Bean, Merrill Lead Aggies To Win Over SJSU In Conference Opener

Dec 4, 2019, 11:58 PM
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Utah State guard Sam Merrill, left, celebrates USU's victory over Nevada with teammate Justin Bean on March 2 at the Spectrum in Logan. Courtesy of Deseret News.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – No. 25 Utah State’s Justin Bean and Sam Merrill led the Aggies to a win in their first Mountain West Conference game of the season against the San Jose State Spartans.

The forward and guard put the Aggies on top of the Spartans 71-59 in USU’s first conference game of the 2019-20 season.

Bean and Merrill combined for 32 of Utah State’s 71 points in San Jose on Wednesday, December 4.

Bean shot 9-15 on field goals for 18 points. He pulled down 14 rebounds and added an assist and 3 steals.

Merrill went 5-14 on the floor for 14 points. He added 2 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals in the win.

The Aggies shot the ball 42.4 percent and only 23.5 percent from three-point range.

Utah State won the game by outrebounding San Jose State 42-34 and by forcing 15 Spartan turnovers.

With the win, USU improved to 8-1 (1-0 MWC) on the season. SJSU fell to 3-6 (0-1 MWC).

The Aggies continue conference play by hosting Fresno State on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m.

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Bean, Merrill Lead Aggies To Win Over SJSU In Conference Opener