Utah State men's basketball: Injury-riddled Aggies no match for Denver

Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 19 2013 11:32 p.m. MST

DENVER — Brett Olson scored 18 points and Denver extended its winning streak to seven games with a 68-57 victory over Utah State on Saturday.

Chase Hallam added 14 points, Chris Udofia had 13 and Jalen Love 10 for the Pioneers (11-7, 7-1 Western Athletic Conference), who shot 57 percent from the floor and hit 10-of-19 3-pointers. Denver also had a season-low three turnovers, and none in the first half when it jumped out to a 36-25 lead.

Marvin Jean led Utah State (14-3, 5-2) with 14 points — a career high — on four 3-pointers. Jarred Shaw added 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Aggies were without leading scorer and preseason WAC player of the year Preston Medlin and third-leading scorer Kyisean Reed, who both suffered injuries Thursday at New Mexico State.

The Pioneers opened the second half with a 17-5 run to build their biggest lead of the game at 53-31 with 12:06 remaining. The Aggies trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

Utah State returns home to host Texas-Arlington on Thursday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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