USU Men's Basketball Post-Game Notes - at No. 25/RV New Mexico
Feb. 25, 2014
Utah State is now 5-11 in Mountain West play and 15-13 overall, losing its last four in a row after a three-game win streak.
USU is now 3-7 on the road this season, dropping seven of its last eight road games, all MW games, after going 2-0 on the road before conference play. Utah State has won 31 of its last 57 road games and is 109-93 in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.
The Aggies are now 4-8 this season and 78-36 during the last 14 years following a loss.
USU is 16-97 all-time against Associated Press ranked teams including a 5-19 record under Morrill. Tuesday was USU's second game against an AP Top 25 team in its last three games, playing at No. 6 San Diego State on Feb. 18, losing 60-45. This was the third AP Top 25 team USU is facing this season, after taking on San Diego State twice, first when the Aztecs were No. 7 on Jan. 25 in Logan, with the Aztecs winning, 74-69 in overtime, and the aforementioned Feb. 18 meeting in San Diego. Overall, USU has lost each of its last nine games against AP Top 25 teams with its last win coming on March 9, 2007, against No. 10 Nevada, 79-77, in the semifinals of the 2007 WAC Tournament. This is the first time that the Aggies have played three nationally ranked teams in the same season since the 2010-11 season, playing at No. 23 BYU (L, 78-72) and No. 14 Georgetown (L, 68-51) and facing No. 21 Kansas State (L, 73-68) in the NCAA Tournament.
USU is now 13-3 when leading at halftime.
The Aggies had only seven turnovers Tuesday, for their second game in a row with single-digit miscues after a season-low six vs. Fresno State on Feb. 22. It is the 12th game this season that USU had single-digit turnovers.
Utah State and New Mexico met in Albuquerque for the first time since any of the players involved in Tuesday's game were born, as the last time the Aggies and Lobos tangled on the hardwood in The Duke City was Dec. 29, 1979 in Albuquerque, winning, 117-83. New Mexico swept this season's series with USU for a two-game win streak after the Aggies had won the previous four games in the series, as USU still has won 12 of the last 15 meetings and now lead the all-time series, 19-6 overall, including 9-5 at Albuquerque.
Utah State is a combined 55-36 against teams from the state of New Mexico. USU is 19-6 against New Mexico and 36-30 against New Mexico State, including 19-26 in known games on New Mexico soil, posting a 9-5 record in known games at UNM and 10-20 at NMSU.
Tuesday was the eighth and final of USU's games in the month of February, ending 3-5 in the second month of the calendar. The Aggies are now 81-37 during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 32-27 record on the road.
This was USU's sixth game on a Tuesday this season, posting a 3-3 mark so far. USU is also 26-11 in games played on Tuesday under Morrill. The Aggies played on Feb. 25 for the first time since 2010 and USU has a 3-9 mark in known games played on Feb. 25.
Senior guard Preston Medlin's 19 points Tuesday night give him 1,329 points for his career, currently at No. 16 on USU's career scoring list and needing 69 for the No. 15 spot, held by Dan Conway (1986-89) with 1,398 pionts.
Medlin's 19 points is his 20th game this season in double-digits and 65th of career.
Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in 24 games this season and 43 of last 49 games played, as well as making multiple three-pointers for the 19th game this season and 64 career games.
With four three-pointers Tuesday, Medlin now has 207 for his career, needing two more to catch Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 209 career treys.
With a team-high and game-best tying five assists, Medlin led USU in helpers for the team-leading 14th game.
Medlin took his team-leading 11th charge of the season, taking one early in the second half.
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored eight points Tuesday, snapping his double-digit scoring game streak at seven in a row.
Butterfield led USU with eight rebounds, marking the sixth game he has led the team, ranking third on the team.
With seven rebounds Tuesday, senior center Jarred Shaw has snared seven or more boards in 16 of the last 18 games and 19 total times this season.