Loyolacal 26 43 69
Utahst 33 44 77
Date of game: 3/21/2012

Recap: Utah State vs. Loyola Marymount

Logan, UT (Sports Network) - Preston Medlin led all scorers with 26 points as the Utah State Aggies defeated the Loyola Marymount Lions 77-69 in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Brockeith Pane tallied 17 points for Utah State (20-15), while Morgan Grim added 16 points and eight rebounds.

For Loyola Marymount (21-13), Anthony Ireland led the way with 23 points. Ashley Hamilton chipped in with 11 points for the Lions.

Both teams connected on 11 field goals in the first half, but Utah State made three three-pointers and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line to take a 33-26 advantage into the halftime locker room.

Loyola Marymount actually outshot Utah State from the field in the second half, 51.6 percent to 37.5 percent, but the Aggies were able to hang on to the lead by continuing to excel at the free-throw line, draining 24-of-27 from the charity stripe after the break.

The Aggies' outstanding free-throw shooting was able to help mask the fact that they committed more turnovers (22) than field goals made (20).

Utah State has advanced to the CIT semifinals where it will take on Oakland.

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