by Ashley Springer, Utah State Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball (3-0) posted an 85-51 victory over Idaho State (0-3) on Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as all five USU starters scored in double figures.
Senior guard Shane Rector led the Aggies with 17 points and five steals, and tied his career high with seven assists - all in the first half. This is the second time this season Rector has matched his career high in dimes, after dishing out seven assists against NJIT on Monday. Freshman guard Koby McEwen had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Ngor Barnaba finished the night with 10 points and eight rebounds and sophomore forward Norbert Janicek was perfect from the floor (6-of-6), collecting 12 points and four rebounds.
Senior wing Jalen Moore finished the night with 13 points and passed his father, Jimmy, on the all-time scoring list with a pair of technical free throws in the second half. Moore has now scored 1,173 points in his career, good for No. 25 on the all-time scoring list, and trails Jay Goodman (1991-93) at No. 24 by 42 points.
Utah State opened the game with back-to-back baskets to take an early 5-0 lead, but only held a 22-18 advantage with 8:28 on the clock. The Aggies then held the Bengals scoreless over a six-minute stretch and extended the lead to double digits, 35-18, with 2:34 on the clock. USU ultimately took its third consecutive lead into the break, 40-27.
The Aggies opened the second half with an 8-0 run, following a jumper by Janicek, fast-break layup by McEwen and two steals leading to buckets from Rector, forcing Idaho State to call a timeout with the Aggies up 48-27 with 18:04 left to play. The Aggies led the rest of the night, collecting its first 30-point lead (75-44) after a 3-pointer by McEwen with 5:39 to play. The Aggies led by as many as 36 after a free throw by freshman guard Diogo Brito put the Aggies up 85-49 with under three minutes to play.
Idaho State was led by senior guard Ethan Telfair with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals before the ISU coaching staff elected to keep him on the bench for most of the second half following a technical foul. Junior guard Geno Luzcando followed for the Bengals and had 11 points and six rebounds.
The Aggies will next travel to Cancun, Mexico to participate in the rest of the Cancun Challenge. Utah State will open with Purdue (2-1) on Tuesday, with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (MT). Fans can watch the game live on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) with Thad Anderson on play-by-play and Doug Gottlieb providing color. The game can also be heard on KVNU (610 AM) will the voice of the Aggies, Al Lewis, providing play-by-play.
For Aggie basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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