Nov. 22, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his first-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in Utah State's 58-55 overtime loss at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Tuesday.
Utah State, who was playing its first game without senior forward Brady Jardine following a foot injury in its last outing, falls to 2-2 on the season with the loss and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi improves to 1-2 with the win. Entering tonight, USU had won five straight overtime games dating back to the 2006 season, 51 straight games when leading at the half and 28 straight games when allowing less than 60 points.
Senior guard Brockeith Pane finished with 15 points for Utah State, while freshman guard Adam Thoseby added nine points of the bench as he was 3-of-5 from three-point range. Junior forward Kyisean Reed grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds to go along with four points.
Myron Dempsey had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and Terence Jones scored 14 points.
Trailing 38-35 with 7:01 to play, Utah State finally got going offensively and went on a 10-1 run to take a 45-39 lead with 3:12 remaining following a Pane free throw. However, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi finished the game on an 8-2 run, including the tying basket with five seconds to play sending the game into overtime. USU had a chance to extend a two-point lead with 31 seconds to play, but sophomore guard Preston Medlin missed the front-end of a one-and-one free throw.
Utah State scored the first two points of overtime on a Pane jumper and led 53-52 with 1:34 left following a pair of free throws from Pane, but on the next possession the Islanders Hameed Ali hit a three-pointer giving the home team a 55-53 lead. TAMUCC then hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 17 seconds to preserve the win.
Utah State finished the game shooting just 33.3 percent (19-57), its worst offensive performance since the 2005-06 season. The Aggies did convert 4-of-9 (.444) three-pointers and 13-of-18 (.722) free throws. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi shot 37.9 percent overall (22-58), including just 11.8 percent from behind the arc (2-17) and just 54.5 percent at the free throw line (12-22).
Both teams grabbed 42 rebounds in the game, while Utah State had four more turnovers (16-12) and six fewer assists (12-6).
Utah State's largest lead of the first-half was at 8-4 and later 16-12 following baskets by Grim. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi led by two on three different occasions during the first stanza including at 21-19 before sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel hit a three-pointer from the right wing to give the visitors a 22-21 lead at intermission.
Grim led Utah State with 10 points and five rebounds in the first-half as Utah State shot just 29.6 percent (8-27), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (2-5) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (4-5). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi shot just 33.3 percent (10-33) during the first 20 minutes, including 0-of-8 from three-point range and 1-for-3 at the charity stripe.
Utah State will stay on the road as it plays at Idaho State on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
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