Brad James December 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Saint Katherine Tuesday Night Tags: USU Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday evening, Utah State men’s basketball (9-1, 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play) hosts NAIA foe Saint Katherine (3-8) of San Marcos, Calif.The No. 25 Aggies are off to their best start since 2012-13 as that season’s squad began 14-1. When ranked by The Associated Press, the Aggies are 65-19 (.774) all-time.Utah State has won 12 consecutive home games, the longest streak in program history since a 32-game winning streak at Logan from 2009-2011.The Aggies are 20-1 (.952) under head coach Craig Smith (37-8, .822 at Utah State; 116-63 [.648] as a collegiate head coach) at home, including 11-0 against non-conference opponents.The selfless Aggies rank 22nd in total assists nationally (161), tying them with Belmont and New Hampshire. They are tied for 11th nationally in win-loss percentage (.909) with Arizona, Duke, Xavier, Delaware and DePaul.They are 8th in rebounding margin nationally per game (+10), 11th in total rebounds per game (42.5) and 15th in total rebounds (425), tying them with Sacred Heart.Utah State also ranks 13th nationally in assist to turnover ratio (1.42) and 24th in free throw percentage (77 percent).The Aggies score 79.9 points per game, ranking them 43rd nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Sam Merrill (17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds per game, a team-best 40 assists), sophomore forward Justin Bean (15 points, a team-best 11.8 rebounds per game, tied for a team-best 12 blocked shots with Polish national, junior center Kuba Karwowski), junior forward Alphonso Anderson (12.2 points, 5.1 rebounds per game) and Portuguese national Diogo Brito (10.9 points, 4.7 rebounds per game, a team-best 21 steals) all score in double figures on average for the Aggies.Saturday, as the Aggies bested Fresno State 77-70 in overtime, sophomore center, Portuguese national Neemias Queta, returned to the lineup. He posted 6 points and 1 rebound in his return to the lineup.Defensively, the Aggies surrender 61.4 points per game, tying them for 39th nationally in scoring defense with Texas State.The Firebirds are coached by Kevin Williamson who is 3-8 (.273) in his first season at the helm.Saint Katherine averages 72.7 points per game. The Firebirds are led by junior guard Zethan Dumpson (13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds per game), junior guard Jared Strate (11.8 points per game, a team-best 20 steals) and senior guard Nygill Carr (11.3 points per game) each of whom score in double figures on average for St. Katherine.The Firebirds surrender 76.8 points per contest. They are led in rebounds by sophomore forward Dalin Stanford (7 rebounds per game). The assists leader is junior forward Gabriel Knight (26 assists on the season) and redshirt junior forward Zane Jowaiszas (a team-best 7 blocked shots).