Dec. 21, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Senior forward Morgan Grim had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double in leading Utah State to an easy 72-47 home win Wednesday against Saint Peter's in game four the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods.
Utah State improves to 7-5 on the year with the win and is now riding a season-best three-game winning streak. Saint Peter's falls to 2-9 overall and has lost five straight games.
Utah State has now scored 70 or more points in each of its last four games after scoring 70-plus points just once in its first eight outings. Overall, USU is 4-1 this year and has won 65 of its last 68 games when scoring at least 70 points.
Grim finished the night shooting 8-of-10 from the field and was 1-for-1 at the free throw line in 25 minutes. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane added 12 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman forward Ben Clifford each scored nine points for the home team.
Markese Tucker came off the bench to score 12 points for Saint Peter's.
For the second straight game, Utah State got off to a fast start as it raced out to a 20-4 lead and increased its advantage to 21 at 28-7 following a jumper from sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Two Reed free throws gave Utah State a 41-14 lead with 1:28 to play in the half and USU went into the locker room up 24 at 41-17.
Utah State shot 46.7 percent in the first-half (14-30), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (4-8). USU was also a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. Saint Peter's shot just 19.2 percent in the first-half (5-26), including 30.0 percent from three (3-10) and 66.7 percent at the line (4-6).
Saint Peter's would never get closer than 21 points in the second half as Utah State coasted to the 25-point win.
Utah State finished the game shooting 48.1 percent overall (25-52), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (4-10) and a season-high 78.3 percent at the free throw line (18-23). Saint Peter's shot 32.1 percent for the game (18-56), including just 26.7 percent from three (4-15) and 53.8 percent at the line (7-13). USU also out-rebounded SPC by seven (38-31) and recorded a season-best seven blocked shots. Saint Peter's 47 points was also a season-low for an Aggie opponent this year.
Utah State returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 22 when it hosts Kent State (8-2) in the final game of the 2011 Athletes In Action Classic at 8 p.m.. Also on Thursday, UT Arlington (5-5) will play Saint Peter's (2-9) at 5:30 p.m.
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