Feb. 23, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State is now 6-2 all-time in BracketBusters games including a 2-0 mark against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference, also beating Wichita State, 65-58, in 2009-10... USU has won three of its last four BracketBusters games.
Utah State improves to 16-0 when leading at half and has won 82 of its last 84 games (.976) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 289-25 (.920) when holding a lead at intermission.
USU is 13-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 89 of its last 94 games (.947), when reaching 70 points and is 231-30 (.885) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
The 80 points scored by USU marks the fifth time this season that the Aggies have netted 80 or more points and the first time since scoring 82 against Idaho on Jan. 5 in an 82-75 OT win.
USU improves to 16-6 when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last 10 games (5-5).
The Aggies also improve to 16-2 when shooting better from the field than their opposition.
USU's 51.8 percent field goal shooting was its 11th game making over half its shots, as the Aggies have shot better than 40 percent in each of their last seven games and a total of 22 times this season.
The Aggies tied their season-high with 23 assists, matching the 23 helpers from the Western Oregon game on Dec. 8, and Utah State improves to 15-3 this season when dishing out more assists than its opponents.
The USU reserves' 19-5 bench points advantage was its largest since a 17-0 advantage at Utah Valley on Dec. 15. The Aggies are now 9-3 this season when their bench out-scores the opponent's.
The 35 points scored by ISU's Tyler Brown Saturday were the most points scored by an opponent individual this season, and the top two have both been from an Illinois school, topping the previous season-high mark of 29 points by Southern Illinois' Desmar Jackson on Dec. 22 in the final game of the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods.
Brown's 35 points are the most points scored by an opponent since Feb. 11, 2008 when Nevada's Marcelus Kemp also netted 35 points.
Utah State is now 12-4 at home this year and USU has won 61 of its last 70 games (.871) 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 97 of its last 107 home games (.907).
USU has won 91.0 percent of its home games (222-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 250 of their last 274 games (.912) in the Spectrum. USU has registered a 516-115 (.818) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State is now 4-2 this season in the second month of the year and is 76-31 (.710) during the month of February under Morrill, includes a 48-7 (.873) home record. The Aggies are 11-2 in games played on Saturday this season, winning in their last three games on a Saturday after a two-game Saturday losing skid. USU is 145-54 (.729) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. USU played on Feb. 23 for the first time since 2006, and the Aggies are now 6-3 (.667) in known games played on Feb. 23.
Utah State evened its all-time series with Illinois State at 3-3 ,winning three of the last four meetings as well as improving to 2-1 at Logan.
USU is now 2-0 against Missouri Valley Conference teams this season, after beating Southern Illinois, 70-58, on Dec. 22 in the final game of the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods. Overall, the Aggies are now 18-15 (.545) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is 11-5 (.688) all-time against current members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Aggies also improved to 6-9 (.400) all-time against teams from the state of Illinois.
Junior center Jarred Shaw registered his eighth double-double of the season with team highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Shaw has eight double-digit rebounding games, which have led to all eighth of his double-doubles.
Shaw posted double figures for the 21st time this season and now takes over the team lead for topping the team in scoring with nine times, pulling away from the tie with Preston Medlin with eight.
Shaw also led USU in rebounding for the 14th time this season with his 19th game with five or more rebounds this season.
With two dunks Saturday, Shaw now has 12 throwdowns this year, closing the gap on team-leader Kyisean Reed's 15 rim-rocks.
Shaw dished out two assists Saturday to match his career-high for the seventh time.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis set new career-highs with eight assists and six rebounds.
Davis also tied his career-high of two steals for the seventh time this season.
Junior guard TeNale Roland set a new career-high with 13 points Saturday, topping his previous high mark of 12 points against Seattle on Feb. 2... It was Roland's third game in double-digit points and second at home... Roland also matched his season-high of five rebounds.
Roland also drained a career-best three three-pointers Saturday, for his sixth game with multiple three-pointers.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted double-digits for the ninth-straight game and the 16th time this season.
Butterfield also tied his season-best of two steals for the fourth time this season.
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean posted double-figure points for the second-straight game and the fourth time this season... Jean also tied his season-high of four assists for the third time this season.
With his two treys Saturday, Jean drained two or more three-pointers for the 10th time this season.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford jammed home his first dunk of the season with his second-half dunk Saturday... Clifford also tied his season and career-high of three assists for the third time this year, and he also tied his season-high with two steals Saturday.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone tied his career-high of two assists for the second game in a row.
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