With a near capacity crowd, Utah State and Fresno State put on an offensive showcase that did not disappoint. Both teams shot at or above 50 percent on field goals. The difference in the game, once again, was the three-point shooting of Utah State. They shot 47 percent while the Bulldogs shot only 35 percent from three.
Both teams had four players score in double digits. For the Bulldogs, it was thanks to Julien Lewis that Fresno State was able to stay in for the most of the game. He led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting and nabbed a couple of rebounds. The Aggies, meanwhile, had a big time effort from Darius Perkins and Julion Pearre, each getting 19 points. David Collette and Jalen Moore also had good games, scoring 16 points and 11 points, respectively.
One glaring stat that sticks out are the free throws. Utah State has struggled from the free throw line all year. But tonight, they got that under control. The Aggies made 9 of their first 10 free throw attempts and went 12-of-17 overall. Fresno State went 16-of-18 from the line.
Not to be overlooked, USU head coach Stew Morrill reached a new milestone in his coaching career. With the win, Morrill has now won 400 games at Utah State, extending his record of the winningest head coach in school history. He can add to that as the Aggies have four regular season games left, along with the conference tournament and any other postseason games.
For Utah State, the win moves them to 16-10 overall and 9-5 in conference play. The loss moves the Bulldogs to 12-15 overall and 7-7 in conference play.
The Aggies remain home for their game on Tuesday as they take on UNLV. Tip-off will be at 7:30 pm MT and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.