Neemias Queta lifts Utah State over Air Force 72-53
Aggies earn their sixth consecutive victory and remain unbeaten in the Mountain West Conference.
Utah State's Brock Miller and Air Force's Chris Joyce fight for the ball during the first half of the Aggies' 83-48 victory on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The teams met again on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, with Miller scoring 13 points and the Aggies coming away with a 72-53 victory. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
Colorado Springs, Colo. • Neemias Queta tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 72-53 win over Air Force on Saturday.
Justin Bean had 15 points and seven rebounds for Utah State (7-3, 4-0 Mountain West Conference), which earned its sixth straight victory. Brock Miller added 13 points. Rollie Worster had 10 points. He also had seven turnovers but only three assists.
The Aggies connected on a season-best 54.5 percent (30-of-55) from the floor. In the second half, USU shot a blistering 65.4 percent (17 of 26) from the floor, growing a 13-point halftime margin to as much as 25 in the final stanza.
Utah State won the battle of the boards, 38-21, and has outrebounded every opponent this season.
A.J. Walker had 19 points for the Falcons (3-5, 1-3). Chris Joyce added 11 points.
The Aggies improve to 2-0 against the Falcons this season. Utah State defeated Air Force 83-48 last Thursday.
Utah State will look to continue its best start in Mountain West play in school history next week, traveling to Lubbock, Texas, for a two-game series with the New Mexico Lobos.