NCAAB Game Recap - Utah State at San Jose State
Wed Dec 4, 2019 11:15 PM EST

ND
51
MD
72
F
UVA
40
Purd
69
F
OhSt
74
UNC
49
F
TXSo
62
Gonz
101
F
LoyMa
64
Colora
76
F
FlaAM
43
Tenn
72
F
E WA
80
Wash
90
F
Penn
69
Vill
80
F
UtSt
71
SJSU
59
F
IUPUI
51
MorSt
56
F
SacHr
89
UMassL
86
F
Leh
69
StFPA
77
F
SCar
84
UMass
80
F
Boston
63
GrgWas
64
F
W IL
86
Evans
90
F
VMI
58
Duques
71
F
Colg
82
Bingha
74
F
E IL
69
IPFW
74
F
RobM
70
YSU
81
F
WIGB
71
Xav
84
F
JMU
71
Radf
94
F
(N/A)
51
Ohio
90
F
Maine
63
NE
78
F
Longw
41
NCAT
52
F
(N/A)
37
UNH
91
F
KennSt
54
UNCG
72
F
Tows
76
Morg
59
F
Akr
85
Marsh
73
F
NCC
59
UGA
95
F
Canis
59
FlAtl
62
F
FlGlf
53
FlInt
71
F
LoyMD
84
DelSt
76
F
ETSU
96
Citad
84
F
Iona
62
UConn
80
F
(N/A)
79
CoCar
114
F
Toled
80
Clev
65
F
(N/A)
55
Brown
82
F
Nebras
56
GaTec
73
F
Yale
61
Albany
52
F
Princ
76
Drex
82
F
NJIT
65
Army
75
F
PaulQ
69
Gram
79
F
ArkPB
39
Tuls
72
F
GTown
81
OkSt
74
F
UMKC
61
IaSt
79
F
BYU
95
Utah
102
F(OT)
UCDav
85
NoAZ
66
F
Norf
59
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
63
ULMo
86
F
TxSt
60
Hou
68
F
N AL
63
Troy
71
F
TxTch
60
DeP
65
F(OT)
Tul
61
SoMis
56
F
NNMU
47
N CO
92
F
Jacksn
56
Marq
75
F
Web
72
UtVal
67
F
AF
86
Wyo
77
F
Bois
78
NM
80
F
SDSU
79
ColSt
57
F
ChiSt
89
SIU-E
81
F
Wisc
54
NCSU
69
F
Wake
54
PSU
76
F
UCRiv
67
CBap
79
F
CSNor
71
Portl
64
F
CS-Ful
59
Pacif
62
F
SCla
67
Nev
98
F
WaSt
78
Ida
65
F
UNLV
81
Fres
80
F(2OT)
Cal
64
USF
76
F

Dec 4, 2019, 11:15 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(25) Utah State (8-1)

36

35

71

San Jose State (3-6)

33

26

59

No. 25 Utah St tops San Jose St 71-59 in conference opener
Thu Dec 5, 2019 2:16 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) With star center Neemias Queta sidelined by a knee injury early this season, former walk-on Justin Bean has shouldered the load inside for Utah State.

Bean had 18 points and 14 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and No. 25 Utah State bounced back from its first loss by beating San Jose State 71-59 on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener.

"He went from the guy who was on the scout team every day and kept proving his merit," coach Craig Smith said. "Down the stretch last year, he didn't start but he finished most games. He's always been an excellent rebounder. He just has a nose for the ball. He just consistently gets better. He's a better shooter and better handler."

Bean started fast by scoring the first eight points for the Aggies and kept up his strong play throughout for a Utah State team that was a bit worn down from spending 14 of the past 18 days away from home.

"Everyone is pretty fatigued," Bean said. "But we're tough, a tough group. We're probably more undersized than most teams, definitely more undersized than what we thought coming into this year. But this team has heart."

The Aggies (8-1, 1-0) fell 81-73 last week at Saint Mary's in a matchup between two of the top mid-major teams in the country. They fared much better in their return to the Bay Area by running away from the Spartans (3-6, 0-1) in the second half.

Utah State used a 9-0 spurt fueled by two baskets by Alphonso Anderson and five turnovers from San Jose State to build an 11-point lead early in the second half and mostly coasted from there.

"We just kind of chipped away in the second half and gradually extended," Smith said. "It certainly wasn't easy."

Sam Merrill scored 14 points, Anderson added 12 and Diogo Brito had 10 for the Aggies.

Seneca Knight scored 17 points to lead the Spartans, who have lost four straight games. San Jose State hasn't beaten a ranked team since knocking off No. 19 Alabama 60-59 in overtime in the Cable Car Classic on Dec. 27, 1996.

"We're not afraid," coach Jean Prioleau said. "We're going to put our feet forward and put our nose into the fight. I'm going to do everything in my power to change this around, change the culture of men's basketball at San Jose State."

The Spartans stayed close early with the Aggies, getting a spark when Omari Moore blocked two shots by Brock Miller on one trip. That led to a tying 3-pointer from Trey Smith and a basket from Richard Washington that put San Jose State up 21-19.

The Aggies answered and led 36-33 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Utah State: The Aggies controlled the game inside and outscored the Spartans 46-22 in the paint. But they shot only 4 of 17 on 3-pointers and failed to completely pull away from an overmatched opponent.

San Jose State: After going 8-53 with only two conference wins in Prioleau's first two seasons, the Spartans look to be a little more competitive in year three. But they still have a long way to go to match up with any of the top teams in the conference.

UP NEXT

Utah State: Hosts Fresno State on Saturday.

San Jose State: Visits San Diego State on Sunday.

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Leaders

Utah State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Bean 18 0 1 14 3 2
S. Merrill 14 0 3 2 2 0
San Jose State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Agee 0 0 0 4 0 1
Z. Chappell 0 0 3 1 1 0

Team Comparison

UtSt SJSU
Points For 71 59
Field Goals 28/66-42% 21/49-43%
Three Pointers 4/17-24% 8/21-38%
Free Throws 11/20-55% 9/15-60%
Offensive Rebounds 16 6
Defensive Rebounds 26 28
Rebounds 49 38
Blocks 3 9
Steals 10 2
Turnovers 7 15
Personal Fouls 17 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 4 UtSt 71 @ SJSU 59 S. Bairstow 1 T. Smith 3

Game Information

Stadium: Provident Credit Union Event Center, San Jose, California
Attendance: 2,294
Game Time: