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Utah State Can’t Keep Up in A Loss to South Dakota State

The Aggies fall to 0-2 after two losses in two days

Rick Egan, The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah State was never really in the game against the Jackrabbits, losing 83-59. The Aggies were outscored 44-29 in the first half and 39-30 in the second to fall to 0-2 even though Utah State was once again favored.

Neemias Queta was the leading scorer for the Aggies again, and he was 6-8 on field goals with 12 points. In addition to the points he scored, Queta also had 8 rebound (6 defensive, 2 offensive), three assists, three blocks, and two turnovers. Marco Anthony was 3-9 on field goals (2-5 from three) and 2-2 on free throws. He also had a defensive rebound, an assist, and a turnover. Rollie Worster was 4-9 (1-2 on three balls) on field goal attempts and scored nine points. He had two defensive rebounds, two assists, and two personal fouls. Brock Miller (2-3 on field goals, 1-3 on threes) and Justin Bean (2-7 on field goals, 1-1 on free throws) both scored 5 points. Bean had two assists and two fouls, Miller had two rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a turnover. Off the bench, the leaders were Freshman Guard Steven Ashworth and Senior Forward Alphonso Anderson. Ashworth was 2-7 on field goals (2-6 from three) and was 2-2 on free throws. He had a defensive rebound, two steals, a turnover, and two fouls. Anderson was also 2-7 on field goals (1-5 on threes) and also 2-2 on free throws. He posted three rebounds (two defensive, one offensive).

One of the keys to do better against the Jackrabbits was for the Aggies to have a better shooting percentage than they did against VCU. That didn’t happen, the Aggies were 21-57 on shots (36.8%) while South Dakota State was 32-57 (56.1%). On 22 shots Utah State made only 7 threes while South Dakota State on 27 shots made 15 threes, over half of what they shot. Utah State did have 7 offensive rebounds but they also turned the ball over 16 times compared to the South Dakota State’s 12 times. There are two reasons this game was never even close, and it’s because Utah State was unable to make a lot of their shots while South Dakota State shot over 50%, even from three point range. It’s going to be hard to win a game with significant statistics that are that uneven. If Utah State wants a better chance to win against Northern Iowa later tonight (game airs at 4 P.M. EST on ESPNU) they have to limit what the Northern Iowa shooters are able to do and they have to shoot the ball better themselves.