Dec. 20, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 27 points in leading Utah State to a 73-69 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member UT Arlington here Tuesday in the second game of the Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods.
Utah State improves to 6-5 on the season after posting back-to-back wins for the first time this year, and UT Arlington falls to 4-5 overall after suffering its third-straight loss. Furthermore, USU has now scored 70-plus points in each of its last three games after scoring over 70 points just once in its first eight outings.
Medlin, who was 8-of-12 from the field, 6-of-9 from three-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line, also had a career-high eight assists in the game to go along with a career-high tying two steals. He also had four rebounds and just one turnover in 33 minutes.
Junior forward Kyisean Reed also scored in double-figures for Utah State as he tied his career-high for the third-straight game with 13 points, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 12 points.
Bo Ingram had 21 points and Jordan Reeves added 10 points and nine rebounds for UT Arlington.
UT Arlington scored the first four points of the game before Berger connected on a pair of three-pointers and Medlin hit four treys in a row to give Utah State a 20-8 advantage with 11:56 remaining. The Mustangs rallied back to within one at 23-22 only to see USU finish the half on an 11-6 run to take a 34-28 lead into halftime.
UT Arlington scored the first four points of the second-half to get within two, but Berger and Medlin hit a pair of three-pointers to extend Utah State's lead back to 10 at 48-38. USU then got seven quick points from Reed on back-to-back dunks and three free throws to give the Aggies its largest lead of the night at 70-52 with 3:32 remaining. From there, the Mustangs out-scored Utah State 17-3 to make the final margin four points.
Utah State finished the game shooting 49.0 percent (25-51), including 44.0 percent from three-point range (11-25) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (12-18). UT Arlington shot 44.3 percent (27-61), including 26.1 percent from behind the arc (6-23) and 69.2 percent at the line (9-13). Both teams finished with 32 rebounds, while USU had six more assists (19-13) to go along with five more turnovers (17-12).
Utah State returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 21 when it plays Saint Peter's (2-8) in day two of the Athletes In Action Classic at 8 p.m., following UT Arlington vs. Kent State.
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