Neemias Queta scores 18 to lead Utah State over New Mexico 77-45
Aggies run their winning streak to seven straight games
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah State Aggies center Neemias Queta (23) controls the ball, as Weber State Wildcats forward Michal Kozak (11) defends, in basketball action in the Beehive Classic, between against the Utah State Aggies and Weber State Wildcats, a the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Saturday December 8, 2018.
Lubbock, Texas • Neemias Queta had 18 points and three blocks as Utah State extended its winning streak to seven games, romping past New Mexico 77-45 on Wednesday night.
Queta made 9 of 10 shots.
Queta was joined in double figures by redshirt junior guard Marco Anthony with 15 points and senior forward Alphonso Anderson with a season-high 14 points. As a team, Utah State narrowly missed shooting 50 percent or better for the third consecutive game, finishing the night 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the floor, 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from behind the arc and 81.0 percent (17-of-21) at the free throw line.
The Aggies maintained their rebounding dominance by winning the battle of the boards, doing so in every game this year, with a 41-29 advantage on the glass. Freshman guard Rollie Worster tied for the team lead with a career-high six boards, matching Queta and sophomore center Trevin Dorius, also with six rebounds.
Keith McGee had 10 points for the Lobos (3-5, 0-5), who have now lost five games in a row.
Rod Brown, whose 10 points per game heading into the contest ranked second on the Lobos, shot only 20% in the game (1 of 5).
It was the third of four home games for the Lobos that were moved to Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, due to local restrictions in New Mexico related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The two teams meet here again on Friday.