March 9, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State is just one of five teams in the nation that have won at least 21 games in each of the last 14 seasons, joining Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
Utah State played its final home game of the 2012-13 regular-season ledger on Saturday and improved to 14-1 (.929) on Senior Night under Morrill and 45-11 (.800) all-time on Senior Night dating back to the 1957-58 season.
Saturday's win gives USU 1,500 all-time wins in its 108th season of basketball, becoming the 52nd team in NCAA history to reach the 1,500 win plateau.
Utah State improves to 18-0 when leading at half and has won 84 of its last 86 games (.976) when leading at the break. Over the last 13 years, USU is 291-25 (.921) when holding a lead at intermission.
USU is 15-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 91 of its last 96 games (.947), when reaching 70 points and is 233-30 (.885) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game.
Utah State is 7-1 this season and has won 120 of its last 126 games (.952) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 185-16 (.920) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
For the second-straight game, the USU defense held the opposition to under 20 points in the first half with UTSA's 17 first-half points Saturday, after USU limited Texas State to 15 points on Thursday. It is the third time this season that the Aggies have held the opponent to less than 20 in the first half, joining the 19 by Seattle on Feb. 2. Overall it is the fourth time that USU has limited the opposition to 20 or less as the Aggies held Louisiana Tech to 19 points in the second half on Jan. 26.
USU's 10 turnovers Saturday were its fewest since Jan. 5 vs. Idaho when the Aggies had six miscues.
The Aggies dished out 22 assists Saturday, which are the second-most this season behind the season-high 23 done twice, but the most in a WAC game. USU's season-high 23 assists came against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and against Illinois State on Feb. 23. It was Utah State's sixth game with 20 or more assists this season.
USU's 87.5 percent free throw shooting effort Saturday was its third-highest of the season behind its season-high 88.9 percent against Western Oregon on Dec. 8 and its 88.2 percent versus LA Tech on Jan. 26. It is the Aggies' 10th game shooting 80 percent or better at the free pitch stripe.
The Aggies' 42 rebounds are its second game in a row and fifth in the last seven with 40 or more boards and is the 13th time this season with 40 or more rebounds.
Utah State is now 18-8 when out-rebounding the opposition, doing so in each of the last 14 games.
USU's tied a season-high nine blocks and had its most rejections in a WAC game this year, and is the second game in a row and third in the last six games with eight or more blocks. The nine blocks Saturday ties its season-high from against Nicholls State on Dec. 20.
Utah State now leads the series with UTSA at 2-0, with the first meeting coming earlier this season on Dec. 29, 2012 at San Antonio, won by USU, 71-67, in both teams' WAC season-openers and UTSA's inaugural WAC game.
The Aggies are now 28-12 (.684) all-time against teams from the state of Texas and USU is 16-3 (.824) in home games against teams from Texas.
Utah State has won 48 of its last 62 WAC games (.770) and is 74-22 (.768) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has a 94-34 (.732) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is now 14-4 at home this year and USU has won 63 of its last 72 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 99 of its last 109 home games (.907).
USU has won 91.0 percent of its home games (224-22) under head coach Stew Morrill, and the Aggies have won 252 of their last 276 games (.913) in the Spectrum. USU has registered a 518-115 (.818) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility.
Utah State improved to a 53-25 (.675) in the month of March under Morrill, which includes a 20-5 (.792) home record.
The Aggies are 13-3 (.800) in games played on Saturday this season. USU is 146-55 (.725) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah State is now 6-5 (.500) all-time in known games played on March 9.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford tallied a career-high 21 points, surpassing his previous mark of 14 that he had done twice.
It is his sixth game this season in double-figures and ninth of his career, and is the first time over 20.
Clifford becomes the sixth different player with 20 or more points in a game this season.
Clifford tied his season-high of 37 minutes for the third time this year.
It is his eighth game this season with five or more rebounds and the 22nd time in his career.
Junior guard TeNale Roland tallied a career-high 14 points Saturday, all in the second half, and also tied a career-best with one block.
It is the fourth time in the last five games that Roland has tallied double-digit points and is the sixth time this season.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield scored in double-figures for the 18th time this season and posted his seventh game with five or more assists with his 14 points and team-high tying five assists Saturday.
After snaring a career-high 20 rebounds in Thursday's win, the most by an Aggie since 1997, Butterfield had three boards Saturday, which were his fewest since Jan. 5 when he had two rebounds.
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean snared a career-high 10 rebounds, surpassing his previous mark of five with seven boards in the first half alone.
Jean also had four assists Saturday, tying his career-high for the fourth time this season.
Junior center Matt Lopez tied his career-high of eight points, matching his mark of eight points in his career debut against Utah Valley on Dec. 15. Lopez also tied his career-best with two blocks.
Junior center Jarred Shaw logged his 12th-consecutive double-digit scoring outing with 11 points Saturday and it was his 25th game with double-figures.
Shaw also posted his 12th-straight game with five or more rebounds.
It was also Shaw's fifth game missing a double-double by one rebound with nine rebounds when posting double-figure points.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis dished out five or more assists for the eighth time this season with his team-high tying five helpers Saturday.
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