Utah State Beats Idaho

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Brian Green shot 4 of 4 from 3-point range and scored 16 points in 21 minutes to lead Utah State past Idaho 80-62 Wednesday night.

Nate Bendall added 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Aggies (17-6, 7-2 Western Athletic), who won their seventh in a row. Tai Wesley had 13, while Jared Quayle and Pooh Williams each added 11.

Marvin Jefferson scored 17 for the Vandals (10-11, 2-7), Kyle Barone had a career-high 14 and Kashif Watson added 11.

Utah State, which led by 28 points with 4:30 to play, shot 8 of 16 from beyond the 3-point line and outrebounded Idaho 34-23. The Vandals outscored Utah State 41-40 in the second half but dug themselves a deep hole early in the game, shooting only 36 percent in the first half.

The Aggies shot 68.2 percent in the first half before cooling off to 48.1 percent in the second. The Aggies also got 29 points from their bench players.

In the first half, Idaho stayed close with inside baskets until Green scored 10 consecutive points during a 16-2 run by the Aggies, giving Utah State a 30-13 lead with 6:53 to play.

Utah State extended the run to 20-4 and eventually led 40-21 at halftime.

Idaho's leading scorer on the season, Marc Hopson, 14.7 points per game, did not play due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons.


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