Jan. 28, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - For the second game in a row, Utah State men's basketball had five players in double digits in the scoring column which paced the Aggies to a season-high points with an 82-65 win over San Jose State Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The win improves USU to 12-10 overall and 4-3 in Western Athletic Conference while SJSU lost its sixth in the last seven games in sliding to 7-15 overall and 0-7 in conference play. Saturday was the Aggies' ninth-straight win over the Spartans, improving to 29-4 at home against SJSU and 48-21 overall.
Junior forward Kyisean Reed led USU's five players in double-digits by netting 21 points, sharing game-high honors with SJSU's James Kinney. It was Reed's second 20-point outing of the season. Senior guard Brockeith Pane and the sophomore guard duo of Preston Medlin and Mitch Bruneel all tallied 15 points each, with Bruneel draining four three-pointers on the way to his career-high scoring night. Pane and Medlin hit three treys apiece to lead the Aggies to a 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) outing behind the three-point line, their most in a conference game this season and the third time this season with 10 or more treys.
Senior forward Morgan Grim added 10 points while pulling down seven rebounds, one behind Reed for top team honors. USU had a 38-30 rebounding advantage, marking the ninth time this season to have more rebounds, improving to 7-2 when out-rebounding the opposition.
The Aggies finished the night shooting 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field, including 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) in the first 20 minutes on the way to a season-high 47 points in the first half. USU also shot a season-best 88.9 percent (16-of-18) at the free throw line, as Reed made all seven of his charity stripe shots while Pane, Medlin and sophomore guard Danny Berger were all 2-of-2.
SJSU was led by Kinney with 21 points while Wil Carter added 14 to go with a team-high eight rebounds. The Spartans were 25-of-59 (42.4 percent) field goal shooting, making just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent) from three-point land. SJSU was also 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line, marking the second game in a row and ninth time this year that USU made more free throws than the opponent attempted.
Both teams committed season-low turnovers, as Utah State had six miscues and San Jose State had five.
USU led from start-to-finish, as Reed scored on an up-and-under on the opening possession. With Utah State holding a 20-15 lead, Bruneel hit a three-pointer on three of the Aggies' next five possessions, all from the right side of the arc, the last coming from the wing for a 29-20 USU lead with 9:24 on the first half clock.
The Aggie advantage grew to 41-27 after Pane hit a three-pointer from the left wing and Grim converted a three-point play sandwiched around two free throws by Carter. Another old-fashioned three-point play, this time from Reed, gave USU its largest lead of the half at 47-32 with 16.2 seconds left before SJSU's Calvin Douglas hit a layup with eight ticks to go for the 47-34 halftime score.
The Spartans steadily scratched away at the deficit, trimming it to 54-53 with 13:37 to play after a three-pointer from the left wing by D.J. Brown. USU righted the ship with five unanswered points for a 59-53 lead before SJSU came back within 61-59 with 8:37 to go after a Douglas layup.
That would be the closest the Spartans would get as Grim and junior guard E.J. Farris hit back-to-back buckets before a pair of free pitch shots by Medlin, then Medlin delivered the alley and Pane provided the oop after a steal. Pane scored on a layup before Medlin drained a trey from the right wing to cap the Aggies' 13-0 run and give them a 74-59 lead with 5:34 to go and USU coasted to the win.
Utah State hits the road, heading to Reno, Nev. to play at Nevada on Thursday, Feb. 2 and at Fresno State on Saturday, Feb. 4 before returning to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for a five-game home stretch starting with Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 9.
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