Nov. 15, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Junior center Jarred Shaw recorded his first-career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds for Utah State, but Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova had a game-high 21 points in leading the Gaels to a 67-58 road win Thursday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Saint Mary's, who was returning a BracketBuster game from 2010-11, improves to 2-0 on the young season. Utah State's record falls to 1-1 as it lost at home for just the 19th time in head coach Stew Morrill's 15 years as the Aggies are now 211-19 inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Shaw, who redshirted last season after transferring from Oklahoma State, was 5-of-13 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free throw line to register his career-high 17 points. He also had one assist and one blocked shot to go along with his career-best 15 rebounds.
Senior forward Kyisean Reed added 16 points, eight rebounds and a career-best four steals in a career-high 35 minutes, as he was 5-of-8 from the field and 6-for-10 at the free throw line. Junior forward Danny Berger added 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-6 from three.
Dellavedova played all 40 minutes for Saint Mary's as he was 6-of-15 from the field, 3-of-9 from three-point range and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Stephen Holt added 16 points and former Aggie James Walker III scored 14 points off the bench to give the visitors an 18-4 scoring advantage from the reserves.
Utah State scored the first six points of the game before Saint Mary's tied the contest at 12-all at the 13:58 mark. The Gaels then took its first lead of the night at the 10:27 mark on a three-pointer from Beau Levesque and SMC never trailed again as it led by as many as five in the first half before going into the locker room with a 34-31 advantage.
Saint Mary's shot a blistering 66.7 percent from both the field (14-21) and three-point range (6-9) in the first 20 minutes, while Utah State shot just 34.4 percent overall (11-32) and just 22.2 percent from behind the arc (2-9). However, USU did convert 7-of-11 (.636) free throws and had twice as many rebounds (22-11), including a 13-0 advantage on the offensive glass. Dellavedova and Walker III each had 12 first-half points for the Gaels, while Reed had eight to lead USU.
Utah State went ice cold offensively to start the second half as it made just one of its first eight field goal attempts and committed five turnovers during that stretch as Saint Mary's went on a 9-2 run to take its first double-digit lead of the night at 43-33 with 13:48 remaining. USU then scored five-straight points to get within 43-38, only to see SMC score five straight to increase its lead back to 10. The Aggies later got within three at 54-51 with 4:59 to play following a tip-in by Shaw and a three-pointer from Berger, but the Gaels answered with a 9-1 run to go up 11 and made eight straight free throws during the final 3:12 to notch the nine-point win.
After shooting 66.7 percent in the first-half, Utah State held Saint Mary's to just 7-of-25 (.280) shooting in the second half and the Gaels finished the game shooting 45.7 percent overall (21-45), including 40.9 percent from three-point range (9-22) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23), as SMC made its final 14 free throws of the game.
Utah State shot just 32.3 percent for the game (20-62), including 30.0 percent (9-30) in the second-half. USU was also just 1-of-7 (.143) from three in the final 20 minutes as it shot just 18.8 percent from behind the arc (3-16) for the game. USU was also 15-of-24 (625) from the free throw line.
Utah State did dominate the glass as it out-rebounded Saint Mary's by 19 (49-30), including a 24-6 advantage in offensive boards. USU also had one more assist (12-11), three more blocks (4-1) and three more steals (7-4) in the game, to go along with two fewer turnovers (12-10).
Utah State will continue its four-game homestand to start the season by hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 season are 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.
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