Jan. 19, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 20 points, but Seattle shot 53.2 percent en route to a 73-66 home win against future Western Athletic Conference foe Utah State here Thursday.
Utah State falls to 10-9 on the season with the loss, while Seattle improves to 5-12 with the win.
Pane has now scored 20-plus points in two straight games and in three of his last four for Utah State. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin also scored in double-figures for the Aggies with 19 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Aaron Broussard had 17 points and Sterling Carter scored 12 to lead Seattle.
Trailing by seven at the break, Utah State scored the first points of the second-half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger, but Seattle scored the next five points to push the lead back to nine at 39-30. USU later got within three at 52-49 on a pair of free throws by Pane with 8:06 to play and had a chance to tie the game on its next possession, but missed a three-point attempt. From there, Seattle went on a 10-2 run to extend its lead back to 11 at 62-51 and Utah State never got closer than the final score of 73-66.
Utah State finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-54), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 81.3 percent at the free throw line (13-16). Seattle shot 53.2 percent (25-47), a season-high for an Aggie opponent. The Redhawks also shot 57.1 percent from three-point range (8-14), also a season-high for an Aggie opponent, and 65.2 percent from the free throw line (15-23).
After out-rebounding Utah State by just two in the first-half, Seattle dominated the boards in the final 20 minutes as it grabbed eight offensive rebounds and finished the game with a 35-24 advantage on the glass. After committing 11 first-half turnovers, USU had just one miscue in the second-half to go along with a season-high tying seven steals. Seattle had 17 turnovers.
For the second time in as many games, Utah State fell behind by double-digits early on as Seattle made its first three three-pointers to take a 13-2 advantage just 3:37 into the game. The Redhawk advantage swelled to 13 at 22-9 before USU used an 11-2 run to make the score 24-20 following a Pane jumper. SU extended its lead back to 10 with six straight points only to see the Aggies score seven in a row as USU closed to within three at 30-27 with 1:43 to play following a Pane trey. The Redhawks, however, ended the half by scoring the final four points to give the home team a seven-point halftime lead.
Pane led Utah State with nine first-half points as the Aggies shot just 40.0 percent (10-25), including just 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9). USU did make 5-of-6 (.833) free throws in the first 20 minutes. Seattle shot 56.0 percent in the first-half (14-25), including 57.1 percent from three (4-7) and was 2-for-3 (.667) at the line. Both teams also committed 11 turnovers in the first-half, while Seattle had two more rebounds (15-13).
Utah State will conclude its four-game road stretch on Saturday, Jan. 21 when it returns to Western Athletic Conference play at Idaho at 9 p.m. (MT).
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