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No. 25 Utah St tops San Jose St 71-59 in conference opener

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) With star center Neemias Queta sidelined by a knee injury early this season, former walk-on Justin Bean has shouldered the load inside for Utah State.

Bean had 18 points and 14 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and No. 25 Utah State bounced back from its first loss by beating San Jose State 71-59 on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener.

''He went from the guy who was on the scout team every day and kept proving his merit,'' coach Craig Smith said. ''Down the stretch last year, he didn't start but he finished most games. He's always been an excellent rebounder. He just has a nose for the ball. He just consistently gets better. He's a better shooter and better handler.''

Bean started fast by scoring the first eight points for the Aggies and kept up his strong play throughout for a Utah State team that was a bit worn down from spending 14 of the past 18 days away from home.

''Everyone is pretty fatigued,'' Bean said. ''But we're tough, a tough group. We're probably more undersized than most teams, definitely more undersized than what we thought coming into this year. But this team has heart.''

The Aggies (8-1, 1-0) fell 81-73 last week at Saint Mary's in a matchup between two of the top mid-major teams in the country. They fared much better in their return to the Bay Area by running away from the Spartans (3-6, 0-1) in the second half.

Utah State used a 9-0 spurt fueled by two baskets by Alphonso Anderson and five turnovers from San Jose State to build an 11-point lead early in the second half and mostly coasted from there.

''We just kind of chipped away in the second half and gradually extended,'' Smith said. ''It certainly wasn't easy.''

Sam Merrill scored 14 points, Anderson added 12 and Diogo Brito had 10 for the Aggies.

Seneca Knight scored 17 points to lead the Spartans, who have lost four straight games. San Jose State hasn't beaten a ranked team since knocking off No. 19 Alabama 60-59 in overtime in the Cable Car Classic on Dec. 27, 1996.

''We're not afraid,'' coach Jean Prioleau said. ''We're going to put our feet forward and put our nose into the fight. I'm going to do everything in my power to change this around, change the culture of men's basketball at San Jose State.''

The Spartans stayed close early with the Aggies, getting a spark when Omari Moore blocked two shots by Brock Miller on one trip. That led to a tying 3-pointer from Trey Smith and a basket from Richard Washington that put San Jose State up 21-19.

The Aggies answered and led 36-33 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Utah State: The Aggies controlled the game inside and outscored the Spartans 46-22 in the paint. But they shot only 4 of 17 on 3-pointers and failed to completely pull away from an overmatched opponent.

San Jose State: After going 8-53 with only two conference wins in Prioleau's first two seasons, the Spartans look to be a little more competitive in year three. But they still have a long way to go to match up with any of the top teams in the conference.

UP NEXT

Utah State: Hosts Fresno State on Saturday.

San Jose State: Visits San Diego State on Sunday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by San Jose State  
19:55   Omari Moore missed layup  
19:53   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
19:47 +2 Justin Bean made layup 2-0
19:19   Lost ball turnover on Samuel Japhet-Mathias, stolen by Justin Bean  
19:02 +2 Justin Bean made jump shot, assist by Sam Merrill 4-0
18:38   Samuel Japhet-Mathias missed jump shot  
18:36   Defensive rebound by Brock Miller  
18:27   Trevin Dorius missed jump shot, blocked by Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
18:25   Defensive rebound by Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
18:19 +3 Brae Ivey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Omari Moore 4-3
18:00 +2 Justin Bean made layup 6-3
17:41   Bad pass turnover on Samuel Japhet-Mathias, stolen by Sam Merrill  
17:35   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:33   Defensive rebound by Omari Moore  
17:27   Lost ball turnover on Omari Moore  
17:11   Kicked ball violation on San Jose State  
17:05   Justin Bean missed jump shot, blocked by Christian Anigwe  
17:03   Offensive rebound by Utah State  
16:56 +2 Justin Bean made layup, assist by Sam Merrill 8-3
16:21   Personal foul on Trevin Dorius  
16:12 +3 Seneca Knight made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brae Ivey 8-6
15:57 +3 Sam Merrill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Abel Porter 11-6
15:34   Lost ball turnover on Brae Ivey, stolen by Alphonso Anderson  
15:22   Alphonso Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:20   Defensive rebound by Christian Anigwe  
15:10 +3 Brae Ivey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Seneca Knight 11-9
14:52   Flagrant foul on Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
14:52 +1 Alphonso Anderson made 1st of 2 free throws 12-9
14:52   Alphonso Anderson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:45   Diogo Brito missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:43   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
14:43   Personal foul on Christian Anigwe  
14:35   Abel Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:33   Defensive rebound by Richard Washington  
14:07   Richard Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:05   Offensive rebound by Christian Anigwe  
14:00 +2 Christian Anigwe made dunk 12-11
13:45   Alphonso Anderson missed layup  
13:43   Defensive rebound by Christian Anigwe  
13:35   Personal foul on Sam Merrill  
13:21   Brae Ivey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:19   Offensive rebound by Ralph Agee  
13:15   Zach Chappell missed floating jump shot  
13:14   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
13:11   Shooting foul on Brae Ivey  
13:11 +1 Sean Bairstow made 1st of 2 free throws 13-11
13:11   Sean Bairstow missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:11   Defensive rebound by Ralph Agee  
12:56 +2 Richard Washington made driving layup 13-13
12:35 +2 Trevin Dorius made layup, assist by Diogo Brito 15-13
12:21   Personal foul on Diogo Brito  
12:05   Ralph Agee missed layup, blocked by Trevin Dorius  
12:03   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
11:57   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:55   Defensive rebound by Ralph Agee  
11:31 +2 Omari Moore made driving layup, assist by Zach Chappell 15-15
11:17   Personal foul on Ralph Agee  
11:14   Sam Merrill missed layup  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Trey Smith  
11:04   Richard Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
10:48   Diogo Brito missed jump shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Richard Washington  
10:32   Bad pass turnover on Ralph Agee, stolen by Brock Miller  
10:24 +2 Trevin Dorius made dunk, assist by Justin Bean 17-15
9:56   Zach Chappell missed layup, blocked by Diogo Brito  
9:54   Offensive rebound by Zach Chappell  
9:48   Richard Washington missed dunk, blocked by Justin Bean  
9:46   Defensive rebound by Abel Porter  
9:35   Personal foul on Zach Chappell  
9:20 +2 Diogo Brito made layup 19-15
9:17   Personal foul on Abel Porter  
9:08   Zach Chappell missed jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
9:01   Bad pass turnover on Alphonso Anderson  
8:45   Shooting foul on Justin Bean  
8:45 +1 Christian Anigwe made 1st of 2 free throws 19-16
8:45   Christian Anigwe missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
8:27   Brock Miller missed jump shot, blocked by Omari Moore  
8:25   Offensive rebound by Brock Miller  
8:16   Brock Miller missed jump shot, blocked by Omari Moore  
8:14   Offensive rebound by Brock Miller  
8:14   Shot clock violation turnover on Utah State  
8:08 +3 Trey Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Omari Moore 19-19
7:48   Justin Bean missed layup  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Seneca Knight  
7:37 +2 Richard Washington made jump shot 19-21
7:08   Shooting foul on Trey Smith  
7:08   Abel Porter missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:08 +1 Abel Porter made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-21
6:39   Offensive foul on Seneca Knight  
6:39   Turnover on Seneca Knight  
6:27   Offensive foul on Sam Merrill  
6:27   Turnover on Sam Merrill  
6:09   Bad pass turnover on Omari Moore, stolen by Abel Porter  
6:03 +2 Diogo Brito made layup, assist by Abel Porter 22-21
5:46 +3 Christian Anigwe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Omari Moore 22-24
5:28   Traveling violation turnover on Alphonso Anderson  
5:13   Christian Anigwe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:11   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
4:54 +3 Diogo Brito made 3-pt. jump shot 25-24
4:37   Brae Ivey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Abel Porter  
4:28   Abel Porter missed driving layup  
4:26   Offensive rebound by Alphonso Anderson  
4:22 +2 Alphonso Anderson made dunk 27-24
4:08   Bad pass turnover on Zach Chappell, stolen by Sam Merrill  
3:52   Lost ball turnover on Alphonso Anderson, stolen by Omari Moore  
3:50 +2 Seneca Knight made layup 27-26
3:50   Shooting foul on Abel Porter  
3:50   Seneca Knight missed free throw  
3:50   Defensive rebound by Trevin Dorius  
3:27   Justin Bean missed layup, blocked by Seneca Knight  
3:25   Offensive rebound by Utah State  
3:24   Shooting foul on Zach Chappell  
3:24 +1 Sam Merrill made 1st of 3 free throws 28-26
3:24   Sam Merrill missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
3:24   Sam Merrill missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
3:24   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
3:24 +2 Justin Bean made dunk 30-26
3:02   Ralph Agee missed jump shot  
3:00   Defensive rebound by Abel Porter  
2:51   Abel Porter missed jump shot, blocked by Ralph Agee  
2:49   Defensive rebound by Seneca Knight  
2:40   Richard Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:38   Defensive rebound by Trevin Dorius  
2:23   Abel Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:21   Defensive rebound by Ralph Agee  
2:13   Richard Washington missed layup  
2:12   Offensive rebound by San Jose State  
2:01 +3 Isaiah Nichols made 3-pt. jump shot 30-29
1:33   Justin Bean missed jump shot  
1:31   Defensive rebound by Christian Anigwe  
1:21   Personal foul on Trevin Dorius  
1:21 +1 Isaiah Nichols made 1st of 2 free throws 30-30
1:21 +1 Isaiah Nichols made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-31
1:04   Sam Merrill missed layup  
1:02   Offensive rebound by Alphonso Anderson  
1:02 +2 Alphonso Anderson made dunk 32-31
1:02   Shooting foul on Brae Ivey  
1:02   Alphonso Anderson missed free throw  
1:02   Offensive rebound by Alphonso Anderson  
53.0   Alphonso Anderson missed layup  
51.0   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
47.0 +2 Justin Bean made dunk 34-31
30.0   Shooting foul on Sean Bairstow  
30.0 +1 Omari Moore made 1st of 2 free throws 34-32
30.0 +1 Omari Moore made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-33
3.0 +2 Sam Merrill made driving layup 36-33
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:38 +2 Brock Miller made jump shot 38-33
19:13 +2 Samuel Japhet-Mathias made layup, assist by Seneca Knight 38-35
18:59   Personal foul on Brae Ivey  
18:56   Sam Merrill missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Omari Moore  
18:54   Defensive rebound by Zach Chappell  
18:43   Christian Anigwe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:41   Defensive rebound by Brock Miller  
18:39   Shooting foul on Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
18:41 +1 Sam Merrill made 1st of 2 free throws 39-35
18:39   Sam Merrill missed free throw  
18:24   Defensive rebound by Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
18:24   Lost ball turnover on Omari Moore  
18:10   Sam Merrill missed jump shot  
18:08   Defensive rebound by San Jose State  
17:49 +2 Samuel Japhet-Mathias made layup, assist by Zach Chappell 39-37
17:35   Trevin Dorius missed layup  
17:33   Defensive rebound by Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
17:26   Samuel Japhet-Mathias missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:24   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
17:07 +2 Brock Miller made jump shot, assist by Abel Porter 41-37
16:43   Bad pass turnover on Zach Chappell, stolen by Justin Bean  
16:32   Sam Merrill missed layup, blocked by Omari Moore  
16:30   Defensive rebound by Seneca Knight  
16:21   Seneca Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:19   Defensive rebound by Utah State  
16:03   Alphonso Anderson missed layup  
16:01   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
15:58 +2 Justin Bean made layup 43-37
15:58   Shooting foul on Christian Anigwe  
15:58   Justin Bean missed free throw  
15:58   Defensive rebound by Richard Washington  
15:37   Richard Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:35   Defensive rebound by Brock Miller  
15:28 +3 Alphonso Anderson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sam Merrill 46-37
15:08   Double dribble turnover on Samuel Japhet-Mathias  
14:52   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:50   Defensive rebound by Craig LeCesne  
14:43   Bad pass turnover on Zach Chappell, stolen by Justin Bean  
14:29   Lost ball turnover on Alphonso Anderson  
14:13   Personal foul on Justin Bean  
13:52   Shot clock violation turnover on San Jose State  
13:34 +2 Alphonso Anderson made layup 48-37
13:19   Shooting foul on Alphonso Anderson  
13:19   Ralph Agee missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:19   Ralph Agee missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:19   Offensive rebound by San Jose State  
13:08   Lost ball turnover on Zach Chappell, stolen by Abel Porter  
13:02   Lost ball turnover on Abel Porter, stolen by Zach Chappell  
12:54 +2 Craig LeCesne made layup, assist by Zach Chappell 48-39
12:40   Alphonso Anderson missed layup, blocked by Craig LeCesne  
12:38   Offensive rebound by Utah State  
12:31   Alphonso Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:29   Defensive rebound by Omari Moore  
12:12 +2 Craig LeCesne made layup, assist by Omari Moore 48-41
11:54 +2 Sam Merrill made layup 50-41
11:54   Shooting foul on Richard Washington  
11:54 +1 Sam Merrill made free throw 51-41
11:41 +2 Christian Anigwe made dunk, assist by Omari Moore 51-43
11:31   Diogo Brito missed jump shot  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Christian Anigwe  
11:29   Personal foul on Alphonso Anderson  
11:04   Richard Washington missed jump shot  
11:02   Offensive rebound by Richard Washington  
10:51   Omari Moore missed layup, blocked by Justin Bean  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
10:42   Sam Merrill missed layup