Four Players In Double-Figures Boosts USU Men's Basketball To 77-71 Win At Weber State Tuesday
Nov. 26, 2013
OGDEN, Utah - Four players in double-figures boosted Utah State men's basketball to a hard-fought 77-71 win at Weber State Tuesday night at WSU's Dee Events Center. The Aggies improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2008-09 with the win Tuesday, which was USU head coach Stew Morrill's 500th game at the helm of the Aggie program.
USU's 5-0 start is its fifth in Morrill's 16 seasons leading the Aggies, as well as the 20th 5-0 start in the 109 years of Utah State men's basketball. Morrill is now 371-129 (.742) at USU, and is the winningest coach in school history and first all-time in games coaches (500).
Weber State, which was playing in its home-opener Tuesday, is 0-3 on the young season. USU has now won 12 of the last 14 games against WSU, improving to 40-26 all-time against the Wildcats.
Utah State has also won 34 of its last 43 games against in-state opponents and is now 42-13 against teams from the state of Utah during the last 14 seasons.
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis posted 18 points and 14 rebounds, both career-highs for his USU time, matching his overall career-best for rebounds from his one season at Southern Utah, for his first double-double of the season and second of his career. Davis tallied 14 points and nine rebounds in the second half, helping USU rally from a 33-31 halftime deficit. At one point in the second half, Davis scored eight of USU's points in a row and 12 of its 14.
Senior center Jarred Shaw tallied a team-high 20 points, netting 12 in the first half, while adding four rebounds and two blocks, notching his second 20-point game this season. Fellow senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 12 points after halftime on the way to finishing with 14 points, while senior guard Preston Medlin logged 13 points and dished out seven assists, tallying a season-high helpers for the second game in a row.
It's Shaw's fourth double-digit scoring outing this season and 30th of his 36 career games. Butterfield has now logged double-digit points in all five games this season and 23rd of his career. For Medlin, it was his fourth double-digit game of the season and 49th of his career.
USU shot a scorching 63.0 percent (17-of-27) from the field in the second half on the way to finishing the night at 50.9 percent (29-of-57), marking the third time this season that the Aggies made at least half of their shots. Utah State made a season-low two three-pointers on the way to 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) behind the arc. USU also was 17-of-22 (77.7 percent) at the free throw line.
Weber State had three players in double-digits, led by Davion Berry's game-high 21 points, while Jeremy Senglin added 14 points and Kyle Tresnak tallied 10. Joel Bolomboy and Kyndahl Hill collected eight rebounds apiece.
The Wildcats made exactly half of their field goals (27-of-54), while netting one-third of their three-pointers (4-of-12). WSU was also 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) at the charity stripe.
Utah State tied its season-low with seven turnovers for its third single-digit turnover outing this season. The Aggie defense forced 10 WSU turnovers. USU also had a 33-29 rebounding edge, out-rebounding its opponent for the fourth game in a row.
The Aggies hit their first five shots of the night, en route to building up a 14-5 lead after a 10-0 run, with Medlin, Davis and Shaw scoring four points apiece during the spurt. Weber State later rallied and took a 24-23 lead at the 7:16 mark after a free throw by Tresnak, and the Wildcats extended their lead to 30-25 on a Senglin layup with 4:26 to go in the half. A pair of free throws by sophomore guard Marcel Davis pulled USU within 32-31 with 1:10 left before Hill hit a charity stripe with eight ticks left for the 33-31 halftime score.
A Berry jumper opened a 41-36 lead for the Wildcats just over three minutes into the second half. However the Aggies clawed away at the gap and took the lead at 50-49 on a Butterfield layup at the 10:21 mark and USU didn't trail again, fighting off several ties, before taking the lead for good on a bucket by Kyle Davis with 6:58 remaining. The Aggies stretched the advantage to 69-61 with 2:43 on the game clock and held off a Wildcats' rally, getting a pair of Butterfield free throws with 8.2 ticks to play to secure the 77-71 win.
USU wraps up its three games in seven days stretch by playing another in-state foe, facing BYU on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City in a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The Aggies return home to host Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. All single-game tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to each game. Single-game tickets will cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium games against Mississippi State (Nov. 23), BYU (Nov. 30 in Salt Lake City) and UNLV (Feb. 15).
Utah State men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are also still on sale. Season tickets start at $230 and they include all 20 home games as well as the BYU game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30. 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.
To order a package or for more Aggie 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.
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