Turnovers plague Aggies as Colorado State humbles Utah State on home court

LOGAN — If there was any doubt that Wednesday evening wasn’t Tim Duryea’s night, it became extremely apparent during a timeout with his Aggies trailing Colorado State by 18 points early in the second half.

As the much beloved “Kiss Cam” wandered about the Spectrum looking for couples to entice into kissing each other, the camera settled on Taylor and Tanner Duryea — the Utah State head coach’s twin 22-year-olds — creating a very awkward moment in the stands.

But then, the Aggies were all about awkward moments on the court, as well.

Utah State committed 17 turnovers and trailed by as many as 22 points during Wednesday’s 84-75 loss to the Rams, a stunning outcome considering the impressive performances the Aggies (10-8 overall, 3-2 in the Mountain West) had last week in wins over Fresno State and UNLV.

“It was a tough game, obviously, for us,” USU senior forward Alex Dargenton said. “We’re trying to defend the home court, and we failed tonight. We started off slow on offense, and we struggled on defense for the most part of the game.”

Colorado State (9-9, 2-3) came into the game having lost three of its previous four games. And when leading scorer Prentiss Nixon crumpled to the ground after attempting a mid-range jumper just seven minutes into the contest, it seemed unlikely that the Rams would be able to keep USU from winning its third straight game.

“I thought he had torn his ACL, the way he was grabbing his knee and kind of screaming,” Duryea said of Nixon.

Nixon, who was already wearing a brace on his right knee, was helped off the court and then up the tunnel after the injury. But the junior guard returned with about eight minutes left in the half, despite practically having to drag around his right leg.

But CSU head coach Larry Eustachy, who was known for having tough players during his five-year tenure at Utah State, ended up getting an epic performance out of Nixon. Averaging 17.5 points per game prior to Wednesday, Nixon connected on 8 of 14 shots from the field, 4 of 6 from 3-point range and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line on his way to putting up a game-high 26 points in 31 minutes.

“I was surprised that he came back, and to hit the shots he hit when he can hardly bend his knee, that’s just an amazing performance,” Duryea declared. “That’s a …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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