The return of the Utah basketball state in the second half lags behind in the loss in the state of Colorado

5 observations from Aggies’ Mountain West settlement in Fort Collins

Colorado State Ranger Isaiah Stevens (4) ran into Utah State Ranger Rylan Jones (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado. (AP Photo / Jack Dempsey)

Utah State is close to overcoming the double-digit deficit for the second straight road game, but fell to the previously ranked state of Colorado 77-72. It is the third loss in five games for the Aggies and reduces them to 10-6 per year, 1-2 in Mountain West matches. It’s the fourth year in a row, USU has 10 mid-season wins, but also the team’s worst record in 16 games in that four-year period.

Here are five observations from the failed return attempt of the state of Utah.

1. Aggies completed a comeback, but failed to complete the game

At 4:37 in the second half class, Justin Bean’s jumper fell through the goal and got the Utah lead in the 62:60 lead, the first time from 10: 8, ie back, when he showed 10:58 in the first half class. .

Bean’s jumper completed the double-digit return of the Aggies, who were up 10 points behind and were behind almost half an hour in a row. However, the lead did not last 28 seconds later, David Roddy’s three-point indicator returned the lead to the Rams. The CSU never relinquished its lead, beating the USU 17-10 in the last four and a half minutes after Bean’s shot.

“We made a few games in time,” said junior guard Sean Bairstow. “I just needed to do a few more.”

It was certainly not insignificant that Bean, Utah’s top scorer and rebound player of the season (19.9 points, 10.5 rebounds per game), fouled out of the game as he played over a minute and the USU lost four.

“It was hard when your leader blew like that,” said head coach Ryan Odom. “That’s a rarity for him.” He is really good at playing with the present and not fouling. “

2. A rough trip to start the conference

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Utah State Conference began with three direct road games (it was not intentional, two USU conference games – both home games – were postponed) and it did not turn out so well. The Aggies finished 1-2 in these three games, including a slight loss to the Air Force (237th in the NET rankings). The only salvation for this road trip is the USU’s dramatic 90-87 overtime victory at The Pit over New Mexico. Were it not for the 17-point comeback in the second half, the Aggies would start the conference season 0-3.

If not canceled, Utah State will play its first conference home game on Saturday against Wyoming (11-2). The Cowboys haven’t played Mountain West yet, their first four games have been postponed.

3. Bairstow enters the 20-point club

Bairstow, who entered the game instead of the injured Brock Miller, led in the score for Utah State with 20 points, which he combined with five rebounds and four gains. He is now the sixth Aggie to score at least 20 points in the game, with Rylan Jones, Justin Bean, Brandon Horvath, Steven Ashworth and Miller.

“Sean was amazing. “Sean was really good,” Odom said. “He was aggressive. He was trying to get to the edge.”

The 6-foot-8 Aussie has had a solid track record in its last four appearances, scoring three times with an average of 12.3 points.

“Simply happy, I just wish we had won,” Bairstow said of his success.

4. No answer for Roddy and Stevens

Very few teams had a response ready for Colorado duo David Roddy and Isaiah Stevens. The two have an average of 34.5 points this season. Aggies did no better than any other team, allowing Roddy and Stevens to score 46 points on Wednesday. 6 feet-5, 250-pounds Roddy rolled around the color for 24 points to lead all shooters at night. Although he was superior to both potential post matchups (6-foot-10 Horvath and 6-foot-7 Bean), no one seemed to be able to stop the mighty Roddy. Meanwhile, Stevens was raining on the jumpers from all over the court.

Appropriately, the first two buckets that the state of Colorado recorded after the state of Utah took its short lead in the second half were created by these two stars. First a 3-pointer from Roddy to 63-62 and then a subsequent jumper from Stevens to raise it to 65-62.

“Roddy was amazing,” Odom said. “It was Stevens in the first half, Roddy in the second.”

5. Aggies abysmal when shooting from 3 points in a conference game

The state of Utah ranks 57th in the NCAA this season in a 3-point shooting percentage, but below the pink average of 36.7 percent lies a worrying number of poor 3-point shooting performances. Three of these poor performances – 4 for 16 in New Mexico, 1 for 19 in the Air Force and 4 in 18 on Wednesday in the state of Colorado – make up all of Utah’s shooting efforts to date in the conference games.

Overall, the USU scored only 9 out of 53 (16.98 percent) 3 points against enemies from Mountain West.

After the match, Odom pointed out several key mistakes from the state of Utah at the end of the second half. He had nothing negative to say about the selection of shots, pointing out that his boys had already taken such shots, but on Wednesday “they just didn’t go inside.”

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