Feb. 23, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Junior center Jarred Shaw led four Aggies in double-figures with 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds as Utah State defeated Illinois State, 80-71, in a BracketBusters game Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State, who has won five of its last seven games, improves to 19-7 on the season and has won three of its last four BracketBusters game in improving to 6-2 all-time in the annual event, including a 2-0 mark against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference. Illinois State, who lost its third-straight game after winning seven of its previous eight, falls to 16-13 with the loss.
Shaw, who was 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 at the free throw line, recorded his eighth double-double of the year to go along with his 21st double-figure scoring game of the season with his 18 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the ninth-straight game and 16th time this year with 16 points, while junior guard TeNale Roland scored a season-high 13 points, netting a season-high three three-pointers, and tied his season-high with five rebounds off the bench as he was 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
Junior guard Marvin Jean added 10 points for the home team and tied his season-high with four assists, while freshman guard Marcel Davis had season-highs with eight assists and six rebounds to go along with his nine points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points, while sophomore center Jordan Stone finished with six points and five boards for USU.
Illinois State got all but 15 of its points from two players as Tyler Brown had 35 points and 10 rebounds, while Jackie Carmichael scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards. Brown and Carmichael combined to shoot 18-of-37 from the field (.486), 7-of-14 from three-point range (.500) and 12-of-17 at the free throw line (.706), while the rest of the ISU team was 6-of-28 from the field (.214) and 4-of-18 from behind the arc (.222). No one else on the Redbird team other than Brown and Carmichael attempted a free throw in the game.
Utah State finished the contest shooting 51.8 percent from the field (29-of-56), marking the 11th time this year, but just the third time in its last 14 games that it shot 50.0 percent overall. USU also shot 30.0 percent from three-point range (6-of-20) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (16-of-24). Illinois State shot just 36.9 percent (24-of-65) marking the 12th time this year USU has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting. ISU also shot 34.4 percent from behind the arc (11-of-32) and 70.6 percent at the line (12-of-17). Those 11 made three-pointers by ISU is tied for the most by a USU opponent this year, while its 32 three-point attempts are the most by an Aggie opponent this season.
Utah State also out-rebounded Illinois State by five (40-35) and recorded seven more assists (23-16) to go along with three more steals (8-5), while committing just one more turnover (12-11). In fact, USU's 23 assists tied its season-high and marked the fourth time this year it had recorded 20-plus assists in a game. In all, USU had now out-rebounded 22 of its opponents this year, including each of its last 10.
Utah State scored the first points of the game on a Butterfield jumper and led 6-4 before Illinois State went on a 17-4 run to take its largest lead of the game at 21-10 at the 12:31 mark as ISU made six of its first 10 three-point attempts. USU answered with a 13-0 run to go ahead 23-21 following a Roland trey with 8:16 to play in the half. The Aggies later used a 9-0 run to turn a 25-27 deficit into a 34-27 lead with 2:40 remaining in the half following a Stone layup, only to see the Redbirds close the half on a 5-2 run to get within 36-32 at intermission.
Utah State shot 44.4 percent in the first-half (12-of-27), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-of-11) and 61.5 percent at the free throw line (8-of-13). Illinois State shot just 33.3 percent in the first 20 minutes (10-of-30), including 44.4 percent from behind the arc (8-of-18) and 66.7 percent at the line (4-of-6).
Illinois State scored the first six points of the second half to go ahead 38-36, but Utah State responded by scoring the next seven to take a 43-38 lead and the home team never trailed again. USU eventually built its advantage to double-digits as it led 56-46 with 9:55 remaining following a tip-in by Shaw. ISU fought back to within four points at 60-56 with 6:39 to play, but could not get any closer as the Aggies lead grew to 11 at 72-61 with 2:00 left following two Roland free throws and USU made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to post the 80-71 win.
In the final 20 minutes, USU shot a blistering 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29).
Utah State will now conclude its regular season with four Western Athletic Conference games including its final road trip of conference play this week with a road game at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 28, followed by a road game at UT Arlington on Saturday, March 2 with both contests starting at 6 p.m. (MT). Thursday's game at LA Tech will be regionally televised, airing on Altitude 2, check local listings for more information.
The Aggies then return home for its final homestand of the regular season, hosting Texas State on Thursday, March 7 and UTSA on Saturday, March 9. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m.
For USU men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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