Nov. 24, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Junior center Jarred Shaw had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and Utah State used a 12-2 run during the final five minutes of the game to post a 65-55 home win against in-state rival Weber State Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In all, there were 24 lead changes and the game was tied 16 times during the night.
With the win, Utah State improves to 3-1 on the season and 29-1 at home against in-state opponents under 15th-year head coach Stew Morrill as the Aggies have now won 27-straight home games against teams from the Beehive State.
Overall, USU improves to 38-12 against teams from the state of Utah during the last 14 years. The Aggies also improve to 39-26 all-time against the Wildcats including a 24-8 mark in Logan. In all, USU has now won 11 of the last 13 games played in the series including eight-straight at home.
Utah State also continued its trend of remaining nearly unbeatable when allowing less than 60 points as it has now won 115 of its last 120 games under Morrill when accomplishing that feat.
Shaw, who also had a career-high three blocks in the game, was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line for his 16 points. Junior guard Preston Medlin added 17 points as he was 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 8-for-12 at the free throw line. Medlin also tied his career-high with nine rebounds to go along with four assists and a career-high three steals in 38 minutes. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he finished with a season-high 11 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. Senior forward Kyisean Reed added eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks, while junior forward Danny Berger also had eight points to go along with four boards.
Davion Berry was the only Weber State player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting, including 0-of-6 from three-point range and 1-for-5 at the free throw line.
With the score tied at 53-all at the 5:00 mark, Utah State got baskets from Shaw and Reed, to go along with a pair of free throws from Clifford to open a six point advantage. Weber State than went 1-for-2 at the line to cut the deficit to five only to see USU go on another 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 65-54 with 39 seconds remaining following a Medlin free throw and the Aggies went on to post the 10-point win.
Utah State finished the game shooting 45.7 percent (21-46), including 20.0 percent from three-point range (1-5) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (22-32) as the Aggies converted 20-of-27 (.741) free pitches in the second half. Weber State shot just 34.0 percent overall (18-53), including 23.1 percent from three (3-13) and just 55.2 percent at the line (16-29).
For the fourth time this year, Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Weber State by 13 (43-30). USU also had five more blocked shots (7-2) and three more assists (15-12) in the game, while WSU had four more steals (7-3) and four fewer turnovers (12-8).
Neither team led by more than two points for the first eight minutes of the game before Weber State used a 7-0 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 15-10 advantage with 11:54 to play in the half. USU regained the lead at 18-17 following a layup from freshman guard Marcel Davis with 8:01 to play. From there the lead remained within two points for both teams as the score was all even at 28-28 at intermission.
Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field (13-26) in the opening half, but was 0-of-2 from three-point range and just 2-for-5 (.400) at the line. Weber State shot 42.9 percent in the first half (12-28), including 2-of-6 (.333) from three and 2-for-5 (.400) from the line. In the first half, there were eight ties and 11 lead changes.
In the second-half, neither team led by more than three points until USU's deciding 12-2 run to end the game.
Utah State will hit the road for the first time this year as it will play at Santa Clara (5-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. (MT).
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