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First Published Nov 12 2013 11:25 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:38 pm

Logan • It started with a 3-pointer from Utah State’s TeNale Roland, and it never got easier for Southern Utah.

For the Aggies (2-0), on the other hand, Tuesday night’s 90-57 romp over the visiting Thunderbirds (1-1) in the Spectrum wasn’t much different from a preseason exhibition, a tuneup to see what they had. Jarred Shaw had a 24-point, 10-rebound performance to lead his team in another high-scoring victory.

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O The Aggies win their 28th straight home game against an in-state opponent.

» USU center Jarred Shaw tallies 24 points and 10 rebounds.

» The Aggies shoot 58.3 from the floor, including 62.5 percent from 3-point range.

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Coach Stew Morrill, picking over the game afterward, wasn’t totally satisfied with his team’s defense or execution. But even he had to acknowledge that the Aggies handled their business in their second game.

"I’m not unhappy. I might seem like I am, but I’m really not unhappy," he said. "It was OK. It wasn’t great. … We have a veteran team, and we did what we were supposed to do."

Morrill’s comments underscored a serious mismatch that was apparent from the opening buzzer.

Utah State dominated with Shaw in the paint, and the senior center had a double-double by midway through the second half. The long-limbed Shaw leapt over his defenders for easy points and rebounds, as comfortable as if he was in a playground pickup game.

After a lukewarm opener against USC in which he only had a few boards, Shaw said he felt right owning the inside.

"I felt like I didn’t play like myself in the USC game," he said. "Coach gave me the challenge to bounce back and have a good game. I took that challenge and tried to do what I can do."

The Aggies ran up a huge lead with a 20-6 run before 11 minutes had ticked away. The lead was up to 21 before the end of the first half, and never got closer than

The T-birds didn’t turn it over much, and that turned out to be their best success.

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Utah State held SUU to 30.2 percent shooting, outrebounded the Thunderbirds 44-22, outscored them in the paint 32-10 and owned them on second-chance points.

The Aggies shot over them and around them easily, putting up a 58.3 shooting percentage — mostly on layups — that could’ve been higher if they hadn’t emptied the bench.

All 13 available players played in each half, including freshmen Viko Noma’aea and Jojo McGlaston — now officially not redshirting. Junior forward Ben Clifford checked in for the first time all season, recovered ahead of schedule from his foot fracture.

All but two players scored. Spencer Butterfield added 11 points while TeNale Roland had 10. Former Thunderbird Kyle Davis, who transferred to Utah State after his LDS Church mission, put in seven points and had three blocks.

The Aggies next travel to face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, the one time the team leaves the state in its nonconference schedule.

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Utah State 90, S. Utah 57

SUU (1-1)

Hess 0-3 0-0 0, Jeffery 0-4 2-2 2, Cheesman 1-7 2-2 4, Kennedy 4-7 1-1 11, Nsenki 2-6 0-0 4, Anderson 1-3 0-0 3, Marshall 0-1 7-8 7, Parsons 1-3 2-2 4, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Major 3-5 2-2 8, Jenson 0-0 0-0 0, Oliverson 0-3 4-4 4, Hanks 4-8 2-5 10.

Totals 16-53 22-26 57.


Butterfield 5-7 0-0 11, K. Davis 1-2 5-8 7, Shaw 7-9 10-12 24, Medlin 1-5 4-5 6, Roland 3-4 2-2 10, M. Davis 2-5 1-1 5, Clifford 0-1 2-2 2, Noma’aea 0-0 0-0 0, Berger 2-3 0-0 5, Moore 3-5 2-4 8, McGlaston 2-3 0-0 5, Stone 2-3 3-4 7, Harris 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals 28-48 29-38 90.

Halftime—Utah St. 46-26. 3-Point Goals—S. Utah 3-15 (Kennedy 2-4, Anderson 1-1, Major 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Parsons 0-2, Nsenki 0-2, Jeffery 0-2, Hess 0-2), Utah St. 5-8 (Roland 2-3, Berger 1-1, McGlaston 1-1, Butterfield 1-2, Medlin 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—S. Utah 22 (Oliverson 9), Utah St. 44 (Shaw 10). Assists—S. Utah 8 (Kennedy, Major 2), Utah St. 16 (M. Davis 6). Total Fouls—S. Utah 24, Utah St. 19. A—9,540.

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