Dec. 8, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Freshman guard Marcel Davis led a quintet of Aggies in double-figures with a career-high 21 points and Utah State ended the game on a 43-16 run to dispose of Division II Western Oregon, 86-57, inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night.
Utah State, who improves to 5-1 on the season with the win, played its first game since junior guard Danny Berger collapsed in practice Tuesday from full cardiac arrest. Berger, who was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Saturday morning, was on the bench with his teammates Saturday night.
Western Oregon had its six-game winning streak snapped as it falls to 6-3 with the loss. The Wolves were led in scoring by Andy Avgi who had 15 points.
Utah State improved to 181-16 under head coach Stew Morrill when holding its opponents under 60 points and 221-30 when scoring at least 70 points. USU also improved to 214-19 at home in this Morrill's 15-year at the helm.
Davis, who played just 20 minutes in the game, was 9-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range for his 21 points, which are the most scored by an Aggie player this season, while adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers. Junior guard Preston Medlin also scored a season-high 18 points, as he was 7-of-12 from the field and junior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had his best game as an Aggie in his first career start as he finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes, all of which are season-bests. Senior forward Kyisean Reed was the fifth Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds, to go along with three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
Leading by just two points at 43-41 with 15:50 to play in the game, Utah State scored eight-straight points to go up 53-43 and later used an 11-2 run to take a 62-45 advantage with 9:32 remaining following a Davis three-pointer. USU produced another 11-2 run to lead 75-49 following a Shaw layup and took its largest lead of the game at 84-54 with 2:10 left on another Shaw bucket before posting the 29-point win at 86-57.
Utah State finished the game shooting a season-high 57.4 percent (35-61), including 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19). USU also shot a season-high 88.9 percent at the free throw line (8-9). Western Oregon shot just 36.2 percent (21-58), including 33.3 percent from three (8-24) and 87.5 percent at the line (7-8).
For the sixth-straight game, Utah State posted a double-digit advantage on the boards as it out-rebounded Western Oregon by 22 (43-21). USU also dished out a season-best 23 assists in the game and tied its season-high with seven blocked shots.
Western Oregon began the game by scoring eight of the first 12 points before Utah State went on a 7-0 run. USU followed that with a 13-3 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game at 24-13 after a three-pointer from junior forward Marvin Jean. The Wolves, however, scored nine of the next 11 points to get within four and later trailed by just four at 33-29 before USU ended the half on a 5-2 spurt to take a 38-31 advantage into the locker room.
Utah State shot 53.6 percent in the first half (15-28), including 45.5 percent from three-point range (5-11) and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Western Oregon shot 37.5 percent in the first 20 minutes as it was 12-of-32 from the field and 5-of-13 (.385) from behind the arc.
Utah State will take the week off for final exams before playing at Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised live on KMYU TV.
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