Utah State Men's Basketball Post-Game Notes - Texas State
March 7, 2013
Thursday's win was Utah State's 20th of the season, marking the 14th-straight year that USU has won at least 20 games in a season. USU is one of just six teams in the country to win at least 20 games in each of the past 14 seasons along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Syracuse. Furthermore, it is the 28th time in school history that USU has won 20 games. Under Morrill, Utah State is 14-6 (.700) when attempting to win its 20th game, while USU is 28-14 (.667) all-time when going for its 20th win of the year.
Utah State improves to 17-0 when leading at half and has won 83 of its last 85 games (.976) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 290-25 (.921) when holding a lead at intermission.
USU is 14-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 90 of its last 95 games (.947), when reaching 70 points and is 232-30 (.885) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
The 15 points allowed to Texas State in the first half were the fewest by USU's defense since 15 by Louisiana Tech on March 5, 2011 in the Aggies' 72-30 win.
Utah State's 47 rebounds Thursday were its second-most in WAC play and its third-most overall of the season behind its season-high 50 against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 26.
It was the 12th time this season that USU has snared 40 or more rebounds.
USU improves to 17-8 when out-rebounding its opponent, having done so in each of the last 13 games.
Utah State's 11 steals Thursday night were a season-high, bettering the 10 swipes that the Aggies had in the last meeting with Texas State, on Dec. 31, 2012 at San Marcos.
USU's eight blocks Thursday were its most in a WAC game this season and ties its second-most of the season, matching the eight rejections at BYU on Feb. 19, and behind its season-high nine blocks against Nicholls State on Dec. 20.
Utah State's 19 assists Thursday were its 15th game with 15 or more helpers.
The Aggies also improve to 17-2 when shooting better from the field than their opposition.
USU's 77 points were its most in a WAC game since scoring 77 in 77-67 win at Idaho on Jan. 31 and most since 80 against Illinois State on Feb. 23 in the ESPNU BracketBusters game in 80-71 win.
Utah State now leads the series with Texas State, 2-0, as Thursday was the Bobcats' first-ever visit to Logan. USU sweeps the season series, first meeting on Dec. 31, 2012 in San Marcos, with Utah State winning 81-57. The Aggies are in their eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, while the Bobcats are in their first and last season in the WAC, before joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.
The Aggies are now 27-12 (.684) all-time against teams from the state of Texas and USU is 15-3 (.824) in home games against teams from Texas
Utah State is now 13-4 at home this year and USU has won 62 of its last 71 games (.873) 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 98 of its last 108 home games (.907).
USU has won 91.0 percent of its home games (223-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 251 of their last 275 games (.913) in the Spectrum. USU has registered a 517-115 (.818) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State improved to a palindromic 52-25 (.675) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 19-5 (.792) home record. USU is now 4-5 this season on Thursdays and 91-24 (.791) in games play on Thursday under head coach Stew Morrill.
The Aggies are 7-1 (.875) all-time in known games played on March 7.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield returned to the Aggie lineup after missing their last game with an injury, and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds, which are the most by an Aggie since Dec. 20, 1997 when Donnie Johnson had 20 boards in a home win against Long Island.
Butterfield also had 10 points for his seventh double-double of the season, just missing a triple-double with seven assists, his third game with seven or more helpers behind his career-high nine that he dished out at Texas State on Dec. 31, 2012.
Butterfield has now led the team in rebounding in nine games.
Junior center Jarred Shaw registered his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Butterfield and Shaw have seven and nine double-digit rebounding games, respectively, which have led to all of their double-doubles.
Shaw posted double figures for the 24th time this season, and has led the team in scoring 11 times now.
With one dunk Thursday, Shaw now has 13 throwdowns this year, narrowing the gap on team-leader Kyisean Reed's 15 rim-rocks.
Shaw also took a charge Thursday, his fifth charge taken this season.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford tied a career-high for the second time this season and third time in his career with four blocks Thursday.
Clifford also tied his career-high with four assists, marking the fourth time for his career.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis set a new career-high with five steals Thursday.
Davis also tied his career-high of two steals for the seventh time this season.
Davis netted two three-pointers for the second game in a row and was the fifth game with multiple three-pointers.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone made his first start of the season and third of his career.
Junior guard TeNale Roland tied his career-high with three steals for the second time this season.