By Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah - Senior guard Shane Rector scored 16 points in 21 minutes and sophomore forward Norbert Janicek chipped in 14 points and six re bounds as the Utah State men's basketball team rolled to an 84-51 victory over Great Falls on Tuesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Jalen Moore scored in double figures for the 21st consecutive time as he had 13 points, to go along with four rebounds, three assists and one steal. The senior wing is now just four points shy of tying Rich Haws for 21st on the all-time scoring list with 1,255 points.
Tymarieh Dixon led the Argos, an NAIA school located in Great Falls, Mont., with 15 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Andrej Slavik scored 10. This was an exhibition game for the Frontier Conference member.
The Aggies (4-4), who snapped a four-game losing streak, shot a season-high 60.8 percent from the field (31-of-51). Utah State also outrebounded Great Falls 41-29 as 10 different players pulled down at least two boards.
The Argos shot just 31.1 percent on the night (19-of-61), marking the fifth time this season the Aggies have held an opponent to less than 38 percent shooting. Great Falls made just three of the 27 3-pointers it took on the night, while Utah State knocked down 6-of-18 from beyond the arc.
Utah State was the first to dent the scoreboard as a free throw by Janicek with 16:54 remaining in the first half made it 1-0 for the Aggies, who led wire-to-wire.
The first basket by either team didn't come until the 14:31 mark of the opening half. That's when Utah State freshman Koby McEwen found Julion Pearre all alone in the left corner for a wide open 3-pointer that the junior guard knocked down.
The Argos' first field goal of the night came courtesy of Treyvon Bashir, who drilled a 3-pointer of his own that cut the deficit to 7-5 with 12:40 remaining in the half.
Utah State only led 10-8 with 11:31 left until intermission, but put the game away for good courtesy of a 23-6 run. The Aggies led 42-21 at the break and eventually grew the advantage to as many as 42 in the second half.
Janicek made sure Utah State opened the second half on a good note as he scored the Aggies' first nine points coming out of the break. Both he and Rector shot 6-for-9 on the night.
All 11 Aggies that played scored at least one point, while junior forward Ngor Barnaba matched Janicek with six rebounds. Moore, Pearre and sophomore forward Quinn Taylor each tallied a team-high three assists.
Utah State now turns its attention to in-state foe Utah Valley (5-3), which lost at Utah 87-80 on Tuesday. The Aggies and Wolverines will square off at the UCCU Center in Orem on Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
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