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WAC Men's Basketball Recaps - Feb. 2
Courtesy: Louisiana Tech
Denver 79, Texas State 64
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SAN MARCOS, Texas -(DU Media Relations) University of Denver sophomore guard Brett Olson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) set career highs with 22 points and seven assists, leading the Pioneers to a 79-64 victory over Texas State at the Strahan Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Junior forward Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) tallied 12 points, six rebounds, four blocks and three steals for the Pioneers (13-8, 9-2 WAC). Sophomore Royce O'Neale (Killeen, Texas) added 14 points and five assists, and freshman Jalen Love (Wichita, Kan.) scored 12 points.

"We played well. We did what we needed to do in both games," head coach Joe Scott said. "We came out in the second half and guarded dribblers and took care of the ball, which is exactly what we talked about at halftime. Give our guys credit for staying focused."

New Mexico State 75, UTSA 62

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas-(NMSU Media Relations) The New Mexico State men's basketball team won its ninth consecutive game with a 75-62 victory at UTSA.  The Aggies (15-8, 9-2 WAC) tied the school record for blocked shots with 12.

Freshman center Sim Bhullar recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and five blocked shots. Senior forward Bandja Sy also scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Junior forward Renaldo Dixon was in double figures with 12 points, which ties a season-high mark, and he had career-high five blocked shots.

The Aggies had a nine-point lead at halftime, 41-32, after shooting 51.6 percent from the field (16-of-31). NM State exploited the size difference and posted a 24-6 advantage in points in the paint.

Louisiana Tech 64, UT Arlington 51
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RUSTON, La. -(LT Media Relations) The Louisiana Tech defense forced 20 turnovers and Raheem Appleby netted a team-high 15 points as the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 11 games by defeating UT Arlington 64-51 on Saturday night in the Thomas Assembly Center in front of a season-high crowd of 5,024 fans.

Just like in their first meeting almost a month ago, the game was a defensive battle from end to end, but LA Tech (19-3, 10-0 WAC) was able to knock down a few more shots as all 11 players who saw playing time scored.

"[UT Arlington] is one of the best in the country in terms of their field goal percentage defense, and they play hard as heck," said head coach Michael White. "They are very, very physical, and I'm happy that we withstood a couple of runs. We took care of the ball versus their pressure. I thought we executed pretty well at times and, defensively, I thought that we were pretty good. Our crowd was terrific and was a big factor in the game tonight, and I am very appreciative to all the Bulldog fans who came out. It was a great environment."

Utah State 68, Seattle U 46
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SEATTLE, Wash. -(USU Media Relations) A dominating defense and rebounding effort combined with a balanced offense was the recipe for success for Utah State in a 68-46 win over Seattle at the Key Arena Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference men's basketball action.

The 46 points was a USU opponent season-low and the Aggies' defense limited the Redhawks to just 31.0 field goal percent, also a season-low for the Utah State defense in winning its second game on the road trip to improve to 16-5 overall and 7-4 in WAC play. Seattle dropped to 7-14 overall and 2-9 in league action. Utah State won in Seattle for the first time since 1975, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Redhawks in the Emerald City, as the Aggies now lead the all-time series, 17-14, after sweeping the season meetings, but Seattle still holds a 10-5 advantage on its home court.

Idaho 66, San Jose State 63
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MOSCOW, Idaho –(UI Media Relations) University of Idaho men’s basketball jumped out to an early lead and held San Jose State to just 31.9 percent shooting, but second chances let the Spartans hang around in a 66-63 Vandal win on Saturday.

Idaho improved to 9-12 overall and 5-6 in Western Athletic Conference play, while SJSU slipped to 9-13 overall and 3-8 in the WAC.

The Vandal men limited the Spartans to just 22-of-69 (.319) shooting overall and SJSU did itself no favors with an 8-of-24 (.333) free throw performance, but 16 second-half offensive rebounds and 21 overall gave SJSU 19 more shot attempts than Idaho in the game.
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