Utah State Beats South Dakota Mines In Impressive Season-Opener

Nov 6, 2023, 10:06 PM | Updated: 10:09 pm

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LOGAN, Utah – Danny Sprinkle became the 14th head coach in program history to win his game at Utah State, leading the Aggies to a 101-48 win over South Dakota Mines.

USU opened the 2023-24 season at home against South Dakota Mines on Monday, November 6.

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South Dakota Mines opened fast, taking a 6-3 less than two minutes into the game. The Miners wouldn’t score again for more than six minutes. During that time, the Aggies used a 16-point run to take a 19-6 lead.

Utah State’s defense controlled the action, limiting SDMU to 34 percent first-half shooting and 28.6 percent for the game. The Miners made 4-of-26 shots from deep. USU forced 15 turnovers, five steals, and blocked three shots as a team.

Josh Uduje’s perfect 8-for-8 shooting led the Aggies with 19 points, reaching double-figures for the first time as an Aggie. Great Osobor scored 14 points and just missed a double-double, finishing with nine rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

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Redshirt freshman Mason Falslev filled up the box score, pouring in 17 points, grabbing five rebounds, dishing out five assists, and finishing with a team-high four steals.

11 Aggies played at least eight minutes in the 53-point win, the 11th-largest in program history. This is the first time USU opened the season by scoring at least 100 points since 2018-19 when they defeated Montana State 101-71.

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Utah State (1-0) heads out on the road for the first time this season to take on the Bradley Braves (1-0) on Saturday, November 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT).

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Utah State Beats South Dakota Mines In Impressive Season-Opener