Weekly Aggie Update
Dec. 28, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 28, 2008
Utah State's men's basketball team (9-1) will continue its season-long five-game homestand this week as it hosts Howard (1-8), Houston Baptist (0-12) and Wyoming (9-2) in the Duel in the Desert sponsored by Gossner Foods from Monday, Dec. 29 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. On Monday, Dec. 29, Houston Baptist and Wyoming will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus Howard at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, Howard and Wyoming will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus Houston Baptist at 8 p.m. And on Wednesday, Dec. 31, Houston Baptist and Howard will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus Wyoming at 8 p.m. USU will be playing Howard and Houston Baptist for the first time ever, while it trails in the all-time series with Wyoming, 43-22.
Utah State's Spectrum magic lives on as Tai Wesley's tip-in with 0.1 second left propelled the Aggies past the Utes of Utah, 66-64, in another classic clash between the in-state foes who were meeting for the 221st time Monday. Wesley, a sophomore forward, put back sophomore Tyler Newbold's layup attempt after the Aggies inbounded the ball with 2.4 seconds remaining. After the officials reviewed the play, junior guard Jared Quayle knocked down Utah's last-ditch attempt to spark the celebration. The win improved Utah State's record to 9-1 overall, the Aggies' best opening to a season since 2003-04's 20-1 start. USU also continued the nation's second-longest non-conference home winning streak to 58 in a row, trailing Duke's 60-straight. Utah lost for the fourth time in its last five outings and the Utes are 6-5 with the loss. Wesley led Utah State with 18 points, one of three Aggies in double-figures, as Quayle added 16 points and senior forward Gary Wilkinson tallied 14. Quayle and sophomore guard Pooh Williams dished out six assists each, career highs for both. Sophomore guard Tyler Newbold pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds. The Aggies shot 41.0 percent (25-of-61) from the field, hitting just 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range as well as shooting 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Utes were 24-of-54 (44.4 percent) field goal shooting, including 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) behind the arc in addition to 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) free throw shooting.
Utah State's women's basketball team (6-5) will play a pair of road games this week at UNLV (5-5) on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m., and at Utah Valley (4-6) on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. USU is 1-12 all-time against the Lady Rebels and 2-2 all-time against the Wolverines.
Neither snowstorms, bus problems or the tough Weber State Wildcats could stop the Utah State women's basketball team from winning its second-straight game, 44-41, in Ogden on Monday. The game was delayed an hour due to inclement weather as USU traveled from Logan to Ogden, and the game eventually tipped off at 1 p.m. With the win, Utah State improves to 6-5, while Weber State falls to 5-6 with the loss. The Aggies are now only three wins away from tying last season's win total of nine games. Last year at this point, USU was 3-7. The Aggies had lost seven-straight games to Weber State. This was the first win since a, 85-75, win in 1984. Senior guard Danyelle Snelgro lead all scorers with a career-high 19 points. After a slow start, senior guard Ana Pares ended the game with 17 points. Junior forward Nicole Johnson had a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Utah State finished the game by shooting 35.8 percent from the field (19-53) as compared to 25.0 percent shooting (16-64) for Weber State.