Dec. 22, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Junior forward Kyisean Reed scored a career-high 27 points and sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 20 as Utah State rolled to an easy 81-62 home win against Kent State here Thursday to claim its own Athletes In Action Classic championship.
Medlin, who was 6-of-8 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 5-for-7 at the free throw line, added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in earning Most Valuable Player honors. Reed was an amazing 12-of-13 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line as he was named to the all-tournament team. Reed, who had three dunks in the contest, added four rebounds and a career-high tying two blocked shots.
Senior forward Morgan Grim was also named to the all-tournament team for Utah State after recording his second double-double in as many nights as he finished with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
UT Arlington, who finished second in the tournament with a 2-1 record, placed Bo Ingram and LaMarcus Reed on the all-tournament team along with Kent State's Justin Greene.
Utah State finished the game shooting 56.6 percent from the field (30-53), including a blistering 64.0 percent (16-25) in the second-half. USU also shot 38.5 percent from three-point range (5-13) for the game and made a season-best 84.2 percent of its free throws (16-19). Kent State shot just 34.2 percent overall (25-73), including just 20.8 percent from behind the arc (5-24) and just 50.0 percent at the line (7-14). USU also recorded a season-best 23 assists in the contest including eight from senior point guard Brockeith Pane and a career-high six from sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger. USU also out-rebounded the Golden Flashes by three (40-37).
Utah State, who scored a season-high 81 points, has now scored 70-plus points in each of its last five games after scoring over 70 points just once in its first eight outings.
Once again, Utah State got off to a fast start as it scored eight of the first 10 points including six straight from Grim. Kent State closed to within two at 10-8, only to see USU push its margin back to eight at 18-10 on a Medlin jumper. The Aggies took its first double-digit lead of the night at the 8:43 mark of the first half on a three-pointer from freshman guard Adam Thoseby and later led 33-17 following a Reed dunk before going into the locker room with a 35-21 advantage.
Reed had 12 first-half points and Medlin scored 10 as Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field (14-28), 33.3 percent from three-point range (3-9) and was 4-for-5 (.800) at the free throw line.
Kent State scored the first two points of the second-half to get within 12, but from there on it was all Utah State as the Aggies led by as many as 29 including at 59-30 with 10:01 to play following a Reed layup. USU maintained its 20-point advantage for the rest of the half and was up 79-54 with 2:09 to play before KSU finished the game on an 8-2 run to make the final margin 19 points.
Utah State returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 31 when it plays at No. 17/18 Mississippi State at 1 p.m. (MT).
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