Nov. 28, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Junior guard Pooh Williams tied his career-high with 17 points and freshman guard Preston Medlin added 17 points off the bench to lead Utah State to an easy 89-49 win against Southern Utah here inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night.
Utah State, who improved to 3-2 on the young season, extended the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 36 straight wins. USU also improved to 20-1 at home against in-state opponents under head coach Stew Morrill and has now won 20 of its last 26 games against teams from the state of Utah. SUU dropped to 3-4 on the year with the loss.
Williams, who missed the first two games of the year recovering from foot surgery, made a career-high four three-pointers on the night and shot 6-of-7 from the field overall. Medlin, who was 5-of-6 from behind the arc, entered the game without scoring a single point in his first four outings in an Aggie uniform. Junior forward Tai Wesley also scored in double-figures for Utah State as he had 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Ryan Brimley scored 12 points to lead Southern Utah, while Davis Baker added 10 points and seven boards.
Utah State turned a relatively close game into a blowout as it scored the first 18 points of the second half and held Southern Utah scoreless for the first 6:44 to lead 58-32 following a layup from junior forward Matt Formisano. The Aggies lead grew to 30 at 70-40 following Medlin's fifth three-pointer of the game and later 40 points at 89-49 with just over a minute to play following a layup from junior guard Brian Green. In all, USU out-scored the Thunderbirds, 49-17 in the final 20 minutes.
Utah State shot over 50 percent from the field for the first time this year as it finished the game at 53.3 percent overall (32-60), including 45.8 percent from three-point range (11-24) and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (14-18). Southern Utah shot just 26.4 percent (14-53), including 27.8 percent from behind the arc (5-18). SUU did make 16-of-17 free throws (.941). USU also had a slight advantage on the boards (36-35) and registered season-highs with 26 assists, eight steals and seven blocks, while committing a season-low seven turnovers.
Utah State scored the first seven points of the game and led 11-2 following a layup from Formisano. The Aggies extended its lead to 13 at 19-6 with 10:57 to play in the half on a jumper by senior guard Jared Quayle before Southern Utah backed into a zone defense and slowly chipped away at the Aggie advantage, getting within two at 22-20 with 6:59 remaining. The Thunderbirds later cut the lead to just one on a three-pointer from Brimley to make the score 27-26, before USU went on an 8-2 run to go up six.
Utah State shot 46.4 percent from the field (13-28) during the first 20 minutes, including 6-of-15 (.400) from three-point range as Medlin was 3-of-4 from behind the arc and had 11 points at the break. Williams also had 11 points for the home team in the first half. Southern Utah shot 34.8 percent (8-23) in the first half, and was 4-of-8 from three-point range and 12-of-12 from the free throw line to make the score 40-32 at intermission.
Utah State will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 2 when it hosts in-state rival Brigham Young in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live in the state of Utah on CW30.
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