Utah State smashes San Diego to move to 8-1


San Diego guard Kevin Patton Jr., left, gets his shot blocked by Utah State forward Great Osobor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal via AP) | AP

LOGAN — The Aggies’ torrid shooting was too much for the Toreros.

Utah State shot just under 60% from the Spectrum floor on its way to a 108-81 rout of San Diego Wednesday night. The 108 points was a season-high for the Aggies (8-1), who connected on 65.6% of their attempts in the first half and led by as many as 37 points.

“It boosts our confidence for upcoming games,” senior guard Ian Martinez said. “We’ve got to defend our home court, so it’s pretty fun to come in here and give the people a show.”

All 13 USU players who saw action scored on Wednesday, but only four reached double figures. Freshman guard Mason Falsev (7 for 10, 17 points), junior forward Great Osobor (5 for 7, 14 points), Martinez (13 points) and sophomore forward Nigel Burris (10 points) led the way offensively for Utah State.

“That’s huge because we have to be a strength in numbers team,” USU head coach Danny Sprinkle said of his squad’s balanced offense. “We have to be able to have multiple guys scoring on different nights, and I know things are going to get tougher, so we need to have everybody engaged.”

Down 12-8 to start the game, the Aggies scored 15 straight points against the Toreros (6-4), who lost at Stanford 88-64 on Sunday.

Sprinkle admitted to being disappointed early on because he didn’t feel he team was playing hard enough, but going down his bench and playing a few young Aggies like 6-foot-11 forward Kalifa Sakho (4 for 4, eight points and two blocks) and sophomore guard Javon Jackson (six points), who haven’t seen much action the past couple of weeks in the first half, ended up paying big dividends.

“I think we got the message across, and a couple of guys who have been playing a lot of minutes didn’t play as many tonight…


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Publish date : 2023-12-07 05:37:38

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