Justin Bean carries Utah State over New Mexico, 82-46, for season sweep of Lobos

Neemias Queta breaks USU’s school record for career blocks with 3 rejections as the Aggies sweep the Lobos

San Jose State guard Seneca Knight (13) has his shot blocked by Utah State center Trevin Dorius (32) as forward Justin Bean (34) helps defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP, Pool)

Lubbock, Texas • Justin Bean recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds as Utah State extended its winning streak to eight games, routing New Mexico 82-46 on Friday night.

Neemias Queta added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Aggies. Queta also had three blocks — bringing his career total to 156 and setting the all-time career blocks record at USU.

Marco Anthony had 12 points and eight rebounds for Utah State (9-3, 6-0 Mountain West Conference). Steven Ashworth added 10 points.

The Aggies dominated on the glass, pulling down more rebounds (53) than New Mexico had in total points (46) and outrebounding the Lobos 53-22. Utah State’s recorded its largest rebounding margin of the season with the plus-31 differential. The Aggies’ 18 offensive rebounds marked the 10th time this season that USU had pulled down double-digit offensive rebounds, as Bean logged more offensive rebounds (8) than the entire UNM roster (6).

Makuach Maluach had 13 points for the Lobos (3-6, 0-6), whose losing streak stretched to six games.

Utah State (9-3, 6-0 MW) raced out to an early 16-2 lead as Bean opened the scoring by knocking down a 3-pointer from the corner after the Aggies lost the tip for the first time all season. The USU margin grew to 20 points when Brock Miller made a basket from behind the arc with 4:27 on the clock, extending the Aggie lead to 30-10. Utah State led 45-18 at the break, tying the fewest points allowed by the Aggies in the opening half this season.

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