Mason Falslev guides No. 22 Utah St. past Boise St.

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 11 Feb, 2024 at 05:19 AM

Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Mason Falslev scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead No. 22 Utah State to an easy 80-61 victory over Boise State on Saturday night in Mountain West play at Logan, Utah.

Darius Brown II recorded 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Aggies (20-4, 8-3 Mountain West) snapped a two-game losing streak. Isaac Johnson had 14 points and Great Osobor added 10 points and 10 rebounds as Utah State improved to 11-1 at home and regained sole possession of first place in the Mountain West.

Tyson Degenhart had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Broncos (16-8, 7-4), who lost their second straight contest. Max Rice had 12 points and O'Mar Stanley tallied 11 before fouling out.

The Aggies completed a regular-season sweep of the Broncos, also winning 90-84 in overtime at Boise State on Jan. 27.

Utah State shot 51.8 percent from the field, including 9 of 21 from 3-point range.

The Broncos made just 35.6 percent of their shots and were 7 of 29 from behind the arc.

Utah State led by 11 at halftime and soon pushed the lead to 49-34 on Falslev's driving layup with 16:35 left in the game.

Later in the second half, Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Aggies a 65-48 lead with 9:37 remaining.

Brown canned a 3-pointer to push the lead to 20 at 75-55 with 6:04 to play, and Utah State cruised to the finish.

Falslev scored 15 first-half points as Utah State led 41-30 at the break. Stanley had nine points in the half for the Broncos.

Boise State led by three before the Aggies rolled off 13 consecutive points. Falslev and Ian Martinez made 3-pointers during the stretch as Utah State took a 23-13 advantage with 9:46 left in the first half.

Brown later buried a 3-pointer to give the Aggies a 38-25 lead with 3:10 remaining. The 13-point lead was their largest of the half.

--Field Level Media