Tough loss for the Aggies
Utah State was given a chance to show what they were made of Saturday night on the national stage when they faced off against San Diego State on ESPNU. The Aggies were able to keep it close throughout the night and even took the game into overtime on an amazing 3 point basket from Spencer Butterfield. Unfortunately, the Aggies could not come up with an answer for Xavier Thames who scored 10 of his 31 points in overtime and lifted the Aztecs to a 74-69 victory.
Star of the night
The star of the night is Spencer Butterfield who lead the Aggies in scoring with 19 points and played 40 minutes. Spencer went 8-13 overall and 3-6 beyond the arc. Spencer also had the shot of the night, with just over 2 seconds left in regulation making a three-point basket over two Aztec defenders which carried the game into overtime. On top of his scoring performance, Spencer did a fantastic job on the board leading the Aggies with 8 rebounds.
The Aggies played a solid game Saturday night and showed that they are capable of hanging with one of the best in the country. The biggest question going into the game was how Jarred Shaw would play against a very quick Aztec squad. He answered that and not for the better fouling out of the game with 4 minutes left. Shaw struggled on the night with ticky-tack fouls that he could not overcome. Late in the first half he wasn’t willing to take chances that he typically would. For instance with under 4 minutes left in the first half Jarred stood in the paint with his hands straight up while one of the Aztecs drove the board with ease. Rather than looking to go after a block or possible steal. The Aztecs knew how to drive on Shaw and use his size against him, drawing fouls when there probably wasn’t one.
With all the bad luck falling on Shaw, other players had to pick up some of the weight. Jalen Moore had a great game down low, playing very well off screens and allowed himself to get open on drives to the basket. Or get himself in position on smaller players and using his length to allow for passes over the top. Also, TeNeal Roland played a fantastic game understanding that, as the point he had to control the tempo of the game and limit San Diego State to as few possessions as possible. Having played San Diego State once now, Utah State set themselves up for a possible victory when they play next month on the 18th. You’d have to think that Utah State will have Kyle Davis back and barring any other injuries be at full strength going into Viejas Arena.
Quick Utah State Football Review
Congratulations to Nevin Lawson whose participation in the East West Shrine game were so great he played his way into an invite for the Senior Bowl. With another opportunity to move himself up draft boards, Nevin had one tackle on the night as well as an interception. Also from Utah State Center Tyler Larsen got time on the field working with Tajh Boyd of Clemson.
The state of Utah did pretty well for itself as well in the representation at the Senior Bowl. Sending 3 others from BYU and the University of Utah. BYU sent Kyle Van Noy who had a sack on the day and two tackles. Along with him Cody Hoffman hopefully was able to show his ability in practice through the week because he only caught one ball during the game for 5 yards. The University of Utah sent 6 foot 3 corner Keith McGill who had a tackle on the night and an interception, as well.