Nov. 17, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Junior guard Preston Medlin and junior center Jarred Shaw each tallied 17 points and senior forward Kyisean added 15 points, and a 13-0 second-half run paced Utah State men's basketball to a 77-68 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU led Saturday's game from start-to-finish and improve to 2-1 on the season, in bouncing back from Thursday's loss to Saint Mary's. USU is now 72-23 during the last 13 years following a loss.
Saturday's win also avenges last season's loss at Corpus Christi, leveling the all-time series at 1-1. TAMU-Corpus Christi lost its second-straight game in falling to 1-2 on the year.
Medlin netted five field goals, two being three-points and was 5-of-7 at the free throw line for his season-high 17 points, while Shaw was 6-of-7 from the field as well as 5-of-6 at the charity stripe for his 17 points, as he registered his season-best for the third time in as many games. Reed also joined in the season-high posting party with 15 points off 5-7 field goal shooting, including an athletic dunk in the second half, and was also 5-of-6 at the free throw line.
Junior guard TeNale Roland also added season-highs of nine points and seven assists, while not committing a turnover. Roland's seven helpers were not only the most by an Aggie player this season, but were the most in the Western Athletic Conference so far this season. The seven assists were part of USU's season-high 21 assists.
In scoring their season-high 77 points, the Aggies shot a season-high 56.8 percent (25-of-44) from the field, hitting 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from three-point range as well as 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) at the free throw line. USU's field goal percentage, field goals made, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted and free throw percentage were all season-highs while the Aggie defense tied a season-high with five blocks. USU also committed a season-low nine turnovers.
Utah State had a 33-23 rebounding advantage as Shaw pulled down seven, Reed snared six and sophomore forward Danny Berger tallied five boards.
TAMU-CC was led by 17 points by Will Nelson while Johnathan Jordan added 13 points to go along with 10 points each from Hameed Ali and Joy Williamson. Jordan and Williamson pulled down a team-leading four rebounds each.
The Islanders made 24-of-54 (44.4 percent) of their field goals, hitting 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from three-point range as well as 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line.
USU jumped out to a 10-3 lead after a pair of Medlin free throws at the 12:55 mark. TAMU-CC trimmed the gap to two on several occassions, the last at 17-15 on a layup by Jordan with 6:39 left in the first half. Utah State stretched its lead to 31-23 with 1:23 on the first half clock after a three-pointer by Medlin and the Aggies to a 31-25 lead into halftime.
After a three-pointer by Kennon Dvorak pulled the Islanders within 31-28, the Aggies reeled off their 13-0 run, sparked by a layup and a pair of free throws by Shaw. Reed threw down a dunk and Medlin hit another three, then Shaw and Reed netted two free throws each, the later putting USU up 44-28 with 16:24 to go. Ali ended the Islanders' drought with a jumper, but Roland later drained a triple for USU's first 20-points lead of the night at 52-32 with 14:10 to play. Sophomore center Jordan Stone made a layup on USU's next possession for the Aggies' largest lead of the game at 54-32 with 13:30 left.
The Islanders whittled the deficit down to nine points, but couldn't get any closer until 2:23 remaining on a pair of Jordan free throws, but couldn't get any closer until Williamson hit a three-pointer with 37 seconds left to pull within 75-68. Roland hit a layup with four seconds to go for the final margin.
Utah State will complete its four-game homestand to start the season by hosting in-state foe Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 24 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.
For more Utah State men's basketball ticket 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.
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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