Feb. 1, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. -
Utah State (15-5, 6-4 WAC) at Seattle (7-13, 2-8 WAC)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 8 p.m. (MT) Seattle, Wash.
Key Arena (8,500) Aggie Sports Network ROOT Sports TV
GAME DAY HEADLINES
In its second game of its two-game road weekend, Utah State men's basketball heads to the Emerald City of Seattle to take on the Redhawks of Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) from Seattle's Key Arena (8,500). Saturday's game between the Aggies and Redhawks will be televised on ROOT Sports (DirecTV Ch. 683 & 687 and Dish Network Ch. 414 & 426, but not available live on Comcast), and will also air tape delay. Check local listings for more information, based on cable providers.
Saturday's game will also be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, and also video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Now in its 108th season of basketball, Utah State has an overall record of 1,494-1,027 (.593) in its 2,521 games played.
USU is 5-2 on the road this season and Utah State has won 26 of its last 41 road games (.634) dating back to the 2009-10 season and is 104-83 (.556) in road games under head coach Stew Morrill, including a 73-47 (.608) record against conference opponents and a 36-22 (.621) mark against WAC teams.
Utah State has won 43 of its last 54 WAC games (.796) and is 69-19 (.784) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons. Overall, USU has an 89-31 (.742) regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league.
Utah State is playing its first game of the season in the second month of the year and USU is 72-29 (.713) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 28-23 (.549) record on the road.
The Aggies are 8-2 in games played on Saturday this season, having its eight-game Saturday win streak snapped with the loss at Denver on Jan. 19 and have now lost the last two Saturday games. USU is 142-54 (.724) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill.
USU is playing on Feb. 2 for the second year in a row and have a 10-3 (.769) all-time record in known games played on Feb. 2.
Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Redhawks is the 31st all-time match-up between USU and Seattle, with the Aggies holding a 16-14 advantage, but the Redhawks have a 9-5 advantage at Seattle, winning the last two meetings there. USU's last win in the Emerald City was on Feb. 10, 1975.
Utah State is 37-22 (.621) all-time against teams from the state of Washington. Last year's meeting at Seattle is USU's recent match-up in the state of Washington.
USU head coach Stew Morrill is 3-1 all-time against Seattle, posting a 2-1 mark while at USU and a 1-0 record against the Redhawks while at Montana.
After a 76-66 win at Idaho on Thursday night, Utah State men's basketball plays its second of three-straight road games, playing its first game of the second month, opening up February action at Seattle on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MT) from Seattle's Key Arena (8,500). Saturday's game between the Aggies and Redhawks will be televised on ROOT Sports (DirecTV Ch. 683 & 687 and Dish Network Ch. 414 & 426, but not available live on Comcast), and will also air tape delay. Check local listings for more information, based on cable providers. Saturday's game will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
The Aggies wrap up their three-game road swing at San Jose State on Friday, Feb. 8. Both games are slated for 8 p.m. (MT) tip-offs.
ON THE AIRWAVES
Utah State basketball games are broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network on KVNU (610 AM/102.1 FM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, mostly on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, KZNU (1450 AM) in St. George, KVEL (920 AM) in Vernal, KRPX (95.3 FM) in Price, and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer while former USU head coach and athletics director Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games and select road games. Both of this weekend's game will feature former USU director of basketball operations Lance Beckert as analyst.
Saturday's Utah State game will air on KZNS (97.5 FM) in Salt Lake City, in St. George on KZNU 1450 AM, in Vernal on KVEL 920 AM, and in Price on KRPX 95.3 FM.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET
Fans can also listen to all Utah State men's basketball games on the Internet by clocking on the "Listen Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Redhawks will be televised on ROOT Sports (DirecTV Ch. 683 & 687 and Dish Network Ch. 414 & 426, but not available live on Comcast), and will also air tape delay. Check local listings for more information, based on cable providers. Tom Glasgow will handle play-by-play duties Bill Krueger will provide color commentary and Brad Adam will be the sideline reporter. It will also be aired on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network, along with live streaming on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Live stats for all USU home games are available via "Gametracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Road games will be under "live stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, which will redirect fans to the home team's stat system.
LIVE VIDEO ON THE INTERNET
All Utah State home games and road games where available are streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. Fans will need to pay a small fee to watch the game.
Utah State men's basketball news, game updates and information is available on twitter @Aggiehoops.
UTAH STATE IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH WAC TITLE IN EIGHT YEARS
Utah State is seeking its fifth Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in the last six years as part of USU's eight years in the league. The Aggies shared the 2008 title with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State as all four teams had 12-4 league records, before winning the 2009 and 2010 WAC titles with identical 14-2 conference records, and the 2011 WAC Championship after going 15-1. Prior to USU's run, Nevada won five straight regular season WAC titles from 2004-08.
EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN WAC
Utah State is playing in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference, before joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013. USU currently has an 89-31 (.742) overall regular-season WAC record in its eight years in the league, including having won 43 of its last 54 WAC games (.796) and is 69-19 (.784) against teams from the WAC during the last six seasons.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies improved to 15-5 overall and 6-4 in WAC play with a 77-67 win at Idaho Thursday night to snap a four-game losing skid. USU led from start-to-finish, leading as much as 15 in the first half and 17 in the second stanza. The Aggies were led by a career-high 27 points from junior center Jarred Shaw, a double-double from junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and 16 points from freshman guard Marcel Davis. Shaw's 27 points topped his career-high for the second-straight game and just missed his eighth double-double of the season with nine rebounds. Butterfield posted his third-straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while dishing out a game-high tying four assists. Davis tallied double-digits for the first time in his last six games, and his fifth time this season. The Aggies had a 27-16 rebounding advantage, as its +11 rebounding advantage was its second-straight double-digit rebounding advantage and 11th of the season. Idaho's 16 rebounds were the fewest by an Aggie opponent this season, bettering the previous low of 17 by Denver on Jan. 19, and the fewest by a USU opponent since 13 by Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010.
MEDLIN, REED SUFFER INJURIES
Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced an update on a pair of players who suffered injuries in the Aggies' game at New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee. Medlin's injury happened in the first half, but he played the rest of the game, while Reed's injury happened late in the second half against NMSU and he did not return to action.
Medlin is averaging 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He is shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, including 39.3 percent (33-of-84) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line. Medlin is still fifth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg). He also is third in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh (.393), as well as fifth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played (36.06).
Reed is averaging 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game, leading USU in blocked shots (28 total) and steals (26 total). He is netting a team-high 58.2 percent (71-of-122) field goal shooting, as well as 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line. Reed is 12th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.1 ppg), while ranking 10th in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg). He also ranks third in field goal percentage (.582). Reed is sixth in the WAC in blocked shots (1.75), as well as seventh in steals (1.63).
THREE RETURNING STARTERS, OUT WITH THREE DIFFERENT MEDICAL SITUATIONS
USU entered this season with three returning starters and all three are now not in action due to medical situations. Junior forward Danny Berger collapsed in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night. Berger will miss the remainder of the season. Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee.
UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is averaging nearly a double-double with 13.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, adding 1.2 blocks per game as well. Shaw nearly registered his eighth double-double of the season with a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho Thursday, topping his career-high for the second game in a row. He logged his seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds along with a career-high four blocks in last Saturday's loss to LA Tech. He has at least seven rebounds in 14 games this season, including seven double-digit rebounding outings, which have all led to his double-doubles. Shaw also is shooting 52.7 percent (108-of-205) from the field in addition to 73.9 percent (51-of-69) at the free throw line. After having at least one blocked shot in USU's first 14 games of the season, Shaw did not register a blocked shot in the next four games before bouncing back with a career-high four blocks against LA Tech and added one at Idaho.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 10.5 ppg, having posted his first three career double-doubles in the last three games, posting a career-high 23 points and adding a then-career-best 11 rebounds in Thursday's game against UT Arlington, then adding 16 points and a new career-high 15 rebounds in Saturday's loss to LA Tech before posting 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho. Butterfield now has 10 double-digit scoring outings in the last 13 games, and has also pulled down four or more rebounds in each of the last six games. Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has scored 173 points in 14 games as a starter, averaging 12.4 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 30 made three-pointers (30-of-71), and is also second on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.3 percent behind the arc.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis averages 6.6 ppg on the season, and also leads the team with 3.2 assists per game. Davis has now tallied four helpers in nine of the last 12 games. He now has 48 assists in the last 12 games (4.0 apg) and has 52 assists in 14 games as a starter (3.7) after totaling 10 assists in the first five games of the season off the bench (2.0 apg).
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has stepped up in place of Preston Medlin in the starting line-up, averaging 7.8 ppg on 31 points in the last four games as starter after averaging 3.5 ppg off the bench, tallying a season-high 14 at Denver and adding 11 vs. UTA. Jean is shooting three tenths of a percent better behind the arc (43.8 percent) than his overall field goal percentage (43.3 percent), making 21-of-48 from distance and 30-of-69 in total field goals. Jean was a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games.
USU Men's Basketball Ranked Among National Leaders In NCAA Statistics
Utah State is currently ranked among the national leaders in the NCAA Division I statistics, updated and released Friday, highlighted by ranking 12th in rebounding margin (+8.4), one of three rankings in the top 40 in the nation. The Aggies are also 25th in field goal percentage (.475) and 33rd in three-point field goal percentage (.380). USU is additionally 52nd in assist-turnover ratio (1.19) and 54th in assists per game (15.1).
AGGIE INDIVIDUALS IN NCAA STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is 47th in the NCAA in double-doubles (7.0), as well as 56th in field goal percentage (.577) and 67th in rebounds per game (8.5).
USU LEADING WAC OVERALL IN TWO CATEGORIES
Utah State leads the WAC statistics for three-point field goal percentage (.380) and the Aggies are also tops in the conference statistics for rebounding margin (+8.4).
USU also ranks second in field goal percentage (.475) and assist/turnover ratio (1.19), while ranking third in scoring (69.4), scoring margin (+5.6), free throw percentage (.719) and assists (15.05). Additionally, the Aggies are fourth in blocks (4.05), fifth in scoring defense (63.8), sixth in rebounds (36.4), seventh in field goal percentage defense (.425), while ranking ninth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.351) and steals (4.95).
AGGIES IN WAC ONLY STATISTICAL LISTS
In conference only games, Utah State is second in rebounding margin (+5.3), third in free throw percentage (.728), three-point field goal percentage (.376), assists (13.10) and assist/turnover ratio (1.08). USU is also fourth in scoring margin (+2.7) and field goal percentage (.449), while ranking fifth in scoring defense (64.9), rebounds (35.2) and blocks (3.60), in addition to sixth in scoring (67.6), eighth in field goal percentage defense (.439) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.439) and steals (4.60).
UTAH STATE INDIVIDUALS IN WAC AND WAC ONLY STATS
Junior center Jarred Shaw is fourth in the league overall in rebounds (8.5) while ranking tied second in WAC only games for rebounds (8.1). Shaw also is ninth in scoring overall (13.4) while ranking eighth in WAC only games (13.6), as well as fourth in overall field goal percentage (.527), eighth in overall blocked shots (1.20), tied for ninth in WAC only blocks (1.1), while also ranking 13th in overall free throw percentage (.739) and 12th in league games (.719).
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield is second in overall free throw percentage (.820) and third overall three-point field goal percentage (.423), while also ranking fourth in WAC only free throw percentage (.829) and 15th in league only three-point field goal percentage (.381). He also is ninth in conference only games for scoring (12.7), as well as ranking 11th in overall field goal percentage (.478) and 13th in league games field goal percentage (.488). In three-pointers made, Butterfield is 11th overall (1.58) and tied for 10th in WAC only games (1.60), and he is also eighth in league games for rebounding (6.7) and tied for 13th in conference games for assists (3.00).
Freshman guard Marcel Davis is fifth in the league for overall assists-turnover ratio (1.68), while ranking 10th in league games in assist/TO ratio (1.60). Davis also is third in WAC only games in assists (4.00), while ranking 10th overall (3.10).
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean is second in overall three-point field goal percentage (.438), while ranking tied for ninth in WAC only games (.414). Sophomore forward Ben Clifford is 14th in WAC games for blocks (0.60).
SMOOTH AS BUTTER AS A STARTER
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield has filled in splendidly at starter for forward Danny Berger, as Butterfield has posted a double-double in each of the last three games. Butterfield has scored 173 points in 14 games as a starter, averaging 12.4 ppg as a starter after averaging 5.0 ppg in the first five games of the season off the bench. Butterfield is second on the team with 30 made three-pointers (30-of-71), and is also second on the team in three-point percentage, making 42.3 percent behind the arc. Butterfield has scored in double-digits in 10 of his last 14 games played, boosted by his career-high 23 points and added a then-career-best 11 rebounds for his first-ever double-double against UT Arlington, then logging his second double-double in as many games with 16 points to go along with a career-best 15 rebounds against LA Tech, and then posting 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho to give him 10 double-figure scoring games this year.
The sharpshooting junior has made a three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 games and has eight multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State. Butterfield also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual this season.
In starting for injured starting guard Preston Medlin, junior guard/forward Marvin Jean has stepped up in a major way, netting a USU career-high 14 points at Denver and then 11 points vs. UT Arlington. Jean had netted his previous high of eight points four different times. Jean also hit a season-high four three-pointers at Denver, adding three against UTA, topping his previous high of two also reached four times. Jean was held scoreless against LA Tech, but did snare four rebounds, marking the third-straight game with four boards. Against Idaho, Jean netted a pair of treys for six points, giving him 31 points in the last four games as a starter (7.8 ppg). Jean is second on the team and in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.438), highlighted by netting a combined 7-of-13 (.538) in the Denver and UTA games. He also swatted a career-high three blocks in the UTA game after totalling just two in the previous 18 games.
The Redhawks improved to 7-13 overall and 2-8 in WAC play with a 56-48 win over San Jose State on Thursday. Seattle held San Jose State to 30.6 percent field goal shooting and forcing 19 turnovers to earn its first WAC home win. Senior guard Prince Obasi netted a career-high 19 points, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block, while senior center Louis Green added 13 points and shared team-high honors with junior forward Clarence Trent with seven rebounds each, as the Redhawks had a slim, 40-39, rebounding edge.
Seattle leads the WAC in rebounding (41.9) and steals (8.90), while ranking fifth in scoring (68.3 ppg) and eighth in scoring defense (70.3 ppg). The Redhawks also are sixth in field goal percentage (.418), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.406), fifth in three-point field goal made (6.65), sixth in three-point percentage (.320), seventh in three-point defense (.324) and 10th in free throw percentage (.587). Seattle also is second in assists (15.35), as well as seventh in both assist/turnover ratio (0.81) and blocked shots (3.50).
In WAC only stats, the Redhawks are also tops in the league in rebounding (40.6) and steals (8.30), while also ranking fifth in scoring (68.0 ppg) and eighth in scoring defense (70.3 ppg). Seattle also is fifth in field goal percentage (.432), third in field goal defense (.395), seventh in three-pointers made (5.90), eighth in three-point percentage (.282), sixth in three-point defense (.312) and 10th in free throw percentage (.571). SU is also second in assists (15.90), fourth in blocked shots (4.30) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (0.86).
Individually, Trent leads Seattle and is 15th overall in the WAC in scoring (15.4 ppg), while also ranking 11th in rebounding (6.3) and 13th in blocks (0.7). In WAC only games, Trent is fourth in steals (1.6), tied for 10th in rebounding (6.5), 11th in scoring (11.9) and 12th in blocks (0.8). Freshman forward Deshaun Sunderhaus adds 10.1 ppg overall and 9.8 ppg in league games. Sunderhaus is seventh in the WAC overall in rebounding (6.9), while ranking 12th in conference games (6.1).
Seattle head coach Cameron Dollar is in his fourth season at the helm of the Redhawks' program, and the former UCLA star has posted a 58-84 record.
AGGIES VERSUS REDHAWKS SERIES HISTORY
Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Redhawks is the 31st all-time match-up between USU and Seattle, with the Aggies holding a 16-14 advantage, but the Redhawks have a 9-5 advantage at Seattle, winning the last two meetings there. USU's last win in the Emerald City was on Feb. 10, 1975 After not facing each other since 1976, USU and Seattle squared off twice last season with a home-and-home series, with the home team winning each time, as USU won, 78-53, at Logan on Dec. 17, 2011, and the Redhawks were victorious, 73-66, at Seattle on Jan. 19, 2012. The first game played in the series was on Dec. 1, 1956 at the Idaho State College Invitational in Pocatello with Seattle winning 66-59. The Aggies prevailed in this season's first meeting, winning 75-66, on Jan. 3 in Logan.
VERSUS THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
Utah State is 37-22 (.621) all-time against teams from the state of Washington as it is 16-14 against Seattle, 7-1 against Washington State, 5-3 versus Washington, 4-1 versus Gonzaga, 2-2 against Eastern Washington, 1-0 versus St. Martin's and Seattle Pacific, and 1-1 against Whitworth. Last year's meeting at Seattle is USU's recent match-up in the state of Washington.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE WAC
Utah State is 209-120 (.635) all-time against current members of the WAC and the Aggies have a winning record against every team in the league.
LAST MEETING AGAINST SEATTLE
Senior forward Kyisean Reed had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah State men's basketball to a 75-66 Western Athletic Conference win against Seattle on Jan. 13, 2013 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State won its 11th game in a row and improved to 12-1 on the season for just the third time in school history and 3-0 in WAC play with the win. Seattle, who falls to 5-7 on the year and 0-2 in WAC play with the loss, was led by Deshaun Sunderhaus who had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Reed, who recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career, was 8-of-10 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free throw line for his 20 points, marking the third time this year and sixth time in his career he has scored 20-plus points. Junior guard Preston Medlin scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game and 42nd time in his Utah State career with 18 points, as he was 5-of-12 from the field, 2-of-6 from three-point range and 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Medlin also added five assists and a career-high tying three steals in the game. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 13 points and a season-high tying seven assists, as he was 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Utah State entered Thursday having shot over 50 percent from the field in each of its last three games and in seven of its last eight games overall, but shot just 43.1 percent (25-58) against Seattle as it made 51.7 percent of its shots in the first-half (15-29), but just 34.5 percent in the second half (10-29). USU also shot 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 82.6 percent at the free throw line (19-23) for the game. Seattle shot 46.4 percent overall (26-56), which is a season-high for a USU opponent, after converting 50.0 percent of its attempts (16-32) in the second-half. SU also shot 41.7 percent from behind the arc (10-24), but was just 4-for-9 (.444) at the free throw line for the game. After out-rebounding its first nine opponents of the season, including its first seven by double-digits, Utah State was out-rebounded for the third time in the last four games as Seattle won the battle of the boards, 34-31, as the 34 rebounds was a season-high for a USU opponent. The Redhawks also had four more assists (23-19) in the contest, but also committed 10 more turnovers (18-8) as USU's eight giveaways are its second-fewest this year while the 18 turnovers is the most forced by the Aggie defense this season. Seattle scored the first five points of the game and held an early 7-2 lead before Utah State went on a 12-0 run, which included nine-straight points by Reed, to take a 14-7 advantage early on. USU's lead eventually swelled to 11 at 34-23 with 2:28 to play in the half following a layup from sophomore forward Ben Clifford, but Seattle scored the final five points to close to within 34-28 at the break. Seattle's run continued in the second half as it scored the first nine points for a 14-0 run going back to the first half and led 37-34 with 15:48 remaining. The Redhawks would maintain its slim lead until the 12:24 mark when Reed tied it on a pair of free throws. SU regained the lead on a three-pointer by Prince Obasi before USU finally made its first basket of the second half at the 11:46 mark on a Davis trey, snapping a field goal drought of 10:42 between the first half and second as Seattle out-scored USU, 19-5 during that stretch. The lead changed hands six times over the next 4:58 before Utah State took the lead for good on a three-pointer from junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield with 5:08 to play as the Aggies went on a 20-5 run during a 5:04 stretch late in the game to turn a 53-50 deficit into a 70-58 advantage with just under a minute to play as Medlin scored nine of his 18 points during the run. In the final minute, USU made 7-of-8 free throws to post the 75-66 win.
LAST MEETING VERSUS THE REDHAWKS AT SEATTLE
Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 20 points, but Seattle shot 53.2 percent en route to a 73-66 home win against future Western Athletic Conference foe Utah State at Seattle on Jan. 19, 2012. Utah State falls to 10-9 on the season with the loss, while Seattle improves to 5-12 with the win. Pane has now scored 20-plus points in two straight games and in three of his last four for Utah State. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin also scored in double-figures for the Aggies with 19 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Aaron Broussard had 17 points and Sterling Carter scored 12 to lead Seattle. Trailing by seven at the break, Utah State scored the first points of the second-half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger, but Seattle scored the next five points to push the lead back to nine at 39-30. USU later got within three at 52-49 on a pair of free throws by Pane with 8:06 to play and had a chance to tie the game on its next possession, but missed a three-point attempt. From there, Seattle went on a 10-2 run to extend its lead back to 11 at 62-51 and Utah State never got closer than the final score of 73-66. Utah State finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-54), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 81.3 percent at the free throw line (13-16). Seattle shot 53.2 percent (25-47), a season-high for an Aggie opponent. The Redhawks also shot 57.1 percent from three-point range (8-14), also a season-high for an Aggie opponent, and 65.2 percent from the free throw line (15-23). After out-rebounding Utah State by just two in the first-half, Seattle dominated the boards in the final 20 minutes as it grabbed eight offensive rebounds and finished the game with a 35-24 advantage on the glass. After committing 11 first-half turnovers, USU had just one miscue in the second-half to go along with a season-high tying seven steals. Seattle had 17 turnovers. For the second time in as many games, Utah State fell behind by double-digits early on as Seattle made its first three three-pointers to take a 13-2 advantage just 3:37 into the game. The Redhawk advantage swelled to 13 at 22-9 before USU used an 11-2 run to make the score 24-20 following a Pane jumper. SU extended its lead back to 10 with six straight points only to see the Aggies score seven in a row as USU closed to within three at 30-27 with 1:43 to play following a Pane trey. The Redhawks, however, ended the half by scoring the final four points to give the home team a seven-point halftime lead. Pane led Utah State with nine first-half points as the Aggies shot just 40.0 percent (10-25), including just 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9). USU did make 5-of-6 (.833) free throws in the first 20 minutes. Seattle shot 56.0 percent in the first-half (14-25), including 57.1 percent from three (4-7) and was 2-for-3 (.667) at the line. Both teams also committed 11 turnovers in the first-half, while Seattle had two more rebounds (15-13).
CLIFFORD THE BIG BLUE AGGIE
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford had a career night against UT Arlington, tying a career-best in points (12), rebounds (9) and blocks (4). All of which are also season-highs for Clifford and he also tallied a then-season-high 33 minutes of action against UTA, bettering his previous season-bests of 11 points, five rebounds and one block. Clifford then added eight rebounds, six points, two assists and one block while playing a new season-high 34 minutes in the LA Tech loss. Clifford has now scored in double figures twice this season and five times in his career as an Aggie and has grabbed five or more rebounds four times this season and 17 times in his career.
DAVIS DISHING DIMES
Freshman guard Marcel Davis has distributed at least four assists in nine of the last 12 games. Included in that stretch are two games of his season-high seven assists, doing so against Nicholls State and Seattle while dishing out six at Texas State, but then limited to just two at NMSU, before bouncing back with four in the Denver, UTA and LA Tech games, before being only credited with one at Idaho. Davis now has 48 assists in the last 12 games, averaging 4.0 helpers per game during that stretch, as part of his 3.2 apg on the season.
Junior center Jarred Shaw logged his seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds in the loss to LA Tech, adding a career-high four blocks as well. Shaw leads the team with seven double-doubles this season and all seven have come when he's posted double-digit rebounds. He just missed another double-double on the season with his career-high 27 points and nine rebounds at Idaho, marking the third time this season that he was one board shy of a double-double, with a 10-point, nine-rebound game at Denver, an 11-point, nine-rebound outing at UTSA and also had two 15-point, eight-rebound games in a row (at Santa Clara, vs. Western Oregon), as well as an eight-point, nine-rebound game in the season-opener vs. Idaho State.
DOUBLING UP ON THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and junior center Jarred Shaw both registered double-doubles against LA Tech, with Butterfield tallying 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds while Shaw logged a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds. It was the second time this season that the Aggies had two players log double-doubles in the same game as Shaw and senior forward Kyisean Reed posted double-doubles in the Nicholls State game on Dec. 20, with Reed tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds while Shaw recorded 19 points and 11 boards.
A LOOK BACK AT THE IDAHO GAME
Junior center Jarred Shaw's career-high 27 points, a double-double from junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and 16 points from freshman guard Marcel Davis paced Utah State men's basketball to a 77-67 win over Idaho Thursday night at UI's Cowan Spectrum. The Aggies broke a four-game losing skid in improving to 15-5 overall and 6-4 in Western Athletic Conference, while the Vandals fell to 8-12 overall and 4-6 in WAC play, continuing their win-loss pattern of its last four games, but losing six of its last eight games. Thursday was USU's fourth-straight win over Idaho and first at Moscow in the last three tries, as the Aggies now lead the all-time series 37-14. Shaw's 27 points topped his career-high for the second-straight game and just missed his eighth double-double of the season with nine rebounds. Butterfield posted his third-straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while dishing out a game-high tying four assists. Davis tallied double-digits for the first time in his last six games, and his fifth time this season. Idaho had four players in double-figures, led by 14 each by Connor Hill and Stephen Madison while Robert Harris netted 13 points and Kyle Barone posted 11 points, 5.7 below his season average of 16.7 that ranked second in the WAC entering Thursday. USU shot 59.6 percent (28-of-47) from the field, netting 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) behind the arc and 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) at the free throw line. Idaho made 25-of-47 (53.2 percent) of its field goals, netting 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from three-point range and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) at the charity stripe. The Aggies also had a 27-16 rebounding advantage, as its +11 rebounding advantage was its second-straight double-digit rebounding advantage and 11th of the season. Idaho's 16 rebounds were the fewest by an Aggie opponent this season, bettering the previous low of 17 by Denver on Jan. 19, and the fewest by a USU opponent since 13 by Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010. Utah State led from start-to-finish, jumping out to an 11-3 lead on a Butterfield trey at the 15:59 mark. The Aggie advantage swelled to 18-3 with 13:34 on the clock after a Shaw layup. Idaho went on a 15-2 run to pull within 20-18 with 7:44 to go after a layup by Barone. USU stretched its lead to 31-25 at haltime after a three-pointer by junior guard/forward Marvin Jean as the shot clock buzzer went off with five seconds left in the half. Idaho pulled within 46-44 at the 10:55 mark after a three-pointer by Mansa Habeeb, but USU pulled away with a 20-5 run, started by back-to-back treys from junior guard TeNale Roland. The streak was capped by another three-pointer, this one from sophomore forward Ben Clifford to lead 66-49 with 3:27 and the Aggies cruised to their 15th win of the season.
USU's 27-16 rebounding advantage in the Idaho game was its second-straight double-digit rebounding advantage and 11th of the season... The 27 rebounds was tied for USU's third-fewest rebounds... Idaho's 16 rebounds were the fewest by an Aggie opponent this season, bettering the previous low of 17 by Denver on Jan. 19, and the fewest by a USU opponent since 13 by Hawai'i on Dec. 29, 2010... USU is now 12-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.
Junior center Jarred Shaw posted double-figure scoring for the second-straight game and 15th of the season with his career-high 27 points, just missing his eighth double-double of the season with nine rebounds... Shaw has now scored 20+ points in each of his last two games... Thursday was also the fifth time that Shaw has led the team in scoring... Shaw also had the Aggies' lone blocked shot of the night and now has at least one rejection in 16 games this season.
OTHER NOTES FROM IDAHO GAME
Utah State's 77 points were its most scored in the last six games and the most since 82 in the last meeting with Idaho on Jan. 5 with an 82-75 OT win over Idaho.
USU's 59.6 percent (28-of-47) field goal shooting Thursday night was its highest since 62.2 percent against UTSA on Dec. 29 and was the Aggies' ninth game with over 50 percent this season.
Utah State's 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from behind the 3-point arc was its 10th game with 40 percent or better.
Utah State is now 11-0 this season and have won 87 of its last 92 games when reaching 70 points and is 229-30 all-time under head coach Stew Morrill.
Thursday was USU's fourth-straight win over Idaho in the series, improving to 37-14 overall including 15-9 in Moscow, snapping a two-game losing skid in Cowan Spectrum, and first since 2010.
Freshman guard Marcel Davis scored in double-figures for the first time since last meeting vs. Idaho on Jan. 5... It was Davis' fifth double-digit scoring outing this season.
Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his third double-double of the season, all in the last three games with 11 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, his fifth game leading USU in rebounding.
Butterfield's game-high tying four assists was the fourth time leading the Aggies is assists.
Junior guard TeNale Roland tied his career-high for the third time this season with two three-pointers.
Junior guard/forward Marvin Jean posted his seventh game with multi three-pointers with his two treys Thursday.
Sophomore center Jordan Stone registered his first dunk of the season with a jam in the second half.
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford and Shaw each took a charge Thursday night... It was Clifford's second charge taken this season while it was Shaw's first drawn charge.
UTAH STATE TRENDS
Utah State is ... 12-0 when leading at halftime; 1-4 when trailing at halftime; 2-1 when tied at halftime; 12-0 when shooting better from the field; 3-5 when shooting worse than opponent from field; 9-2 when shooting better from three-point range; 6-3 when shooting worse from three-point range; 11-2 when shooting better from the free throw line; 12-4 when out-rebounding the opponent; 3-1 when getting out-rebounded; 11-3 when committing more turnovers; 3-1 when committing fewer turnovers; 11-2 when having more assists; 11-2 when blocking more shots.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State is 12-0 this year and has won 78 of its last 80 games (.975) when leading at the half. Over the last 13 years, USU is 285-25 (.919) when holding a lead at intermission. On the flip side, Utah State is 47-79 (.373) when trailing at the half including a 1-4 (.200) record this year, having the smaller number on the halftime scoreboard in each of the last two games. The Aggies are now 2-1 this season when tied at the break, losing the UTA game after being even at intermission.
UTAH STATE IN FEBRUARY
Utah State is playing its first game of the season in the second month of the year and USU is 72-29 (.713) during the month of February under veteran head coach Stew Morrill, which includes a 28-23 (.549) record on the road. The Aggies are 8-2 in games played on Saturday this season, having its eight-game Saturday win streak snapped with the loss at Denver on Jan. 19 and have now lost the last two Saturday games. USU is 142-54 (.724) in games played on Saturday under head coach Stew Morrill. USU is playing on Feb. 2 for the second year in a row and have a 10-3 (.769) all-time record in known games played on Feb. 2.
UTAH STATE USUALLY WINS WHEN SCORING 70-PLUS POINTS
Utah State's magic number historically appears to be 70, as in 70 points. So far this season, USU is 11-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points in a game. Overall, USU has won 87 of its last 92 games (.945) when reaching 70 points and is 229-30 (.884) all-time under head coach Stew Morrill when scoring 70 points in a game. On the flip side, USU is 26-50 (.342) when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.
USU VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN HOLDING ITS OPPONENTS UNDER 60 POINTS
Utah State is 4-1 this season and has won 117 of its last 123 games (.951) when holding its opponents under 60 points. Overall, USU is 182-16 (.919) under Morrill when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
AGGIES MORE THAN OK IN OT
USU is now 2-0 this season in overtime, getting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation from junior guard Preston Medlin both against Idaho on Jan. 5 and against Santa Clara on Nov. 28. USU has now won seven of its last eight extra session games and Utah State improved to 54-40 (.574) all-time in overtime games.
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