Nov. 29, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Utah State men's basketball rallied from a 15-point first half deficit to beat Santa Clara, 80-78, in overtime Wednesday night. Junior guard Preston Medlin hit a three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to force the extra session and hit another big trey in OT to secure USU's third-straight win, improving to 4-1 to start the season for the second time in the last three years.
The Aggies also dealt the Broncos their first loss of the season, falling to 5-1, while USU also won its first-ever game at Santa Clara. Utah State now leads the all-time series, 5-3, winning the last two in a row and three of the last four meetings. Of the eight match-ups between the Aggies and Broncos, seven of them have been decided by nine points or less and the last three meetings have been determined by six or fewer points.
Wednesday was also USU's 100th road win under head coach Stew Morrill, as the Aggies have now won 22 of their last 35 road contests.
In scoring a season-high 80 points, USU made a season-most 28 field goals on the way to a 28-of-50 (56.0 percent) field goal shooting night, its second-highest percentage of the season. USU is 2-0 this season and 17-3 in the last two years when scoring 70 or more points.
The Aggies also made a season-high seven three-pointers, as in addition to two from Medlin, junior forward Danny Berger and junior guard Spencer Butterfield also made two apiece while junior guard TeNale Roland added one, as USU was 7-of-17.
Junior center Jarred Shaw led Utah State with 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:10 to go. Medlin, Berger and senior forward Kyisean Reed all tallied 11 points while Roland tied a season-high with nine. Freshman guard Marcel Davis nearly tripled his season-total of three points with a season-best eight points Wednesday while playing a season-high 19 minutes.
USU was also 17-of-23 (73.9 percent) at the free throw line, while SCU was 23-of-33 (69.7 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Aggies had a double-digit rebounding advantage for the fifth time in as many games this season, with a 37-24, Wednesday, as in addition to Shaw's eight boards, Reed added seven and Berger snared five.
Santa Clara shot 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the field, hitting a season-low 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from three-point range after making four of their first six. The Broncos were led by Kevin Foster with 27 points while Evan Roquemore added 23 points.
USU's defense also forced a season-high 14 turnovers, but only had one blocked shot after having four or more in each of the previous five games this season.
SCU bolted out to a 17-4 lead, hitting four of its first six three-pointers in the first four and a half minutes of the game, but the Aggies whittled away at the deficit. A monster dunk and layup by Reed sandwiched around a pair of free throws pulled USU within 21-10. Davis topped his career-high with a steal and layup to pull USU within, 23-18 with 10:02 on the first half clock, forcing an SCU timeout. Utah State continued to battle back and took its first lead of the game at 34-32 with 1:52 to go in the half after a steal and layup by Reed, who wears jersey number 34 and scored the Aggies' 34th point, and USU led 34-33 at intermission.
A layup by Shaw capped an 8-0 run to start the second half for the Aggies, giving them a 41-33 lead just 2:35 into the half. USU led by eight on several occasions, getting key three-pointers from Berger, who hit one trey in each corner, while Butterfield drained a triple from the right corner. However, SCU bounced back to take a 63-60 after a three-point play by Roquemore with 3:20 left. The Broncos led the remainder of regulation, but Medlin hit a fall-away three-pointer over an SCU defender with 2.4 seconds left. Roquemore got a shot off from beyond half court at the buzzer but it was off the mark to force overtime.
Medlin hit a three-pointer at the 2:32 mark of OT for a 75-71 USU lead. After Reed later gave the Aggies a 79-75 advantage with his second monstrous dunk on a breakaway with 23 seconds. Roquemore hit a three with 12 seconds to go to pull the Broncos within 79-78, but Berger hit one-of-two free throws with six ticks to go and Roquemore got another long trey off before the buzzer but it fell short for the Aggie victory.
USU will remain on the road, but return to the Beehive State, playing at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The Aggies then return home to host Western Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
In addition to season tickets being on sale, the Utah State Athletics Ticket Office has four different ticket packages for fans that want to watch men's basketball games this season but are unable to attend every game. Fans can choose from a West Coast Package, Saturday Package, Gossner Tournament Package and a Western Athletic Conference Package.
To order a package or for more 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.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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