Jan. 3, 2013
Utah State won its 11th-straight game to open the season 12-1 for just the third time in school history and first since 2008-09, going 24-1 through its first 25 games.
USU's 11-game win streak is its eighth win streak of at least 10 games under head coach Stew Morrill and the fifth in the last six years, ranking as the seventh-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the ninth-longest in school history along with the 1966-67 and 1970-71 teams.
Utah State is off to its second 3-0 start to WAC action in the last three years, as the 2010-11 Aggies began league play with an 11-0 WAC mark. Thursday's win gives USU its fourth 3-0 WAC beginning in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2007-08 and 2008-09 in addition to 2010-11.
USU has won its first WAC home game of the season in each of its eight years and has won their last 13 conference home openers.
Utah State improves to 8-1 at home this year and USU has won 57 of its last 63 games (.905) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 93 of its last 100 home games (.930).
USU has won 92.0 percent of its home games (218-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 112-9 (.925) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 512-112 (.821) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 246 of their last 267 games (.921) in the Spectrum, including 124 of their last 135 (.919) home games against league competition, including 49 of its last 53 (.925).
Utah State has won 40 of its last 47 WAC games (.851) and is 65-15 (.813) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 86-27 (.761) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 89-26 (.774) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 52-4 (.929) record at home. The Aggies are now 2-1 this season in games played on Thursday and are also 89-20 (.817) in games played on Thursday under Morrill. USU is also 9-4 (.692) in known games on Jan. 3, winning its last three on the date.
USU now leads the all-time series with Seattle, 16-14, winning six of the last 10 overall. The Aggies are 11-4 against the Redhawks at home, winning five of the last six.
Utah State is 37-22 (.627) all-time against teams from the state of Washington as it is 16-14 against Seattle, 7-1 against Washington State, 5-3 versus Washington, 4-1 versus Gonzaga, 2-2 against Eastern Washington, 1-0 versus St. Martin's and Seattle Pacific, and 1-1 against Whitworth.
USU head coach Stew Morrill is 3-1 all-time against Seattle, posting a 2-1 mark while at USU and a 1-0 record against the Redhawks while at Montana.
Utah State is 10-0 this year and has won 76 of its last 78 games (.974) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 283-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year.
USU's 82.6 percent (19-of-23) free throw shooting percentage, was its second-best percentage at the charity stripe this season and third game making at least 80 percent of its free pitch shots.
Seattle's 46.4 field goal percentage (26-of-56) was a season-high by a USU opponent.
USU had its second lowest turnover outing with eight, its third single-digit turnover outing and fewest since six vs. UC Davis.
The Aggie defense forced a season-high 18 turnovers, its most turnovers forced since 22 against Loyola Marymount in last season's CIT.
USU had a 26-6 points off turnovers advantage, a season-high for both points off turnovers and scoring margin for points off turnovers, its most points of turnovers since 26 against Idaho State on Dec. 21, 2010 and Thursday's +20 scoring differential was the largest since a +23 (24-1) vs. Troy on Dec. 23, 2010.
Thursday was the third time in the last four games that USU has been out-rebounded, and the -3 rebounding margin was the largest deficit this season after getting out-rebounded by one board in each of the other two occasions. Seattle's 34 rebounds were a season-high by a USU opponent, topping the 33 by Nicholls State.
USU topped 70 points for the sixth-straight game and so far this season, USU is 9-0 when it scored 70 or more points in a game and just 6-13 when it scored less than 70 points including an 0-6 record when scoring less than 60 points. Overall, USU has won 85 of its last 90 games (.944) when reaching 70 points and is 227-30 (.883) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed registered his second double-double of the season with team-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, posting his fourth career double-double and USU's sixth double-double of the year as junior center Jarred Shaw leads the team with four.
It is Reed's third 20-point outing this season and sixth of his career.
Reed broke through the defense for three dunks and has now recorded a team-high 13 dunks on the season.
Reed also had one blocked shot, giving him 62 career rejections for his career, moving up to tie Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) for No. 9 on the Aggies' career blocked shots list. Reed needs to play in one more game for his 50th career game and qualify for the USU career blocks per game list, as he currently has 62 career blocks in 49 career games, for a 1.3 bpg average, which would rank him tied for No. 3 with Gilbert Pete (1986-89).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis tied a season high by dishing out seven assists, his seventh game this season with three or more helpers.
Davis also played a season-high 29 minutes and tied a season-high with two steals.
Junior guard Preston Medlin tallied double-digits for the fifth-straight game and was his 10th game this season double-figures and the 42nd of his career.
Medlin also tied a career-high with three steals.
With a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line Thursday, Medlin now has seven games this season making all of his free throws and 18 in his career.
Medlin now has 322 career three-point attempts, moving up to No. 7 on the Aggies' career three-pointers attempted list, pulling away from a tie with former teammate Jared Quayle (2009-10) with 316 and passing another former teammate Pooh Williams (2008-11) who had 320. Medlin also is No. 7 on the USU career three-pointers made list, now with 136.
Sophomore center Matt Lopez snared a career-high five rebounds.
Junior center Jarred Shaw tied a career-high with three blocked shots, and has at least one rejection in each of USU's 13 games this season and Thursday was his third game with multiple rejections.
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