Aggies deep six 49ers

Spencer Nelson and Cardell Butler have huge nights in Aggie's win.

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Spencer Nelson's 21 points helped Utah State defeat Long Beach State 95-61 Saturday night.

Nelson led Utah State scorers and was just one rebound shy of a double-double performance.

The Aggies (18-6, 9-4 Big West) shot 33-for-66 against Long Beach State (4-18, 3-10 Big West) which shot 22-for-53.

Utah State's top-scorer, Desmond Penigar, had been averaging nearly 19 points at home. He was held to just seven on Saturday.

Freshman Jabril Hodges led Long Beach State scorers with 17, while Vance Lawhorn chipped in 14 and Kevin Roberts added 13.

The win was a marked improvement for Utah State, who had struggled in the last five games, shooting just 43 percent from the field during that period.

Utah State also added 40 points from its bench, an improvement after getting five points from its bench against UC Irvine on Thursday night. By the half, the Utah State bench had scored 15, which equaled the amount the bench added during the previous two games combined.

Long Beach State's Chris Jenkins got a technical in the second half for knocking a Utah State player out of bounds on a fastbreak lay-up.

Utah State also got back to winning at home after the loss Thursday, which knocked the Aggies out of first place in the Big West Conference.

    1 2 Total  
  Long Beach St 30 31 61   
  Utah St 49 46 95 Final 

 Long Beach St
 Player Min FG 3PT FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 K Roberts 31 5-15 1-3 2-2 1 3 3 0 0 0 2 13
 C Jenkins 30 3-7 1-4 1-2 1 5 2 2 0 0 3 8
 V Lawhorn 21 5-9 0-0 4-5 1 5 0 3 1 1 2 14
 J Hodges 40 5-11 4-6 3-4 0 0 4 4 1 1 2 17
 T Darden 11 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
 M Jackson 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0
 C Pearson 26 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 5 1 2 1 0 3 2
 A Jackson 16 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 4
 T Clark 8 0-1 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
 U Pattillo 2 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
 A Graham 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 2
 Totals 200 22-53 6-15 11-17 6 22 11 15 5 2 21 61
 Percentages: FG .415, FT .647, 3PT .400    Team Rebounds: 3
 Utah St
 Player Min FG 3PT FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 D Penigar 22 2-10 1-1 2-3 1 4 2 1 0 0 2 7
 T Johnson 26 3-4 1-1 3-4 4 6 1 2 1 1 1 10
 S Nelson 18 8-11 0-1 5-5 5 9 2 1 0 0 3 21
 R Ross 15 4-7 3-5 0-0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 11
 M Brown 25 3-7 0-3 0-0 0 1 5 2 1 0 1 6
 N Harris 17 3-5 0-0 2-4 3 5 1 1 0 0 2 8
 M Puzey 22 2-6 0-1 1-1 2 10 1 0 1 0 1 5
 M Stowell 14 1-4 1-2 2-2 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 5
 C Butler 20 6-8 1-2 4-4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 17
 C Brown 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 3
 K Comadena 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
 G Patton 2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
 C Evans 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
 Totals 200 33-66 7-16 22-27 16 42 17 9 5 1 17 95
 Percentages: FG .500, FT .815, 3PT .438    Team Rebounds: 3
 Game Info
Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 8,128.
Officials: Anthony Crozier, Fred Carbone, Milt Stowe.


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