Utah State Opens Cayman Islands Classic With Balanced Effort In Win

Nov 19, 2023, 5:03 PM | Updated: Nov 20, 2023, 11:16 am

LOGAN, Utah – Great Osobor’s 18-point, 16-rebound double-double led Utah State to an opening round, 83-60 win over Marshall.

Utah State opened the Cayman Islands Classic against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Sunday, November 19.

RELATED: Aggies Fight Through First-Half Doldrums For Win Over Southern Utah

Five Aggies finished in double-figure scoring, led by Osobor’s 18. Ian Martinez had 15 points while Darius Brown II, Mason Falsev, and Josh Uduje each added 11. Brown II also had a team-high eight assists.

USU’s defense limited Marshall to 35 percent shooting and a 4-of-18 performance from three. The Aggies (54.5 percent) made more than half of their shots for the third time in four games this season.

Bovine Blog: Great Osobor, Darius Brown II Raise Utah State’s Ceiling

First Half

The Aggies put on a first-half clinic, forcing seven turnovers and holding the Herd below 30 percent shooting from the field in a dominating opening 20 minutes.

Junior Great Osobor led the charge with a first half double-double, scoring ten points and grabbing ten rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Senior guard Ian Martinez made 3-of-4 shots for nine points. Junior guard Josh Uduje made one of two first-half threes for the Aggies, finishing with six points in the half.

USU increased its advantage to 13 when Marshall was held scoreless over the final 3:21 of the half.

RELATED: USU Basketball Picked Ninth In Preseason Mountain West Poll

Marshall made 9-of-32 shots (28.1 percent) while the Aggies hit 51.9 percent (14-0f-27) of their shots. Utah State had 14 points off of the bench and never trailed in the half. All eight Aggies that appeared in the first half scored a point.

Second Half

Marshall cut the Aggie lead to four with 14:40 left in the half but a three from Max Agbonkpolo and Martinez steal that turned into a transition dunk stretched the lead back to nine a minute later.

RELATED: USU Men’s Basketball Releases 2023-24 Schedule

Osobor used two consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays down the stretch to put an end to the Thundering Herds hopes of a comeback.

The Aggies closed the game on a 17-4 run.

USU improved to 3-1 with the 23-point victory.

Following USU With KSL Sports Zone

USU faces the Akron University Zips as they continue the Cayman Islands Classic on Monday, November 20. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. (MT).

Listen to USU basketball games on KSL Sports Zone with Scott Garrard on the call.

Find KSL Sports coverage of Utah State University Athletics here. 

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, and video and stay up to date on all your favorite teams.

  • Utah State Aggies Scoreboard

  • Utah State Aggies Team Leaders

  • Utah State Aggies Standings

Utah State Aggies


Kyle Ireland

Week 13: Top Plays From BYU, Utah, Utah State

The college football regular season is officially over and the BYU Cougars, Utah Utes, and Utah State Aggies made big plays during Week 13.

1 day ago

utah state basketball...

Brian Preece

Utah State Coasts To Road Win Over Saint Louis Billikens

Utah State led most of the way in picking up its first road win of the campaign, beating Saint Louis 81-76.

2 days ago

Utah State Aggies usu wr jalen royals Mountain West All-Conference Honors...

Chandler Holt

Nine Utah State Aggies Given Mountain West All-Conference Honors

Four Utah State Aggies were named to the Mountain West All-Conference teams. Five others were deemed honorable mentions.

2 days ago

utah state levi williams...

Brian Preece

Utah State Quarterback Levi Williams To Give Up Eligibility For SEAL Training

Williams became an instant celebrity in Logan when he lifted Utah State to bowl eligibility with a Herculean performance against New Mexico.

3 days ago


Brian Preece

Where Will Utah State Football Be Going Bowling This Season?

Utah State is now a perfect three-for-three in the Blake Anderson era, earning a ticket to play in a bowl game this holiday season.

3 days ago


Brian Preece

Levi Williams Earns Mountain West Weekly Honor In Utah State Win

Utah State junior quarterback Levi Williams has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week in a 44-41 win over New Mexico.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

Utah State Opens Cayman Islands Classic With Balanced Effort In Win