Jan. 2, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 2, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur., Jan. 5 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (8-6, 0-0) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Fresno State (6-8, 0-0) on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., and Nevada (10-3, 0-0) on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised live by the WAC Sports Network and broadcast on KMYU-TV. USU is 30-19 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 20-5 home record, and 32-12 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 16-2 home record.
L, 64-66 --- at #15 Mississippi State
Danny Berger's three-pointer with two seconds remaining bounced off the front of the rim and Utah State's upset bid at No. 15 Mississippi State ended with a 66-64 loss Saturday afternoon. Utah State led 64-62 with 2:42 remaining following a Kyisean Reed jumper and had a chance to go up four on its next possession before it missed two free throws. Mississippi State then tied the game on a putback basket by Arnett Moultrie, followed by a pair of free throws from Dee Bost to give the home team the two-point lead with 34 seconds to play. With fouls to give, MSU committed a pair of personals in the final seconds and then held on for the two-point win. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led Utah State with 15 points, while senior guard Brockeith Pane added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Morgan Grim also scored in double-figures as he finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three assists. Utah State finished the game shooting 48.2 percent from the field (27-56), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 6-of-9 from the free throw line (.667). Mississippi State shot 43.3 percent overall (26-60), including 43.8 percent from three (7-16) and 58.3 percent at the line (7-12). MSU also out-rebounded USU by four (35-31) and added five more assists (14-9). Both teams finished the game with nine turnovers, the second-fewest of the season for Utah State.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., Jan. 3 --- ASBURY, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 --- UTAH VALLEY, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (7-5) returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when it hosts Asbury (7-8) at 7 p.m. Utah State will also host Utah Valley (6-7) on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. USU is 4-3 all-time against UVU and will be playing Asbury for the first time ever.
W, 70-51 --- NORTHERN ARIZONA
W, 64-52 --- at Boise State
Utah State posted a 2-0 record two weeks ago as it defeated Northern Arizona (70-51) at home and Boise State (64-52) on the road. Against the Lumberjacks, senior forward Ashlee Brown recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Devyn Christensen and senior forward Maddy Plunkett each scored 13 points. USU finished the game shooting 40.0 percent from the field (20-50), 46.2 percent from three-point range (6-13) and 77.4 percent at the free throw line (24-31). NAU shot 33.3 percent overall (21-63), including 21.4 percent from three (3-14) and 40.0 percent at the free throw line (6-15). Against BSU, Plunkett scored a career-high 17 points and Christensen also finished with 17 points, while Brown added 12 points. USU shot 40.7 percent from the field (22-54), 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (14-18). BSU shot 35.2 percent overall (19-54), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (6-18) and 61.5 percent at the foul line (8-13).
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