Jan. 2, 2014
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -
Utah State Men's Basketball Post-Game Notes
USU at Air Force - Jan. 1, 2014
Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies are now 1-2 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 and this season's MW opener.
Overall, Utah State is now 22-13 in its first conference games of the year, as Wednesday's loss snapped a three-game conference opening win streak for the Aggies, who lost just two conference openers in their last six. USU opened 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 have opened conference play on the road.
USU is now 92-31 during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 38-25 road record.
This was 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 33-12 in games played on Wednesday under Morrill.
Wednesday was the Aggies' first game played on Jan. 1 since Jan. 1, 1977, and only the third time playing on New Year's Night since 1962. USU is now 1-2 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 134-95 against teams from the state of Colorado, including 22-32 in known games played on Colorado soil.
USU is now 1-2 this season when trailing at halftime, losing to Pacific (12/7/13), while rallying to beat Weber State (11/26/13).
Utah State is now 8-2 on the season when scoring 70 or more points, and has now won 100 of its last 108 games when reach 70 points and is 242-33 all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
USU was out-rebounded for just the third time in 13 games this season and is 2-1 when getting out-rebounded this season... Air Force's +4 advantage was the largest that USU has been out-rebounded this season and the largest since getting out-rebounded by seven at New Mexico State (Jan. 17, 2013), a span of 28 games.
The Aggies' 21 assists Wednesday was their third-straight game with 20+ helpers, and the fifth game this season with 20 ore more assists... USU is now 8-3 this season when having more assists.
Senior guard Preston Medlin has now scored in double-figures 10 times this season and 55 times in career with his 19 points Wednesday.
Medlin now has 1,154 career points, remaining No. 25 on the Aggies' career scoring list and just 10 points shy of Jimmy Moore (1973-75).
Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in last 11 games in a row and 31 of his last 31 games played... He also has multi three-pointers in each of his last six games as part of 10 times this season and 55 for his career.
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has posted double-digits scoring in 11 of the 13 games this season and in 30 of last 36 career games played.
Butterfield has made at least one three-pointer in all 13 games this season and 36 of last 38 games played... Butterfield has made multiple treys in eight games this season and 22 for his career.
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis logged his second-straight double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and his fourth double-double of the season... It was the seventh double-figure scoring outing and fifth double-digit rebounding game this season, including the fourth in last five games.
Freshman forward Jalen Moore netted a season-high by matching his jersey number with 14 points, posting double-digits for the second time in three games.
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