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Utah State Drops Title Game to San Diego State

The Aggies and Aztecs went at it late Saturday afternoon

NCAA Basketball: Mountain West Conference Tournament- San Diego St vs Utah St Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State lost their first Mountain West game for the first time since losing their series to Boise State on Saturday afternoon, dropping the title game to San Diego State. The Aztecs lost in the title game on a last second shot last year so they were able to get revenge this year. The Aggies were outscored in both the first and second halves, 28-24 in the first and 40-33 in the second as San Diego State would grab an 11 point victory and a guaranteed spot in the NCAA tournament.

Neemias Queta was the leading scorer for Utah State, putting up 18 points on 7-11 shooting (63.6%) and went 4-4 from the free throw line. He had six rebounds (four defensive, two offensive) three blocks, three turnovers and two personal fouls. Justin Bean put up 12 points on 3-6 shooting, going 1-1 from three and 5-6 from the free throw line (83.3%). He also had six rebounds (three defensive, three offensive), an assist, a steal, three turnovers, and three personal fouls. Rollie Worster had eight points off of 4-13 shooting (30.8%) and had four rebounds (three defensive, one offensive), four assists, a block, four turnovers, and three personal fouls. Marco Anthony scored seven points on 1-6 shooting (16.6%), going 5-7 (71.4%). He also had eight rebounds (six defensive, two offensive), four assists, a steal, three turnovers, and three personal fouls. Brock Miller put up four points on 1-6 shooting (16.6%), going 1-5 from three (20%), and 1-1 from the free throw line. Miller had two rebounds, a turnover, and a personal foul.

Alphonso Anderson was the only Aggie of the bench to score points. He had eight points off of 3-8 shooting (37.5%), and went 1-2 from three in addition to 1-1 from the free throw line. He had two rebounds (one defensive, one offensive), an assist, and a turnover.

As a team, Utah State was 19-51 (37.3%) and went 3-13 from three (23.1%). San Diego State was 26-58 (44.8%) and went 2-15 from three (13.3%). From the free throw line, Utah State was 16-19 (84.2%) while San Diego State was 14-17 (82.4%). Utah State was able to outrebound San Diego State with a 34-31 advantage and also had more assists than the Aztecs with a 10-7 advantage. San Diego State had more steals and blocks than Utah State, holding a 10-2 advantage and 5-4 advantage in those categories. Utah State had 16 turnovers to San Diego State’s nine but the Aggies to have 12 fouls to San Diego State’s 20.

The reason that Utah State lost this game was because of inconsistent offense and turnovers. Unfortunately for the Aggies, getting into a defensive battle against the Aztecs was not something they wanted to do because that is where San Diego State will succeed and where they want to get teams. Going 3-13 from three did not help, neither did missing the other shots, and it is a big reason as to why the biggest lead of the game for Utah State was two. If Utah State had a better shooting game and was able to commit less turnovers and create a few more, they may have been in that game right to the final seconds. Regardless, Utah State is in March Madness and the 11 seed they were given might not have been much higher even if Utah State had beat San Diego State. The focus now moves on to the NCAA Tournament.