Feb. 9, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. -
Utah State's defense posted a season-low for points allowed for the second game in a row after allowing 46 points last Saturday at Seattle and then 36 points at San Jose State Friday night. The 36 points is a not just a season-low for the USU defense, but also the fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011, holding Louisiana Tech to 30 points in a 72-30 win.
USU's defense also held the opposition to a season-low field goal percentage in as many games as well after holding Seattle to 31.0 percent last week and then 26.5 percent by SJSU Friday night.
The 13 field goals by San Jose State is another season-low for the USU defense, and is also the lowest since 10 by Louisiana Tech on March 5, 2011 in its 72-30 win.
With its 34-16 halftime lead, USU's 18-point lead Friday night was its highest in a WAC game and its 2nd-largest of the year behind 21 point lead vs Nicholls State.
USU's 1-of-3 night at the free throw line ties a season-low for fewest free throws made and is a new season-low for fewest free throws attempted.
With its 51.9 percent (27-of-52) field goal shooting, Utah State has now shot better than 50 percent in two of its last three games and 10 times total this season.
The Aggies' 47.1 percent (8-of-17) behind the arc was its third game in a row with +40 percent as USU has now made six or more treys in its last three games, as well as six of its last seven.
Utah State is now 7-2 on the road this season and has won 28 of its last 43 road games (.651) and is 106-83 (.561) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill.
USU has won 45 of its last 56 WAC games (.804) and is 71-19 (.789) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 91-31 (.746) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
The Aggies are 6-1 this season and has won 119 of its last 125 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 184-16 (.920) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
With its +14 rebounding advantage at 38-24, Utah State had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fourth-straight game and the 13th time this season.
USU is now 14-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last six games (3-3).
Utah State is 14-0 this year and has won 80 of its last 82 games (.976) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 287-25 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission.
USU has won its last five at San Jose, winning the last 12 overall match-ups, improving to 51-21 (.708) all-time against San Jose State in USU's sixth-oldest rivalry in school history.
Utah State is now 2-0 in the second month of the year and is now 74-29 (.718) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 30-23 (.566) record on the road.
The Aggies are now 3-0 on Fridays this season, including 2-0 against SJSU, and USU is 36-9 (.800) in games played on Friday under head coach Stew Morrill.
USU is also 8-7 (.500) all-time in known games played on Feb. 8, as Friday was the 48th anniversary of USU legend Wayne Estes' 48 points and then was killed hours after the game.
With his game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield registered his fifth double-double in a row.
Butterfield also hit three three-pointers Friday for the second-straight game and his 10th multi-three-pointer game... It was also his sixth game with three or more treys.
Butterfield now has 12 double-figure scoring outings and five double-digit rebound games, posting double-doubles in all five.
Junior center Jarred Shaw's 12 points gives him four double-digit games and 17 this season.
Shaw also took a charge for the third straight game, giving him three for the season.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis scored in double-digits for the third consecutive game and now has seven double-figure scoring games this season.
Davis also dished out three assists for the second game in a row and has 14 games this season with three or more helpers, including five of the last six games.
Junior guard TeNale Roland scored seven points Friday night, and is now averaging 7.1 ppg on road in nine road games, compared to 3.0 ppg in 13 home game.
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