Horvath and Bean lead Aggies to fourth straight win, 78-62

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) — Utah State is getting hot at the right time.

The Aggies won their fourth straight game, earning a 78-62 win over San Jose State on Thursday night inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Utah State improved to 14-9 this season, 5-5 in the Mountain West Conference.

Both Brandon Horvath and Justin Bean had double-doubles. Horvath had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Bean had 18 points and 10 boards. For Bean, it is his 14th double-double of the season.

RJ Eytle-Rock rounded out the Aggies’ double-digit scorers with 11 points.

The game remained tight in the first half with three draws and five lead changes. USU led by no less than six in the period at 19-13 with 11:52 to go. SJSU fought back to take a 33-32 lead with less than a minute to play, but a Rylan Jones layup gave the Aggies the 34-33 advantage before halftime.

USU came out hot in the second half with a 17-5 run to hold a 51-38 advantage with 12:42 to go. Utah State held the double-digit lead for the remainder of the game, leading up to 21 points at 77-56 with 4:27 to go. The Aggies shot 56.3% (18 of 32) from the floor over the final 20 minutes.

“I think in the second half our guys did a much better job defensively,” Utah State head coach Ryan Odom said. “We started to change a bit more and tried to keep them in front. Some of the three they got, one is behind there on Sean (Bairstow), another on RJ (Eytle-Rock) is kind of a ‘good amount of help’ situation where we just helped a little too much. Overall I thought our 2 second half defense was one of the keys to the game.

Overall, USU shot 46.3% (31 of 67) from the field, 34.5% (10 of 29) from behind the arc, and 54.5% (6 of 11) from the line. free throws.

San Jose State, limited to just eight players on the road, was further embarrassed when starting forward Trey Anderson left the game just over two minutes into the game. The Spartans played the remainder of the game with seven players as Trey Smith led the team with 14 points.

“In the second half we did a much better job of keeping the chest in front, being in a better position on the assist side,” Bean said. “Luckily we were able to get in there in the second half and play our game, and stick to what we do best and share the ball.”

SJSU shot 46.0 percent (23 of 50) from the floor, 50.0 percent (10 of 20) from behind the 3-point line, and 50.0 percent (6 of 12) from the free throw line.

The Aggies wrap up their three-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. when they host UNLV (13-9, 5-4 MW) inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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