michael Lambert pulled down a team-high five rebounds. USU made exactly half of its shots (30-of-60) from the field, including 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from three-point range, in addition to 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) at the free throw line. SDCC was 17-of-49 (34.7 percent) field goal shooting for the night, making 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from beyond the arc, as well as 58.8 percent (10-of-17) at the charity stripe. After the visitor's took their first and only lead of the night at 5-4 on a three-pointer by Dickerson, USU scored six unanswered for a 10-5 lead. However the Hawks clawed back to 12-10 after Lambert layup. That would be the closest SDCC would be for the rest of the night at the Aggies reeled off a 17-0 run, starting with a Davis dunk, and capped by a Medlin three-pointer from the right wing with 5:38 to go in the half for a 27-10 Aggie advantage, and the home team led by double-digits the rest of the game. A Dickerson three-pointer pulled SDCC to 39-27 at the half. The Aggies scored the first five points of the second half on a pair of Medlin free pitches then a trey by Butterfield for a 44-27 lead just 1:10 into the second half. Sophomore guard Marcel Davis gave USU its first 20-point lead of the night at 53-32 after a layup at the 16:28 mark. Stone made 1-of-2 free throws with 5:19 on the clock for the Aggies' largest lead of the night of 32 points for the first of three times at 76-44, and USU coasted to the victory.

POST-GAME NOTES FROM SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN GAME
TEAM NOTES
* Utah State improved to 232-23 at home under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 118-10 record in non-conference games.
* Utah State improved to 94-24 during the month of December under Morrill, including a 78-3 home record.
* Utah State improved to 9-1 on the season when leading at the half and has now won 93 of its last 96 games when leading at the half. Under Morrill, USU is now 300-26 when leading at the half.
* Utah State is now 4-0 this year and 189-16 under Morrill when holding its opponents below 60 points.
* Utah State improved to 9-1 this year when it shoots better from the field than its opponent.
* Utah State improved to 8-2 on the season when it out-rebounds its opponent as its 56 rebounds are a season-high and its most since it had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995.
* Utah State had a plus 39 advantage in rebounds (56-17), which is a season-high. San Diego Christian's 17 rebounds are a season-low for an Aggie opponent.
* USU's +39 rebounding advantage was its largest since +48 against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 (65-17).
* Utah State has now held six of its opponents this year, including each of its last four, to less than 40 percent shooting.
* Utah State improved to 9-1 on the season and 242-32 under Morrill when scoring at least 70 points.
* Utah State shot 50.0 percent overall (30-60), marking the sixth time this year it has shot at least 50 percent from the field.
* Utah State's 20 assists are tied for its third-most this year and marks the fourth time this year it has recorded at least 20 assists in a game.
* Utah State had seven blocks, marking the eighth time this year that USU has had at least five blocks in a game, including in each of its last six games.
* Utah State has now held 10 of its 12 opponents to less than 37 percent shooting from three-point range.
* Utah State had two players record double-doubles for the first time since March 7, 2013 when Jarred Shaw (15, 10) and Spencer Butterfield (10, 20) accomplished the feat.

PLAYER NOTES
* Sophomore forward Kyle Davis recorded his third double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, as he has now scored in double-figures six times this year and recorded double-digit rebounds four times. Davis also tied his career-high with three blocked shots.
* Senior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the eighth time this year and 54th time in his career with his 17 points. Overall, Medlin now has 1,135 points in his career moving ahead of Bert Cook (1,133) and into 25th-place on USU's all-time scoring list.
* Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield recorded his second double-double of the season and ninth of his career with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Overall, Butterfield has now scored in double-figures 10 times this year and 26 times in his career, while recording double-digit rebounds twice this season and nine times in his career. Butterfield also tied his career-high with two steals.
* Junior center Jordan Stone scored in double-figures for the first time in his career with a career-high 12 points. Stone also played a season-high 20 minutes.
* Junior forward Ben Clifford had a season-high five rebounds.
* Freshman guard Viko Noma'aea scored his first points as an Aggie and finished with a season-high three points.
* Senior guard TeNale Roland tied his season-high with four assists.

NO THREES FOR YOU
Utah State limited Troy to just 2-of-19 from three-point range for just 10.5 percent on Dec. 21, the fewest three-point percentage since holding Seattle to just 10.0 percent (2-20) last season on Feb. 2 in Seattle. The two three-pointers is tied for the fewest allowed by the USU defense this season, matching the two made by BYU on Nov. 30, holding the Cougars to 16.7 percent (2-of-12).

Utah State has limited the opponents to less than 35 percent shooting from three-point range in 10 of the 12 games, with only Pacific breaking through with a 45.5 percent (5-of-11) three-point percentage on Dec. 7, a season-high for a USU opponent and then UCSB on Dec. 20 with 42.9 percent (9-of-21), and the nine made three's by UCSB were a season-high for an Aggie opponent.

The Aggies also held USC (11/8) to 16.7 percent (4-of-24), Southern Utah (11/12) was limited to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), as was Western Illinois (12/19) to 20.0 percent (3-of-15), Utah Valley was held to 28.6 percent (4-of-14), while USU limited Mississippi State (11/23) to 31.3 percent (5-of-16) and UC Santa Barbara (11/16) and Weber State (11/26) are tied at 33.3 percent (6-of-18 by UCSB / 4-of-12 by WSU). San Diego Christian netted 34.6 percent (9-of-26) on Dec. 28.

USU is currently third in the Mountain West and 18th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.277).

UTAH STATE FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
Utah State has made at least one three-point basket in 240 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 USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. USU won its first five games this season when reaching 70 points, before losing against BYU, 85-74, but then bouncing back to beat Utah Valley, 71-60, on Nov. 14, and then UC Santa Barbara, Troy and San Diego Christian, leaving USU 8-1 this season after going 15-0 during the 2012-13 regular season when it scored 70 or more points in a game before losing in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals after scoring 78. Overall, USU has won 100 of its last 107 games (.935), when reaching 70 points and is 242-32 (.883) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-0 this season after going 7-1 last season and has won 124 of its last 130 games (.954) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 189-16 (.922) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
The Aggies have led at halftime in 10 of its 12 games this season and USU's loss versus BYU was the Aggies' first loss of the season when leading at the break. USU has now won 93 of its last 96 games (.969) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 300-26 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is now 1-1 this season when trailing at the break, rallying from down at intermission to win at Weber State, while falling to Pacific after being behind at the break. USU is 48-85 (.361) when trailing at the half under head coach Stew Morrill.

AGGIES OK IN OT
USU's 77-71 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara was the Aggies first extra session game this season and USU was 2-1 last season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28, before getting beat on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the Denver game. USU has now won eight of its last 10 extra session games and Utah State is 55-41 (.573) all-time in overtime games.

AGGIES BE REBOUNDING
Utah State has picked up right where it left off in the rebounding department from last season. After a -1 rebounding deficit in the USC game, the Aggies have bounced back to have a positive rebounding edge in the next 10 games since, before getting out-rebounded in the blowout win over Troy on Dec. 21 (30-29), but then dominating the glass in the win over San Diego Christian (56-17). USU doubled-up Southern Utah at +22 at 44-22 on Nov. 12, then posted a +13 advantage (38-25) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16 before logging a +18 (41-23) versus Mississippi State on Nov. 23, a +4 (33-29 at Weber State on Nov. 25, a +1 (39-38) against BYU and a +2 (33-31) edge versus Pacific, then posted a +18 (39-21) against Utah Valley and +16 (34-18) against Western Illinois and a +11 (40-29) advantage over UC Santa Barbara.

The17 rebounds by San Diego Christian are a season-low for a USU opponent and the fewest since last season when Idaho had 16 on Jan. 13, 2013. USU's +39 rebounding advantage against San Diego Christian was its largest since +48 against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 (65-17).

Utah State is currently first in the Mountain West in rebounding margin (+11.8), as well as sixth in the NCAA stats as of Dec. 30.

Last year, USU finished the season ranked third in the NCAA and tops in the WAC for rebounding margin at +9.1. The Aggies' rebounding margin was helped by out-rebounding each of its last 15 opponents, going 7-8 over those 15 games. On the year, USU was 18-9 when out-rebounding its opponent.

USU's REBOUNDING ADVANTAGE
Utah State snared a season-high 56 rebounds in the win over San Diego Christian, out-rebounding SDCC, 56-17, for a +39 rebounding advantage. Both the 56 rebounds and +39 rebounding advantage are the Aggies' largest since they had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995 and the largest rebounding advantage since +48 in the same game against Chaminade (65-17).

DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING EDGE
Of the last 37 games that USU has out-rebounded its opponent, the Aggies have had a double-digit rebounding edge 23 times, including six games this season including three of the last four games. Utah State is 19-4 (.826) during those 23 games when posting a double-digit rebounding advantage.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State is 361-118 (.754) during the last 14 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.

80 PERCENT AT FREE PITCH STRIPE
Utah State has made 80.0 percent or better once so far in three games this season, making 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16. That was USU's best FT percentage since a perfect 10-of-10 (1.000) against Fresno State on Jan. 15, 2009. Last season, USU was 80.0 percent or better at the charity stripe in 10 games, going 7-3 when doing so. The Aggies shot over 80 percent in three of their last four regular-season games, including the last two, making USU's 87.5 percent on March 9 against UTSA, which was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26.

UTAH STATE TRENDS
So far this season, Utah State is... 9-1 when leading at halftime; 1-1 when trailing at halftime; 9-1 when shooting better from the field; 1-1 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 7-1 when shooting better from three-point range; 3-1 when shooting worse from three-point range; 4-1 when shooting better from the free throw line; 6-1 when shooting worse from the charity stripe than the opponent; 8-2 when out-rebounding the opponent; 2-0 when getting out-rebounded; 6-1 when blocking more shots; 3-0 when blocking fewer shots; 1-1 when blocking the same number of shots; 8-2 when dishing out more assists; 2-0 when having fewer assists; 2-0 when having more steals; 7-2 when having fewer steals; 1-0 when swiping the same amount of steals and 6-0 when bench out-scores the opponent's bench.

BENCH TORCHES NETS
USU's bench had a 45-9 bench-points scoring advantage in the Troy game on Dec. 21. It was a season-high scoring outing for the Aggies' bench, and the fourth time this season that the USU reserves had scored more than 20 points, joining the 32 vs. SUU (11/12), 24 vs. Mississippi State (11/23), 23 vs. Pacific (12/7).

The 45 bench points was USU's most since scoring 48 against Montana Wester on Feb. 16, 2011, a span of 86 games.

BUTTERING UP THE STAT SHEET
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has scored in double-figures in 10 of the Aggies' 12 games, including netting a career-high 31 points in USU's 77-71 OT win over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 20, at one point scoring seven of USU's points in a row. Butterfield's 31 points are the most points scored by an Aggie since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012.

Butterfield has now scored in double-figures 10 times this year and 27 times in his career. It is also the second time this year and fifth time in his career he has scored at least 20 points in a game. Butterfield added a season-high 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and eighth of his career. He also has eight career double-figure rebounding games.

MEDLIN FOR 1,000 PLEASE, ALEX
With 18 points at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, senior guard Preston Medlin became the answer to the Jeopardy question, `Who is the 36th member of the USU 1,000 Points Scored Club?', as Medlin currently now has 1,135 career points and climbed to No. 25 on the USU career scoring list. He has played in 87 career games, to match his jersey number with a 13.0 career points per game average. Medlin became the 36th player in USU history to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and the first since former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11), who is now at No. 34 on the list with 1,014 career points. Another former teammate, Tai Wesley (2008- 11) is at No. 8 with 1,749 points. Medlin climbed up to No. 25, becoming the 27th player in USU history with 1,100 points, passing Bert Cook (1950-52) at No. 25 with 1,133 points. Medlin enters Wednesday's game needing 29 points to catch Jimmy Moore (1973-75) with 1,164 points. Moore is the father of current Aggie freshman forward Jalen Moore, and the elder Moore is also currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics.

USU CAREER Points (1,000-plus)
	Name		Years		Points
1.  Jaycee Carroll		2005-08		2522
2.  Greg Grant			1983-86		2127
3.  Wayne Estes			1963-65		2001
4.  Brian Jackson		1978-81		1900
5.  Cornell Green		1960-62		1890
6.  Marvin Roberts		1969-71		1844
7.  Kendall Youngblood		1989-92		1774
8.  Tai Wesley			2008-11		1749
9.  Tony Brown			1999-02		1564
10. Eric Franson		1991, 94-96	1545
11. Reid Newey			1984, 87-89	1536
12. Nate Harris			2003-06		1475
13. Dean Hunger			1977-80		1472
14. Kevin Nixon			1985-88		1456
15. Dan Conway			1986-89		1398
16. Mike Santos			1975-78		1287
17. Shaler Halimon		1967-68		1284
18. Spencer Nelson		1999, 03-05	1283
19. Bob Lauriski		1971-73		1266
20. Rich Haws			1973-75		1255
21. Jim Boatwright		1972-74		1238
22. Max Perry			1959-61		1236
23. Jay Goodman			1991-93		1215
24. Jimmy Moore			1973-75		1164
25. Preston Medlin		2010, 12-	1135
26. Bert Cook			1950-52		1133
27. Troy Collier		1963-64		1109
28. Jeff O. Anderson		1985-88		1095
29. Nate Williams		1970-71		1080
30. Gary Wilkinson		2008-09		1065
31. Desmond Penigar		2002-03		1051
32. Vince Washington		1984-85		1049
33. Pat Dunn			1953-56		1018
34. Tyler Newbold		2008-11		1014
35. Bill Hull			1951-54		1007
36. Bob Ipsen			1958-59		1001
MEDLIN AND BUTTERFIELD AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING
Senior guard Preston Medlin and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield are making their marks in the USU three-point shooting record books. Medlin is currently No. 7 on USU's career three-pointers made list with 173, while Butterfield has 75 career three-pointers, needing 37 to crack the top 11. Butterfield is shooting 44.9 percent (75-of-167) from three-point range, ranking tied for No. 3 on USU's career three-point percentage list, while Medlin is shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range (173-of-410) during his Utah State career to rank sixth all-time in school history for three-point percentage, as well as climbing up the top 10 for three-pointers made, moving up to No. 7 with 173 passing former teammate and current Aggie graduate assistant Brian Green (2010-11) with 129, as well as becoming just the seventh player with 400 or more career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 6 with 410.
Three-Point Field Goals Made
	Name			Years		3FG
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.	Preston Medlin		2010, 12-	173
8.	Brian Green		2010-11		129
9.	Jared Quayle		2009-10		128
10.	Pooh Williams		2008-11		117
11.	Troy Rolle		1999-00		112
--	Spencer Butterfield	2012-		 75

Three-Point FGs Attempted Name Years Att. 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. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- 410 7. Justin Jones 1996-98 408 8. Pooh Williams 2008-11 320 9. Jared Quayle 2009-10 316 10. Troy Rolle 1999-00 304 11. Brian Green 2010-11 268 -- Spencer Butterfield 2012- 167

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 Spencer Butterfield 2012- .449 5. Kendall Youngblood 1989-92 .448 6. Preston Medlin 2010, 12- .422 Jeff O. Anderson 1985-88 .415 8. Reid Newey 1984, 87-89 .414 9. Tony Brown 1999-02 .413 10. Vince Washington 1984-85 .411 11. Tyler Newbold 2008-11 .407 12. Jared Quayle 2009-10 .405 Kevin Nixon 1985-88 .405

DAVIS AND DAVIS BOARDING AND DISHING FOR AGGIES
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis has recorded three double-digit rebounding outings in his last four games, including a career-high 15 boards as part of a double-double with 15 points in USU's win over San Diego Christian. He has three double-doubles, as the UC Santa Barbara game was the first time this season that he did not get log a double-double with double-figure rebounds, as he was limited to four points while snaring 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard Marcel Davis tied his career-high with eight assists vs. UCSB, marking the third time this year and 12th time in his career he has recorded at least five assists in a game.

FOLLOWING A LOSS
USU's losses to BYU on Nov. 30 and Pacific on Dec. 7 were the Aggies' first back-to-back losses of the season, and first since consecutive losses to Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively. The Aggies are now 1-1 this season and 74-28 (.725) during the last 14 years following a loss.

AGGIES FACED FOUR IN-STATE FOES THIS SEASON
Utah State faced four of the other five Division I teams in the state of Utah, starting with a 90-57 win over Southern Utah at home on Nov. 12. The Aggies then played at Weber State on Nov. 26, winning 77-71, before taking on in-state rival Brigham Young at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, falling 85-74. USU's wrapped up their games against a fellow Beehive State opponent with Utah Valley on Dec. 14, earning a 71-60 victory.

NEW AGGIES
USU will welcome in a group of six newcomers, with one sophomore and five freshmen.

The one sophomore is forward Kyle Davis, who transferred to USU after returning from his LDS Church Mission. Prior to his mission, Davis played at Southern Utah, where he averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game overall, including 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference action. Davis also ranked second on the team overall in blocked shots with 31 (1.0 bpg). He started the last 15 games of the season and logged double-digits in nine of those games.

The five freshmen include four who can come in and contribute right away in forward Jalen Moore and guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma'aea, while two others are walk-ons in forward James Croasdell and guard Terrell Young.

One of the new freshmen is a local talent with ties to Utah State in Moore, who is from Smithfield, Utah, where he was the Utah 4A MVP at Sky View HS in leading the Bobcats to the state title. Moore averaged 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season. In the 4A semifinals vs. Bountiful, Moore drained a shot from near mid-court at the buzzer in OT for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.

McGlaston hails from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School, and was the Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. McGlaston led Dublin HS in scoring at 22.0 points per game in leading the Gaels to their first DFAL title since 1973. He added 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point range, netting a season-high 40 points in a game during the regular season while adding a NorCal Division II record 35 points, in Dublin's loss in the finals, while also pulling down 14 rebounds.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Noma'aea comes to USU after his LDS Church Mission. Noma'aea was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region honors, being named co-MVP of region. He also earned all-Sunset-Southwest League honors and was two-time team MVP for Sierra Vista. As a senior, Noama'aea averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to a state semifinal appearance. He netted 20-plus points in 13 games his senior season, including two over 30, highlighted by season-high 35. Noama'aea also recorded 17 games with five or more assists, including two with double-figure helpers, paced by season-high 11.

Young is a Beehive State product, coming to USU from Salt Lake City, where he was a two-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial High School. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game in earning second-team all-Region 9 and honorable mention all-state accolades. Young also ranked second on the team in scoring and three-pointers, making 1.7 treys per game.

Croasdell comes to USU from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque High School. He earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals. Croasdell will redshirt this season before going on his LDS Church Mission.

USU'S Danny Berger CANDIDATE FOR NABC GOOD WORKS TEAM
Utah State men's basketball player Danny Berger is a candidate for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday the candidate list with 118 men's basketball student-athletes on it. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

Of the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, 75 are from NCAA Division I, and Berger is the lone Mountain West Conference player as well as one of two players from the state of Utah, joined by Brigham Young's Tyler Haws.

Berger, a 6-6, 205-pound junior forward from Medford, Ore. (North Medford/Chemeketa (Ore.) CC), has returned to action this season after missing 26 games last year after a medical situation. He was averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest, shooting 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12). At time of medical situation, he ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in free throw percentage.

Off the court, Berger has participated in Ryan Gomes' Foundation Hoops For Heart Health Foundation. Gomes' Foundation provided the AED (automated external defibrillator) that was used on Berger during his medical situation. Danny and his father, Brain Berger, raised money and collected donations from the community last spring and summer to get an AED for the Kids Unlimited Activity Center in Danny's hometown of Medford, Ore. Danny and athletic trainer Mike Williams were both recognized and honored by the Utah State Legislature as Senator Lyle Hillyard presented them to the Senate Floor and Representative Jack Draxler presented them to the House Floor in late February. During their visit, Williams was also awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Also during the legislative session that Berger and Williams were present, House Bill 118 passed the House of Representatives, creating a restricted account of $300,000 for the purchase of AED's to any municipal, county or state department of safety/law enforcement that routinely responds to incidents or potential incidents of sudden cardiac arrest; any school that offers instruction to grades 7th through 12th; and any state institution of higher education.

MEDLIN NAMED TO BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

BUTTERFIELD NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON DEC. 23
USU senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Dec. 23 for the week of Dec. 15-22. Butterfield (Loomis, Calif.) was named the Tournament MVP of the Basketball Travelers Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, leading USU to a 3-0 record on the weekend, beating Western Illinois, 68-52, on Dec. 19, then rallying to beat UC Santa Barbara, 77-71 in OT on Dec. 20, and then capping the weekend with a 71-50 win over Troy on Dec. 21. In what ended up being the game for the Classic championship against UC Santa Barbara, Butterfield netted a career-high 31 points, tallying 24 points after halftime. He spearheaded USU's rally from down, 60-52, with four minutes left in regulation to force overtime, as he had seven-straight points on a pair of free throws, then a three-pointer and capped by a steal and layup to tie the game at 62-all with 1:44 left. Butterfield then scored seven of USU's 12 points in OT on a three-pointer, a layup and two more free throws to secure the victory. Butterfield's 31 points were the most by an Aggie player since Preston Medlin scored 32 points against Idaho on Feb. 24, 2012. With his season-high 10 rebounds, Butterfield collected his first double-double of the season and his eighth of his career. He added three assists and one steal in 39 minutes of play. In the win over WIU, Butterfield posted 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes of play. In the victory over Troy, he capped off the weekend with seven points, four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. For the week, Butterfield averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range as part of 55.2 percent (16-of-29) field goal shooting, along with 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were named to the College Sports Madness Preseason Mountain West All-Conference Teams, with Medlin being tabbed to the second-team while Shaw was on the third-team.

Boise State head coach Leon Rice was the publication's Preseason Coach of the Year, while New Mexico's Kendall Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year and UNLV's Christian Wood was the Preseason Freshman of the Year.

MEDLIN, SHAW ON ESPN.COM'S NEXT MID-MAJOR STAR LIST
USU senior guard Preston Medlin and senior center Jarred Shaw were on ESPN.com's "Who is the next mid-major star?" list, made by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. While not including the high-profile leagues (ACC, A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big East, American, Mountain West and West Coast), but made exception for USU as, Goodman said, "...But I will make one exception. I'm going to allow a pair from Utah State on the list, since the Aggies are a legit mid-major and enter their first season in the Mountain West."

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

POSTSEASON OPPONENTS
In addition to the five Mountain West opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament, USU's 2013-14 schedule also includes a total of six other teams for a total of 11 teams that participated in postseason play. MW champion New Mexico, as well as UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Boise State all went to the NCAA Tournament last season, and USU will have home-and-home games with all five. Utah State will also face two other Mountain West teams that qualified for postseason play in Wyoming, who participated in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Air Force played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).

The Aggies will host Pacific, who won the Big West Conference title and went to the NCAA Tournament. USU will also play Weber State, who advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament. The Aggies will also face another in-state foe who qualified for postseason play in BYU, who advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), at Madison Square Garden. Western Illinois participated in last season's CBI.

AGGIES HAVE SIX PLAYERS FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Aggie players from the state of Utah include junior forward Ben Clifford (South Jordan/Bingham HS), junior center Jordan Stone (Smithfield/Sky View HS) and sophomore guard Marcel Davis (American Fork/American Fork HS), along with sophomore forward Kyle Davis (Draper/Alta HS/Southern Utah), freshman forward Jalen Moore (Smithfield/Sky View HS), and freshman guard Terrell Young (Salt Lake City/Judge Memorial HS).

52 TO 1500
Utah State's win on March 9, 2013 was the Aggies' 1,500th all-time win, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 total win plateau.

UTAH STATE COLLECTS 14TH-STRAIGHT 21 WIN SEASON
Utah State won its 21st game of the season with its 71-51 win over UTSA on March 9, 2013. USU is one of just five teams in the country to win at least 21 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 23rd time in school history that USU has won 20 or more games in a season.

UTAH STATE HAS WON EIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Utah State won six Big West Tournament championships while a member of that league (1979-2005), and has won WAC Tournament championships in 2009 and 2011. Those eight tournament championships are the most by any current member of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech has the second-most league titles among WAC schools with six as it won three tournament titles while a member of the American South Conference and three as a member of the Southland Conference. Hawai'i has won three WAC Tournament championships, while Nevada and New Mexico State have won two WAC Tournament championships. Fresno State and New Mexico State both won three Big West Tournament championships, while San José State won two tournament championships as a member of the Big West Conference.

UTAH STATE'S DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
Utah State won 11 WAC games in 2012-13, giving the Aggies their sixth season with double-digit WAC wins in USU's eight years in the league. Under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, USU now has 12 seasons with double-figures in the conference win column in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Aggie program. Overall, it is USU's 24th season with double-digit conference wins.

AGGIES TO PLAY TEAMS FROM 10 DIFFERENT STATES
Utah State will play teams from 10 different states for the second year in a row. California leads the way with six, while Utah is second with four, along with two each from Colorado and Nevada, as well as one each from six different states:

Alabama - 1
Troy - Dec. 21

California - 6 San José State - Jan. 4, March 1 at UC Santa Barbara - Nov. 16, Dec. 20 USC - Nov. 8 Pacific - Dec. 7 San Diego Christian - Dec. 28 San Diego State - Jan. 25, Feb. 18

Colorado - 2 Air Force - Jan. 1 Colorado State - Jan. 15, Feb. 11

Idaho - 1 Boise State - Jan. 18, Feb. 8

Illinois - 1 Western Illinois - Dec. 19

Mississippi - 1 Mississippi State - Nov. 23

Nevada - 2 Nevada - Jan. 11, Feb. 5 UNLV - Jan. 22, Feb. 15

New Mexico - 1 New Mexico - Jan. 28, Feb. 25

Utah - 4 vs. Southern Utah - Nov. 12 at Weber State - Nov. 26 vs. BYU - Nov. 30 vs. Utah Valley - Dec. 14

Wyoming - 1 Wyoming - Feb. 1, March 5

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
Utah State left the Western Athletic Conference with four WAC regular-season championships in the 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 run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.

Utah State won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and was 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU posted 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.

HEAD COACH Stew Morrill NOTES

350 USU WINS FOR COACH MORRILL
Utah State's win over Western Oregon on Dec. 8, 2013 was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 350th victory at the helm of the Aggie program.

500 AGGIE GAMES FOR COACH MORRILL
USU's 77-71 win at Weber State on Nov. 26, 2013, was Aggie head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at Utah State and Morrill is now 373-131 (.740) at USU.

THE MORRILL COACHING TREE
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill currently has three former assistants who are head coaches at the Division I level, which is tied for the eighth-most in the nation among active coaches.

Randy Rahe (Weber State)
Dave Rice (UNLV)
Don Verlin (Idaho)

Arizona State's Herb Sendek and Louisville's Rick Pitino each have eight assistants who are current head coaches, followed by Mike Montgomery (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.

COACH MORRILL NO. 6 ON ESPN.COM's RANKING TOP 25 X's AND O's COACHES
ESPN.com ranked the top X's and O's coaches in college basketball, regardless of level. They polled about two-thirds (around 250) of the Division I head coaches, and some opted to vote more than once. There were more than 300 total votes cast, and USU head coach Stew Morrill ranked No. 6.

COACH MORRILL TABBED COLLEGE CHALKTALK MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Aggie head coach Stew Morrill was tabbed by College Chalktalk as the publication's Preseason Mountain West Coach of the Year. The publication picked USU fifth in its preseason MW poll, as well as predicting that the Aggies will play in the NCAA Tournament, along with its preseason favorite New Mexico, as well as Boise State, UNLV and San Diego State.

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 the 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).

MORRILL DEAN OF MOUNTAIN WEST COACHES
USU head coach Stew Morrill is in his 28th season as a head coach and has the longest coaching tenure, as well as the most overall wins, of all the current Mountain West Conference coaches. Morrill has amassed a 594-269 (.688) record in his 28th year. San Diego State's Steve Fisher is 475-254 (.652) in his 23rd season as a head coach. Colorado State's Larry Eustachy has compiled a 437-271 (.617) overall record, also in his 23rd season overall, including 98-53 (.649) during five seasons at Utah State (1994-98).

Stew Morrill VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Stew Morrill is 122-64 (.656) all-time against Mountain West teams.

vs. Air Force		 14-2
vs. Boise State		 24-10
vs. Colorado State	  1-2
vs. Fresno State	 16-12
vs. Nevada		 21-14
vs. New Mexico		  3-9
vs. San Diego State	 11-2
vs. San José State	 22-1
vs. UNLV		  3-2
vs. Wyoming		  7-10
Total	                122-64

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