LOGAN -- With some new faces paying big dividends, Utah State men's basketball squad will put its 6-1 record on the line when the Aggies host the World Vision Challenge, sponsored by Gossner Foods, tonight through Saturday at the Smith Spectrum.
USU will play at approximately 8 p.m. each night, starting with Nicholls State (1-5).
UC Davis (2-6) and Southern Illinois (6-2) will play the early game at 5:30 p.m.
"We're anxious to play again. It will be great to play three days in a row," USU coach Stew Morrill said. "The tournament is always very positive, to get a chance to play three opponents from all over the country and see where your team is at. This year, it has more significance with the fact that league play is just around the corner. We come back from the break and jump right into conference play."
Freshman guard Marcel Davis logged his first USU start, junior center Jarred Shaw posted a double-double and junior center Matt Lopez made his Aggie debut to lead the Aggies to a hard-fought 69-63 win at Utah Valley Saturday night.
Davis netted a team-high 17 points while Shaw logged his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in helping the Aggies improve to 6-1 for the first time since 2008-09.
Lopez, just eligible after trasferring from LaSalle, dunked his first shot for the Aggies.
Nicholls State's Fred Hunter leads NSU with 25.3 points per game, a mark that would lead the NCAA, but he has only played in four of the Colonels' six games. Hunter also leads the Colonels in rebounding and steals with 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
* MONTANA 62, NORTHERN ARIZONA 56: At Flagstaff, Ariz., Mathias Ward connected on a 3-point shot to break a tie with 4:44 left in the game and Montana went on to defeat Northern Arizona.
Montana (5-4, 1-0 Big Sky) had four men score 12 points -- Ward, Will Cherry, Jordan Gregory and Keron Deshields. Kareem Jamar scored 10 points.
Northern Arizona (4-6, 1-1) led by as many as nine points in the first half and was up by four at halftime. Gabe Rogers led Northern Arizona with 16 points, including five 3-pointers.
* UTAH VALLEY 67, TROY 64 (OT): At Orem, Alfonzo Hubbard's layup with 36 seconds left in overtime gave Utah Valley a victory and a sweep of its home-and-home series with Troy.
Hubbard's layup with 59 seconds left in regulation had sent the game to overtime. In overtime, Ben Aird, who scored a team-high 18 points, put the Wolverines (6-7) ahead 64-62 on a three-point play with 1:21 left. Hunter Williams' jumper tied it with 1:04 left before Hubbard's basket, and Troy missed a jumper and a 3-pointer before Aird added a free throw in the final seconds.
Holton Hunsaker, who scored a career-high 32 points in Utah Valley's 86-82, double-overtime victory at Troy on Dec. 8, had 13 points Wednesday. Nick Thompson added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Tevin Calhoun scored 18 points off the bench for the Trojans (5-8).
* NO. 1 DUKE 88, CORNELL 47: At Durham, N.C., Seth Curry scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and No. 1 Duke (10-0) eeled off 23 straight points in an 88-47 rout of Cornell (4-7).
* NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 79, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 55: At Louisville, Ky., Peyton Siva had career highs of five 3-pointers and 12 assists for Louisville (10-1) in the first meeting between Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino, his son and FIU (3-5) counterpart.
* NO. 6 INDIANA 93, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 54: At Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Christian Watford added 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana (10-1).
* NO. 8 FLORIDA 82, SE LOUISIANA 43: At Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored a season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists for Florida (8-1).