By Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah - Senior guard Shane Rector had 16 points and sophomore forward Quinn Taylor added 12 - all in the second half - as Utah State defeated Bristol 96-53 on Wednesday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies' matchup with the Bears was in limbo as the game was not officially an exhibition, but also did not count towards Utah State's overall record. When the game was originally contracted, Bristol was an accredited university. However, it lost its accreditation after the fact, which is why the game did not count.
Norbert Janicek finished one rebound shy of a double-double as the sophomore forward had 11 points and nine boards, to go along with three assists.
All 12 Aggies who played scored at least five points during the game. Utah State finished the night shooting 38-of-65 (58.5 percent) from the floor, including 11-of-28 (29.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
Michael Crosby was the lone Bristol player to finish in double figures as he had 16 points, to go along with a team-best five rebounds and three assists. The Bears shot 18-of-51 from the floor (35.3 percent), including 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from long range.
The Bears led twice on the night, the final time coming after Crosby hit a 3-pointer to make it 6-3 with 18:11 to go in the first half.
Utah State didn't stay down long, though. Barnaba ignited a 16-0 run over a span of 3:41 when he drilled a 3-pointer from the left baseline. The spurt eventually grew to 26-2 as the Aggies opened a 29-8 lead with 11:14 remaining in the half.
Utah State went into the break leading the Bears 52-29 with Rector netting 10 first-half points on 4-of-6 shooting. McEwen scored six of his eight points during the first 20 minutes of play.
McEwen and Rector brought the crowd to its feet when the duo hooked up for a highlight-reel play in the second half. McEwen took an outlet pass from senior wing Jalen Moore and lobbed it up to the 6-foot-2 Rector, who came soaring in from the right wing and slammed it down with two hands. It was one of six dunks by the Aggies on the night.
The Aggies (2-0) return to action on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they welcome Idaho State (0-2) to the Spectrum. This will be Utah State's second contest in the Cancun Challenge.
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