Jan. 26, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Louisiana Tech's 16 points in the second half was Utah State's defense first time holding an opponent under 20 points this season and the fewest points in a half since holding Idaho to 16 first-half points on March 17, 2012.
Utah State's 50 rebounds are its season-high, topping the 49 in the Saint Mary's game on (11/15/12), and most since it had 55 rebounds against Troy on Dec. 23, 2010.
USU's +19 rebounding advantage tied its second-best of the season, also having a +19 advantage on the boards in the Saint Mary's game, and behind the +22 advantage in the Western Oregon game on (12/8/12).
LA Tech's 33.3 percent field goal shooting is a season-low by a USU opponent, as the Aggie defense bettered its previous mark of 34.0 percent against Weber State (11/24/12)
LA Tech's 4-of-7 free throw shooting ties USU opponent season-lows for both free throws made and free throws attempted, and is the third time this season that the Aggies' opposition has four made free throws.
Utah State now leads the all-time series, 14-4, as LA Tech has won the last two meetings, and Saturday was the Aggies' first home loss to the Bulldogs, as USU has a 7-1 mark against LA Tech at home.
USU is now 24-10 (.706) all-time against teams from the state of Louisiana as it is 14-4 against Louisiana Tech, 2-1 against Centenary, LSU and Tulane, 1-1 against New Orleans, 1-0 against Grambling and Nicholls State, 1-1 against Northwestern State and 0-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Utah State is 10-3 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 67 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 104 home games (.922).
USU has won 91.7 percent of its home games (220-21) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 271 games (.919) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 57 (.911) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 139 (.913). USU has registered a 514-114 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State has won 42 of its last 56 WAC games (.764) and is 68-19 (.791) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 88-31 (.746) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is 3-4 this season and 91-30 (.758) during the month of January under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 54-6 (.915) record at home. After winning its first eight Saturday games of the season, USU has now lost its last two games on Saturday, and is now 142-54 (.728) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill.
The Aggies played on Jan. 26 for the second year in a row, having beaten Hawai'i on the date last year, and are 5-6 (.500) all-time in known games played on the date.
Junior center Jarred Shaw tallied a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, as he has double-digit rebounds in seven games, the same seven that he has posted his double-doubles. His 14 rebounds was one shy of his season-high 15 against Saint Mary's.
Shaw has now tallied double-figure points in 14 games this season.
Shaw also posted a career-high four blocks, after not having any blocks in any of the last three games.
Shaw played a career-high 35 minutes Saturday, topping his previous career-high of 34 minutes and his ninth game with 30+ minutes.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his second-straight double-double, his only two of his USU career, and snared a career-high 15 rebounds while tallying 16 points, in playing a career-high 36 minutes.
Butterfield's 15 rebounds ties the USU season-high with Shaw's 15 from the Saint Mary's game.
Saturday was Butterfield's second-straight and ninth game this season with double-digits in his last 13 played, as he now has scored 162 points in 13 games as a starter, averaging 12.5 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games off the bench.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone swiped his first steal of the season, tying his career-high for the third time after snaring a steal in two games last season, and his last two steals have come in home games against LA Tech, also swiping a steal against the Bulldogs on March 8, 2012.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out four assists for the third-straight game and has four or more dimes in eight of the last nine games and now has 47 assists in the last 11 games (4.3 apg) and has 51 assists in 13 games as a starter (3.9) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).
Davis also tied his season-high with two steals for the fifth time this season, last swiping two against Seattle (1/3/13).
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford played a season-high 34 minutes and his eight rebounds marks his 17th game with five or more boards. Clifford now has 17 rebounds (8.5 rpg) in the last two games as his eight boards Saturday came on the heels of his season-high and career-best tying nine rebounds in Thursday's game against UT Arlington.
Clifford has scored 26 points in the last three games (8.7 ppg) as a starter after averaging 2.1 ppg in the previous 16 games as a reserve.
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