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Utah State tops San Jose State 84-65

By Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 27, 2011 at 10:45 p.m.



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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Brian Green came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points and Utah State extended its winning streak to 14 games with an 84-65 win over San Jose State on Thursday night.

Green made his first eight shots from the floor, including five 3-pointers, and didn't miss until six minutes remained in the game. Green also matched his career-best of six rebounds.

Pooh Williams added 14 points, and Brockeith Pane and Brady Jardine each scored 13 points for Utah State (19-2, 8-0 WAC). The Aggies also extended their conference-record winning streak to 22 games.

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Adrian Oliver had 29 points for San Jose State (9-10, 1-7).

Utah State led by 10 at halftime, but didn't pull away until Green made three 3-pointers in a span of 2:52 as part of an 11-2 run early in the second half. Green had all 11 of the Aggies' points during that stretch as they increased their lead to 56-39.

San Jose State twice pulled within 12 points but couldn't close the gap despite another solid night from Oliver.

Oliver, the WAC's leading scorer, was 10 of 23 from the floor and went 9 for 11 at the line. Oliver also grabbed eight rebounds in his second game back -- he missed two games with concussion-like symptoms after being hit in the face during a team practice earlier this month.

His performance still wasn't enough.

Despite becoming the first team in five games to score more than 59 points against the Aggies, the Spartans trailed the entire second half and were held to only three baskets over the final seven minutes.

Utah State, on the other hand, continued its dominance of WAC opponents.

The Aggies' only two losses this season came at then-No. 23 BYU on Nov. 17 and then-No. 16 Georgetown on Dec. 4. Since then, Utah State has been on quite a roll with the fifth-longest winning streak in school history.

During the 14-game streak, the Aggies are outscoring opponents by an average of 17.8 points and have allowed only four teams to break the 60-point barrier against them.

Utah State trailed early but closed out the first half on a 16-4 run. Pane capped the spurt when he drove the length of the court with no resistance from the Spartans' defense and scored on a layup, taking just 6.4 seconds off the clock.

That only added to what was already a frustrating night for San Jose State.

Point guard Justin Graham was a late scratch after suffering an Achilles' strain in his left foot during pre-game warmups. Before that, the school announced the indefinite suspension of forward Brylle Kamen for a violation of team rules.

A part-time starter who appeared in 10 games this season, Kamen is averaging 6.1 points and is second on the team with 5.9 rebounds.

The Spartans could have used all the healthy bodies they could get against the Aggies, who have won seven straight in the series between the two schools.

Keith Shamburger had 13 points and four assists while Calvin Douglas added 10 points for San Jose State.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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