LOGAN -- Senior guard Preston Medlin led five Utah State players in double-figure scoring with 22 points as USU defeated Central Methodist, 108-88, in the Aggies' first exhibition game of the preseason Friday at the Smith Spectrum.
Medlin, who missed the final 15 games of the 2012-13 season with a broken wrist, finished the night shooting 9-of-15 from the field, 2-of-7 from 3-point range and 2-for-5 at the free throw line in just 24 minutes of action, to go along with a game-high six assists.
Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 20 points for Utah State, hitting 4-of-4 behind the three-point arc, while senior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Junior forward Danny Berger added 10 points off the bench in his first action since late November of 2012. Freshman forward Jalen Moore also scored 10 points off the bench as USU had a dominating 42-16 scoring advantage by its reserves.
"Obviously, we've got a long way to go defensively. I don't remember the last time in an exhibition game we gave up those kind of numbers in points," USU coach Stew Morrill said. "This was really good for us along those lines because I think they understand the problem now. ."
Central Methodist, an NAIA school from Fayette, Mo., was led by Melvin Tillman's game-high 28 points as the Eagles had four players score in double-figures.
USU will conclude its exhibition schedule by hosting Adams State on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., and then hosts Pac-12 opponent USC in its regular-season opener on Nov. 8.