USU men’s basketball loses to BYU
Butterfield Nets Season-High 20 Points And Shaw Logs Double-Double As USU Denied First 6-0 Start Under Morrill
SALT LAKE CITY – A season-high 20 points from Spencer Butterfield and a double-double from Jarred Shaw weren’t enough as Utah State men’s basketball was beaten by Brigham Young, 85-74, Saturday night at an energized EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
USU suffered its first loss of the season in sliding to 5-1 on the season, being denied its first 6-0 start under head coach Stew Morrill. BYU improved to 6-2 with the win. The Aggies trail in the all-time series, 138-92, in what is USU’s oldest and most-played series in school history, with BYU now holding a 2-0 neutral court edge, winning both match-ups at EnergySolutions Arena, Saturday and on Dec. 6, 2008.
Butterfield, a senior guard/forward, tied a career-high with four three-pointers Saturday, on the way to a team-leading and season-high 20 points. Fellow senior, center Shaw, logged his second double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 12 points and a game-high tying 13 rebounds, a new season-best.
Sophomore forward Kyle Davis posted double-digits for the second game in a row and third this season with 16 points Saturday, just missing his second-straight double-double with nine rebounds, while senior guard Preston Medlin was the fourth Aggie in double-figures with 10 points, while dishing out a season-high seven assists for the second game in a row.
USU shot 31-of-66 (47.0 percent) from the field, hitting 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from three-point range, as well as 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line, a season-low for both makes and attempts at the charity stripe.
The Aggies had a 39-38 rebounding advantage, but committed 16 turnovers compared to seven for BYU.
The Cougars were led by Tyler Haws with 21 points, while Matt Carlino collected 18 points, Eric Mika notched 14 points and Frank Bartley tossed in 14 points off the bench. Kyle Collinsworth shared game-best honors with Shaw with 13 rebounds, while also dishing out eight assists to go with seven points.
BYU made 32-of-69 (46.4 percent) of its free throws, hitting 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) behind the arc and 19-of-27 (70.4 percent) at the free throw line, as USU was whistled for 17 fouls and BYU called for nine.
The Cougars opened a 12-6 lead after a Haws jumper at the 16:27 mark of the first half, but USU closed to tie it at 19-all after a trey by Butterfield with 13:07 on the first half clock. Later, a Carlino jumper put BYU ahead, 31-26 with 8:31 left in the half, but Aggie sophomore guard Marcel Davis later hit a jumper at the 4:13 mark to knot the score at 37-37, the seventh tie of the half. From there, USU closed out the half with a 7-2 run, started by a Medlin three-pointer and capped by a Shaw jumper for a 44-39 Aggie advantage with 2:04 remaining in the first stanza and neither team scored the rest of the half, as the teams went into intermission leading by that score.
BYU scored the first six points of the second half to take a 45-44 lead on a Mika layup just 2:28 into the half. USU countered with a 9-2 run, again capped by Shaw, this time with a dunk for a 53-47 Aggie advantage at the 15:11 mark. The Cougars clawed away at the gap and later took a 58-55 lead after a Halford layup with 11:08 to go, but the Aggies countered with a trey from the corner by freshman forward Jalen Moore to knot the score at 58-all at the 11:02 mark. However, that would be the closest USU would get, as BYU pulled away for the win.
The Aggies return home to host Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 7. Due to the USU football team playing in the Mountain West Conference Championship game, the USU-Pacific basketball game has been moved to 5 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. There will be a watch party for the football game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum following the basketball game.