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USU Men's Basketball Opens Season with Exhibition Against Grand Canyon

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

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Utah State opens its 108th season of basketball by hosting Grand Canyon Friday, Oct. 26, in an exhibition game. (photo from Athletics website)

Utah State (0-0) vs. Grand Canyon (0-0)
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 • 7 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) • Aggie Sports Network


  • Utah State [University] will open its 108th season of basketball by hosting Grand Canyon  Friday, Oct. 26, in an exhibition game. The Aggies enter this season with an overall record of 1,479-1,022 (.591).
  • Utah State has won nine exhibition games in a row with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007, to EA Sports, 86-81. Overall, USU is 21-5 (.808) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill.
  • Friday marks the second time in the last three years that USU has hosted Grand Canyon in an exhibition game, as the Aggies also hosted the Antelopes on Nov. 5, 2010, winning 76-46.
  • For the past 42 years, Utah State has called the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum home and has won 82 percent of its games in the building with an impressive 504-111 (.821) record, including a 210-18 (.920) mark under Morrill.
  • Utah State 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 Tournament (CIT). Headlining the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who averaged 17.0 points per game to go with 4.4 rebounds per contest, and 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).
  • 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 Postseason Tournament (CIT), extending its postseason run to 13 straight years.
  • USU returns two players who earned WAC honors last season in junior guard Preston Medlin who earned first-team honors as well as senior forward Kyisean Reed, who was named to the league's all-newcomer team.

Utah State (0-0) hosts Grand Canyon (0-0) in its first exhibition of the 2012-13 season Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. There is no television for Friday's game, but it will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website,

Utah State basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the Internet at Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games. However, due to Lewis' double-duty with Utah State football games, Evan Nyman will be serving as the play-by-play announcer for Friday's exhibition vs. Grand Canyon. Also, due to scheduling, Friday's game will only be available on KVNU 610 AM in Cache Valley and none of the affiliates, but will be streamed on the Internet.

All of Utah State's home games are available for fans to listen and watch live via the Internet at Aggie fans will also be able to follow Utah State home games through its web site via GameTracker, a program that documents each play and updates statistics. Fans can also listen to every road game live via USU's web site.

Read much more in the complete game notes at the Athletics website.

Utah State Men's Basketball Notes - Exhib. vs. Grand Canyon Notes

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.

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