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Aggies notch 14th straight 20-win season

LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Spencer Butterfield nearly recorded a triple-double as Utah State beat up Texas State for its 20th win of the season.
LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah State had four players score in double-figures led by junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield’s 10 points and 20 rebounds in its 77-61 Western Athletic Conference home win against Texas State here Thursday as USU recorded its 14th straight 20-win season.

Utah State is now 20-9 on the season with the win, including a 10-7 WAC record. Texas State falls to 9-21 and 4-13 in league play with the loss. Overall, USU is one of just six teams nationally to win 20-plus games in each of the last 14 seasons along with Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. In all, it is the 28th time in school history USU has won 20 games in a single season.

Butterfield, who added seven assists in the game, recorded his seventh double-double of the season as his 20 rebounds are the most by an Aggie since Dec. 20, 1997 when Donnie Johnson had 20 boards in a home win against Long Island.

Junior center Jarred Shaw posted his ninth double-double of the season for Utah State as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore forward Ben Clifford scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds, while tying his career-highs in both assists and blocked shots with four each. Freshman point guard Marcel Davis also scored in double-figures with 12 points and a career-best five steals.

Utah State swiped a season-high 11 steals Thursday night, bettering the 10 swipes that the Aggies had in the last meeting with Texas State, on Dec. 31, 2012 at San Marcos.

Vonn Jones led Texas State with 19 points off the bench, scoring all of his points in the second half. Jones was the only double-digit scorer for the Bobcats.

Utah State finished the game shooting 41.4 percent (24-of-58), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (5-of-20) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (24-of-30). Texas State shot just 33.9 percent (19-of-56), including 30.4 percent from three (7-of-23) and 72.7 percent at the line (16-of-22). USU also out-rebounded TXST by 17 (47-30), which lead to a 16-5 advantage in second-chance points. USU also had four more assists (19-15) and five more blocked shots (8-5), while both teams finished with 19 turnovers.

Utah State scored the first six points of the game on consecutive three-pointers by Davis and junior guard Marvin Jean and built its advantage to 21-6 at the 9:12 mark following another Jean jumper. USU eventually led by as many as 23 in the first half at 34-11 with 0:48 remaining after a layup by sophomore center Matt Lopez, before Texas State scored the final four points to make the score 34-15 at intermission.

In the first half, Utah State shot 41.9 percent (13-of-31), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (3-of-12) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (5-of-6). Texas State shot just 17.4 percent (4-of-23), including 77.8 percent at the free throw line (7-of-9), while going 0-of-7 from behind the arc. In the first-half, USU held the Bobcats without a field goal for 10:44 as it missed 11 straight attempts before making its final two baskets.

Utah State began the second-half on a 7-2 run to go ahead 41-16 and took its largest lead of the game at 46-20 with 13:47 remaining following a three-pointer from junior guard TeNale Roland. Texas State answered with an 11-2 run to get within 48-31, but USU scored the next seven points to lead 55-31 at the 9:43 mark on a Shaw jumper. USU maintained its 20-point advantage and led 65-45 with 4:37 to play only to see TXST score 16 of the next 22 points to close to within 10 at 71-61 with 1:19 remaining. USU, however, made all six of its free throws in the final 73 seconds as it finished the game on a 6-0 run to post the 77-61 victory.

Utah State will now conclude its regular season with a home game against UTSA (8-20, 3-13) on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. UTSA's game at San Jose State Thursday was cancelled due to a leaky roof at SJSU's Event Center. Saturday night will be Senior Night with USU honoring its lone senior, forward Kyisean Reed.


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