Senior Center Registers First Double-Double Of Season, 10th Of Career As USU Improves To 2-0
LOGAN, Utah – Senior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double to lead Utah State men’s basketball to a 90-57 thumping of the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah Tuesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Shaw’s 24 points and 10 rebounds led USU its first 2-0 record since 2008-09, and the seventh time in Stew Morrill’s 16 seasons as head coach. Tuesday’s win was the Aggies’ 28th-straight home victory against in-state competition in improving to 30-1 at home against teams from the state of Utah in the last 14 years, including 7-0 all-time against Southern Utah.
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield netted 11 points, while senior guard TeNale Roland recorded 10 points. A total of 11 different players scored with all 13 players who were in uniform Tuesday seeing action. It was the Aggie debuts of senior forward Sean Harris, who missed all of his first season at USU last year with a knee injury, and freshman guards JoJo McGlaston and Viko Noma’aea. It was also the season debut of junior forward Ben Clifford, who missed the preseason and last week’s game against USC with a foot injury.
SUU, which leveled its season record at 1-1 with the loss, was led by Trey Kennedy with 11 points, while Cal Hanks, a Logan, Utah native, posted 10 points off the bench. Casey Oliverson, who is also a Logan, Utah, native, and teammate of USU freshman forward Jalen Moore at Sky View High School, led the Thunderbirds with nine rebounds.
USU shot a season-high 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field, making a season-high 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from three-point range, its best shooting from behind the arc in its last 24 games, dating back to last season, when Utah State shot 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from three-point range against Southern Illinois on Dec. 22, 2012. The Aggies were 29-of-38 (76.3 percent) at the free throw line. The 29 made free throws are Utah State’s most since making 32 free throws against Loyola Marymount on Mar. 21, 2012, a span of 36 games. Furthermore, USU’s 38 free throw attempts are its most since attempting 39 against Utah on Nov. 24, 2010, a span of 101 games.
Southern Utah made 16-of-53 (30.2 percent) of its field goals, including 3-of-15 (20.0 percent) from three-point range, as well as 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) at the charity stripe.
USU doubled-up SUU in the rebounding department, 44-22, including 11 on the offensive glass which led to a 22-6 second-chance points advantage. Shaw’s 10 rebounds were one of six different Aggies have four or more boards.
The Aggies had twice as many assists as the Thunderbirds, 16-8, with sophomore guard Marcel Davis dishing out six helpers, while Roland notched four. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis, who played at SUU as a freshman before going on an LDS Church Mission, then transferring to USU upon his return, swatted a game-high three blocks, while Shaw added two.
Utah State led from start-to-finish, jumping out to a 5-0 lead, on a three-pointer by Roland and a pair of Shaw free throws. Kennedy hit a three-pointer on SUU’s next possession to pull the T-Birds within, 5-3, but that would be the closest they would get for the rest of the game, as USU went on a 14-4 run, starting by two Kyle Davis free throws and capped by a Marcel Davis layup for a 19-7 lead. The Aggie advantage grew to over 20 for the first time at 36-15 after a jumper from Butterfield at the 7:02 mark, and USU took a 46-26 lead into halftime.
The Aggie advantage was 20 or more for the majority of the second half, swelling to 30 for the first time at 82-51 with 4:37 to play following a layup by Roland. Freshman forward Jalen Moore made a pair of free throws with 27 seconds left for USU’s largest lead of the night at 90-56, before SUU’s Cal Hanks hit one free throw with 12 ticks for the final score at 90-57.
Utah State hits the road for the first time this season, heading to Santa Barbara, Calif., to take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. (MT). The Aggies return home to host SEC-opponent Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 23.