A strong second half takes Utah State to a 75-52 victory over San Jose State in the regular season finale

by: Ashley SpringerUSU Sports Media Relations

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Utah State men’s basketball defeated San Jose State 47-26 in the second half of its regular-season finale in San Jose, Calif., on Friday night as the Aggies beat the Spartans 75-52.

Senior striker justin bean posted his 45th career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds tied for second all-time in USU and Mountain West history. Bean’s 11 rebounds took his season total to 305 as he became only the third Aggie to record 300+ rebounds in two different seasons.

Three other Aggies finished the game in double figures as a senior forward Brandon Horvath had 16 points, junior guard Sean Bairstow was 13 and second guard Max Shulga was 11.

It was a first-half points game as SJSU (8-22, 1-17 MW) took an early 7-2 lead with 14:56 remaining. USU (17-14, 8-10 MW) responded with a 14-3 run capped by a Horvath 3 to hold the 16-10 advantage with 10:18 to go in the period.

Next it was the Spartans’ turn to run as SJSU beat USU 13-3 to hold a 23-19 advantage with 4:50 on the clock.

The teams traded in the last four and a half minutes of the half. A junior guard lay-up rylan jones with 58 seconds on the clock gave Utah State a 28-26 lead before the halftime break.

It was a different story in the second half as the Aggies outscored the Spartans 47-26 during the period.

Utah State opened the half with a 7-0 run to take a 35-26 lead with 17:37 to go after senior guard layups RJ Eytle-Rock and Bean, with a triple from Jones. San Jose State cut the lead to 37-33, but that would be the closest it could get in the period.

A deep Bean 3 capped a 16-5 Aggie run to push USU’s lead to 53-38 with just under 10 minutes remaining. After a spartan layup cut the margin to 61-47, Utah State beat San Jose State 14-5 in the final five minutes as USU took the 75- 52.

USU finished the night shooting 51.9% (28 of 54) from the field, a season-high 50.0% (11 of 22) from behind the arc and 61.5% (8 of 13 ) to the free throw line. San Jose State shot 39.2% (20 of 51) from the floor, 26.1% (6 of 23) from behind the 3-point line and 40.0% (6 of 15) from the charity strip .

The Aggies are now 16-1 this season when recording a better field goal percentage than their opponents, 13-3 when recording a better 3-point field goal percentage and 11-3 when they shoot better at the free throw line.

Utah State will then travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the 2022 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championships from Wednesday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12.

For more information on Utah State’s men’s basketball program, follow the Aggies on Facebook at usumensbasketball, on Twitter at @usubasketball and on Instagram at @usubasketball. Fans can also watch USU men’s basketball highlights by visiting youtube.com/utahstateathletics.

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