NCAAB Game Recap - Texas-San Antonio at Utah State
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:00 PM EST

ChaSo
46
MSU
94
F
UtVal
74
KY
82
F
Stetsn
51
OhSt
86
F
TexSA
50
UtSt
82
F
Colg
62
Aub
91
F
UCIrv
53
Colora
69
F
Wilbe
79
SCSt
103
F
N CO
61
WVU
69
F
(N/A)
39
NFla
115
F
Presb
53
ND
63
F
SMU
59
Evans
57
F
CarBi
57
Troy
84
F
W&M
70
Okla
75
F
Monm
50
Pitt
63
F
Hartfo
50
Oakl
60
F
Bry
73
Niag
62
F
App
41
UNCG
55
F
LongI
92
DelSt
84
F
MidTN
72
CoCar
93
F
(N/A)
58
CenMI
115
F
FaDi
65
Army
81
F
USC-Up
45
Akr
76
F
Eccle
55
South
121
F
(N/A)
51
McNee
103
F
HiPt
51
Belm
90
F
(N/A)
68
Leh
87
F
Campv
66
W Ky
109
F
(N/A)
61
E IL
114
F
SIU-E
56
SDak
71
F
JackSt
58
TxSt
73
F
Longw
48
NIU
65
F
Bacon
38
UMKC
111
F
Woff
56
Mizzu
75
F
HI
53
Ill
66
F
AF
54
TCU
65
F
MTTec
74
Mont
72
F
(N/A)
65
TNSt
99
F
AbCh
58
UNLV
72
F
PVAM
50
Cal
54
F
S UT
61
UCLA
76
F

Nov 18, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Texas-San Antonio (0-5)

29

21

50

(15) Utah State (5-0)

41

41

82

No. 15 Utah State routs UTSA 82-50
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:29 AM

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Opponents are quickly discovering that generating offense against Utah State is a difficult task.

The No. 15 Aggies proved it again on their way to an 82-50 victory over UTSA on Monday night. It did not take long for the Roadrunners to get overwhelmed on one offensive possession after another.

Utah State (5-0) dominated the inside, outrebounding UTSA 55-36, and outscoring the Roadrunners 46-16 in the paint and 38-8 in second chance points. It meant fewer looks at the basket and tougher shots overall for UTSA.

The Roadrunners (0-5) shot just 29% from the field. They were the fourth straight Utah State opponent to shoot under 40% on their field goals.

"That's just what we want our identity to be," senior guard Sam Merrill said. "With all the hype and the expectations and the rankings, we understand that we're still not even the most talented team. We got to play the right way and I think that's what we've done these last four games."

Merrill scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Aggies. Diogo Brito added 17 points and Brock Miller chipped in 10 for Utah State.

Justin Bean and Alphonso Anderson each had 11 rebounds to set the tone on the glass. Bean also dished out a career-high five assists.

Jhivvan Jackson scored 15 points to lead the Roadrunners. Erik Czumbel added 12 points and Keaton Wallace added 10. Jackson and Wallace both shot under 30% from the floor.

Points were in short supply largely because Utah State effectively blanketed the perimeter. UTSA just went 7-of-30 from 3-point range.

"We're kind of a perimeter based team right now and we need to find ways to get better shots and easier shots and attack the rim off the dribble," Roadrunners coach Steve Henson said. "Their length certainly bothered us in there and they stayed up on Keaton and Jhivvan. Even the shots they made were pretty contested."

Merrill scored three of Utah State's first four baskets. All of those came from the perimeter, allowing the Aggies to carve out a quick 11-2 lead.

UTSA answered with a 14-2 run over a 4 1/2 minute span. The Roadrunners took their first lead after Czumbel and Jacob Germany hit back-to-back baskets to put UTSA up 16-13.

It didn't last long.

Utah State scored the next 14 points and didn't look back. The Aggies scored baskets on five straight possessions, highlighted by Miller's corner three and dunk off a steal on back-to-back possessions. UTSA missed 10 straight shots over a four minute stretch, which opened the door for Utah State to charge back in front.

"To play good defense, you obviously have to be fundamentally sound, but you have to want to do it," Utah State coach Craig Smith said. "You have to that toughness and that edge to do that. We've demonstrated that we have that - both last year and this year."

The Aggies ended any hope of a potential comeback late in the second half. Utah State scored baskets on six straight possessions, culminating in back-to-back 3-pointers from Brito and Alphonso Anderson, to take a 70-46 lead with 6:42 left.

BIG BOARDS

Bean finished with double-digit rebounds for the fourth time in just five games. Eight of his 11 boards came on the offensive glass. The sophomore forward is averaging 11.0 rebounds through five games.

"That guy just has a nose to the ball," Smith said. "You can't explain it. It's like a really good middle linebacker that seems to recover every fumble or is just always in the right place at the right time."

MOVING UP

Merrill moved ahead of Jalen Moore (1,634 points) for ninth-place in school history for career points. He has scored 1,655 career points and is averaging 17.4 points per game this season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Utah State will get a truer test of its AP Top 25 status when the Aggies play LSU and North Texas in the Jamaica Classic on Friday and Sunday respectively.

BIG PICTURE

UTSA: Erratic shooting and a flurry of turnovers kept the Roadrunners from upsetting a ranked opponent for their first win of the season.

Utah State: The Aggies imposed their defensive will around the basket and forced UTSA into taking lots of tough shots for 40 minutes. Utah State also kept up the pressure in disrupting the passing lanes. It helped the Aggies overcome intermittent shooting struggles.

UP NEXT

UTSA hosts Wiley College, an NAIA school, on Friday.

Utah State faces LSU in the first round of the Jamaica Classic on Friday.

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Leaders

Texas-San Antonio PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Rodriguez 0 0 0 1 0 0
K. Hellums 0 0 0 1 0 0
Utah State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Grootfaam 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Merrill 21 0 3 3 0 0

Team Comparison

TexSA UtSt
Points For 50 82
Field Goals 20/70-29% 34/73-47%
Three Pointers 7/30-23% 9/31-29%
Free Throws 3/4-75% 5/7-71%
Offensive Rebounds 12 17
Defensive Rebounds 24 38
Rebounds 36 56
Blocks 4 6
Steals 9 5
Turnovers 15 16
Personal Fouls 14 9
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UtSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 18 TexSA 50 @ UtSt 82 A. Iyaye 2 T. Dorius 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah
Attendance: 8,667
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