Men's Basketball Outlasts Pacific 62-51
Jan. 25, 2001
STOCKTON, Calif. - Utah State's basketball team outscored Pacific 37-26 in the second-half after being tied at the half to win its 12th straight road game in the Big West Conference by a final score of 62-51. With the win, Utah State improved to 17-2 on the season and 6-0 in league play, while Pacific dropped to 12-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Utah State has now won 25 straight games in the Big West Conference and now has the second-best start in school history.
"I thought we were physically and mentally tough in the second-half, which you have to be on the road," commented Utah State head coach Stew Morrill. "I am real proud of the fact that we kept our composure and competed. This is a big road win in a tough place to come in here and win one. It was a physical battlle."
Both teams had a hard time getting open looks early on as each team shot 44 percent in the first-half. Utah State got off to an early seven-point lead at 15-8 before Pacific went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 17. After the Aggies regained the lead and went up 22-17 on a layup by Shawn Daniels, the Tigers scored eight straight points to take a 25-22 lead. Bernard Rock then tied the game at 25 with a three-pointer just before the half.
As has been the case in its previous five games, Utah State turned up the intensity in the second-half and shot 57.9 percent from the field while at the same time limiting Pacific to just 42.9 percent. Holding a 40-39 advantage with 10 minutes remaining, USU outscored the Tigers 15-6 over the next five minutes to open up a 10-point cushion. The Aggies then calmly hit seven-of-eight free-throws in the final two minutes to seal the game.
Rock led Utah State with 15 points and five rebounds, while Daniels had 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Curtis Bobb had a great all-around game with 12 points and four steals, while Tony Brown had nine points and a season-high seven assists. Mike Preston led Pacific with 13 points.
Utah State will return home to face Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7:05 p.m. USU defeated the Vandals earlier this year in Moscow by a final score of 80-58.