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Utah State 72, North Texas 53

March 2, 1997

DENTON, Texas (AP) _ Maurice Spillers and Marcus Saxon each scored 16 points, leading Utah State to a 72-53 victory over North Texas on Saturday, leaving the Eagles winless in Big 12 play.

Utah State (19-8, 12-4) led 31-18 at halftime as North Texas (0-16, 5-11) made just 9-of-34 shots. The Eagles missed 15 3-pointers.

North Texas improved to 13-of-34 _ and 3-of-15 on 3-pointers _ in the second half, but Utah State also got better, making 54 percent of its shots to seal the runaway victory.

Antwan Smith had 15 points and Neal Geddes, who made 3-of-4 3-pointers, had 11 points. Spillers had 11 rebounds.

North Texas’ only double-figure scorers were Sean Riley with 16 and Chad Elstun with 12.

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