Utah Tech hits the road again, faces in-state foe for 1st time on basketball court – St George News

Utah Tech’s Frank Staine follows through on a free throw during in the Trailblazers’ 69-63 win over Cal State Northridge Nov. 12 at Burns Arena | Photo courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — It will be a homecoming of sorts for Coach Jon Judkins and the Utah Tech men’s basketball team Thursday night. But it won’t be in St. George.

Utah Tech hits the road again, faces in-state foe for 1st time on basketball court – St George News
FILE – Coach Jon Judkins was presented the game ball after a win Jan. 28, 2017 | Photo courtesy Utah Tech Athletics, St. George News

Judkins and the Trailblazers (3-4 overall) will be in Logan to face the 5-0 Utah State Aggies, Judkins’ alma mater, for a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m. inside Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Live stats and streaming audio/video information for Thursday night’s game can be found on the Utah Tech men’s basketball web page.

Judkins graduated from Utah State with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1988. He was part of the Aggie program for three seasons and is one of two Aggies in program history to post a triple-double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists vs. Pacific on March 3, 1988). During the 1987-88 season, he helped lead USU to a PCAA championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Aggies on win streak

Utah State is off to a 5-0 start to the season, with four of the Aggies’ five wins coming at home, including a 95-85 win over Oral Roberts their last time out on Nov. 22.

USU boasts four players averaging double figures, led by junior sharpshooting guard Steven Ashworth, who is scoring at a 19.0 points per game clip on 56.3 percent shooting off the bench, including a 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from the perimeter. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph’s graduate transfer Taylor Funk is averaging nearly a double-double at 18.2 points and 9.0 rebounds a game, and he is a perimeter threat, having hit on 19-of-35 (.543) from beyond the arc in five starts.

Ryan Odom (Syracuse, 1993) is in his second season as Utah State head coach (23-16 at USU; 149-97 overall). Prior to his time in Logan, Odom coached five years at UMBC, where he led the first-ever No. 16-seed victory over a No. 1-seed in NCAA Tournament history when his Retrievers defeated top-seeded Virginia (74-54) in 2018.

Utah Tech’s Tanner Christensen, shown here driving the ball against the Arizona Wildcats earlier this season, is averaging 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game | Photo courtesy of Zachary BonDurant, University of Arizona Athletics, St. George News

Blazers split 2 over weekend

Utah Tech came away with a split of two Thanksgiving weekend games in North Dakota.

After opening the trip with a 67-52 loss to the host UND Fighting Hawks last Friday, the Trailblazers bounced back with a 66-60 neutral site win over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon.

Five Trailblazers scored in double figures in a balanced scoring attack to come away with the hard-fought victory in a game that featured 12 ties and 10 lead changes.

Utah Tech concludes its seven-game road odyssey Saturday, Dec. 3, with its first-ever trip to Ogden to play at in-state foe Weber State. Tip-off inside the Dee Events Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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