Nov. 27, 2011
POCATELLO, Idaho - Sophomore redshirt guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 26 points and Utah State connected on 13 three-pointers in a 75-62 road win at Idaho State Saturday as the Aggies improve to 3-2 on the season and the Bengals fall to 1-4.
Medlin, who added a career-high six rebounds and a career-best two steals, finished the game shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range as those eight treys are tied for the third-most in a single-game in school history and the most since Jaycee Carroll made a school-record 10 at New Mexico State during the 2005-06 season.
Utah State's 13 three-point field goals were not only a season-best, but tied for the second-most in school history and the most since USU made 13 treys against Montana Western last year. USU entered Saturday's game having made just 15 three-pointers on the season.
Freshman guard Adam Thoseby also had a career-night for Utah State as he scored in double-figures for the first time with 16 points as he was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Senior forward Morgan Grim added 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high tying two blocked shots, while senior guard Brockeith Pane and freshman forward Ben Clifford each scored 10 points. Pane also tied his career-high with nine assists, while Clifford added season-bests in rebounds (7), assists (2), blocks (2) and minutes played (37) in his first career start.
Once again, Utah State was without senior forward Brady Jardine who sprained his foot in the Southern Utah game on Nov. 19, and without junior forward Kyisean Reed who sprained his knee in practice earlier in the week.
Melvin Morgan led four Idaho State players in double-figures with 24 points.
Utah State finished the game shooting a season-best 57.8 percent (26-45), including a blistering 68.4 percent from three-point range (13-19) and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-16). USU also had season-highs in both assists (21) and blocked shots (5), while committing six more turnovers (16-10) in the game. Both teams finished with 29 rebounds.
After a three-pointer from Medlin to start the second-half, Idaho State scored eight straight points to take a 38-35 lead. USU then went on an 11-0 run as Medlin hit back-to-back three's, followed by a Pane three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Clifford to give the visitors a 46-38 advantage with 12:48 to play. USU increased its lead to 11 at 52-41 following a Thoseby trey and then went on a 14-3 run to take its largest lead of the game at 75-56 with 2:40 remaining following two Clifford free throws. ISU then scored the final five points of the game to make the final score 75-62.
Idaho State finished the game shooting just 32.7 percent (17-52), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Bengals were also just 3-of-18 (.167) from three-point range, but did convert 25-of-30 (.833) free throws.
Utah State scored the first six points of the game on three-pointers from Thoseby and Medlin before Idaho State responded with an 11-3 run. USU got its advantage back to six at 17-11 following five quick points from Thoseby and later led by six at 19-13 after a layup from sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel. ISU then scored seven of the next eight points to regain the lead only to see the Aggies score five straight points. The Bengals led for the last time in the first-half at 27-26 as USU finished the half on a 6-2 run to go into the locker room with a 32-29 advantage.
Medlin led Utah State with 14 points and five rebounds in the first-half as he was 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. Thoseby added 11 first-half points as he was 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arc. In the first-half, USU shot 50.0 percent from the field (12-24), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and was 1-for-2 at the free throw line. Idaho State shot just 33.3 percent (9-27) in the first 20 minutes, including just 2-of-8 (.250) from three-point range, but was 9-for-9 from the free throw line. The Bengals also had two more rebounds (16-14) in the first-half, while the Aggies had three more turnovers (9-6).
Utah State returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 when it hosts future Western Athletic Conference member Denver at 7 p.m.
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