LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Junior center Jarred Shaw scored 24 points and junior guard Spencer Butterfield added 17 in leading Utah State men's basketball to a 73-69 Western Athletic Conference home win against New Mexico State in a nationally televised game on ESPNU in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum late Saturday night.
Utah State, who has won four of its last five games, improves to 18-6 on the season and 9-5 in WAC play. New Mexico State, who is now 18-9 overall and 12-3 in league play, had its 12-game winning streak snapped with the loss. Saturday's win evened the season-series, as NMSU beat USU, 64-51, at Las Cruces on Jan. 17, halting USU's 13-game winning streak.
Shaw, who was 11-of-18 from the field and 2-of-3 at the free throw line, added a game-high tying eight rebounds to go along with two blocked shots and one assist. Butterfield was 7-of-16 shooting, including 2-of-6 from behind the arc and 1-of-2 at the line, to go along with five assists, one blocked shot and one steal. Sophomore center Jordan Stone also had a solid night for the home team as he grabbed a season-high seven rebounds and tied his season-high with six points in a season-best 20 minutes.
Remi Barry led four New Mexico State players in double-figures with 15 points off the bench as the NMSU reserves out-scored the USU bench, 20-12. Bandja Sy added 12 points, while Terrel de Rouen and Daniel Mullings notched 11 apiece.
Utah State finished the game shooting 47.5 percent (28-of-59), including 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-of-16) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (12-of-16). New Mexico State shot 40.6 percent (26-of-64), including 26.7 percent from three (4-of-15) and 68.4 percent at the line (13-of-19). USU also out-rebounded NMSU by five (40-35) and had six more assists (18-12) in the game, while committing five more turnovers (11-6).
Utah State raced out to an early 19-5 lead in the first 6:24 of the game as Butterfield had 10 points and Shaw added six as USU made nine of its first 12 field goals. New Mexico State then scored the next 12 points to get within two at 19-17 with 10:53 to play in the half. USU scored the next four points on Stone free throws and later led by seven at 32-24 at the 6:22 mark following a Butterfield jumper. NMSU then used a 9-2 run to get within 34-33 and tied the game at 37-all in the final minute before freshman guard Marcel Davis hit his only three-pointer of the game to give the home team a 40-37 advantage at the break.
Butterfield had 15 points at intermission and Shaw added 10 as Utah State shot 53.6 percent from the field (15-of-28), 50.0 percent from three-point range (4-of-8) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (6-of-9). Barry had 10 first-half points for New Mexico State as it shot 42.9 percent (15-of-35), including 33.3 percent from three (2-of-6) and 62.5 percent from the line (5-of-8).
Utah State opened the second half on an 11-6 run to take a 51-43 at the 15:39 mark. New Mexico State scored the next four points to get within 51-47 and later trailed 56-52 before USU scored four-straight points to go back up by eight. Utah State added a 7-2 run to take its largest lead of the second half at 71-60 with 4:06 to play. From there, USU committed four turnovers and went 1-of-4 from the field down the stretch, but held on for the 73-69 win despite getting outscored, 9-2, during the final 3:56 of the game.
Utah State will step out of conference next week as it plays at in-state rival BYU on Tuesday, Feb. 19.