Jan. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
USU has won 13 games in a row, and Utah State's 14-1 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.
The Aggies' 13-game win streak is currently the third-longest active streak in the country, behind Michigan (16-0) and Duke (15-0), and just ahead of 12-game streaks by Notre Dame (14-1) and Kansas (13-1). Duke, Notre Dame and Kansas all play on Saturday, while Michigan plays on Sunday.
USU's 13-game win streak marks the eighth time under veteran head coach Stew Morrill that USU has put together a win streak of more than eight games and the fifth in the last six years, ranking as the sixth-longest under Morrill and tied for the sixth-longest in school history along with the 1974-75 team.
Utah State has started WAC play with a 5-0 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 5-0 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 42 of its last 49 WAC games (.857) and is 67-15 (.817) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-27 (.765) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is now 10-1 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 65 games (.908) 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 95 of its last 102 home games (.931).
USU has won 92.1 percent of its home games (220-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 269 games (.922) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 55 (.927) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 137 (.920). USU has registered a 514-112 (.821) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State is 3-0 this season and 91-26 (.778) during the month of January under Morrill, which includes a 54-4 (.931) record at home. The Aggies are now 2-0 this season on Friday and are 35-9 (.795) in games played on Friday under Morrill. USU is also now 10-5 (.667) in known games played on Jan. 11, winning its last four games on the date.
Friday was USU's 21st-straight win at home over SJSU, winning the last 11 in a row overall in the series to improve to 50-21 in the 71 total meetings, which is the sixth-oldest rivalry in school history. Utah State is now 30-4 against San Jose State at Logan, and has won 32 of the last 36 overall meetings.
The Aggies are now 11-1 when out-rebounding their opponents this season. Utah State's 33 boards were barely enough to eek out the advantage over the hustling Spartans who managed to snag 32 rebounds in the contest, and the +1 was USU's closest advantage after trailing by one in the rebounding category in two of the three times the Aggies have been out-rebounded.
USU finished with a +3 assist margin and improved to 10-1 this season when dropping more dimes then its opponent.
The Aggies turned the ball over on 13 occasions, while San Jose State executed to only turn the rock over six times. It is the 10th time this season that Utah State has committed more turnovers than its opponent, but USU is now 10-0 when doing so.
Utah State has yet to be defeated when leading at the break as it took a 29-27 lead over SJSU into the locker room tonight. USU is now 11-0 this year and has won 77 of its last 79 games (.975) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 284-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 1-1 (.500) record this year. The Aggies are 2-0 this season when tied at the break.
USU held the Spartans to just 2-of-11 (.182) shooting from behind the arc, which is the lowest three-point percentage by an opponent this season. The two made three's by San Jose State were also a season low by an opponent.
SJSU's six turnovers ties the fewest by an Aggie opponent this season. (Nicholls State and TAMU-CC)
USU is now 3-1 against teams from the state of California this season and is 124-31 (.800) against teams from the Golden State during the last 13 years, including 72-8 (.900) at home.
After not scoring more than 18 points in USU's first eight games of the season, junior guard Preston Medlin has now scored 20 or more points in five of the Aggies' last seven games, and now has topped 20 points a total of 19 times in his career with his season-high 25 points Friday night. It is also Medlin's 12th double-figure scoring outing this season and 44th of his career.
Medlin tied a single-game school record in free throw-percentage as he went 11-11 from the charity stripe. It is the 30th time that an Aggie player has been perfect at the line with 10 or more attempts, and the first since Tai Wesley vs. Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010. Medlin's 11-of-11 effort is the ninth time that an Aggie player went 11-of-11, also first since Wesley.
It was also a season-best in free throws made for Medlin and the third-most attempts and makes of his career, going 13-of-14 twice last season (vs. Hawai'i and vs. Loyola Marymount). It was also the second time in the last three games and eight games this season that he made all of his free throws and 19th time in his career.
Medlin also dished out five helpers to his teammates for the fourth time this season and it was the 12th time in his career that he has dished out five or more assists.
Junior forward Jarred Shaw tallied his sixth career double-double as he posted 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was Shaw's second double-double in a row and all six of his double-doubles have come when he's posted double-digit rebounds.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed tied a career-best swatting four shots. It is the second time this season that Reed has blocked four shots in a game, also doing so against Nicholls State, and he has now blocked two or more shots in eight games this season.
Reed now has 68 career blocks, holding the No. 7 spot on USU's career blocked shots list, but closing in on former teammate Brady Jardine (2009-12) who had 70 career rejections. Red's 68 career blocks have come in 51 career games played for a 1.3 career blocks per game average, remaining ranked tied for No. 3 with Gilbert Pete (1986-89).
Reed also scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and is the 25th time in his career that he has netted double-figure points in a game.
Reed also had USU's only dunk of the night and he now leads the team with 15 jams.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied double-figure points for the seventh time in the last nine games and has now scored 110 points in nine games as a starter, filling in for forward Danny Berger, averaging 12.2 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench.
Junior guard TeNale Roland was able to deflect a shot tying a career-best of one blocked shot for the third time this season.
For the second game in a row, every Aggie player that saw action snared a rebound.
With four assists Friday, freshman guard Marcel Davis has now dished out three or more helpers in each of last five games and a total of nine times this season.
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