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Butterfield banishes Bengals in men's basketball win

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Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:11

Center Jordan Stone takes shot

USU CENTER JORDAN STONE takes a shot in Saturday’s win over the Idaho State Bengals. Stone finished with five points and three rebounds. DELAYNE LOCKE photo


The USU men’s basketball team held off Idaho State in a low-scoring defensive battle 56-48 for the Aggies’ season opener at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday night.

   

The Aggies struggled offensively against a Bengals defense that totaled 10 steals and 23 rebounds. USU had 17 turnovers on the night.

   

“That’s obviously something that coach told us, that we can’t have that many turnovers,” said junior guard Preston Medlin. “You’re not going to win a lot of games doing that, so we’re going to work on that.”

   

USU led throughout the first half, but Idaho State was relentless and tied the game at 37 with 9:47 to go in the game. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield’s critical 3-pointer with 9:19 to go broke the tie and the Aggies never looked back.

   

“Spencer Butterfield made some big shots,” said USU head coach Stew Morrill. “He hasn’t played very much, but he’s a tough-minded kid.”

   

Butterfield said he was confident when Morrill put him in.

   

“I knew that I could make some shots for the team and my teammates were able to find me open,” Butterfield said.

   

Medlin led the Aggies in scoring with 14 points, followed by Butterfield with nine and junior Jared Shaw with eight. Medlin scored double-digit figures for the 32nd time in his career. Idaho State was led in by senior guard Melvin Morgan with 19 points.

   

Morrill said Idaho State did exactly what you need to do on the road against a team you have concerns with.

   

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