Aggie Men's Basketball Topped By Tigers, 78-68, Saturday
Dec. 7, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Three players in double-figures was not enough for Utah State men's basketball as the Aggies were dealt a 78-68 loss by visiting Pacific Saturday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
With the loss, USU is 5-2 on the season having lost two in a row, while Pacific won its third-straight to improve to 7-1. The loss snapped Utah State's six-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Saturday was the 68th all-time meeting between the Aggies and Tigers, who were former Big West Conference foes. While USU still leads the all-time series, 44-24, Pacific has won five of the last six meetings, including the last two in Logan, as the Aggies are now 28-3 against the Tigers in Logan.
Senior center Jarred Shaw netted a team-high 17 points, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis came off the bench to tally a season-high 13 points and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 11 points. Butterfield also snared a game-high and season-high eight rebounds, helping USU to a 33-31 rebounding edge. Utah State has out-rebounded its last six opponents, and Saturday was the third game in a row that USU had single-digit edge after having double-digit rebounding advantage in the previous three games.
Senior guard Preston Medlin added nine points, and shared team-high honors with Davis in assists with four each. Freshman forward Jalen Moore recorded eight points and six rebounds in his first career start.
Pacific had three players in double-figures, led by Andrew Bock with a game-high 18 points, while T.J. Wallace and Ross Rivera added 15 and 11 points, respectively, both off the bench as the Tigers had a 36-23 bench points advantage.
The Aggies tied a season-low with 42.3 percent (22-of-52) field goal percentage, limited to a season-low 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range, as well as 79.2 percent (19-of-24) at the free throw line. The Tigers made exactly half of their field goals (29-of-58), along with 45.5 percent (5-of-11) behind the arc and 71.4 percent (15-of-21) at the free pitch stripe.
USU took a 2-0 lead after a pair of Shaw free throws, but that would be the Aggies' only lead of the night, as the Tigers scored the next six points to open a 6-2 lead. Pacific pulled away from a 14-9 lead with another 6-0 streak, capped by a layup by Gabriel Aguirre at the 9:12 mark for the Tigers' first double-digit advantage of the night at 20-9. A 7-2 spurt by the Aggies closed the gap to 22-16 at 7:24 to go in the half after a jumper by Moore and a three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Marcel Davis. However, the Tigers pulled away and opened up a 35-21 lead with 3:15 remaining in the half, for USU's largest deficit of not only the night, but the season, after a jumper by Trevin Harris. The Aggies cut the gap to 37-29 at halftime.
Out of the break, Utah State got within 46-43 after a pair of free pitch shots from junior forward Danny Berger, and later closed to 48-47 after a Marcel Davis layup at the 12:35 mark. However, Rivera hit a three-pointer to regain control for Pacific at 51-47 with 12:16 on the clock, and USU didn't get any closer, to fall in defeat.
Utah State continues its season-long six-game homestand by taking on an in-state foe in Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 14, also at 7 p.m., before hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, Sponsored by Gossner Foods on Dec. 19-21.
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 game against UNLV (Feb. 15).
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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