team in the country downs Bulldogs 60-52 to remain unbeaten
By Craig Morris
February 9, 2009 | The Utah State Aggies took nearly
six minutes to score their first points, but they did
what needed to be done to get the win.
Louisiana Tech led by as many as five early, but the
Aggies rallied behind great play from Pooh Williams
and Jaxon Myaer to lead 22-17 at halftime.
Brady Jardine scored on a putback dunk early in the
first half only to take an errant elbow to the head
a minute later that ended his game before it really
The Ags came out in the second half on fire. They
built a 17-point lead five and a half minutes in. Gary
Wilkinson and Tai Wesley got it going in the post and
that opened up the outside for the likes of Williams,
Jared Quayle and Tyler Newbold to rain threes on the
Rather than succumb to what looked to be a blowout,
Louisiana Tech clawed back. Led by Kyle Gibson with
14 points and Ashaolu Olu with 12 points, the Bulldogs
pulled to within four points with one minute remaining.
"They're a tough, physical team," said Wilkinson.
"This is one that we had to grind out and we are thankful
to come out with a win."
Wilkinson led all scorers with 16 points and hit eight
of nine free throws. Newbold added 13 points and seven
rebounds. Quayle didn't have his best scoring game,
but he had eight assists and a couple of key rebounds
down the stretch.
As a team, the Aggies shot 88.2 percent from the charity
stripe and 46.7 percent from the three-point line. They
were outrebounded by the Bulldogs, 29-27.
"We played hard, we defended pretty well,"
said USU Coach Stew Morrill. "It was just kind
of an old-fashioned slugfest."
The Aggies head on the road to Moscow and Boise before
returning to host CS Bakersfield on Feb. 18. Wins over
Idaho and Boise State would deliver the regular season
conference championship and secure a No. 1 seed for
the Ags going in to the WAC Tournament.