Utah State Men's Basketball Post-Game Notes - New Mexico State
Feb. 16, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State is now 15-0 when leading at half and has won 81 of its last 83 games (.976) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 288-25 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission.
USU improves to 15-5 when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last eight games (4-4).
Saturday's +5 rebounding margin snapped USU's streak of five-straight games with a double-digit rebounding margin.
USU is 12-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 88 of its last 93 games (.946), when reaching 70 points and is 230-30 (.885) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
Utah State is now 15-1 when shooting better from the field than its opposition, as Thursday's loss to Denver was its first of the season when doing so.
With its 47.5 percent field goal outing, USU has shot better than 40 percent in each of its last five games and a total of 20 times this season.
Utah State improves to 14-2 this season when tallying more assists with its 18 helpers Saturday, which were its most in USU's last 11 games, back to dishing out 19 assists vs. Seattle (Jan. 3).
USU is 13-3 when having more blocks that its opponents, with its 5-4 edge Saturday.
Utah State is now 11-4 at home this year and USU has won 60 of its last 69 games (.870) 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 96 of its last 106 home games (.906).
USU has won 90.9 percent of its home games (221-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 249 of their last 273 games (.912) in the Spectrum, including 52 of its last 59 (.881) home games against league competition as part of 127 of their last 141 (.901). USU has registered a 515-115 (.817) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State has now won 46 of its last 58 WAC games (.793) and is 72-20 (.783) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 92-32 (.742) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Saturday was the 66th all-time meeting between Utah State and New Mexico State, in what is the 10th-oldest rivalry in USU history. USU now owns a 36-30 all-time advantage, including 23-8 at Logan. The win by the navy Aggies snaps a three-game losing streak in the series, with USU's last win in the series was at Las Cruces, 58-54 on March 2, 2011 and USU's last home win over NMSU was on Jan. 22, 2011, winning, 59-49.
Utah State improves to 3-1 in the second month of the year and is 75-30 (.714) during the month of February under Morrill, which includes a 47-7 (.870) home record. The Aggies are 9-3 in games played on Saturday this season, winning in their last two games on a Saturday after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 144-54 (.727) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill.
The Aggies played on Feb. 16 for the second time in the last three years. USU improves to 11-2 (.846) all-time in known games played on Feb. 16.
Junior center Jarred Shaw tallied his sixth double-digit scoring game in row as he netted 24 Saturday night, and it was the 19th time this season that Shaw has scored in double figures. It was also the 17th time the junior has pulled down more than five rebounds in a game this season as he finished the night with eight.
It was the second game in a row and eighth time this season that Shaw has led the team in scoring, now matching Preston Medlin for the team-lead. Shaw tops the team with his 13th game leading USU in rebounds.
Shaw slammed down his ninth dunk of the season.
After going two games without a blocked shot, Shaw swatted two Saturday against the maroon Aggies.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield produced his seventh consecutive double-digit scoring game as he tallied 17 Saturday. It is the 14th time this season Butterfield has scored in double digits.
The junior sharpshooter also netted multiple three-pointers for the 11th game this season.
Butterfield also snatched six rebounds which is also his seventh consecutive game snaring five or more rebounds in a game.
With five assists Saturday, Butterfield now has four games this season with five or more assists in a game.
Sophomore Jordan Stone put together a career best from the free throw line, going 4-5 from the charity stripe.
Stone also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds against NMSU and was one rebound shy of tying his career-best eight, while playing a season-high 20 minutes.
Stone swatted a shot in Saturday's action, which is the second game in a row with a rejection, tying a season-high for the fourth time this season and matches his career-best for the eighth time.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis handed out six assists in back-to-back games. It is the fifth time this season Davis has dished out five or more assists in a game.
It was also Davis' third consecutive game grabbing four rebounds.
Sophomore junior Ben Clifford grabbed six rebounds for his fourth game in a row of having five or more rebounds in a game as well as the the sixth time this season and the 20th time in his career.