San Jose State hasn't won a game in Logan, Utah since February 25, 1982, and they haven't won a conference road game this season. That being said, one can imagine the uphill battle they faced in Saturday night's game in Utah State's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
San Jose State and Utah State have both been subpar this year. However, pairing up two non-contenders proved to create an entertaining, offense-heavy basketball game–for a while. Down the stretch, San Jose State could not keep up, and USU blew away SJSU 88-70.
Utah State got out to a fast start, but San Jose State was able to keep itself in the game with successful ball movement for much of the first half. However, San Jose State wasn't able to keep things close in the second half. The Spartans's struggles could be because they haven't found a consistent leader to rally around this season.
At times, it felt like San Jose State was led by Utah transfer Princeton Onwas, but Onwas failed to finish often in isolation. However, Onwas is one of only two seniors on this San Jose State team, so it's commendable that he tried to keep his young team in the game on the road.
San Jose State could also benefit from more consistent three-point shooting from Cody Schwartz. Schwartz knocked down two big threes in the first half, but remained silent from deep until late in the second half. As a whole, San Jose State simply got sloppy as the game progressed. The Spartans got out-rebounded 41-31 and shot just 29% from the field.
Utah State looked like an entirely different team in the second half than in the first. The Aggies were up by seven at halftime, but they poured it on in the second half. What put the Aggies on top was a signature performance from Chris Smith with 20 points and five boards. Not to mention they got another solid game out of Jalen Moore, with 11 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
Utah State looked much more composed in the second half, which one could only expect from a home team. The most incredible statistic is Utah State's 58.8% performance from the three-point line. Chris Smith, Julion Pearre, and Darius Perkins each had an especially prolific night from deep against San Jose State.
Ultimately, San Jose State perpetuated their season-long struggles, and Utah State defended their 33-year-old home court winning streak against San Jose State.
San Jose State travels to face Wyoming on Wednesday, and Utah State squares off against the Air Force Academy on Tuesday.