By Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah – Utah State closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule in emphatic fashion as the Aggies reached the 90-point plateau for the second consecutive game, beating Youngstown State 91-74 on Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
After being held to just six points in 12 minutes in Utah State’s previous outing against Life Pacific last Saturday night, junior guard DeAngelo Isby exploded for a career-high 26 points off the bench. He shot 9-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Quinn Taylor secured the second double-double of his career after he grabbed the last rebound of the night for the Aggies (7-6). The junior forward finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with a career-high four blocks in a career-high 37 minutes. He was 5-for-7 from the field.
Isby and Taylor were joined in double-figure scoring by sophomore guard Sam Merrill with 18 points and junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr. with 16. Merrill also had six of his team’s 11 assists on the night.
The Penguins (2-10) were led by Cameron Morse’s 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Braun Hartfield and Garrett Covington chipped in 12 and 10 points apiece, respectively, for Youngstown State, which shot 42.4 percent from the field (25-for-59), including 34.8 percent from the arc (8-for-23), and 69.6 percent from the free throw line (16-for-23).
Utah State, winners of two straight and three of its last four, shot a sizzling 59.6 percent from the field (31-for-52), including 31.6 percent from 3-point range (6-for-19), and 65.7 percent from the charity stripe (23-for-35).
The Aggies outscored the Penguins in the paint 48-26 and scored 20 points off of 14 Youngstown State turnovers.
The Penguins, who were coming off an 86-62 loss at Idaho State on Monday, jumped out to a 15-7 lead just 14:19 into the game. In fact, Youngstown State did not trail until Isby hit a 3-pointer with 8:51 remaining in the first half to give the hosts a 22-20 lead.
Morse countered with a 3-ball of his own at the other end as the Penguins moved back in front for the final time.
Less than a minute later, though, Isby put the Aggies back in front to stay with a jumper at the 7:41 mark to make it 24-23. That basket ignited a 16-5 run for Utah State, which went into the break with a 41-34 lead.
Youngstown State pulled to within one on a couple of occasions in the second half, including after a basket by Hartfield that cut the deficit to 63-62 with 8:48 to go.
However, Utah State countered with a game-ending 28-12 run to send the Penguins to their eighth consecutive defeat.
Utah State will open Mountain West play by hosting San José State on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Spectrum. The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and is set to tip off at 7 p.m.
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