If Utah State coach Stew Morrill felt awkward during his return to Colorado State's Moby Arena after 16 years away, it certainly did not rub off on his team. With a rather comfortable 71-62 victory Tuesday night, the Aggies made themselves feel right at home. From 1992-98, Morrill compiled a record of 121-86 (.585) in seven seasons at Colorado State. If only some of those games were this easy, he must have thought. "It felt weird," Morrill said of coaching at Moby from the opponents' bench. "But we had a lot of guys step up tonight. We've been playing better, but we feel really fortunate to get a win here." Colorado State (14-11, 5-7 Mountain West) got 22 points from guard Jon Octeus and 21 from his backcourt mate, Daniel Bejarano. But CSU played like the team that had never taken shots at those baskets. The Rams managed just five field goals in the first half, trailed 29-15 at the break and never really made a game of it. CSU trailed by as many as 18 points midway through the second half. "This game was over in the first 10 minutes," CSU coach Larry Eustachy said. "The tougher team won. That's not what we're about." The Rams finished at a season-worst 29.8 percent shooting after a horrid 17.2 percent in the first half. The home team took 18 3-point attempts and made three. "When Utah State came in, it was like they knew they were going to beat us," CSU's Bejarano said. A Mountain West newcomer, Utah State (15-9, 5-7) claimed its first conference road victory in six tries. Getting 18 points from senior guard Preston Medlin, the Aggies shot 49 percent from the field.
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