letdown from the newest team in the top 25
By Craig Morris
Februry 6, 2009 | After finishing last week ranked
in the top 25 for the first time since 2004, the Utah
State Aggies improved its best-in-the-nation winning
streak to 17 as they beat the New Mexico State Aggies
in Logan, 78-59.
The final score was misleading, as the Ags held only
a three-point lead at halftime and led by as few as
10 down the stretch. Gary Wilkinson led the way with
yet another double-double: 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Tyler Newbold threw in 17 points of his own as the Aggies
improved to 10-0 in the WAC.
Jared Quayle filled the stat sheet himself with 12
points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Each of the
Aggie starters scored in double figures as well—Tai
Wesley scored 10 points and Pooh Williams had 11.
Utah State used defense and hustle to secure a victory.
Brady Jardine was a much-needed spark plug off the bench
when Wesley and Wilkinson found themselves in foul trouble
at multiple times throughout the game. Jardine continues
to bring energy to each game since having his redshirt
"He works so hard out there and he wants to do the
right thing," said Wilkinson of Jardine. "He's got so
much potential. He is going to be a force to be reckoned
Jardine grabbed nine rebounds in his 18 minutes of
action. His presence and athleticism seemed to excite
both the crowd and the players on the court.
Utah State out-rebounded the Aggies of New Mexico
State, 39-31. They also shared the ball well with 22
The home team will put their undefeated WAC record
on the line again Saturday when they host Louisiana
Tech, whom they beat earlier this season 50-37. LA Tech
held the Ags to their lowest point total of the season.