Jan. 5, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
USU has won 12 games in a row, and Utah State's 13-1 start to the 2012-13 season is the third-best in school history, trailing the 2008-09 team that started the year with a 24-1 mark and the 2003-04 squad that began the year with a 20-1 record.
USU's 12-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 sixth-longest under veteran head coach Stew Morrill and tied for the seventh-longest in school history along with the 1959-60 and 2000-01 teams.
USU had all five starters score in double-figures for the first time this season and the first time since vs. San Jose State on Feb. 13, 2010.
It was the second time this season that five Aggie players scored double-digits, joining the Western Oregon game (four starters, one reserve).
Utah State has started WAC play with a 4-0 mark for the second time in the last three years, as the 2010-11 Aggies opened league play with an 11-0 WAC mark. It is also USU's fourth 4-0 WAC beginning in its eight years in the league, also doing so in 2007-08 and 2008-09 in addition to 2010-11.
Utah State has won 41 of its last 48 WAC games (.854) and is 66-15 (.815) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 87-27 (.763) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is now 9-1 at home this year and USU has won 58 of its last 64 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 94 of its last 101 home games (.930).
USU has won 92.0 percent of its home games (219-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 247 of their last 268 games (.922) in the Spectrum, including 50 of its last 54 (.926) home games against league competition as part of 125 of their last 136 (.919). USU has registered a 513-112 (.821) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State is 2-0 this season and 90-26 (.776) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 53-4 (.930) record at home. The Aggies are 8-0 this season in games played on Saturday and are 142-52 (.732) in games played on Saturday under Morrill. USU played on Jan. 5 for the second-straight year, facing Fresno State in the Aggies' WAC opener last season, and Utah State is 11-4 (.733) all-time in known games played on Jan. 5
Saturday was USU's 11th-straight home win over Idaho, improving to 18-1 against the Vandals at home as part of improving to 36-14 in the 50 all-time meetings, ranking at the 16th-oldest rivalry in USU history. Overall, the Aggies have won 14 of the last 16 meetings.
USU is now 2-0 this season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both Saturday and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28. USU has now won seven of its last eight extra session games and Utah State improved to 54-40 (.574) all-time in overtime games.
Utah State shot a season-high 65 field goals, its most since 65 against Montana Western on Feb. 16, 2011.
The Aggies also made a season-high 24 free throws, their most since making 32 at the charity stripe vs. Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of last season's Collegeinsiders.com Tournament.
Utah State tied a season-low with only six turnovers Saturday night, joining the game against UC Davis. It is the second-straight game with single digit miscues and is the Aggies' fourth game this season with single figures in their turnover column.
USU's opponent made a season-high field goals and had a season-high field goal percentage for the second-straight game, as Idaho's 29 field goals made Saturday bettered the previous mark of 26 by Seattle on Thursday and the Vandals' 48.3 percent (29-of-60) topped the 46.4 percent (26-of-56) by Seattle.
Idaho's 36 rebounds were also a season-high for an Aggie opponent this season, topping the previous mark of 34 also by Seattle on Thursday.
USU's 46 rebounds were just shy of its season-high of 49 against Saint Mary's and is was the Aggies sixth game this season with 40+ rebounds. After having a double-digit rebounding margin for the first seven games of the season, USU posted its eighth double-digit rebounding margin game this year.
Utah State was tied at halftime for the second time this season, also even at the break in the Southern Illinois game, and USU is now 2-0 when tied at halftime, to go along with 10-0 when leading at intermission and 1-1 when trailing at the break.
USU topped 70 points for the seventh-straight game and so far this season, USU is 10-0 when it scored 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 86 of its last 91 games (.945) when reaching 70 points and is 228-30 (.884) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. Additionally, the Aggies also scored 80 or more points for the second time in the last three games and fourth time this season, including its second OT 80-point game, winning all four.
Junior guard Preston Medlin forced OT with a long three-pointer in the waning seconds for the second time this season, also doing so with 2.4 seconds left in USU's 80-78 OT win at Santa Clara on Nov. 28.
After not scoring more than 18 points in USU's first eight games of the season, Medlin has now scored 20 or more points in four of the Aggies' last six games, and now has topped 20 points a total of 18 times in his career. It is also Medlin's 11th double-figure scoring outing this season and 43rd of his career.
Medlin's three three-pointers Saturday gives him five games this season with three or more treys and now has 25 career games with three or more treys.
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with his 12 points and 12 rebounds Saturday, as he has five double-digit rebounding games this season, registering his double-doubles each time. Shaw has now led USU in rebounding eight times this season.
Shaw also had a blocked shot Saturday, registering a rejection in all 14 games this season.
Shaw had USU's lone dunk of the night and he now has six on the season, ranking second on the team behind senior forward Kyisean Reed's team-leading 14 jams.
Reed posted his seventh game this season with multiple blocks with three rejections Saturday.
Reed now has 65 career blocks, moving up to No. 7 on USU's career blocked shots list, pulling away from a tie with Spencer Nelson (1999, 2003-05) with 62, and passing Greg Grant (1983-86) and Cass Matheus (2005-06) who both had 63. Reed also played in his 50th career game, making him eligible for USU's career blocks per game average list, as he has posted his 65 blocks in 50 career games for a 1.3 avarage, ranking him tied for No. 3 with Gilbert Pete (1986-89).
Butterfield led USU in assists for the second time in the last three games, dishing out nine at Texas State.
Davis and sophomore forward Ben Clifford both tied season-highs with five rebounds each.
With four assists Saturday, Davis has now dished out three or more helpers in each of last four games and eight times this season.
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