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Kyle Rowley and the Saint Mary's men's basketball team will be tested when they take on Utah State on Thursday.
Kyle Rowley and the Saint Mary's men's basketball team will be tested when they take on Utah...
MBK | Saint Mary's Hits Road To Play Utah State
Release: Monday 11/13/2012 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- With one game under its belt, the Saint Mary's men's basketball team knows the time for tuning up is officially over.

Next up for the Gaels is a date with Utah State, as Saint Mary's travels to Logan, Utah to take on the Aggies on Thursday at 6 p.m. (PT).

The game is available via live audio stream on SMCGaels.com, with play-by-play man Alex Jensen on the call. It will also be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet Plus (standard definition channel 410 and HD channel 780 for Comcast Subscribers). Live statistics will be available at utahstateaggies.com, and frequent Twitter updates will be posted throughout the game (@SMCGaels).

Always a tough opponent, Utah State (1-0) is even tougher in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, where the Aggies have won 86 of their last 92 home games.

"It's a tough place to play. They have a good team," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. "It'll be tough. It'll be a good test for us to see where we're at."

Saint Mary's (1-0) got its first game action of the season Saturday, beating Sonoma State 95-69 at McKeon Pavilion.

Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year Matthew Dellavedova led the way with 20 points, five assists and five steals. Stephen Holt, an all-WCC preseason pick along with Dellavedova, added 12 points.

Production came from the frontcourt as well, with Mitchell Young and Brad Waldow each scoring 11 in the victory.

Despite the lopsided win, Bennett said the team had plenty to work on in preparation for the trip to Utah.

"We'll have to be much better defensively," Bennett said after the game. "We have three days of practice to try and improve there."

The Aggies are also 1-0 entering the contest after a 56-48 win over Idaho State on Saturday. Guard Preston Medlin led the way with a team-high 14 points. Junior guard Spencer Butterfield added nine points, all in the second half.

Medlin, a 6-foot-4 junior from Carrollton, Texas, was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year by conference coaches and media.

Saint Mary's and Utah State last met on Feb. 19, 2011. Tai Wesley scored 22 points and the Aggies left McKeon Pavilion with a 75-65 win in an ESPN BracketBusters game.

The Gaels last visited the Spectrum in 2009, returning home with a 68-63 win on the strength of 22 points from Omar Samhan.

After playing Utah State, the Gaels return to McKeon Pavilion to take on Eastern Washington on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the SMC Athletic Ticket Office through either SMCGaels.com or by calling (925) 631-GoTx.