Feb. 13, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Utah State's starting five all scored in double-figures, including 18 points from junior forward Nate Bendall as the Aggies rolled to an 81-65 road win against San Jose State here Thursday night in Western Athletic Conference action.
Utah State, who has now won 10 straight games and 14 of its last 16 overall, improves to 20-6 on the season and 10-2 in WAC play with the win. It is the 11th straight year that USU has won at least 20 games and the 26th time in school history.
San Jose State, who has now lost four straight games after starting league play with a 5-3 record, falls to 12-12 on the season and 5-7 in conference play with the loss.
Senior guard Jared Quayle scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and a season-high four steals for Utah State, while junior guard Tyler Newbold had 13 points and a season-high six assists. Junior forward Tai Wesley scored 12 points to go along with five assists before fouling out with 4:10 remaining in the game, and junior guard Pooh Williams finished the game with 11 points.
Adrian Oliver scored a game-high 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting, while C.J. Webster came off the bench to score 12 points and give the Spartans a 16-13 scoring from its reserves.
After San Jose State got within six points at 39-33 just two minutes into the second half, Utah State went on a 16-4 run to take a commanding 55-37 advantage with 11:56 to play and the Spartans never got the deficit under 11 points for the remainder of the game as USU shot an amazing 71.4 percent from the field in the second half as it made 15 of its 21 field goal attempts, including 6-of-8 from three-point range. Utah State was also a perfect 9-of-9 at the free throw line in the second half.
Utah State finished the game by shooting a blistering a 61.7 percent from the field (29-47) and an even better 64.3 percent from three-point range (9-14), which is a season-high. USU was also 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line and had 20 assists and just eight turnovers on the night. San Jose State shot 42.6 percent overall (23-54), including 35.7 percent from behind the arc (5-14) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (14-20). The Spartans also became just the third team this year to out-rebound the Aggies as SJSU had a slight 26-25 advantage on the boards. Those 25 rebounds for USU were a season-low.
Utah State scored six of the first eight points of the game before San Jose State went on a 9-1 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 11-7. USU then went on a 20-4 run midway through the half and led by 12 at 27-15 following a jumper from Bendall. The Spartans got within seven at 29-22 only to see Quayle hit a three-pointer from the left corner to increase the Aggie lead back to 10. SJSU then scored the final three points and the visitors took a 36-29 lead into the locker room.
Quayle led Utah State with nine first-half points, while Bendall and Wesley each had eight. Oliver had six points to lead San Jose State. USU shot 53.8 percent (14-26) during the first 20 minutes, including 3-of-6 (.500) from three-point range and 5-of-7 (.714) at the free throw line. SJSU shot 43.5 percent from the field (10-23) and 61.5 percent from the free throw line (8-13) in the first half, but was just 1-of-5 (.200) from behind the arc.
Utah State will return home and host Louisiana Tech (20-5, 8-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
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