No. 18 Utah State Escapes Boise With First Overtime Win Of Season

Jan 27, 2024, 4:45 PM | Updated: Jan 30, 2024, 4:04 pm

LOGAN, Utah – Boise State gave the Aggies all they could handle, but USU pulled away in overtime, sinking the Broncos hopes of an upset with the 90-84 win.

No. 18 Utah State (18-2, 6-1) outscored the Broncos 14-8 in the extra session to win its first overtime game of Danny Sprinkle’s USU tenure. The Aggies continue to lead the Mountain West after the win.

Great Osobor and Darius Brown II played 43 minutes apiece, with Brown’s 19 points leading the team. Osobor finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and a team-high seven assists. Former American Fork Caveman Isaac Johnson had perhaps his best game as an Aggie, posting a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double. Ian Martinez finished with 18 points.

Tyson Degenhart (24 points) and O’Mar Stanley (20 points) led the Broncos in the loss.

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With first place in the Mountain West on the line, Ian Martinez helped his Aggies jump out to an early 5-0 lead with a corner three.

Later in the nip and tuck first half, graduate senior guard Darius Brown II hit a contested three to tie the game at 29 with 5:30 left in the first half.

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Utah State went into the locker room trailing 39-37.

After a slow start to the half, Brown II showed off his speed, driving past everybody for an easy layup that gave his team a 48-47 lead.

Later in the half, Josh Uduje gave USU an injection of life when he turned defense into offense, converting a Broncos turnover into a two-handed slam on the other end.

With less than four minutes to play, junior wing Great Osobor took a pass from Karson Templin and finished with a layup to give the Aggies a 70-66 lead with 3:20 left.

After O’Mar Stanley missed the second of two free throws in the final seconds, Martinez sprinted the length of the floor for a game-tying layup, forcing overtime.

The Aggies scored the first six points of overtime and didn’t look back as they picked up the 90-84 win.

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Utah State returns home to host the San Jose State Spartans on Tuesday, January 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MT). The Aggies are 69-23 all-time against SJSU and have dominated at the Spectrum, winning 39 of 41 games. The Spartans beat USU 69-64 in their most recent meeting.

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Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies and Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s coverage of the Bees, Big League Utah, and Aggie athletics here.

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