USU Men's Basketball Post-Game Notes - at San Jose State
March 1, 2014
SAN JOSÉ, Calif. -
Saturday's win was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 600th career win, becoming 14th active Division I head coach and 41st all-time Division I head coach with 600 career wins.
Utah State is now 6-11 in Mountain West play and 16-13 overall, snapping a four-game losing streak.
USU is now 4-7 on the road this season. Utah State has won 32 of its last 58 road games and is 110-93 in road games under head coach Stew Morrill.
The Aggies are now 5-8 this season and 79-36 during the last 14 years following a loss.
Utah State is now 13-4 when scoring 70 or more points, as part of winning 105 of last 115 games when reaching 70 points and is 247-35 under head coach Stew Morrill when netting 70 or more points in a game.
The Aggies are now 6-0 this season and has won 126 of its last 132 games when holding its opponents under 60 points.
USU is now 14-3 this season when leading at halftime, and has won 98 of its last 103 games when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 305-28 when having a lead at intermission.
Utah State shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field Saturday, as the Aggies shot over 40 percent for the 23rd time this season netting over 40 percent.
USU's 45.0 percent (9-of-20) three-point shooting was its 16th game this season netting 40 percent or better behind the arc.
By limiting SJSU to 23.1 percent (6-of-26) from three-point range, the USU defense has limited its opposition to less than 35 percent from three-point range in 17 of its 29 games, including 12 below 30 percent.
The Aggies had a 46-31 rebounding advantage for its 19th game out-rebounding the opponent this season, improving to 14-5 when having more rebounds than the opposition.
Saturday was USU's 13th double-digit rebounding advantage this season. Of the last 46 games that USU has out-rebounded the opponent, the Aggies have a double-digit rebounding edge 29 times, improving to 23-6 when posting a double-digit rebounding edge.
USU swiped a season-high eight steals Saturday, its 12th game with four or more steals, including the last two games in a row and three of the last four.
Saturday was USU's 14th-straight win over SJSU and sixth in a row at San José, as Utah State and San José State are familiar foes, having been in not only the WAC together, but the Big West together for a stint as well. USU and SJSU met for the 74th time this week with the Aggies now owning a 53-21 all-time advantage, which includes a 31-4 mark at Logan and a 17-13 ledger at San José. Utah State has won 35 of the last 39 games played in the series. The last time SJSU won a game in the series was on Feb. 18, 2008 in San José, 70-67, and the last time it won in Logan was on Feb. 25, 1982 by a final score of 55-47.
Utah State is now 131-34 against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, including 45-25 on California soil. USU is now 5-4 against California teams this season, including 3-3 at home and 2-1 in California, winning at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 16, 71-64, and at SJSU on Saturday, while losing at No. 7/7 San Diego State, 60-45, on Feb. 18.
Saturday was the first of USU's two regular-season games in March and Utah State is now 54-26 in the month of March under Morrill. The Aggies improved to 10-5 record in March road games under Morrill. The Aggies played on March 1 for the second time in three years, as USU's last game on the first day of the third month was also at San José State in 2012, with the Aggies winning, 71-61. Utah State is now 10-4 all-time in known games played on March 1.
This was USU's 17th game on a Saturday, its most-played on day of the week so far this season, posting an 8-8 mark on Saturdays, as part of 154-63 in games played on Saturday under Morrill.
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored 22 points Saturday, for his eighth double-digit scoring game in the last nine games, and 23 games this season and 42 of last 52 career games played. It was Butterfield's fourth 20-point game this season and seventh of his career.
Butterfield's career-high three-pointers give him 113 for his career, taking over the No. 11 spot on USU's career three-pointers list, passing Troy Rolle (1999-2000) with 112. Butterfield now needs four more treys to tie Pooh Williams (2008-11) for No. 10.
Senior center Jarred Shaw's 19 points Saturday is his 18 double-digit scoring game this season, including 16 of last 21 games played.
With a game and career-high 17 rebounds Saturday, Shaw logged his seventh double-double of season and 16th of career.
It was Shaw's eighth game with double-digit rebounds this season and 16th of career.
Senior guard Preston Medlin's 12 points Saturday give him 1,341 points for his career, currently at No. 16 on USU's career scoring list and needing 57 for the No. 15 spot, held by Dan Conway (1986-89) with 1,398 points.
Medlin's 12 points is his 21st game this season in double-digits and 66th of career.
Medlin has made at least one three-pointer in 25 games this season and 44 of last 50 games played, as well as making multiple three-pointers for the second game in a row and 20th game this season and 65 career games.
With two three-pointers Saturday, Medlin now has 209 for his career, tying Jay Goodman (1991-93) with 209 career treys for No. 4 on USU's career three-pointers list.
Senior guard TeNale Roland led USU with four assists Saturday, marking the fourth game this season that he has led the team in assists. Saturday was Roland's ninth game this season with four or more helpers, including each of the last three games.