Utah State rolls to 78-53 victory over Seattle

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Preston Medlin scored 22 points to lead Utah State past Seattle 78-53 on Saturday night.Danny Berger scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Aggies (5-5), and Kyisean Reed added 13 points.The visiting Redhawks (2-7) were led by Prince Obasi and Sterling Carter, who each scored eight points. Carter also led Seattle with seven rebounds.Seattle outrebounded USU 43-35 but shot only 27 percent from the field in the second half and only 13 percent from the 3-point line for the game.The Aggies’ 12-5 run to open the second half broke open the game. They broke a periodic full-court press employed by the Redhawks for several easy buckets, including a dunk by Berger. Utah State had six steals and 18 points off turnovers in the game.Utah State scored 28 points from the free-throw line, while the Redhawks were 12 of 18 from the line.The first half was a foul-dominated, turnover-plagued 20 minutes for both teams, with Utah State leading from the outset and trailing only briefly, 7-6, before regaining the lead. The Redhawks stayed close behind seven points from Eric Wallace and six from Obasi in the half.Utah State had a 35-24 halftime lead, but Seattle outrebounded the Aggies 22-19 and both teams turned the ball over nine times.Seattle was 0 of 9 from 3-point range and 10 of 31 overall in the first half, while Utah State was 10 of 21, including three 3-pointers.The last time the two teams met was in 1976, with Seattle getting a 79-73 win. The Redhawks will join the Western Athletic Conference next season and compete in 17 sports, including basketball.

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