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Utah State Aggies fall apart in 2nd half, lose season opener to VCU Rams

20181209 Utah State coach Craig Smith shouts to his team during game against Weber State Saturday Dec. 8, 2018, in Salt Lake City.
20181209 Utah State coach Craig Smith shouts to his team during game against Weber State Saturday Dec. 8, 2018, in Salt Lake City.
Rick Bowmer, AP

The Utah State Aggies led by as many as 10 points in the second half of their 2020-2021 season opener against the VCU Rams on Wednesday night at the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but then they completely fell apart and ultimately lost 85-69.

Up 55-45 with 14:22 to play, the Aggies allowed a 7-0 run in exactly 90 seconds. Utah State quickly stretched the lead back to seven, but then disaster struck as the Rams responded by going on an 18-0 run.

VCU’s famous Havoc defense caused exactly that, which led to some easy Ram baskets and the Aggies missed some good looks and before finally stopping the bleeding with a pair of Neemias Queta free throws.

But by then, VCU’s lead was nine with 4:37 to go. The closest Utah State got was within seven before the Rams closed things out comfortably.

On the night, the Aggies committed 18 turnovers — 11 in the second half — and VCU scored a whopping 28 points off of those giveaways.

Rams guard Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland led all scorers with 23 points. Queta paced the Aggies with 17.

Utah State will continue play in the Crossover Classic with a Thursday evening game against the host South Dakota State Jackrabbits.