Utah State Men's Basketball Post-Game Notes - Denver
Feb. 14, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State is now 2-1 in overtime this season, including 1-1 at home. USU is now 54-41 all-time in overtime games.
The three-pointer by Spencer Butterfield late in OT was USU's lone trey of the night, extending its streak of making at least one three-pointer in 222 straight games, as the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006.
It was the second game this season that USU had a season-low one three-pointer, also only making one trey against Weber State (Nov. 24).
Thursday was USU's first loss of the season when shooting better from the field, 48.9 percent-46.8 percent, and the Aggies are now 14-1 this season when having a better field goal percentage than their opposition.
USU's +17 rebounding advantage was its fifth-straight game with a double-digit rebounding advantage and was the 14th time with a double-figure rebounding edge this season.
The Aggeis are now 14-5 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last seven games (3-4).
USU is 1-4 this season when trailing at halftime, and is 47-80 (.370), in the last 13 years when trailing at the break.
Utah State is now 10-4 at home this year and USU has won 59 of its last 68 games (.868) 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 105 home games (.905).
USU has won 90.9 percent of its home games (220-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 248 of their last 272 games (.912) in the Spectrum, including 51 of its last 58 (.879) home games against league competition as part of 126 of their last 140 (.900). USU has registered a 514-115 (.817) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State has now won 45 of its last 57 WAC games (.789) and is 71-20 (.780) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 91-32 (.740) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Thursday's match-up between Utah State and Denver was the 91st time in series history, which is the fourth-oldest rivalry in USU history, first meeting during the 1922-23 season. The Aggies now hold a 54-38 all-time series lead, but the Pioneers have won the last three meetings, including the last two in Logan, after USU had won the previous nine meetings.
Thursday was the second OT game in the series with Denver, and both have come in the middle of February, as USU had won the previous extra session meeting, 94-93, on Feb. 19, 1976.
The Aggies are now 2-1 in February and 74-30 (.712) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill.
USU played on Valentine's Day for the second-straight year after beating Montana Tech, 70-58, last year, and the Aggies are now 9-6 (.600) in known games on Feb. 14.
Utah State is now 3-4 this season on Thursday's and 90-23 (.796) in games played on Thursday under Morrill.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford scored a career-high 14 points and tied his career-high with three assists. Overall, it was his third double-figure scoring game of the season and sixth of his career. He also had seven rebounds, marking the sixth time this year and 19th time in his career he had recorded at least five rebounds.
Junior center Jarred Shaw scored in double-figures for the team-leading 18th time this year with 18 points. He also played a season-high 40 minutes and recorded five-plus rebounds for the 19th time this year with his nine boards.
Thursday was the fourth game this season in which Shaw has missed a double-double by one rebound.
Shaw has led USU in rebounding a team-leading 12 times this season, as well as leading the team in scoring for the seventh time.
Shaw had USU lone dunk on the night and now has eight jams on the season.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the sixth-straight game and 13th time this year with 16 points. He also played a season-high 44 minutes and tied his season-high with two steals.
Butterfield also had his streak of five straight double-doubles snapped in the game as he only had six rebounds, but has now recorded at least five rebounds in 12 games this year.
Junior guard Marvin Jean tied his season-high with five rebounds and played a season-high 37 minutes.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out six assists Thursday night, matching his second-highest of the season behind his career-high seven helpers that he's done twice. Davis now has three or more assists in each of USU's last three games and 15 games this season with three or more helpers.
Davis has now led USU in assists in a team-leading eight games.
Davis also played a season-high 41 minutes Thursday.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone registered his third block of the season.