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Utah State defeats Utah Valley 63-54

By Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Preston Medlin scored 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting and had a team-high six assists to lead Utah State past Utah Valley 63-54 Tuesday night.

Kyisean Reed also scored 11 and Danny Berger added 10 points for the Aggies (4-4) The Wolverines (5-5) were led by Isiah Williams with 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Kevin Woods scored a season-high 10 points.

The Aggies led by as many as 12 early in the second half before Utah Valley came within 45-42 on consecutive layups by Geddes Robinson with 11:26 to play. With Williams on the bench, USU employed a zone which slowed the Wolverines and helped the Aggies add to their lead. Berger scored twice in a one-minute stretch to put the game out of reach.

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Utah State hit four free throws in the last minute to clinch the win.

For the first time in three games, Utah State ball- handlers were credited with more assists than turnovers, and the Aggies outrebounded UVU 38-32.

The Wolverines missed their first nine field-goal attempts as USU burst out to a 9-1 lead, eventually leading by as many as 15 points. Utah Valley ended the half on a 9-3 run, though, and trailed 36-27 at halftime.

With Aggies leading scorer Brady Jardine possibly out for the season with a foot injury, Utah State used its seventh different starting lineup. Freshman Jordan Stone started his first game as an Aggie, picked up three first-half fouls, and finished with two points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Both teams shot 5 of 11 from 3-point range, Medlin hitting two for the Aggies.

Utah State has won 26 straight games at home against in-state competition. Coming into Tuesday's game, Utah State had lost back-to-back games for the first time since the 2009-10 season - losing to Denver at home and Pacific on the road.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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