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San Jose State guard Richard Washington (11) shoots as Utah State guard Marco Anthony (44) and center Neemias Queta defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP, Pool)

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Worster, Miller carry Utah State to sweep of San Jose State

By Sports | Posted - Dec. 23, 2020 at 10:17 p.m.

LOGAN — Rollie Worster had 15 points as Utah State easily defeated San Jose State 85-52 on Wednesday night. Brock Miller added 12 points for the Aggies, and Sean Bairstow chipped in 11 points.

Neemias Queta had nine points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a career-high tying six blocks for the second-straight game for Utah State (5-3, 2-0 Mountain West), which won its fourth consecutive game.

"Our guys took care of business this week," Utah State coach Craig Smith said. "I'm really proud of how we played and the effort our guys played with. I thought we defended very well in both games. We were really focused and played connected on both ends of the floor. I don't care who you play, when you play, you hold a team to 23 percent from the field and 20 percent from the 3-point line, you're doing something really well."

Richard Washington had 11 points for the Spartans (1-4, 0-2), whose losing streak stretched to four games. Caleb Simmons added nine rebounds. Seneca Knight had nine rebounds.

The Aggies improved to 2-0 against the Spartans on the season after defeating San Jose State 107-62 on Monday.

"Overall I think we did a really good job of shutting them out defensively," Queta said. "We shared the ball a lot. We've been improving a lot on the assist to turnover ratio, that has been a big key for us to keep getting better. Everybody played really well and shared the ball. That's one of the key points for us to be where we want to be. We've just got to keep playing defense as hard as we've been playing if we want to be at the top of the Mountain West. We have to keep playing defense like we have the last four or five games. That's a big key for us."

Utah State will hit the road for the first time in Mountain West play on New Year's Eve to play at Air Force in a two-game series. The game, which is scheduled to tip at 2 p.m. MT, will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

Contributing: Associated Press Sports


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