Utah State men's basketball remains No. 17 in the latest poll by The Associated Press, as released by the organization on Monday. The spot is the same that the Aggies had in the initial poll released on Oct. 24.
Utah State opened its 2019-20 season with back-to-back victories over Montana State (81-73) and Weber State (89-34) last week, marking the second consecutive year under head coach Craig Smith that the Aggies have opened the year undefeated.
Against the Bobcats, senior guard Sam Merrill led the Aggies in scoring, finishing with 28 points, while sophomore forward Justin Bean recorded his second-career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. They were joined in double figures by junior forward Alphonso Anderson with 13 points and junior guard Abel Porter with 10. USU shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the floor, 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 77.8 percent (35-of-45) at the free throw line. Merrill tied a Utah State record at the charity stripe, hitting 17-of-18 at the line. Montana State finished the game shooting 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the floor, 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from behind the 3-point line and 61.5 percent (16-of-26) at the free throw line.
Against the Wildcats, USU tied its largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent and posted its largest margin of victory since 2001. Bean led the Aggies with a career-high 18 points and added nine rebounds, while Porter recorded his first-career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Merrill also scored in double figures, finishing with 14 points, while senior guard Diogo Brito and sophomore guard Brock Miller finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Utah State shot 55.2 percent (37-of-67) from the floor, 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from behind the 3-point line and 90.0 percent (9-of-10) at the free throw line. Weber State finished the game shooting 21.7 percent (10-of-46) from the floor, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 45.0 percent (9-of-20) at the free throw line.
Utah State hosts Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
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