March 6, 2011
SAN JOSE, Calif. - All 14 Aggies checked in and three scored in double-digits in the Aggies, 75-39 win at San Jose State Saturday. The win solidifies the Aggies' third seed at the Western Athletic Conference tournament March 9-12. The third seed is the highest seed ever for USU.
Utah State improves to 16-13 on the season and 10-6 in Western Athletic Conference action. San Jose State falls to 2-27 and 2-14 in WAC. The 10 WAC wins for USU is the most wins in a season for the Aggies since joining the WAC for the 2005-06 season. The 16 wins so far this year is tied for most wins in a season, with the 2008-09 team who finished 16-15, since the reinstatement in 2003-04.
The Aggies are 8-0 when keeping opponents to 69 points or less this season. The 39 points is the fewest allowed in a game this season by the Aggies and the fewest allowed since the 2009-10 season when the Aggies defeated Montana-Western 71-34. The Aggie bench out scored SJSU's bench 34-4.
The Aggies opened the game winning the tip off and were the first on the score board with a layup from Johnson. USU and SJSU traded buckets and tied the score twice in the first four minutes of action. The Aggies took charge of the game and never looked back. With 12:26 left in the first half the score was 16-11 in favor of USU and the Aggies went on a 33-3 run to close out the half. In the remaining 12 minutes of the first half the only points USU allowed were from three made free-throw shots.
The final play of the first half, began as SJSU's Liz Johnson lost possession of the ball. The Aggies inboubded the ball to sophomore Devyn Christensen just above the free-throw line on the Spartans's side of the court. Christensen made a half court pass to to senior Amber White who pulled up for a deep three-point basket as time expired leaving the score at 46-14 for USU. The 14 points by SJSU in the first 20 minutes of action is the fewest the Aggies have allowed this season in any half.
Utah State returned from the locker room and were the first to the scoreboard again with a layup from Brown. USU went on a 12-1 run to open the second half. For the entire second half the Aggies led by no less than 34 points and Utah State's bench had 19 points in the second half alone including four points from junior Reyneisha Mays and six points from Stacey Howard. The final score was 75-39.
The Aggie men and the women both ran over their competition Saturday as the men also won, 75-30 over Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.
For the game, Utah State shot 52.7 percent (29-of-53) from the field and added 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from three-point range. The Aggies went 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the free-throw line. San Jose State shot 24.5 percent (13-of-53) from the field and went 0-of-9 from three-point range, The Spartans also added 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Aggies win at San Jose State concludes regular-season action. USU earned a first-round bye as the third seed and will play at 9:30 MT against the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Hawai'i and sixth-seeded New Mexico State which will take place Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 9:30 p.m.
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