Feb. 14, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Junior center Jarred Shaw led three Aggies in double-figures with a game-high 18 points, but Denver's Brett Olson hit a 30-foot three-pointer as time expired to defeat Utah State, 63-60, in overtime inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday.
Denver, who has now won 12 of its last 13 games, improves to 16-8 overall and 12-2 in Western Athletic Conference play with the win. Utah State had its modest three-game winning streak snapped with the loss and is now 17-6 on the season and 8-5 in league play.
Shaw, who was 8-of-12 from the field, added a game-high nine rebounds for Utah State, but was just 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 16 points and six rebounds, as his double-double streak was snapped at five-straight games. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added a career-high 14 points and tied his career-high with three assists.
Olson led a quartet of Denver players in double-figure scoring with 17 points. Royce O'Neale netted 14 points, while Chase Hallam tallied 13 and Chris Udofia posted 10 before fouling out in overtime.
Utah State scored three of the first four points of overtime to lead 57-55 before Denver scored the next five points to take a 60-57 advantage with 0:43 to play. Butterfield then tied the game on USU's next possession as his three-pointer from the top of the key hit the front of the rim and rolled over into the net, leading up to DU's winning three-pointer.
Trailing 47-38 late in the second-half, Utah State used a 16-7 run over the final 6:42 of regulation to send the game into overtime as it held the Pioneers to just one field goal during that stretch. USU actually had two chances to win the game in regulation as Shaw missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 4.6 seconds to play, but freshman guard Marcel Davis corralled the offensive rebound and was fouled with 1.6 ticks remaining. Davis, who was awarded two shots, missed the first free throw before making the second to send the game into overtime.
For the game, Utah State shot 48.9 percent (23-of-47), but was just 1-of-7 (.143) from three-point range and just 61.9 percent at the free throw line (13-of-21). Denver shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47), including 36.8 percent from three (7-of-19) and 66.7 percent at the charity stripe (12-18). USU also dominated the glass and out-rebounded DU by 17 (36-19), including by nine on the offensive end (15-6), as the Aggies had a 36-28 advantage on points in the paint. However, USU also committed six more turnovers in the contest (13-7), which led to a 19-4 scoring advantage on points off turnovers for DU. The Pioneers also recorded five more assists (20-15) and six more steals (9-3), while USU had one more blocked shot (2-1).
Denver began the game by scoring the first six points before USU scored the next five. DU pushed its lead back to five on three separate occasions in the first half before the Aggies tied the game at 19-all on a Shaw layup. Utah State then took its first lead of the game with 1:35 to play in the half following a pair of Clifford free throws, but DU scored the final three points of the half to lead 25-23 at the break.
Butterfield and Shaw each had seven first-half points for the Aggies as they shot 45.0 percent from the field (9-of-20) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (5-of-9), and missed its only three-point attempt. Denver shot 40.9 percent in the first 20 minutes (9-of-22), including 33.3 percent from three (2-6) and was 5-of-7 (.714) at the line.
Both teams exchanged buckets early on in the second half before Denver went on a 20-11 run over the next 10:33 to take its largest lead of the game at 47-38 with 7:25 remaining, before USU forced overtime with its 16-7 run to end regulation.
Utah State will remain home and host New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2) on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a nationally televised game on ESPNU at 9 p.m.
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