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Utah State basketball drops second straight lopsided game, as Aggies fall to South Dakota State

FILE: Utah State’s Neemias Queta dunks after a whistle against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game for the Mountain West Conference men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Isaac Brekken, Associated Press

It’s been an inauspicious start to the season for the Utah State basketball team.

The Aggies lost for the second straight night at the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this time falling 83-59 to South Dakota State on Thursday.

The Jackrabbits (1-1) took an early nine-point lead on three straight 3-pointers and never let Utah State (0-2) get back into the game after that, as South Dakota State led by 20-plus points for much of the second half.

The Aggies struggled from the field, shooting 36.8% overall and 31.8% from 3-point range. South Dakota State, meanwhile, shot 56.1% from the floor and 55.6% from 3, hitting 15 shots from long range.

Utah State trailed 34-27 after Steven Ashworth hit a 3-pointer with 4:40 to go in the first half, but the Jackrabbits used a 10-0 run to build a 17-point lead, then South Dakota State came out and extended that lead early in the second half.

Baylor Scheierman scored a career-high 23 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Jackrabbits, while Douglas Wilson added 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Neemias Queta had a team-high 12 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots for the Aggies, while Marco Anthony also scored in double figures with 10 points.

Utah State will wrap up play at the Crossover Classic with a matchup against Northern Iowa on Friday at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on ESPNU.