Broussard’s 17 lead Seattle past Utah State 73-66

SEATTLE (AP) — Aaron Broussard scored 17 points, getting 14 of those during the first half, and Sterling Carter had 12, leading Seattle to a 73-66 victory over Utah State on Thursday night. The Redhawks (5-12) won their second straight game and gained a split of their two-game series against the Aggies (10-9). Utah State routed Seattle 78-53 on Dec. 17 in Logan, Utah. Eric Wallace and Prince Obasi added 10 points apiece, giving the Redhawks four players in double figures after no one scored more than eight in the December loss. Brockeith Pane led the Aggies with 20 points, and Preston Medlin added 19. Seattle, which led for all but the opening moments of the game, was up by just three at 52-49 with 7:47 to play. But the Redhawks went on a 10-2 run to push the lead back to 62-51. Obasi hit a layup, Broussard scored his first basket of the second half on an acrobatic scoop shot that banked in off the board, and Chad Rasmussen drained a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 59-49. Pane answered with an 8-foot runner for Utah State, but Obasi responded with a 3-pointer from the left corner. The Aggies never got closer than seven points the rest of the way, that during the final minute. Broussard led the Redhawks with seven rebounds, and Kyisean Reed had six for the Aggies. Seattle surrendered the first basket of the night, then ran off 13 straight points to take control in the first half. The lead grew as large as 22-9 with just 7 minutes off the clock before Utah State went on an 11-2 surge to get within 24-20. The Redhawks pushed it back into double digits at 30-20, then saw the Aggies rally again with seven points in a row before taking a 34-27 lead into halftime. Seattle put up 14 of those points off 11 first-half turnovers by Utah State, which averages just 12 turnovers per game. For the second straight game, the Redhawks shot better than 50 percent, hitting 25 of 47 (53 percent). They hit 56 percent (32 of 57) in Monday’s 91-78 victory over Eastern Washington. Utah State shot 43 percent (23 of 54). The teams will be Western Athletic Conference opponents starting next season when Seattle officially joins in July.

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