Dec. 21, 2012
USU won its seventh game in a row to improve to 8-1 to start a season for the first time since 2008-09. The Aggies have now started a season 8-1 a total of 15 times in school history.
Utah State shot a season high from behind the arc going 12-of-22, eclipsing the previous season high of eight made three's (Western Oregon). The Aggies' 54.5 percent from long range is also a season-high and the highest since March 25, 2012 vs. Oakland when they went 12-16 (.750) from distance.
By overcoming a 40-39 halftime deficit, USU is now 1-1 when trailing at the half this season, compared to 6-0 this season when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 279-25 (.918) when leading at the half and 47-76 (.382) when trailing at the half including a 0-1 (.000) record this year.
After shooting better than 50.0 percent from the floor in its previous four games, USU shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) Friday, its second-lowest percentage of the season.
The Aggies only turned the ball over six times in the win, which is the fewest of the season and is the fewest turnovers committed in a game since January 8, 2012 vs. San Jose State.
USU's six turnovers Friday night also tied a tournament record for fewest turnovers in a game for the second time in as many nights, matching Nicholls State against Utah State Thursday night, as well as Troy vs. Idaho State in 2010.
UC Davis' five blocks Friday night was a season-high by a USU opponent this season.
Utah State has out-rebounded its opponent in all nine games this season and improve to 8-1 on the season when out-rebounding its opponent. After having a double-digit rebounding margin in its previous seven games of the year, USU has had a single-digit margin the last two games and Friday's +3 margin was the closest of the season, after a +8 margin Thursday night.
With 20 assists Friday night, USU has dished out 20 or more assists in three games this season, logging a season-high 23 against Western Oregon.
The Aggies are now 45-1 (.978) all-time in tournaments it hosts as it went 3-0 in the Athletes In Action Classic (2011), World Vision Invitational (2010), Basketball Travelers Invitational (2009) and the Duel in the Desert (2008), 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-1972, 1982), losing to Wyoming, 92-85, on Dec. 28, 1971 in the championship game. USU has won 44-straight home tournament games since that loss to Wyoming.
Utah State improved to 223-30 (.881) under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring at least 70 points, doing so for the second-straight game and fourth in the last five games, winning all four times.
USU also upped its home record to 6-1 this season and has won 91.9 percent of its home games (216-19) under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 110-9 (.924) record in non-conference games. USU has registered a 510-112 (.820) all-time record in its 43rd year in the facility. The Aggies have won 244 of their last 265 games (.921) in the Spectrum, including 122 of their last 133 (.917) home games against league competition, including 47 of its last 51.
Utah State has won 55 of its last 61 games (.902) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum after having its 33-game win streak snapped last season on Nov. 30, 2011 with a loss to Denver. That 33-game win streak started after a 37-game win streak was halted by Saint Mary's on Dec. 5, 2009. Overall, USU has won 91 of its last 98 home games (.929).
USU is 86-23 (.789) during the month of December under Morrill, which includes a 72-2 (.973) record at home. The Aggies are 15-5 (.750) in known games played on Dec. 21, playing on the date for the second-straight season, as last year's home tournament, the Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, Inc., was also Dec. 20-22. The Aggies played on a Friday for the first time this season and improved to 34-9 (.791) in games played on Friday under Morrill.
Friday was USU's second meeting against UCD, and Utah State improved to 2-0 overall, also winning, 81-55, on Nov. 27, 2004.
Utah State is 124-31 (.800) against teams from the state of California during the last 13 years, which includes a 71-8 (.899) record at home.
Utah State spent 27 years in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1979-2005) and won six tournament championships and seven regular season titles. USU's overall league record while a member of the Big West was 283-177 (.615), while its record against current members of the conference is 238-123 (.659) as Utah State has a winning record against every team in the league. USU is 16-2 against Cal Poly, 40-17 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 10-3 against Cal State Northridge, 14-4 vs. Hawai'i, 33-22 against Long Beach State, 44-23 vs. Pacific, 2-0 against UC Davis, 31-27 against UC Irvine, 9-1 against UC Riverside and 39-24 vs. UC Santa Barbara.
The last time Utah State had two players with four or more three-pointers in a game came against Oakland in the CIT tournament when junior guard Preston Medlin went 4-of-5 and sophomore forward Danny Berger went 5-of-6.
Junior guard Preston Medlin scored a season-high 23 points Friday night besting his previous mark of 18 against Western Oregon. It is the 38th time Medlin has scored in double figures and the 14th time he has scored over 20 in a game.
Medlin went 4-of-10 (.400) from deep which is a season-high. The last time Medlin stroked four three-pointers in a game was against Oakland in the CIT tournament. It is also the ninth career game with four our more three's.
Junior guard TeNale Roland scored 11 points off the bench for Utah State, surpassing his previous season best of nine.
Junior forward Jarred Shaw swatted the only shot of the night for USU and has blocked at least one shot in every game this season. It was only the second time this season Shaw has not scored in double figures (6) and a season low in rebounds (4).
Junior guard Spencer Butterfield has scored 14 in points in consecutive games, both of which are season-highs for Butterfield. It is the third time this season Butterfield has scored in double digits for the Aggies. Butterfield has now scored 11.2 ppg in each of his last five games after averaging just 4.0 ppg in the first four games of the season.
Butterfield heavily contributed to Utah State's long distance efficiency by going 4-of-6 from behind the arc. His four three's Friday were also a career-high for Butterfield.
Butterfield also pulled seven rebounds which was the second best mark behind teammate Kyisean Reed, who grabbed eight boards on the night.
Medlin boldly took two charges Friday from an oncoming opponent, pushing his team-high total to three this season.
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