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3 takeaways from Utah State’s 72-53 win over Air Force

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FIILE: After falling, Air Force’s Ameka Akaya tries to pass the ball but puts his foot out of bounds while being defended by Utah State’s Justin Bean During the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Air Force Academy, Colo.

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Utah State won going away for the second straight time against Air Force on Saturday, beating the Falcons 72-53 at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Here are three takeaways from the Aggies’ sixth straight win:

  • Utah State (7-3, 4-0 Mountain West) set the tone early, getting out to a 14-0 lead. The Aggies took a 33-20 advantage into halftime, holding Air Force to 33% shooting in the opening 20 minutes. Utah State outshot the Falcons 54.5% to 40.4% for the game.
  • Neemias Queta had an all-around strong game, finishing with a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while adding six assists, four blocked shots and two steals. He shot 7 of 10 from the field.
  • The Aggies dominated inside, outscoring Air Force (3-5, 1-3 MW) 44-22 in the paint and owning a 38-21 edge in rebounding. Utah State had a 13-5 advantage in offensive rebounding, leading to a 10-4 edge in second-chance points.