Feb. 4, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Once again Utah State dropped a close road game, this time 60-54 at Fresno State, as the Aggies lost back-to-back games for the fourth time this year in falling to 12-12 on the season and 4-5 in Western Athletic Conference. Fresno State improved to 11-14 with the win, including a 3-6 mark in league play.
Fresno State also snapped its 10-game losing streak to Utah State with the win, as the Aggies are now 2-10 on the road this season.
Kevin Olekaibe had a game-high 26 points to lead three Fresno State players in double-figures.
Utah State never led in the game, but did tie it at 34-34 with 11:04 to play following a three-pointer from sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger. From there, USU had four chances to either tie the game or take the lead but committed three turnovers on those four possessions. Then Fresno State made all six of its free throws in the final 37 seconds to claim the six-point win.
Utah State finished the game shooting 41.7 percent (20-48), including 22.2 percent from three-point range (4-18) and a season-best 90.0 percent at the free throw line (10-11). Fresno State shot just 38.9 percent overall (21-54), including 33.3 percent from three (5-15) and 76.5 percent at the free throw line (13-17).
For the second-straight game, Utah State dominated its opponent on the glass as the Aggies out-rebounded Fresno State by 16 (40-24). However, USU lost the turnover battle for the second time in as many games as it committed 16 miscues as compared to just three for FS leading the home team to a 16-0 advantage on points off turnovers.
Fresno State scored the first four points of the game and took an early 15-4 lead before Utah State finished the half on a 12-6 run to trail 21-16 at intermission.
Utah State shot just 29.2 percent (7-24) in the first-half, including 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (1-2). Fresno State shot 37.5 percent (9-24), including 16.7 percent from three (1-6) and 50.0 percent at the line (2-4).
Utah State will return home and begin its season-long five-game home stretch against Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The game against the Bulldogs will be broadcast regionally by ESPN and televised live on Altitude. It is also available on the ESPN Full Court package as well as on the internet via ESPN3.com.
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