Jan. 3, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Senior forward Kyisean Reed had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah State men's basketball to a 75-66 Western Athletic Conference win against Seattle Thursday night inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State improves to 12-1 on the season for just the third time in school history and 3-0 in WAC play with the win. Overall, USU's current 11-game winning streak is 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. USU also improved to 8-1 at home this year and is now 218-19 at home in 15 years under Morrill. In WAC play, Utah State has now won 40 of its last 46 games.
Seattle, who falls to 5-7 on the year and 0-2 in WAC play with the loss, was led by Deshaun Sunderhaus who had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Reed, who recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career, was 8-of-10 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free throw line for his 20 points, marking the third time this year and sixth time in his career he has scored 20-plus points.
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game and 42nd time in his Utah State career with 18 points, as he was 5-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Medlin also added five assists and a career-high tying three steals in the game.
Freshman point guard Marcel Davis was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 13 points and a season-high tying seven assists, as he was 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line.
Utah State entered Thursday having shot over 50 percent from the field in each of its last three games and in seven of its last eight games overall, but shot just 43.1 percent (25-58) against Seattle as it made 51.7 percent of its shots in the first-half (15-29), but just 34.5 percent in the second half (10-29). USU also shot 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 82.6 percent at the free throw line (19-23) for the game.
Seattle shot 46.4 percent overall (26-56), which is a season-high for a USU opponent, after converting 50.0 percent of its attempts (16-32) in the second-half. SU also shot 41.7 percent from behind the arc (10-24), but was just 4-for-9 (.444) at the free throw line for the game.
After out-rebounding its first nine opponents of the season, including its first seven by double-digits, Utah State was out-rebounded for the third time in the last four games as Seattle won the battle of the boards, 34-31, as the 34 rebounds was a season-high for a USU opponent. The Redhawks also had four more assists (23-19) in the contest, but also committed 10 more turnovers (18-8) as USU's eight giveaways are its second-fewest this year while the 18 turnovers is the most forced by the Aggie defense this season.
Seattle scored the first five points of the game and held an early 7-2 lead before Utah State went on a 12-0 run, which included nine-straight points by Reed, to take a 14-7 advantage early on. USU's lead eventually swelled to 11 at 34-23 with 2:28 to play in the half following a layup from sophomore forward Ben Clifford, but Seattle scored the final five points to close to within 34-28 at the break.
Seattle's run continued in the second half as it scored the first nine points for a 14-0 run going back to the first half and led 37-34 with 15:48 remaining. The Redhawks would maintain its slim lead until the 12:24 mark when Reed tied it on a pair of free throws. SU regained the lead on a three-pointer by Prince Obasi before USU finally made its first basket of the second half at the 11:46 mark on a Davis trey, snapping a field goal drought of 10:42 between the first half and second as Seattle out-scored USU, 19-5 during that stretch.
The lead changed hands six times over the next 4:58 before Utah State took the lead for good on a three-pointer from junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield with 5:08 to play as the Aggies went on a 20-5 run during a 5:04 stretch late in the game to turn a 53-50 deficit into a 70-58 advantage with just under a minute to play as Medlin scored nine of his 18 points during the run. In the final minute, USU made 7-of-8 free throws to post the 75-66 win.
After playing three WAC newcomers in a row to open league play, the Aggies conclude their busy stretch of four games in a week by hosting old conference foe, Idaho, on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
For USU men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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