Jan. 5, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points, including the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, and he then scored nine points in overtime to rally Utah State past Idaho, 82-75, in a Western Athletic Conference match-up in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night. In all, the contest featured 18 ties and 10 lead changes.
For Medlin, it is the second time this year he has sent a contest into overtime as he hit the game-tying three-pointer at Santa Clara with 0:2.4. USU went on to win that game, 80-78.
Trailing, 69-61, with 3:38 to play, Utah State finished regulation on an 8-0 run as sophomore center Jordan Stone made a layup at the 3:12 mark and junior center Jarred Shaw added another layup at the 2:39 mark. Senior forward Kyisean Reed then went 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 1:52 to play and Medlin sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer from the left corner with 0:02 remaining. During the final 3:12 of the game, UI was 0-of-3 from the field with two turnovers, and allowed an offensive rebound by Stone that he converted into two points.
Idaho scored the first bucket of overtime and led 72-71 with 3:38 to play before Medlin struck again with nine-straight points on a layup and a three-pointer in back-to-back possessions, followed by four free throws to give the home team an 80-75 advantage with 0:42 left and USU went on to post the 82-75 win despite missing 6-of-12 free throws in the extra period. In all, USU out-scored UI, 13-6, in overtime.
With the win, Utah State improves to 13-1 on the season and remains in first-place in the WAC with a 4-0 league mark. Overall, USU has now won 12-straight games to rank tied for the seventh-longest winning streak in school history, including being tied for the sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill. USU also improved to 9-1 at home this year and is now 219-19 at home in 15 years under Morrill. In WAC play, Utah State has now won 41 of its last 47 games overall.
Idaho, who falls to 6-7 on the season and 2-1 in WAC play with the loss, was led by Connor Hill's 18 points. Kyle Barone added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Vandals, while Mike McChristian finished with 11 points and 10 boards.
All five of Utah State's starters scored in double-figures led by Medlin's 22 points as he was 5-of-14 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range and 9-for-14 at the free throw line. Medlin also had seven rebounds in the game. Reed scored 17 points for USU, while Shaw posted his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield finished with 11 points and five boards.
Utah State finished the game shooting just 41.5 percent (27-65), including just 25.0 percent from three-point range (4-16), but did convert 24-of-33 free throws (.727). Idaho shot 48.3 percent (29-60), which is a season-high for a USU opponent. UI also shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc (8-24), but was just 9-for-18 (.500) at the charity stripe. USU also out-rebounded UI by 10 (46-36), including a 20-11 advantage on the offensive glass that led to a 22-11 scoring margin for the Aggies in second-chance points. The Vandals did post six more assists in the game (20-14), but also had five more turnovers (11-6), as those six giveaways by Utah State are tied for its fewest this year.
Utah State scored the first two points of the game on a pair of free throws from Davis, before Idaho scored the next six points to take its largest lead of the half. USU tied the score at 8-all on a Medlin basket only to see UI push its lead back to four at 14-10. Utah State then scored six-straight points to take a 16-14 lead at the 8:37 mark. The Vandals regained the lead and held a three-point advantage three different times in the final 4:20 of the first half, including at 30-27, before Utah State got a free throw from Medlin and a layup from Butterfield to tie the score at 30 at intermission.
Utah State shot just 29.7 percent (11-37) in the first 20 minutes, including just 1-of-8 from three-point range (.125), but stayed in the game at the free throw line going 7-of-8 (.875). Idaho shot 41.4 percent in the first half (12-29), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (3-10), but was just 3-for-8 from the line (.375).
Neither team led by more than three points for the first seven minutes of the second-half before Idaho scored five-straight points to lead 50-45 with 12:08 remaining. Idaho later led 56-54 at the 6:49 mark and went on a 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 62-54 with 6:01 to play following a Hill three-pointer. USU cut the lead to five twice during the next 2:51, but UI extended its lead back to eight each time including at 69-61 with 3:12 remaining before the Aggies scored the final eight points to send it into overtime.
In the second-half, Idaho shot a blistering 62.5 percent from the field (15-24), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (5-10) and was 4-for-6 (.667) at the free throw line. USU shot 56.5 percent in the second-half (13-23), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (2-6) and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe (11-13).
In the overtime period, Utah State was 3-of-5 (.600) from the field, 1-of-2 (.500) from three-point range and 6-for-12 (.500) at the free throw line. Idaho made just 2-of-7 (.286) field goals in overtime, including going 0-of-4 from three and just 2-for-4 (.500) at the line.
Utah State will remain home and host San Jose State (8-6, 3-1) in its only game next week on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on KMYU.
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