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3 keys to Utah State’s 82-50 win over New Orleans

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Utah State forward Brandon Horvath (4) shoots as New Orleans forward Tyson Jackson (5) defends.

Utah State forward Brandon Horvath (4) shoots as New Orleans forward Tyson Jackson (5) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Logan, Utah.

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Utah State bounced back from tough losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU with an 82-50 rout of New Orleans Saturday night at the Spectrum.

Here are three keys to Utah State’s 82-50 win over New Orleans:

  • The Aggies needed just over four minutes to build a 15-2 lead and then continued to pour it on, going on an 18-0 run to take a 48-17 lead into halftime. The Privateers, who were only seven-men deep, got to within 28 points early in the second half before USU went on a 22-4 run.

  • Senior guard RJ Eytle-Rock, who helped spark Utah State’s early spurt, ended up with four 3-pointers and 14 points, the most of his brief Aggie career. Senior forward Justin Bean also scored 14 points, while junior guard Rylan Jones dished out 11 assists to equal his career-high from a game in 2019 when he was a Ute.
  • Junior center Trevin Dorius delivered a near-perfect game off the bench, going 6-for-6 from the field (including four dunks) to equal his career-high of 12 points. The former Wasatch High star also pulled down nine rebounds in just 17 minutes.