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3 keys in the Utah State Aggies’ 72-69 loss to UC Davis

Utah State center Trevin Dorius jumps and blocks the shot of UC Davis guard Kane Milling.
Utah State center Trevin Dorius (32) blocks the shot of UC Davis guard Kane Milling (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Logan, Utah.
Eli Lucero, The Herald Journal via AP

Ryan Odom’s first game as head coach of the Aggies ended in a 72-69 loss to UC Davis Tuesday night at the Spectrum in Logan.

Here are three keys to Utah State’s setback:

  • After opening the game with a 17-5 burst, the Aggies went cold offensively and shot just 36.1 % from the field, including a woeful 8 of 30 from 3-point range.
  • Aggie big men Brandon Horvath (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Justin Bean (16 points, 13 rebounds) had strong outings, but totaled 12 of USU’s 22 field goals.
  • UC Davis was in foul trouble all night long, and Utah State took advantage in the first half, knocking down 12 of 15 free-throw attempts, but USU went just 5 for 13 in the second half.