Jan. 24, 2013
Utah State had it is nine-game home win streak halted with the loss as the Aggies have now lost three in a row overall for the first time since February of 2008.
USU is now 71-25 during the last 13 years following a loss, as the Aggies had won 32 straight home games following a loss, and the last time it lost at home following a loss was in March of 2003.
Utah State is 10-2 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 66 games (.894) 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 103 home games (.922).
USU has won 91.7 percent of its home games (220-20) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 270 games (.919) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 56 (.911) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 138 (.913). USU has registered a 514-113 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State has won 42 of its last 55 WAC games (.764) and is 68-18 (.791) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-30 (.746) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 3-3 this season and 91-29 (.758) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 54-5 (.915) record at home. USU is now 2-3 this season on Thursday's and 89-22 (.802) in games play on Thursday under Morrill. The Aggies are also 10-3 (.769) all-time in known games played on Jan. 24, having a four-game win streak on the date snapped with the loss.
USU's 26 three-point attempts ties a season-high, matching 26 trey attempts at Texas State, while the 10 three-pointers made is the third-best of the season behind 12 vs. UC Davis and 11 at Texas State.
The Aggies committed 24 fouls against UT Arlington, which is also season-high, as UT Arlington aggressively attacked the Utah State defense, resulting in 34 free throw attempts for the Mavericks, which is the most allowed to a USU opponent this season. UTA converted on 25 of its 34 shots from the charity stripe, which is also a season-high allowed to an opponent.
UTA snatched 36 rebounds in Thursday's action, which ties the most an opponent has corralled against the Aggies, matching the 36 by Idaho.
Utah State is now 11-3 this season when out-rebounding the opposition this season.
USU was a perfect 2-0 when tied at the half before falling to 74-68 to UTA Thursday. The score was tied 33-all at the break.
Utah State is now 1-1 against UT Arlington, as the Aggies beat the Mavericks, 73-69, last season on Dec. 20, 2011 in Logan in the first night of the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods.
USU is now 26-11 (.703) all-time against teams from the state of Texas as it is 8-1 against North Texas, 2-0 against Houston Baptist, TCU and Texas, 2-1 versus Texas Tech, 1-0 against Baylor, Lamar, Midwestern State, Texas Southern and WAC newcomers UTSA and Texas State, 1-1 against UT Arlington and Houston, 1-2 versus Texas A&M, 1-4 against UTEP and 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Thursday was USU's fourth opponent from the Lone Star State faced this season, as USU beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-68, on Nov. 17, won at UTSA, 71-67, on Dec. 29 and won at Texas State, 81-57 on Dec. 31.
USU is now 14-3 (.824) in home games against teams from Texas, as the Aggies have posted a 4-0 mark against North Texas, 2-0 versus Houston Baptist and Midwestern State, 1-0 against TCU, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern and Texas Tech, while going 1-1 versus UT Arlington and 0-2 against UTEP.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield netted career-highs in both points (23) and rebounds (11) on the way to posting his first career double-double.
Thursday was Butterfield's eighth game with double-digits in his last 12 played, as he now has scored 147 points in 12 games as a starter, averaging 12.3 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games off the bench.
Butterfield tied a season-high with four three-pointers, matching his outing against UC Davis and he now has seven games with multiple three-pointers, including four with three or more.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford had a career night, tying a career-best in points (12), rebounds (9) and blocks (4). All of which are also season-highs for Clifford and he also tallied a season-high 33 minutes of action tonight, bettering his previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block.
Clifford has now scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds three times this season and 16 times in his career.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone logged a season-high six points in playing a season-high 14 minutes as he manned the middle for USU.
Junior guard Marvin Jean blocked his first shot wearing a Utah State uniform at the 17:29 mark in the first half. Jean then proceeded to swat two more shots in Thursday night's action totaling a career-best three blocked shots against the Mavericks.
Jean also set a new USU career-high with four assists, while his three three-pointers was his second-highest of the season behind his career-best four at Denver last game, giving him seven in the last two games (3.5 pg) after totaling 12 in the first 16 games (0.75) of the season. Thursday was Jean's sixth game with multiple three-pointers.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out four assists, sharing team-high honors with Jean, marking the fifth game this season that Davis has led USU in assists and while it was Jean's first time with the team lead.
Davis has now tallied four helpers in each of the last three games for his eighth game with four or more dimes in the last 10 games. He now has 43 assists in the last 10 games (4.3 apg) and has 47 assists in 12 games as a starter (3.9) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).
Junior guard TeNale Roland snatched a career-high three steals.
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