The Huntsman Center in only some 90 miles from Logan, and the Aggies' Smith Spectrum, but the way the Aggies play in Salt Lake or on the road for that matter it's almost like they're playing on Mars.
The court is 94 feet long. The basket is 10 feet high just as it is in Logan, but the Aggies are 0-4 on the road this season, but they are 4-0 at home.
"There is no good reason. It's the same game. It's the same offense. It's the same defense," said Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll following the Aggies' 72-48 loss to Utah Wednesday night.
"I don't know what it is. Maybe guys don't focus when they get away from Logan or maybe they get leg-weary. I don't know what the reason is."
Neither does Utah State coach Stew Morrill.
"When you're a good basketball team you win at home and compete on the road and have a chance to win," he said. "If you're an average team you win some home games but you don't win on the road. If you're less than average you lose at home and on the road. At best were average and I wouldn't call us that right now."
The Utes (5-2) hit their first five shots three of which were three-pointers and the rout was on.
"We've got to wake up. I don't know why we weren't more aggressive and more enthusiastic but whatever the reason was they came out hot and they went up and made eight straight points before we got a shot attempt it seemed like," said Carroll, who scored 11 points on just seven shots.
"That set the tone for the game. We battled there for a couple of minutes and then they came back and buried us," he said.
Actually, the Aggies missed their first four shots of the game, while the Utes connected on their first five. Utah State (5-5) didn't score its first basket until the 17:21 mark when Stephen DuCharme connected on a jumper.
At the 12:31 mark, the Aggies were trailing 19-4 and were shooting just 20 percent from the field, while the Utes were shooting 77.8 percent.
One minute later, the Aggies were trailing 22-6 and were shooting 18.2 percent from the field.
For the game, the Aggies posted season-lows in points (44), field goal percentage (37 percent), and 3-point field goal percentage (23.5 percent, 4 of 17).
Carroll, who was held to nearly 10 points below his average, and Gary Wilkinson, who scored all of his team-high 12 points in the second half, each went 4 for 7 from the field. They were the only players who played more than 10 minutes that shot better than 50 percent.
DuCharme went 1 for 4, while Kri Clark went 1 for-6 and Tai Wesley went 3 for 8.
Brayden Bell, in mop-up time, went 2 for 3.
"They (the Utes) came out excited and on fire," Morrill said. "They're very confident right now. We were behind the eight-ball all night. They got on a barrage at the start. We showed a couple of glimpses where we might get in the game, but they were short-lived."
The Utes shot 53.7 percent from the field for the game and 50 percent from the three-point line.The Aggies head back to the road Saturday night when they visit Cal State Bakersfield. The game tips at 8:30 p.m. (MT).
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