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3 keys in the Utah State Aggies’ 84-76 loss to the Colorado State Rams

Colorado State guard Kendle Moore, left, fouls Utah State guard Steven Ashworth as they scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Logan, Utah.
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Utah State has its first Mountain West Conference loss of the year.

The Aggies had their 12-game winning streak snapped on Thursday night, as Colorado State upended USU 84-76 at the Spectrum in Logan.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Formula for success doesn’t carry over

The Aggies have lived on strong defense through their winning streak, but Colorado State was able to shoot 50% from the field in the upset win. Isaiah Stevens had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the effort for the Rams (11-3, 8-2 MWC).

Utah State (12-4, 9-1 MWC), meanwhile, shot 42% and had 17 assists to 15 turnovers. The Rams also hit 25 of 29 free throws, while USU made 14 of 22.

A limited Queta

Center Neemias Queta has been the central figure in the Aggies’ winning streak, but he was limited on Thursday night, in good part because of foul trouble. Queta picked up his fourth foul with 11:58 to play, and while he didn’t foul out, the big man wasn’t his usual self inside.

Queta finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

CSU’s 10-0 run shifts momentum

The Aggies went ahead 56-53 on an Alphonso Anderson 3-pointer with 7:39 to play, but Colorado State responded with a 10-0 run — punctuated by a 3-pointer by Adam Thistlewood — over the next two and a half minutes to build a seven-point lead.

There were several big runs for both teams in the game, but this one was the most crucial, as it gave Colorado State some breathing room. It’s Utah State’s first loss since Dec. 5.