No. 15 Utah State shakes off slow start to down UTSA, 82-50

The 15th-ranked Utah State Aggies allowed the UTSA Roadrunners to hang around for a few minutes to start the game.

But they weren’t going to be that generous for too long.

Utah State rolled on a 14-0 run over a four-minute stretch in the first half and never faced another serious challenge in routing UTSA 82-50 Monday night.

In the game played before a raucous crowd of 8,667 in Logan, Utah, Sam Merrill scored 21 points to lead the undefeated Aggies, who improved to 5-0.

The Roadrunners fell to 0-5 on a night when they were out-rebounded 55-36.

UTSA played well defensively in stretches but couldn’t close out possessions, getting beat 38-8 in second-chance points.

An ugly offense and, perhaps an unsettled point guard situation, also contributed to the Roadrunners’ demise. They shot 28.6 percent from the field.

Notable

UTSA is 0-5 for the second season in a row.

Quotable

“Probably the best team we’ve played in my three-plus years here. Great environment. Great opportunity for us. I thought we were ready to go there in the first half. We (knew we) were going to have to play a really, really good ball game. We gave up that (14-0) stretch and in the second half we got whooped.” — UTSA coach Steve Henson, on the team’s radio broadcast.

Records

UTSA 0-5t
Utah State 5-0

Statistically speaking

UTSA stars Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace combined to shoot 11 of 41 from the field. Jackson was 7 of 25.

Coming up

UTSA opens its home schedule Friday night against Wiley College, an NAIA program based in Marshall, Texas.

A three-game home-stand continues against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 30 and against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 3.

The Roadrunners play at Texas State on Dec. 7.

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