Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah State basketball: Aggies and Spartans light it up beyond arc
First Published Jan 04 2014 11:03 pm • Last Updated Jan 04 2014 11:20 pm

Logan • A three-point exhibition was the talk of Utah State’s Mountain West home opener on Saturday night.

The announced crowd of 10,015 saw a shooting display like the Spectrum has rarely hosted — a combined 25 made shots from three-point range on a whopping 49 attempts.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The Aggies were ruthlessly efficient with their 3-pointers, going 10-for-14 behind a 5-for-5 night from TeNale Roland. It was his career best in points, 3-pointers made, and shooting percentage, and the Aggies’ 10 makes from deep were the most since Utah State faced Mississippi State in November.

San Jose State gave just as good as they got, however, dropping 15 long shots on Utah State’s beleaguered defense. The Aggies, who came into the game with one of the best 3-point defensive percentages in the country, gave up the program’s most 3-pointers since 2005.

Rashad Muhammad, a freshman who was once offered a scholarship to Utah State, made his first six attempts from behind the line. But the magic wore off as the Aggies vaulted out to a double-digit lead.

"We knew that they were going to take a lot, but the shot selection, I think we were a little surprised by it," Spencer Butterfield said. "They were taking them pretty far out, and we had to adjust a little to that, get a little more up in there, stretch the floor."

Big paint advantage helps spur victory

Jarred Shaw’s return didn’t shock and awe, but it definitely had a big impact on how the Aggies performed in the paint.

The senior center, in tandem with a double-double from forward Kyle Davis, played a part in helping Utah State outscore the Spartans 34-16 in the lane while getting almost twice as many rebounds. While the barrage of 3-pointers certainly helped the Aggies build that edge, the paint was virtually locked down, as the Spartans were blocked seven times and their two starting forwards fouled out.


story continues below
story continues below

Davis notched his third double-double in as many games, but he offered some of the credit to Shaw, who gave him room to work.

"Just the impact he makes on the game, it’s something you don’t noticed by a spectator," Davis said. "It’s the way he contests shots, and the way he gets us going — I think he took two or three charges today. Obviously a huge lift for him and I’m as happy as can be that he’s back."

kgoon@sltrib.com

Twitter: @kylegoon



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.