LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 21, 2016
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 26 --- at BYU, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah State’s football team (3-8, 1-7 MW) concludes its 2016 season this weekend with a non-conference road game at BYU (7-4) on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208). USU is 35-47-3 all-time against the Cougars, including a 17-27 road record.
L, 37-38 --- at Nevada
• Nevada QB Ty Gangi scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with five seconds remaining in the game and Spencer Pettit tacked on the extra point as Nevada rallied for a 38-37 home win against Utah State last weekend. Redshirt freshman PK Dominik Eberle kicked the first three field goals of his career, including a 22-yarder that gave Utah State (3-8, 1-7 Mountain West) a 37-24 lead with 7:50 to go. Tonny Lindsey, Jr. had a career day for the Aggies. The junior running back rushed for a career-best 168 yards on 21 carries. His career-long 68-yard touchdown run with 11:03 remaining in the game made it 34-24 for Utah State. Junior QB Kent Myers was 10-of-18 passing for 127 yards and an interception. He also had 90 yards rushing and two scores on just 11 carries. Freshman WR Rayshad Lewis added 83 yards rushing and a career-long 59-yard touchdown run on four carries, helping Utah State gain 396 yards on the ground. USU finished with 523 yards of total offense, while UN recorded 341. However, the Wolf Pack (4-7, 2-5) rallied and scored the game’s final 14 points. Senior LB Anthony Williams recorded 11 tackles for the Aggies, including 1.0 tackles for loss, while senior FS Devin Centers recorded 10 stops. Senior DE Ricky Ali’ifua had two tackles, including 1.0 sack. On his sack, Ali’ifua forced Gangi to fumble and freshman NG Mohelika Uasike caught it in midair, returning it 30 yards.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Nov. 22 --- WEBER STATE, 7:30 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (13-16, 8-10 MW) concludes its 2016 season this week with a non-conference home game against in-state foe Weber State (14-12, 5-11 Big Sky) on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Live streaming of the match is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 35-19 all-time against the Wildcats.
L, 1-3 --- at Fresno State
W, 3-0 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 3-1 loss at Fresno State, followed by a 3-0 home win against San Jose State. Against the Bulldogs, junior opposite Kayla DeCoursey was one of four Aggies with double-digit kills, finishing with 16 as USU hit .237 (61-24-156) to FS’s .270 (65-22-159). Against the Spartans, senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith hit a career-best .625 with 17 kills on 24 attempts and only two errors as USU hit .371 (49-13-97) to SJSU’s .192 (36-16-104).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Cancun Challenge, Cancun, Mexico
Tues., Nov. 22 --- vs. Purdue, 6:30 p.m. (MT) (CBSSN)
Wed., Nov. 23 --- vs. Auburn or Texas Tech, TBA (CBSSN)
• Utah State men’s basketball (3-0) continues its 2016-17 season with two games this week as it travels to Cancun, Mexico to compete in the Cancun Challenge. USU will face Purdue (2-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. (MT), and then face either Auburn (3-0) or Texas Tech (3-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at a time to be announced. Both games will be televised live on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU has never played against Purdue or Auburn, but is 2-1 all-time against Texas Tech.
W, 93-84 --- NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE
W, 96-53 --- BRISTOL (Ex.)
W, 85-51 --- IDAHO STATE
• Utah State recorded three home victories last week, posting a 93-84 win against NJIT, a 96-53 exhibition win against Bristol and a 85-51 win against Idaho State. Against the Highlanders, senior wing Jalen Moore led five players in double figures with 19 points and added seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal as USU shot 57.7 percent (30-of-52) from the floor, 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 74.2 percent (23-of-31) from the free throw line. NJIT finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the floor, 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from behind the 3-point line and 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the free throw line. Against the Bears, every player on the USU roster scored at least five points and the Aggies were led by senior guard Shane Rector with 16 points. USU shot 58.5 percent (38-of-65) from the floor, 39.3 percent (11-of-28) from behind the 3-point line and 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line, while Bristol shot 35.3 percent (18-of-51) from the floor, 25.9 percent (7-of-27) from behind the 3-point line and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line. Against the Bengals, Rector was one of five starters in double figures with a team-high 17 points and tied his career high with seven assists. USU shot 50.0 percent (34-of-68) from the floor, 37.0 percent (10-of-27) from behind the 3-point line and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line. ISU finished the game shooting 31.0 percent (18-of-58) from the floor, 29.0 percent (9-of-31) from behind the 3-point line and 50.0 percent (6-of-12) from the free throw line.
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
NTS --- at NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind.
• Utah State’s Dillon Maggard cruised to the third cross country All-America honor and second men’s All-America honor in school history at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Championships, held last weekend in Terre Haute, Ind. The junior from Kirkland, Wash., garnered All-American honors and was the Mountain West’s top finisher, placing 12th with a time of 30:03.9 in the men’s 10-kilometer race. According to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the modern criteria to earn All-America accolades is to finish in the top-40 at Nationals. Maggard is the second Aggie cross country runner to garner All-America accolades on the men’s side as Trever Ball (2005) was the first to receive the honor, finishing 29th among Americans. Maggard posted the best-ever Aggie finish at nationals and is also the third Aggie cross country runner to receive All-America honors as Alisa Nicodemus (1992) was the first-ever USU cross country athlete to earn that honor, placing 14th.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Tues., Nov. 22 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 5 p.m.
at Montana Classic
Fri., Nov. 25 --- vs. Incarnate Word, 2 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 --- at Montana, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (3-0) continues its 2016-17 season this week with three games as it hosts Southern Utah (2-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m., and then travels to Missoula, Mont., to compete in the Lady Grizz Classic. USU will begin the tournament against Incarnate Word (0-2) on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m., and then conclude tournament play on Sunday, Nov. 27 against the host Grizzlies (1-2) at 2 p.m. Live streaming of its home game is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 5-2 all-time against the Thunderbirds, 0-0 all-time against the Cardinals, and 2-8 all-time against the Grizzlies.
W, 64-56 --- MONTANA STATE
W, 66-52 --- UC IRVINE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week, as it defeated Montana State, 64-56, and UC Irvine, 66-52. Against the Bobcats, sophomore guard Rachel Brewster led the Aggies with 18 points. Freshman guard Shannon Dufficy was tops in rebounding, leading the team with 14. Those 14 boards are the most a USU freshman has recorded since the program was reinstated for the 2003-04 season. Additionally, they are the most in a game by an Aggie player since the 2014-15 season. Overall, USU shot 33.8 percent (23-of-68) from the field, including 16.7 percent (1-of-6) from the 3-point line, and was 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the free throw line. MSU shot 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from the field, 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from behind the arc and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the free throw line. Against the Anteaters, every Utah State player who saw time in the game scored, led by 14 points from Brewster. She was joined in double-figures by sophomore guard Katie Toole who recorded a season-high 11 points. Freshman guard Jessie Geer had the strongest game of her young career, tallying nine points, seven assists and four steals off the bench. Freshman guard/forward Hailey Bassett was tops in rebounding with six. The USU defense racked up 13 blocks against the Anteaters, just one shy of tying the program’s single-game record. Senior forward Antoina Robinson and freshman forward Dee Moore led the team with four blocks apiece, followed by three from sophomore center Deja Mason. On the day, USU shot 39.2 percent (29-of-74) from the field, including 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from the 3-point line, and was 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line. UCI shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field, 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from behind the arc and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line.
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