need all but 0.1 seconds to pull out close game against
By Craig Morris
December 23, 2008 | The Aggies kept their home win
streak alive as Tai Wesley's tip-in with 0.1 seconds
remaining gave them a 66-64 victory against Utah.
Wesley led the way for Utah State with 18 points and
the kind of hustle that doesn't show up in the stats.
Jared Quayle seemed to be finding his groove as he
added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists as the
new starting point guard. Gary Wilkinson had his hands
full with 7-foot-2 center Luke Nevill, but still managed
14 points of his own. Nevill led all scorers with 25.
The Aggies never trailed and led by as many as 11
points multiple times throughout, until Utah tied the
game in the seconds before Wesley's tip.
Although the Ags never found a way to bury the Utes,
they did what needed to be done to win.
"I felt like our team was more physical than them,"
said Quayle. "We came out and played as hard as
The Ags led by six points at the half and built that
lead several times in the second half. Each time the
visiting Utes brought it close again, the rambunctious
crowd provided the needed energy to maintain a steady
lead. At times, even Coach Stew Morrill could be seen
waving his arms upward to help pump up the crowd.
"A little Spectrum magic, and we got out of here
with a win," said Morrill.
The Aggies will get a three-day break before they
are back at it with practice Dec. 26. "Great Christmas
present to us to get out of here with a win," added
Utah State improved to 9-1 on the season. All that
remains before WAC play begins Jan. 5 is the Duel in
the Desert. The Aggies will host Howard, Houston Baptist
and Wyoming in the Dec. 29-31 tournament.
The Aggies seem to be clicking on all cylinders as
they approach the ever-competitive WAC season. Wilkinson,
Wesley, and Tyler Newbold are averaging double figures
in scoring. Wilkinson leads the team with 17.1 a game.
Wilkinson also leads the team in rebounds with 8.1 per
game while Wesley is the team leader in assists at 3.3