Aggies scoring leaders Medlin, Reed sidelined

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:09 AM


LOGAN — Utah State men’s basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced Monday an update on a pair of key players who suffered injuries in the Aggies’ game at New Mexico State on Jan. 17.

Junior guard Preston Medlin will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, while senior forward Kyisean Reed is out with a season-ending torn ACL in his knee.

Both injuries occurred in the second half against NMSU. USU lost that game and Saturday’s game to Denver to fall to 14-3 ovrall, 5-2 in Western Athletic Conference action.

“First and foremost is our concern for Kyisean and Preston. This is as tough as it gets and we hurt for them first and our team second,” Morrill said. “We expect our players to step up and compete, as we have a lot of season left.”

Medlin is currently averaging 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He is shooting 47.4 percent (82-of-173) from the field, including 39.3 percent (33-of-84) from 3-point range and 81.8 percent (63-of-77) at the free throw line.

Medlin is currently fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg), while leading the league in conference only games (20.7 ppg). He also is second in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818) while ranking seventh in WAC only games (.816). In 3-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh in overall games (.393) and 14th in league only games (.395), as well as sixth in overall 3-pointers made per game (2.06) and second in WAC only games (2.83). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played both overall (36.06) and league only games (37.67).

Reed is averaging 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. He is netting a team-high 58.2 percent (71-of-122) field goal shooting,as well as 66.2 percent (51-of-77) at the free throw line.

Reed is 14th in the WAC in scoring both overall (12.1 ppg) and league games (11.3), while ranking 10th in overall rebounding (6.5 rpg) and tied for 11th in league only games (6.0).He also ranks second in overall field goal percentage (.582) while ranking fourth in league games (.553). Reed is sixth in the WAC in blocked shots both overall (1.75) and conference only games (1.67), as well as seventh in steals for both overall (1.63) and league games (1.5).

Utah State returns home to the Smith Spectrum to host UT Arlington (8-8, 3-4 WAC) on Thursday, and Louisiana Tech (16-3, 7-0 WAC) on Saturday.

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