Feb. 19, 2013
PROVO, Utah -
Tuesday was USU's third-straight game decided by four points or less and was USU's second loss in a row on a shot in the final second of the game, after getting beat on a buzzer-beat against Denver, 63-60 in OT, on Feb. 14.
USU has out-rebounded its opponent in each of the last nine games (4-5), and is 15-6 on the season when out-rebounding its opposition.
Utah State trailed at halftime for the seventh time this season and USU is now 1-6.
USU's 44.2 percent field goal shooting Tuesday marks its sixth game in a row making better than 40 percent of its field goals, doing so for the 21st total time.
After going 14-0 when shooting better then the opponent, Utah State has now lost two of the last occasions when doing so, as the Aggies also shot better than Denver in the Feb. 14 OT loss, and USU is now 15-2 on the season when having a better field goal percentage.
USU's bench out-scored BYU's reserves, as the three Aggie bench players combined for 14 points while BYU's seven reserves tallied 10 points.
Utah State has now made at least one three-point basket in 223 straight games and the last time USU did not make a three-pointer in a game was on Dec. 16, 2006 in Provo as BYU defeated the Aggies, 75-62. USU entered that game having made at least one three-pointer in 127 games dating back to Dec. 14, 2002 when BYU held USU without a three-pointer in a 66-56 win in Provo.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his sixth double-double in the last eight games, recording a double-double in five-straight games before not doing so in the last two games.
Butterfield matched his jersey number of 21 and Tuesday was his third 20+ points game.
It was Butterfield's eighth game in a row with double-figure scoring and the 15th game in double-digits this season.
Butterfield's 14 rebounds were one shy of his career-high 15 in the Louisiana Tech game on Jan. 26, and was his sixth double-figure rebound outing.
With two three-pointers Tuesday, Butterfield now has 12 games with multi three-pointers, including the last two, as well as seven of the last nine games.
Tuesday was the third game this season that Butterfield has been USU's leading scorer.
Butterfield's team-leading five assists Tuesday mark the fifth time that he has led USU in assists and was also his fifth game with five or more helpers.
Junior center Jarred Shaw tallied double-digit points for the seventh-straight game and 20th time this season.
Shaw also had his 10th dunk of the season.
Shaw took his fourth charge of the year.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone tied his career-high with nine points and posted a new career-best with four blocked shots while playing a career-high 25 minutes.
Stone jammed home his second dunk of the year Tuesday night, and both jams have come on the road, with his first dunk of the season coming at Idaho on Jan. 31.
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean posted double-digits for the third time this season with his 11 points.
Jean netted multiple three-pointers for the ninth game with two treys Tuesday.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford had just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season but now has at least one blocked shot in six of the last eight games, giving him nine total during that span, as he had his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak.
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