Utah State men’s basketball moves up to No. 15 in latest AP Poll

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball moved up two spots to No. 15 in the latest Associated Press poll, as released by the organization on Monday. It is the highest the Aggies have been ranked in the AP poll since the 1970-71 campaign, when Utah State was as high as No. 9 that season.

Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with 97-56 victory against Denver, followed by an 81-54 victory over North Carolina A&T. Against the Pioneers, sophomore guard Brock Miller scored a career-high 27 points and was joined in double figures by junior forward Alphonso Anderson with 15 points, senior guard Sam Merrill with 14 points and senior guard Diogo Brito with 10 points. Sophomore forward Justin Bean led the Aggies with a career-high-tying 15 rebounds, as Utah State outrebounded Denver, 50-25. USU finished the game shooting 47.8 percent (32-of-67) from the floor, 46.7 percent (14-of-30) from behind the 3-point line and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) at the free throw line. Denver finished the game shooting 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the floor, 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from behind the 3-point line and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) at the free throw line.

Against the Aggies of NCA&T, Anderson led the Aggies in scoring with a career-high 21 points and was followed by Bean with a double-double performance of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Miller and Merrill also finished in double figures, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. Utah State shot 55.8 percent (29-of-52) from the floor, 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from behind the 3-point line and 60.0 percent (18-of-30) at the free throw line. NCA&T finished the game shooting 35.0 percent (21-of-60) from the floor, 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from behind the 3-point line and 45.5 percent (5-of-11) at the free throw line.

USU plays three games this week, hosting UTSA (0-4) on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., before traveling to Montego Bay, Jamaica, for the Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic. In Jamaica, the Aggies will face LSU (2-1) on Friday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m., and North Texas (1-3) on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4:30 p.m.


The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

School (first place votes) Record Pts Prv
1. Duke (52) 4-0 1608 2
2. Louisville (8) 4-0 1501 4
3. Michigan St. (4) 2-1 1496 3
4. Kansas 2-1 1389 5
5. North Carolina 3-0 1262 6
6. Maryland 3-0 1240 7
7. Virginia (1) 3-0 1232 9
8. Gonzaga 4-0 1227 8
9. Kentucky 2-1 1110 1
10. Ohio St. 3-0 1006 16
11. Oregon 4-0 998 14
12. Texas Tech 3-0 947 11
13. Seton Hall 3-1 837 12
14. Arizona 4-0 644 19
15. Utah St. 4-0 619 17
16. Memphis 3-1 574 13
17. Villanova 2-1 560 10
18. Xavier 4-0 463 21
19. Auburn 4-0 420 22
20. Tennessee 3-0 402 —
21. VCU 4-0 365 —
22. Texas 4-0 238 —
23. Colorado 2-0 208 25
24. Baylor 2-1 179 24
25. Washington 2-1 150 20
Others receiving votes: Florida St. 91, Florida 67, LSU 61, Saint Mary’s 55, Evansville 43, Oklahoma 29, Vermont 11, Michigan 11, Marquette 11, Purdue 11, Butler 10, Mississippi St. 9, Virginia Tech 7, West Virginia 6, Providence 5, Wisconsin 5, Liberty 4, Arkansas 3, Missouri 2, UConn 2, Southern Cal 2, New Mexico 2, San Diego St. 2, Dayton 1.

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1 Comment

  • Don W Balls November 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm Reply

    I went to USU and Grad. 1966

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