LOGAN -- The Aggies have won 28 straight home games over in-state opponents, but Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill is far from relaxed.
Utah State (5-2, 0-0 MW) will continue its season-long six-game home stand tonight hosting Utah Valley (4-5, 0-0 WAC) at 7 p.m. at the Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies are 30-1 (.968) at home against teams from the state of Utah under Morrill.
"Through the years we've played a lot of the in-state teams, tried to play all of them, and the in-state games, I've always thought, should take on special meaning to everybody involved and sometimes you hear people talk about it isn't as big a game to us as it is to them, and I think that's hogwash," Morrill said Friday.
"Especially when we've been in a little bit of a funk. Utah Valley's coming off a really nice win against Weber State. It went down to the wire, and I'm impressed, as I always am with Dick's teams, with how hard they play, how well they execute, they screen the heck out of you, they pack it in on defense, they just are impressive whenever you watch them."
The Wolverines are 4-5 on the season having won two in a row, beating St. Katherine 89-37 on Dec. 7, then edging Weber State 62-59 on Wednesday night at home.
In Wednesday's win over Weber State, three players scored in double-digits, led by senior guard Holton Hunsaker with 14 point, while sophomore guard Hayes Garrity tallied 13 points off the bench and freshman forward Zach Nelson logged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. On the season,
Nelson leads UVU with 12.0 points per game, adding 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.
The funk Morrill refers to is two straight losses, including a 78-68 loss by visiting Pacific Saturday
The Aggies have three players averaging in double-figures for the season, led by senior Jarred Shaw with 15.9 points per game, while Spencer Butterfield logs 14.3 ppg and Spencer Medlin tallies 13.4 ppg.
Kyle Davis adds 7.0 rebounds per game, shooting a team-high 67.6 percent (23-of-34) field goal percentage. He also averages 1.2 blocks per game.
* NO. 17 IOWA STATE 85, NO. 23 IOWA 82: At Ames, Iowa, Georges Niang scored 24 points, including the go-ahead basket with 18.8 seconds left, and 17th-ranked Iowa State rallied to beat No. 23 Iowa.
Dustin Hogue had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cyclones (8-0), who prevailed in the first meeting between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes as ranked teams in 26 years.
Niang gave Iowa State an 83-82 lead on a reverse layup -- and Iowa's Mike Gesell followed by missing two free throws. Hogue then buried two foul shots, and Zach McCabe's attempt for a tying 3 fell short for Iowa (10-2).
Aaron White had 25 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who led by as much as 10 late in the first half.
* NO. 21 COLORADO 80, ELON 63: At Boulder, Colo., Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 points and No. 21 Colorado beat Elon 80-63 on Friday night for its 10th consecutive win.
Xavier Johnson added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Buffaloes (10-1), who were coming off a win over Kansas. Josh Scott scored 12, and George King had 10 points.
Sebastian Koch scored 27 points on nine 3-pointers for Elon (5-5), which had won three in a row. Tanner Samson added 12 points.
* NO. 16 MEMPHIS 73, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 59: At Memphis, Shaq Goodwin scored 17 points and No. 16 Memphis rallied for a victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.
Joe Jackson also had 17 points for the Tigers, but was 3 for 11 from the field. Memphis (7-1) was tied with Arkansas-Little Rock with under 7 minutes to go, but the Trojans faded down the stretch. Josh Hagins led Arkansas-Little Rock (3-6) with 17 points.