Nov. 17, 2013
Utah State is off to its first 3-0 start to a season since 2008-09, when the Aggies opened 5-0, as well as the sixth 3-0 beginning to a season under head coach Stew Morrill.
USU shot a season-high 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at the free throw line.
The Aggies were 5-of-6 at the free throw line in the final 2:00 Saturday, equaling their attempts in the final 2:00 in the first two games... USU is now 11-of-12 (.917) this season in the last 2:00.
USU is now 3-0 this season and has won its last 18 regular-season games when scoring 70 or more points... Overall USU has won 94 of its last 100 games (.940) when reaching 70 points and is 236-31 (.866) under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
Utah State and UC Santa Barbara played for the 64th time in series history Saturday night, in what is the 11th-oldest rivalry in USU history, with USU now leading the all-time series, 40-24... USU has won seven of the last eight meetings overall and now lead, 16-13, in games played at Santa Barbara... The first game played in the series was on Dec. 7, 1970 with Utah State posting a 66-64 home win, and the most recent time was on Feb. 18, 2012 in the ESPNU BracketBusters, with visiting UCSB winning, 72-64.
Saturday was USU's first road game of the season, and Utah State has won 29 of its last 47 road games (.617) and is 107-86 (.554) in road games under veteran head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah State is now 127-31 (.804) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, including 45-24 (.652) on California soil.
Utah State improved to 54-18 (.750) during the month of November under Morrill, having won its last six games in the 11th month, as well as winning its last three road games in the month. USU has now played twice on Nov. 16, and is 2-0 in known dates of games dating back to 1962-63, doing so in 1996, when the Aggies hosted Simon Fraser in the 1996-97 season-opener, winning 75-39.
Utah State spent 27 years in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1979-2005) and won six tournament championships and seven regular season titles. USU's overall league record while a member of the Big West was 283-177 (.615), while its record against current members of the conference is now 195-100 (.661) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU head coach Stew Morrill is 13-5 (.722) all-time against UC Santa Barbara and 97-35 (.735) against current members of the Big West Conference.
USU led at halftime for the third time this season and the Aggies are now 3-0 this season when leading at intermission... The Aggies have won 87 of their last 89 games (.978) when leading at the break. Over the last 14 years, USU is 294-25 (.922) when holding a lead at intermission.
With a three-pointer from the right corner with 1:24 in the first half, senior guard Preston Medlin became the 36th player in USU history with 1,000 career points, as he scored his ninth point of the night giving him 1,002 and jumping to No. 35 on the career scoring list, passing Bob Ipsun (1958-59) with 1,001... Finishing the game with 18 points, Medlin now has 1,011, climbing up to No. 34, also passing Bill Hull (1951-54) with 1,007... Medlin needs three points to tie former teammate Tyler Newbold (2008-11) at No. 33 with 1,014 points.
Medlin's 18 points Saturday was his second double-figure game this season and the 46th time in his career.
Medlin's four three-pointers ties a season-high with his four treys from the season-opener vs. USC.
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield's 16 points on the night is his third double-digit scoring outing this season and his sixth in a row back to last season. It is Butterfield's 26th career double-figure outing, including 18 of the last 19 games played.
Butterfield tied a career-high with four three-pointers and was his 15th career multi-three-pointers.
Junior forward Ben Clifford's season-high 10 points was his 11th career double-digit scoring outing.
Senior center Jarred Shaw's nine points and nine rebounds was one point and one rebound shy of his 11th career double-double.
It was the second time in the three games this season that Shaw has led the team in rebounding.
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