Dec. 17, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points in leading Utah State to an easy 78-53 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member Seattle (2-7) here Saturday to even its ledger at 5-5 on the season.
For Utah State, its 78 points were a season-high and its 25-point win was its largest of the year. USU also shot 50 percent from the field for the second time in as many games and for the third time this season.
Medlin, who was 6-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line, has now scored in double-figures in each of his last six games as he reached the 20-point plateau for the second time this year.
Junior forward Kyisean Reed added 13 points for Utah State as he has now scored in double-figures in four-straight games, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger hit double-figures for the third-straight game with 11 points, while adding season-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a season-best 29 minutes.
Overall, Utah State's bench scored 31 points as compared to 28 for Seattle as junior guard E.J. Farris had a career-high nine points and sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points and five rebounds.
Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (22-44), including 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-11) and 75.7 percent at the free throw line as it had season-highs in both free throws made (28) and attempted (37).
Seattle shot just 29.2 percent overall (19-65), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Redhawks were also just 3-of-23 (.130) from three-point range and converted on 12-of-18 (.667) free throws. SU did out-rebound USU by eight (43-35) as it grabbed 21 offensive boards.
Sterling Carter and Prince Obasi each scored eight points for Seattle as the Redhawks did not have a single player score in double-figures.
Utah State scored the first five points of the game on a layup by Reed and a three-pointer from Medlin before Seattle scored the next six points to take its only lead of the game at 6-5 with 16:37 to play in the half. USU later led by just three at 22-19 before a Medlin three-pointer sparked an 11-0 run and the Aggies went into half-time with a 35-24 advantage.
Medlin had 11 points to lead Utah State in the first-half as it shot 47.6 percent (10-21), including 50.0 percent from three (3-6) and 63.2 percent at the line (12-19). Seattle shot 32.2 percent in the first 20 minutes (10-31), but was 0-of-9 from three-point range and just 4-for-9 (.444) at the free throw line.
Seattle could never get closer than 11 points early on in the second half as Utah State used a 9-0 run to lead 45-26, and a 7-0 run for a 58-34 advantage. USU took its largest lead of the night at 78-51 with 45 seconds to play on a free throw by freshman guard Adam Thoseby before points the 25-point win.
Utah State continues its stretch of four home games in six days by hosting UT-Arlington, Saint Peter's and Kent State in its annual Gossner Foods Tournament, the 2011 Athletes in Action Classic, from Tuesday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Dec. 22.
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