Aggies Overwhelm Oakland, 105-81, Sunday To Move On To CollegeInsider.com Title Game
USU Hits Season-Best 75 Percent From Three-Point Range In Scoring Most Points Since 1997
LOGAN, Utah – Scoring the most points since 1997 and breaking the century mark for the first time since 2011 boosted Utah State men’s basketball to a 105-81 rout of Oakland Sunday afternoon in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament semifinals at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies will host Mercer in the championship game on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. (MT), in a nationally televised game on Fox College Sports (Comcast 263 and DirectTV 623, check local listings for Dish Network).
USU’s 105 points was not only the most scored this season, but the most since netting 100 against Montana Western last year, and the most scored since 111 against Southern Oregon in 1997. Utah State also scored a season-high 60 points in the first half, for its most points in any half this season and matching the most in school history according to available records, last scoring 60 against Houston Baptist in the second half in the 2008 game. The Aggies also set season-bests for field goals made (37), three-point percentage (75.0 percent) and assists (26).
Utah State won its school-record fourth-straight postseason game, as the four postseason games is also a new top mark in the program’s history. The Aggies improved to 21-15 in winning for the seventh time in their last eight games. Oakland ended its season at 20-16. Sunday was the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Golden Grizzlies.
Four Aggies posted double-digits, led by sophomore guard Preston Medlin’s game-best 26 points, netting 20-plus points for the seventh time in the last 12 games and 13th time this season. Senior guard Brockeith Pane added 20 points to go with 10 assists, one shy of his career-best.