LOGAN, Utah – Four players in double-digits, including double-doubles from Kyle Davis and Spencer Butterfield, plus a 17-0 first-half spurt, paced Utah State men’s basketball to an 84-53 route of San Diego Christian Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU won its fifth-straight game and ended non-conference action with a 10-2 mark, as Saturday was the Aggies’ final non-conference game of the regular-season before opening up its inaugural season in the Mountain West Conference on Wednesday at Air Force. Saturday’s game was an exhibition game for San Diego Christian, an NAIA school who was playing its eighth exhibition game this season including its third against a Mountain West team.
Davis, a sophomore forward, posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points and game-high 15 rebounds. Butterfield, a senior guard/forward, registered his second double-double this season and ninth of his career, with 11 points and 13 rebounds, as USU had a dominating, 56-17, rebounding advantage. The 56 rebounds are not only a season-high, but USU’s most since it had 65 rebounds against Chaminade on Dec. 18, 1995. The 17 rebounds are a season-low allowed by an opponent for the Aggies. Utah State had more offensive rebounds (25), then SDCC had total rebounds (17), leading to a 29-2 second-chance points advantage for USU.
The double-doubles by Davis and Butterfield was the first two double-doubles for the Aggies in the same game this season, and the first since March 7, 2013 when Jarred Shaw (15, 10) and Butterfield (10, 20) accomplished the feat.
Senior guard Preston Medlin netted 17 points, tying for game-high honors. Overall, Medlin now has 1,135 points in his career moving ahead of Bert Cook (1,133) and into 25th-place on USU’s all-time scoring list.
Junior center Jordan Stone posted a career-high 12 points as the fourth Aggie with double-figures. All 12 Aggies in uniform Saturday night saw action and 11 of the 12 scored, including freshman guard Viko Noma’aea netting his first points as an Aggie with a three-pointer.
Butterfield dished out five assists, while senior guard TeNale Roland distributed four helpers, as the Aggies had 20 assists on the night. Butterfield also swiped a team-high two steals, while Davis had three of USU’s seven blocks in the game.
San Diego Christian was led by 17 points from Derek Dickerson, while Trevor English added 11 and Andy Saharan tossed in 10 points off the bench. Michael Lambert pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
USU made exactly half of its shots (30-of-60) from the field, including 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from three-point range, in addition to 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) at the free throw line. SDCC was 17-of-49 (34.7 percent) field goal shooting for the night, making 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from beyond the arc, as well as 58.8 percent (10-of-17) at the charity stripe.
After the visitor’s took their first and only lead of the night at 5-4 on a three-pointer by Dickerson, USU scored six unanswered for a 10-5 lead. However the Hawks clawed back to 12-10 after Lambert layup. That would be the closest SDCC would be for the rest of the night at the Aggies reeled off a 17-0 run, starting with a Davis dunk, and capped by a Medlin three-pointer from the right wing with 5:38 to go in the half for a 27-10 Aggie advantage, and the home team led by double-digits the rest of the game. A Dickerson three-pointer pulled SDCC to 39-27 at the half.
The Aggies scored the first five points of the second half on a pair of Medlin free pitches then a trey by Butterfield for a 44-27 lead just 1:10 into the second half. Sophomore guard Marcel Davis gave USU its first 20-point lead of the night at 53-32 after a layup at the 16:28 mark. Stone made 1-of-2 free throws with 5:19 on the clock for the Aggies’ largest lead of the night of 32 points for the first of three times at 76-44, and USU coasted to the victory.
The Aggies will open action in their inaugural season in the Mountain West on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Air Force. The USU-Air Force game will be regionally televised on ROOT Sports. Utah State returns home to host former Western Athletic Conference foe San José State on Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Aggies’ MW home-opener.
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.
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