Medlin thriving in new leadership role

Preston MedlinUtah State’s Preston Medlin had a career night on Tuesday in a win over UT-Arlington in the first game of this year’s Gossner Classic (a.k.a. Athletes in Action Classic Sponsored by Gossner Foods). Medlin came out on fire right from the get-go, hitting his first four three point attempts helping build a 20-8 lead for the Aggies. The Aggies never looked back and ended up winning the game 73-69. While the final score is somewhat close, that is mainly due to a flurry of three point makes by UT-Arlington in the last minute of the game. The game was never really in question.

Medlin finished the game with a very impressive stat line. He had career highs in points (27) assists (8), and steals (2), and pulled in 4 rebounds. He was terrific shooting the ball going 8-12 from the floor, 6-9 from downtown, and 5-6 from the free-throw line.

With Brady Jardine out with an injured foot, Preston Medlin has taken on the leadership role for this team. He’s shown confidence, passion, and a will to win. Medlin’s shooting performance also moved him up in the record books. He now ranks #5 all-time in Career 3PT FG% at 44.8%, and #4 all-time in Single Season 3PT FG% at 49.1%.

Danny Berger and Kyisean Reed also moved up in the record books after solid performances last night. Berger went 4-7 from three, moving him into the #6 spot (tied with Brian Green’s 2010-11 season) in Single Season 3PT FG% at 46.9%. Kyisean Reed continued his offensive dominance with another 13-point performance while shooting 4-5 from the field. This moved him into the #9 spot in Single Season FG% at 60.4%.

The Aggies face off against the St. Peter’s Peacocks tonight at 8:05 Mountain Time.

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