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USU basketball: Utah State sits in the top 15 in 3-point defense

Utah State men's basketball continues to be one of the best in the nation in defending the 3-point line, sitting No. 15 this week while holding opponents to 29.1 percent (126-of-433) from long range.

The Aggies are just outside the top 20 in three other categories, including 3-point field goal percentage (.393, 26th), turnovers per game (10.8, 22nd) and fewest turnovers (226, 28th).

Individually, redshirt freshman forward David Collette is No. 24 in field goal percentage, hitting 56.2 percent (113-201) of his shots from the field this year.

Utah State is among the top five of the Mountain West in 11 different categories, including 3-point field goal percentage (.393, second), assist/turnover ratio (1.3, second), defensive field goal percentage (.386, third), defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.291, third), defensive rebounds (25.2, third), scoring defense (62.2, fourth), assists (13.8, fourth), 3-point field goals made (7.2, fourth), scoring offense (64.6, fifth) and turnover margin (+0.9, fifth).

Individually in the MW, sophomore wing Jalen Moore is in the top 10 of six statistics, including scoring (15.2, sixth), rebounding (7.2, fourth), 3-point field goal percentage (.417, seventh), blocks (1.0, ninth), defensive rebounds (6.0, second) and minutes (34.3, third).

Collette is No. 3 in the league with his .562 field goal percentage, and he is also in the top 10 in scoring (12.9, eighth) and blocks (1.9, fifth).

Junior guards Chris Smith and Darius Perkins also appear in the top 10 of several categories. Smith is 10th in the league in free throw percentage (.758), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.465) and sixth in 3-point field goals made (1.9). Perkins is fourth in assists (3.4), ninth in 3-point field goals made (1.8) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).

USU is back in action Tuesday, hosting Boise State University in a game set to tip in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7:30 p.m. MT. Fans can watch the game live on the CBS Sports Network or listen via the Aggie Sports Network with Al Lewis on the call.

Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.