Dec. 20, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State men's basketball (7-2, 0-0 MW) will play its second of three games in three days in hosting the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods by taking on UC Santa Barbara (6-3, 0-0 Big West) on Friday, Dec. 21 with an 8 p.m. (MT) tip-off. USU is hosting the three-day, six-game classic-format tournament at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
Friday's USU-USCB match-up follows Western Illinois (4-6, 0-0 Summit) against Troy (4-5, 0-0 Sun Belt), which tips off at 5 p.m. None of the BTI Classic games will be televised, but the USU games will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Utah State improved to 7-2 on the year after sophomore forward Kyle Davis logged a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and senior guard Preston Medlin netted 14 points apiece to boost Utah State men's basketball to the 68-52 win over Western Illinois Thursday night. It was the Aggies' opening game of the Basketball Travelers, Inc., Classic sponsored by Gossner Foods.
Davis logged his second double-double of the season, and his second double-figure rebounding game of the season and his fifth double-figure scoring outing, including his fourth straight. He also added two steals, one block and one assist on the night. Davis's inside presence made up for the absence of senior center Jarred Shaw is was suspended earlier this week. Davis shot 4-of-8 from the field to go along with 7-of-13 at the free throw line, single-handily matching WIU's made free throws and having more attempts than the Leathernecks, who were 7-of-9.
Butterfield was 4-of-8 from the field, including netting both three-pointers, adding 4-of-5 at the free throw line. He also had six rebounds, four assists and a career-high two blocks, as USU had a season-high nine rejections on the night, including its third game in a row with at least five blocks. Besides Butterfield, junior center Jordan Stone and junior forward Ben Clifford added two blocks apiece. Stone made his first start of the season in place of Shaw and his fourth of his career. Medlin made 5-of-6 of his field goals, including 2-of-3 behind the arc and made both of his free throws. Both his three-pointers came in the first 1:19 of the game, helping USU lead from start to finish.
The Gauchos won their third game in a row in improving to 6-3 with a 57-54 win over Troy on Thursday. Alan Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Boswell hit the go-ahead three-pointer with :08 to play to rally UC Santa Barbara (6-3) to a 57-54 win against Troy (4-5) in the opening game of the 2013 Basketball Travelers Classic hosted by Utah State Thursday night.
Troy held a 50-43 advantage with 4:15 remaining, but UC Santa Barbara finished the game on a 14-4 run, as the Trojans were just 1-of-4 at the free throw line in the final 3:21. Taran Brown added 12 points for UC Santa Barbara as the Gauchos finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (22-48), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11). UC Santa Barbara scored the first nine points of the game and lead 13-3 with 12:37 to play in the first-half, before Troy went on a 16-4 run over the next 5:55 to take its first lead of the game at 19-17 following a three-pointer from Kelton Ford. Neither team led by more than two points the remainder of the half as the two teams went into the locker rooms tied at 26. Troy led for the majority of the second-half as it built a five-point advantage at 33-28 and later led 42-37 before UCSB scored six-straight points for a 43-42 advantage. The Trojans then scored eight-unanswered for its largest lead of the game at 50-43 before the Gauchos game-ending rally.
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On Friday, Dec. 20, Western Illinois and Troy will tangle at 5:30 p.m. before USU faces off with UC Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. The Classic concludes on Saturday, Dec. 21 with the Leathernecks and Gauchos squaring off at 5:30 p.m. before the Aggies tangle with the Trojans at 8 p.m.
None of the BTI Classic games will be televised, but the USU games will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network, as well as video streamed online through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through "Live Stats" link, and updates will also be available on Twitter - @Aggiehoops.
USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. All single-game tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to each game. Single-game tickets will cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium game against UNLV (Feb. 15).
To order a package or for more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
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