Dec. 3, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 15 points and junior forward Kyisean Reed added 13, but Utah State dropped its second-straight game in losing at Pacific, 65-57, here Saturday to fall to 3-4 on the season. For USU, it is its first back-to-back losses since the end of the 2009-10 season as the Aggies are below .500 for the first time since it was 3-4 during the 2007-08 campaign.
Ross Rivera had 15 points and Lorenzo McCloud added 14 points, six rebounds and five steals for Pacific who improved to 3-3 with the win.
Medlin, who added a career-high eight rebounds, has now scored in double-figures four times this year and five times in his career despite shooting 4-of-14 from the field. Freshman center Jordan Stone finished with season-highs of seven points and seven rebounds in a season-best 23 minutes.
Pacific held a 44-37 lead midway through the second-half and then used a 10-0 run to lead 54-37 with 8:21 remaining. USU, however, fought back to within six points at 59-53 with 48 seconds to play following a three-pointer from senior guard Brockeith Pane, but the Tigers hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to notch the eight-point win.
Utah State finished the game shooting a season-low 32.8 percent from the field (20-61) and a season-low 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-18), and was out-rebounded (43-36) for just the second time this year. USU also had single-digit assists (5) for the fourth time this year, but did have a season-high 21 offensive rebounds.
Pacific shot just 38.2 percent in the game (21-55) and was just 6-of-23 (.261) from three-point range, but did convert 85.0 percent of its free throws (17-20). The Tigers also had seven blocked shots and seven steals in the contest.
Utah State scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Pane and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel and led 7-3 before Pacific scored seven straight points. The Tigers later used a 10-3 run to turn a 12-12 tie into a 22-15 advantage and went into the locker room up nine at 31-22 following a three-pointer from Markus Duran at the end of the half.
Utah State shot just 32.0 percent in the first-half (8-25), including just 2-of-9 (.222) from three-point range and 4-of-7 from the free throw line (2-9). Pacific shot 40.0 percent (12-30) in the first 20 minutes and made all four of its free throws. UOP was also 3-of-11 (.273) from behind the arc in the first half. Medlin led the Aggies with nine first-half points while Rivera had nine to lead the Tigers.
Utah State returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 6 when it hosts Utah Valley in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m.
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