Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits Air Force Tuesday

first_imgJanuary 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits Air Force Tuesday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball (13-4, 2-2 in Mountain West Conference play) seeks to snap a 2-game losing streak by visiting the Air Force Falcons (7-8, 1-2 in Mountain West) at Clune Arena.Having lost successive games at UNLV and to San Diego State, the Aggies have lost back-to-back contests for the first time in 54 games.Under head coach Craig Smith (41-11, .788 at Utah State; 120-66, .645 as a collegiate head coach) Utah State is 8-0 on Tuesdays, including 3-0 this season.In the Smith era, when holding opponents under 70 points, the Aggies are 28-3 (.903).Furthermore, when exceeding 70 points in the Smith era, Utah State is 36-4 (.900).The Aggies presently score 79.3 points per game, ranking them 35th nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Sam Merrill (17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds per game) may see his stats rise as star sophomore center Neemias Queta has returned to the lineup.The 7-foot Portuguese national posted 15 points and 14 rebounds on 5-8 from the field in 30 minutes of action in Saturday’s 77-68 loss to San Diego State. Queta is currently averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on the season.In the meantime, sophomore forward Justin Bean (13.8 points, 11 rebounds per game) continues to be worth his weight in gold as his 21 blocked shots on the season are leading the squad. Junior forward Alphonso Anderson (10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds per game) has also been a solid contributor in Queta’s extended absence.Queta’s fellow Portuguese national, senior guard Diogo Brito, has a team-best 30 steals on the season and junior guard Abel Porter has 67 assists to lead the squad.Utah State surrenders 63.2 points per game, ranking the Aggies 60th nationally in scoring defense.  The Aggies remain effective on the glass as their 713 net rebounds rank them second nationally.The Falcons are coached by Dave Pilipovich who is 105-139 (.430) in his 9th season at the helm of the program.Air Force scores 76.7 points per game which ranks the Falcons 77th nationally in scoring offense.Senior forward Lavelle Scottie is the Falcons’ leader in scoring (14.5 points per game) and rebounding (5.5 boards per game).Senior center Ryan Swan (13.5 points per game) and sophomore guard A.J. Walker (12.1 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for Air Force.Senior guard Sim Tomes leads the Falcons in assists (35) with fellow senior guard Caleb Morris posting a team-best 15 steals on the season.Junior guard Keaton Van Soelen has 8 blocked shots to lead Air Force in that category.The Falcons surrender 71.4 points per game. This ties them for 231st nationally in scoring defense with Robert Morris.The Aggies lead Air Force 18-5 all-time. Written by Brad James Tags: Air Force basketball/USU Basketballlast_img

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