Aggies Fly High Over Highlanders

Desmond Penigar scored 18 and Spencer Nelson added 14 as the Aggies improved to 5-2 in Big West play.

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Desmond Penigar scored 18 points and Spencer Nelson added 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 77-58 victory over UC Riverside Thursday night.

Utah State (14-4, 5-2 Big West) opened the game struggling against Riverside (3-9, 2-4), but turned things around after going on a 12-0 run in the first half.

The Aggies led 32-29 at the half and made a 13-2 run in the first 2:15 of the second half, highlighted by two slam dunks by Nelson and Penigar.

Nate Harris scored 13 points for USU and Mark Brown had 10.

Klaus Schille led Riverside with 12, and Nate Carter, who came into the game averaging 18.8 points per game, was held to 10.

Riverside's offense struggled as it committed 18 turnovers, and shot just 42 percent.

 

 
    1 2 Total  
  CA Riverside 29 29 58   
  Utah St 32 45 77 Final 

 CA Riverside
 Player Min FG 3PT FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 J Galbreath 23 1-5 0-2 1-2 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 3
 N Carter 28 5-11 0-2 0-0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 10
 A Hands 23 2-6 0-0 0-0 5 9 2 0 0 0 4 4
 J Wessel 19 3-5 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 6
 K Butler 22 3-8 3-5 0-0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 9
 M Peters 18 0-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
 K Dixon 16 1-6 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 2
 K Schille 24 4-4 0-0 4-5 2 4 0 0 1 0 2 12
 T Bell 20 3-5 1-3 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7
 J Folonis 5 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
 M Ferrera 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Totals 200 24-57 5-17 5-10 11 26 9 0 4 21 58
 Percentages: FG .421, FT .500, 3PT .294    Team Rebounds: 3     Turnovers: 17 (N Carter 4, K Schille 3, K Butler 2, T Bell 2, A Hands 2, J Wessel 2, J Galbreath, K Dixon)
 Utah St
 Player Min FG 3PT FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 D Penigar 26 7-12 0-1 4-6 1 5 0 1 2 1 1 18
 T Johnson 20 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 5 2 1 0 2 6
 S Nelson 25 5-5 1-1 3-6 4 12 2 2 0 2 2 14
 R Ross 22 2-7 1-5 0-0 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 5
 M Brown 30 5-9 0-3 0-0 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 10
 N Harris 22 5-7 0-0 3-6 3 5 0 1 1 2 2 13
 M Puzey 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
 M Stowell 7 0-1 0-1 1-2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
 C Butler 16 3-5 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 1 0 0 3 6
 C Brown 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
 G Patton 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
 K Comadena 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
 C Evans 15 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 2
 Totals 200 31-57 2-11 13-22 14 37 17 13 5 5 13 77
 Percentages: FG .544, FT .591, 3PT .182    Team Rebounds: 1
 Game Info
Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 7,056.
Officials: Jerry Scott, Larry Spaulding, Ron Omori.


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