Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
)
Utah State basketball: Butterfield is clutch again

Senior among several Utah State players to shine late in the game.

First Published Mar 12 2014 10:56 pm • Last Updated Mar 13 2014 09:01 am

Las Vegas • Luck of the draw gave Spencer Butterfield one shot. Then Utah State chose him for two more.

It’s hard to say who else they’d rather have take them.

At a glance

Aggies’ big performers

Spencer Butterfield » Scored nine of final 11 points, 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Jalen Moore »  3-pointer with 48 seconds left, two last-minutes steals and two free throws.

TeNale Roland »  Four 3-pointers in the game, layup and assist to begin 16-3 rally.

Preston Medlin »  11 second-half points, all in final 13 minutes.

Mountain West Tournament

Note » All games on CBS Sports Network, unless otherwise noted.

First round

Wednesday

» No. 8 Utah State 73, No. 9 Colorado State 69

» No. 7 Fresno State 61, No. 10 Air Force 59

» No. 6 Boise State 83, No. 11 San Jose State 52

Quarterfinals

Thursday

» No. 1 San Diego State vs. No. 8 Utah State, 1 p.m.

» No. 4 UNLV vs. No. 5 Wyoming, 3:30 p.m.

» No. 2 New Mexico vs. No. 7 Fresno State, 7 p.m.

» No. 3 Nevada vs. No. 6 Boise State, 9:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Friday

» SDSU-USU winner vs. UNLV-Wyoming winner, 7 p.m.

» N.M.-Fresno winner vs. Nevada-Boise State winner, 9:30 p.m.

Championship

Saturday

» Semifinal winners, 4 p.m., Ch. 2

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

On a team that has lacked consistency this year, Butterfield has been a constant. His numbers aren’t always great, but his effort is. And when the Aggies need him, he has a way of stepping up into those big moments.

He may never have bigger moments in his career than the 3-pointer he made with 42 seconds left, followed by the go-ahead free throws on the technical foul that put Utah State up for good.

"Spencer has made big shots for us his whole career," coach Stew Morrill said. "If you’ve got a shot that’s a big shot in a game, he’s a guy you want shooting it."

What happened on the court was a good enough story, but just 20 minutes before, the Aggies had been trying to figure out if he could play the rest of the game. His hip locked up, and there was a worry that he wouldn’t be able to play out the contest.

JoJo McGlaston started the half in his place, but he was back within minutes. He managed to make it through long enough to help Utah State lock up its memorable finish.

"It was just a lot of emotion at the end of the game," he said. "You know you’ve got to make certain plays to be in the game."

Butterfield was the most prominent of Utah State’s leaders, but he was not the only one. Preston Medlin came back from a mid-game cold patch to finish with 11 second-half points, driving in the lane to help a stagnant Aggies offense. TeNale Roland had one of the best games of his career, chipping in 14 points including four 3-pointers that helped add momentum throughout the game.

Perhaps the most unexpected clutch performance came from freshman Jalen Moore, who came up with a 3-pointer and a steal that gave Butterfield a chance for his heroics. In his first Mountain West tournament game, Moore had the poise of a veteran.


story continues below
story continues below

"Those were huge plays: I feel like without those plays, we wouldn’t have won," Medlin said of Moore. "That carries over to everybody on the team when a guy is hustling and rebounding, a guy still believes. He did that for us tonight."



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.