Oct. 26, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Behind 16 points from junior guard Preston Medlin and 15 points from junior center Jarred Shaw, Utah State men's basketball grounded Grand Canyon, 76-44, Friday night in an exhibition game to open the 2012-13 season.
USU has won its last 10 exhibition games in a row, with its last exhibition loss coming on Oct. 31, 2007 to EA Sports, 86-81. The Aggies also improved to 22-5 (.815) in exhibition games under head coach Stew Morrill.
Friday marked the second time in three years that USU has hosted Grand Canyon in an exhibition game, as the Aggies also hosted the Antelopes on Nov. 5, 2010, winning 76-46.
Medlin netted 13 of his game-high 16 points in the first half and finishing the night 4-of-7 field goal shooting, including hitting both three-point attempts, and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He was one of five USU players who were perfect at the free throw line, as the Aggies shot 23-of-25 (92.0 percent) from the charity stripe. USU shot 44.4 percent (25-of-54) from the field, including 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) behind the arc.
Shaw made his first seven free throws before missing his eighth, finishing 7-of-8 from the line, while adding 4-of-8 field goals for his 15 points. He also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, including six on the offensive glass as USU out-rebounded GCU, 43-26.
All 12 Aggie players that were in uniform for Friday's game saw action, including seven newcomers. Of the 12, a total of 11 players scored, and seven of them scored six or more points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points as did junior guard TeNale Roland in his first action in a USU uniform, also snaring six rebounds.
The Antelopes were led by Barret Robbins with eight points off the bench, while Camyn Boone added six points. Five different GCU players snared three rebounds apiece. GCU made 28.8 percent (15-of-52) of its field goals, hitting 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from three-point range and were 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) at the charity stripe.
USU opened the game on an 8-0 run, as GCU did not score until over five minutes into the contest. The Aggie advantage reached double digits at 17-6 with 11:29 on the clock after a bucket by sophomore center Jordan Stone, and grew to 23-9 with 8:23 to go after a fast-break layup by junior forward Marvin Jean, as the junior college transfer finished with four points in his Aggie debut. The Antelopes trimmed the gap to 23-14 at the 7:02 mark on a layup by Killian Larson, but that was the last time the gap was single digits as the Aggies opened up a 36-22 lead at the break after a pair of Clifford free throws.
Medlin's only three points of the second half came from the right wing with 15:01 to go that gave USU its first 20-point lead at 51-29 and the Aggies coasted to the exhibition win, getting several reserves playing time as six players played 20 or more minutes. The USU lead hit 30 for the first time at 62-31 with 9:32 remaining after a layup by Jean and an old-fashioned three-point play by Stone gave the Aggies their largest lead of the night at 72-33 with 5:10 to go.
USU will host Simon Fraser in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., before kicking off the regular-season schedule by hosting Idaho State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. USU opens the season with four-straight home games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
In addition to season tickets being on sale, the Utah State Athletics Ticket Office has five different ticket packages for fans that want to watch men's basketball games this season but are unable to attend every game. Fans can choose from a West Coast Package, Saturday Package, Aggie Football/Basketball Doubleheader Package, Gossner Tournament Package and a Western Athletic Conference Package.
The West Coast Package is a four-game set for $60 that includes games against Saint Mary's (11/15), Western Oregon (12/8), Seattle (1/3) and San Jose State (1/11). The Saturday Package also is a four-game set for $60 consisting of games against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (11/17), Western Oregon (12/8), Idaho (1/5) and New Mexico State (2/16). The Aggie Football/Basketball Doubleheader Package is for Saturday, Nov. 24 and gets fans into the USU football vs. Idaho game that afternoon and the USU men's basketball vs. Weber State game that night for $30. The Gossner Package includes all six games of the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods (12/20-22) for $40. The WAC Weekend Package is a three-game set for $45 including games against San Jose State (1/11), Louisiana Tech (1/26) and UTSA (3/9).
To order a package or for more information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Utah State men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 season are also on sale at the USU Ticket Office. Ticket prices are $230 in non-priority areas and $220 in priority areas, which have Big Blue Scholarship Fund per seat commitment fees apply, ranging from $100-$900 per seat in addition to ticket cost.
Family Plans are also available for purchase at $800 (two adults and three Jr Aggies). Please be aware that there is a limit of one Family Plan per household.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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