Utah State basketball: Aggies head back out on the road, face Colorado State

By Tavin Stucki

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 10 2014 5:15 p.m. MST

Colorado State guard Daniel Bejarano (2) collides into press row past Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill during a game between the Aggies and Colorado State at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Matt Gade, Deseret News

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Utah State looks to complete a season sweep over Colorado State on Tuesday when the Aggies travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to face USU coach Stew Morrill's former team.

"I’ve tried to avoid that all the years since I’ve been gone," Morrill said of playing against CSU. "It’s not something you really want to do, but it’s going to be an annual deal at this point for sure."

USU has struggled in its first season in the Mountain West, losing five straight conference matchups before back-to-back wins in Logan last week.

The Aggies are led in part by senior guard Preston Medlin, who scored 12 points in USU's 57-50 win over the Rams earlier this season.

“It’s always tough to win a game on the road in college basketball, especially against the league with the teams that we have," Medlin said after Saturday's win over Boise State. "Colorado State is a good team. We’ve got to focus in and know our game plan.”

CSU is 14-10 this season, 5-6 in conference play. The Rams are led by forward J.J. Avila, who averages 17 points and nearly eight rebounds per game.

"It was a very good defensive game," Morrill said of the January matchup. "We didn’t score for the first six or seven minutes but still found a way to win the basketball game."

Utah State shot 11 of 21 from 3-point range in the win.

USU is 53-35 all time against Colorado State, but before this season the schools had only played once in the past 15 years — a USU nine-point loss to Morrill's final Rams team in 1998 before he was hired at Utah State.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Tavin Stucki is a senior journalism student at Utah State University and editor-in-chief of The Utah Statesman, the Aggie campus newspaper. Twitter: @stuckiaggies

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